The production runs through Dec. 20 at Civic Center Music Hall.
“Can utopia ultimately be achieved, or is utopia found in small moments within our everyday lives? Can utopia exist without dystopia?” she asked.
“There’s always some kind of Star Wars deep burlesque show in an abandoned steel mill in those cities,” he said. “I often find … when you go to a place where you’re like ‘I don’t know about this,’ it has a cool underbelly of people who show up for the underground thing.”
Hensley has been watching the 1987 film starring Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey every day in preparation.
Cast members invite volunteers from the crowd to dance or participate onstage in the interactive production.
Participating artists are encouraged to make a donation to Oklahoma AIDS Care Fund after the show.
Earlier this year, Ry’lee won the Miss Gay Lawton America title and then won Miss Gay Oklahoma America in only her second year competing.
“I think we’ll see a lot of that realness and rawness have to come out again, because everyone’s going to be feeling it,” he said. “You can’t run away from it.”
The musical was adapted from the 1944 film starring Judy Garland and Margaret O’Brien.
Backfire: A Cultural Explosion gathers visual and musical artists together on Friday to buck what they believe are largely intolerant attitudes permeating Oklahoma and its government. Artist Jamie Pettis said this show provides refuge for our marginalized communities. “I didn’t expect for this event to fall under these circumstances,” she said of it opening after…