Diversionary Theatre welcomes Peggy Walkush and her brain child – The Big Gay Improv Show. We sat down with Peggy and discussed our new partnership, and what this new quarterly addition to the Diversionary calendar will hold for our patrons.
What is The Big Gay Improv Show? Who will enjoy this show? What can we look forward to if we buy a ticket? TBGIS is a fully improvised show where guest monologists share stories from their life and then improvisers use those stories as inspiration for silly and bizarre scenes totally made up on the spot. Everyone who enjoys laughing will enjoy TBGIS – you don’t have to be LGBT – you just have to be a fun loving person who likes to laugh! Audience members can look forward to getting to know two fascinating members of our community better, hearing their coming out stories, and then watching alternate versions of that reality played out on stage. Come with an open heart and mind and ready to laugh!
Why this partnership with Diversionary, and why now? I’ve been an out lesbian in San Diego since 1986 so I have come to many Diversionary theater productions over the years. Now that I am on the performing end of things, it feels great to be able to donate my time to give back and help raise money for the theater.
You’ve expressed that there aren’t a lot of Gay Improvisers in town – are you hoping this show will have an effect on that? Yes please!! I know of a couple hundred improvisers in San Diego and only a handful that identify as LGBT. So I’m going to be out there recruiting my gay brothers and sisters – watch out!!
Tell us something we don’t know about you from your resume/bio?I am an 11 year breast cancer survivor. A few weeks after my 40th birthday I was diagnosed and spent most of that year going through treatment- surgery, radiation and chemo. I was a planner but it made me realize that “life’s what happens while we’re busy making plans.” Now I aim to live each day to the fullest, have fun and laugh as much as possible!
What got you involved in improv?A friend told me that she and a couple other friends were taking an improv class and she asked me if I wanted to join them. I said sure. After we finished level 1 none of them went on to level 2 but I kept on going, and now, three years later I’m performing regularly as part of three ensembles, including one called Stache where we perform in drag. Looking back, I don’t know how it look me this long to find improv- I watched SNL as a kid and created silly sketches on my tape recorder.
Come and meet Peggy and the rest of The Big Gay Improv team on October 20th at 8:00 PM!