KILLER QUEEN – The Story of “Paco the Pink Pounder”

Peter Griggs performs the life of a gay boxer

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By Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Editor and Publisher
Photo by Lynn Imanaka

THEOFFCENTER, a queer performance collective less than a year old, is pleased to present Killer Queen: The Story of Paco the Pink Pounder, starring Peter Griggs as a gay boxer, and told with live musical accompaniment of songs by Queen.  This moving one-man show will be staged in two active boxing gyms. The show plays eight performances in San Francisco, beginning Thursday, April 28th through Sunday, May 8th at Michael the Boxer Gym and Barbershop. It then moves to the Empowerment Center Boxing Gym in West Hollywood where it will receive its Southern California premiere. The show plays fourteen performances beginning Friday, May 20th through Sunday, June 5th.
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Killer Queen is a coming-of-age story that follows the life of a fictional gay boxer, Paco the Pink Pounder, from his early boyhood conflicts with authority – represented by family, school, and church during the 1970s – through his coming out and later struggles as a minority within a minority group – as a gay person of color – during the 1980s.  Throughout this period the British rock band Queen serves as a source of consolation and inspiration to the young Paco, who fashions himself as a kind of Freddie Mercury for the boxing ring.

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PETER GRIGGS – as Killer Queen
Photo, Rainer Maria Wachalovsky

Wachalovsky adds that Paco’s struggle to belong as a gay man of color within the macho world of boxing will take on greater resonance staged not in the “queer space” of the theater but in the “traditionally homophobic space” of a literal boxing ring.
 
About Peter Griggs
Originally from Seattle, this San Francisco transplant has been involved in theater since his early childhood.  Recent work includes collaborations with Erika Chong Shuch Performance Project (Muse, Map, Walk); with Boathouse Productions (Lost and Found in the Mission, which won best ensemble at 2008 SF Fringe festival); with Dwayne Calizo at Mama Calizo’s Voice Factory (The Hazardous Waste Project: Sewing The Seeds of Love, Life, Lust, Lost and the Bomb); and most recently with EmSpace Dance (A Hand in Desire, a dance-theater remix of Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire).  He is founder of the Burning Monk Collective which has produced two of his original works: Subrosa: Subliminal Joy…the EGO outted, a tale about politics, shame, and the gay ego; and Killer Queen which premiered at Mama Calizo’s Voice Factory in early 2010.
 
About Wolfgang Lancelot Wachalovsky
Wolfgang Lancelot Wachalovsky is a co-director of THEOFFCENTER and works as a freelance director throughout the Bay Area.  He self-produces most of his work including projects like Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s Bremen Freedom, No Exit, and Bacchae v3.0, a version of Euripides’ tragedy.  He has also adapted and directed Wolfgang Borchert’s Draussen vor der Tür and directed an adaptation of Marlowe’s Dr. Faustus.  Bay Area credits include Noah Haidle’s Mr Marmalade (Renegade Theatre Experiment ), Rent Boy Ave: a musical (Boxcar Theatre), and Killer Queen.  Recently, his work was seen in a year-long collaboration with EmSpace Dance in A Hand in Desire.  Wachalovsky has also worked as an assistant director in many of the main houses including American Conservatory Theatre, San Jose Repertory Theatre, Marin Theatre Company, and TheatreWorks.
 
About theoffcenter
THEOFFCENTER is a San Francisco-based artist-run collective which supports queer performance, especially the work of new and emerging queer performers and theater-makers.  It offers artists residencies and programming that build skills while fostering collaboration and community.  Founders include Julie Phelps, Program Manager at CounterPulse; Wolfgang Wachalovsky, Artistic Director of Collective Theater Productions; and Ernesto Sopprani, Artistic Co-Director of 1 1 11ArtGroup.

Killer Queen: The Story of Paco the Pink Pounder is written and performed by Peter Griggs with direction from Wolfgang Lancelot Wachalovsky and choreography from Cason MacBride.

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Seán Martinfield
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