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David Drake returns to stage with 'My Tawny Valentine'

Since he first burst into the gay consciousness with his Obie Award winning autobiographical play "The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me," David Drake hasn't been the strongest blip on our radar, but according to a Q&A with the New York Times blog ArtsBeat, he's suddenly a very busy guy.

He has a brand new show opening in New York, for one thing. "My Tawny Valentine," follows a disco one-hit-wonder songstress named Tawny Heatherton as she lives the life of what Drake calls "a showbiz survivor." And, yes, Drake is playing the lead, disheveled blond wig and all. Though, when you think about it, Tawny and Drake don't seem so different.

"The thing about being a one-hit wonder is you can always keep the wonder." Drake said, "That's what she lived on."

Having also done projects alongside Kathy Najimy and Taylor Mac--not to mention a gig as understudy to legend Charles Busch in "The Divine Sister"--Drake is poised to leap right back to where his acclaimed show put him in 1992 and taking Tawny right along with him.

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