JAN WAHL – Joins “The Golden Girls: The Christmas Episodes” – Live At The Victoria Theatre, 12/23

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Sean Martinfield
Sentinel Editor and Publisher
Photo by Lynn Imanaka

Four of San Francisco’s most luminous Drag Queens have taken over the Victoria Theatre for the best in Holiday hilarity – The Golden Girls: The Christmas Episodes – final performances happening this Thursday and Friday, December 22nd and 23rd. Joining the cast Thursday night – in a special one-night-only appearance – is popular TV & Radio personality, and dazzling femme fatale, Jan Wahl. The Original Cast should have been so lucky! Taking on the roles of the iconic TV characters are Heklina as “Dorothy”, Cookie Dough as “Sophia”, Matthew Martin as “Blanche” and Pollo Del Mar as “Rose”. Also featured in the cast are Mike Finn and Laurie Bushman.

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JAN WAHL

Dedicated fans of The Golden Girls will thrill to the show’s two classic Christmas episodes. “Isn’t It Romantic” involves a yuletide visit from Dorothy’s lesbian friend, Jean, who winds up falling for Rose. In “Sister Of The Bride”, Blanche’s gay brother, Clayton, stays with the girls for Christmas Holiday and surprises Blanche with the news that he plans to marry his boyfriend, Doug.

The Golden Girls started performances in 2005 in the front parlor of a Victorian Mansion in the Western Addition. The shows became increasingly popular and grew to month-long runs in both June and December. The Girls then moved to sold out-runs at Mama Calizo’s Voice Factory and then on to CounterPULSE. Join the fun this week at San Francisco’s historic Victoria Theatre, 2961 16th Street (between Mission & Capp). Matthew Martin has directed the show; set designs by Nathan Rapport, lighting by Joe D’Emilio, and costumes by Van Hedwall.
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MEET THE CAST

HEKLINA (Dorothy) gained fame as Trannyshack’s erstwhile MC, keeping a tight rein on the chaos with her unflappable humor and sparkling wit. She is a premier hostess and DJ for hire around San Francisco, and has graced the Folsom Street Fair, Castro Street Fair, Gay Pride Main Stage, Castro Theater, and Halloween Main Stage. Heklina has also hosted charitable fundraisers for PAWS, Project Open Hand, AIDS Housing Alliance, Haight Ashbury Free Medical Clinic, Bay Positives, Lyric, the AIDS Emergency Fund, the UCSF Positive Health Project, Community United Against Violence, and Marriage Equality. She has been seen on the E! Entertainment Network, NBC’s Trauma, The Cho Show, VH1, Playing it Straight, Comedy Central’s The Daily Show, BBC Television’s Around the World in 80 Raves, the Scissor Sister’s Filthy Gorgeous video, and as a guest on the Jerry Springer and Ricki Lake shows. She was voted Community Grand Marshal of the 2004 San Francisco GLBTQ Pride Parade, and was the subject of two documentaries in Frameline 2005. In 2009 she won the Pride Creativity Award for outstanding artistic contribution to the LGBT Community.

MATTHEW MARTIN (Blanche), a native San Franciscan, has been conjuring Bette Davis for many years in San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles and London stage productions including Awe About Eve, Hush Up, Sweet Charlotte, Whatever Happened to B.B. Jane?, and The Star. He recently completed the film parody Baby Jane?, starring as “Baby Jane Hudson”, which premiered in SF’s Frameline Film Festival and was also recently featured in the documentary Queer Icon: The Cult of Bette Davis. An actor, singer, dancer, director, choreographer and man of many faces and voices, Matthew created Joan Crawford in a stage parody of her last film, Trog, and is praised for his impressions of Katharine Hepburn, Judy Garland, Ann Miller, Jane Russell, Susan Hayward, Peggy Lee, Eartha Kitt, Mitzi Gaynor and other goddesses of the Silver Screen. He most recently appeared at the Rrazz Room with his solo show All Singing, All Dancing, All Dead. As “Blanche Devereaux”, he has had the pleasure of working with his good friends in The Golden Girls since 2007.

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THE GOLDEN GIRLS: Heklina, Cookie Dough, Pollo Del Mar, Matthew Martin

POLLO DEL MAR (Rose) is indispensable in San Francisco’s LGBT community, and has acquired the sobriquet “The Queen of San Francisco Media”. An award-winning San Francisco drag performer, personality, emcee, magazine cover girl, activist and celebrity journalist, she has shared the stage with such gay icons as Lady Gaga, Katy Perry and Cyndi Lauper. This is her fifth year portraying the world’s favorite bubble-head from St. Olaf, “Rose Nylund”. You can find Pollo weekly at The Cafe, where she hosts The Castro’s popular weekend drag show, The GlamaZONE with Pollo Del Mar.

COOKIE DOUGH (Sophia) is an over-the-top personality whose wild antics on stage and screen have made her an overnight sensation 20 years in the making! In the Spring of 2002, the ambitious entertainer launched the cabaret show, “Cookie…After Dark”, which continues at Martuni’s Lounge in San Francisco. “The Monster Show with Cookie Dough & DJ MC2” followed in 2004 and played Harvey’s Bar & Restaurant nearly five years. The show is currently at the Edge Bar on Thursdays and has become the City’s longest running Drag show. In 2010, Cookie was elected “Grand Duchess of San Francisco”. Given the continued success of The Golden Girls, Cookie Dough oughta be rolling herself out as “Sophia” for many more seasons to come.

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