British-born performance artist La JohnJoseph, who cracked up audiences earlier this year as the star of the naughty Virgin Mary–inspired comedy America’s Next Top Mary, is turning up the heat at Dixon Place’s HOT! Festival with his debut theater piece, Notorious Beauty, an autobiographical tale of androgyny, petty theft, underage sex, and an abandoned modeling career. “Mainly, the stories relate to being so profoundly gender-queer, and throwing people into confusion as to whether I was a boy or a girl,” he says. “Sometimes they get upset or confused, sometimes they get turned on, sometimes they just want me to sit for a portrait.” For this final performance of his three-night festival stint, he’ll share the stage with drag legend Flawless Sabrina and writer Tucker Culbertson, lip-sync to songs by Depeche Mode, Kraftwerk, and Judy Garland, and dream that he’s Marlene Dietrich (with sausages between his legs)—in La JJ’s weird world, anything and everything goes.
Sat., July 12, 10 p.m., 2008