If you’re like me, you may think what on earth more do we need to know about “Grey Gardens,” the infamous story of how relatives of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy lived in squalor in a mansion among the rich and famous.
The film is one of the most popular documentaries every made and is #33 top cult films of all time, according to “Entertainment Weekly.” The Broadway musical won accolades and praise galore and even the HBO movie won Jessica Lange an Emmy and got people to take Drew Barrymore seriously as an actress.
What more can be done? Hasn’t the story been told to death?
One might say yes, but they don’t know Peaches Christ.
Peaches puts her own spin on anything she touches and if it wasn’t culty enough for her Midnight Mass fans before, it certainly is when she’s done.
This Saturday, Oct. 12, Peaches will be screening the documentary “Grey Gardens.” But before that she will tranny it up with the likes of RuPaul Drag Race winner Jinkx Monsoon. The two of them – along with John Waters alumni Mink Stole – will re-create, drag-style the story of Little and Big Edie. The two real life “characters” were already over the top, living among the ruins of cat feces and filth, so seeing the show with the Peaches and Jinkx touch must be pure heaven.
Ironically, Jinkx did a bit on RuPaul’s drag race as Little Edie which Peaches hadn’t seen yet when they concucted this idea. “It's funny because Jinkx and I actually hatched the plan to do ‘Grey Gardens’ on the afternoon that her Little Edie episode of Drag Race ran,” remembers Peaches. “We were having lunch here in SF and I had seen her as Little Edie on the advertisements teasing the ‘Snatch Game’ episode so I suggested doing ‘Grey Garden’ and she was all for it.”
Peaches recalls after seeing her on the show, she was even more excited to re-create it with her here in San Francisco. “I really think her Little Edie impersonation was her pivotal shift on the series and set her on the course to win.”
The pre-show is not like Peaches doing a scene from the movie. It’s a “new original pre-show that I've written and am directing” like she did with “Tranny Dearest” or “The Craft of Drag.” This also is not the first time Peaches has screened a documentary. In the past she’s done a Sing-a-Long “Truth or Dare” as well as last year’s “Paris is Burning.”
Like any Peaches show, the entertainment extends beyond the stage. During and after the movie screening, there is a meet-and-greet with fans on the mezzanine level, this time around it’s called the Dead Kennedy’s Lanai (as in true Peaches fashion, she renames the mezzanine and even some cocktails to pay tribute to the movie she’s screening).
Due to popular demand, there are now two chances to see Peaches Christ’s “Return to Grey Gardens” – 3pm and 8pm. You can get tickets for as little as $25 in advance (or slightly less if you have the PC fan code) or $50 for VIP tickets which include early entrance, sitting in VIP section, a signed program and two complimentary cocktails.