DOVER-FOXCROFT — A popular drag group that performs at venues across the state will be in Piscataquis County for the first time in April. Delicious Drag Divas, founded in Bangor by Lloyd Tracy and his husband Tony, ret.
DOVER-FOXCROFT — A popular drag group that performs at venues across the state will be in Piscataquis County for the first time in April.
Delicious Drag Divas, founded in Bangor by Lloyd Tracy and his husband Tony, aka LaDonya Lovelace, arrives at the Center Theater in Dover-Foxcroft on April 15th.
Since the theater announced the show on Facebook on Jan. 18, about half the tickets have been sold, which is remarkable for a show coming in a few months, Executive Director Patrick Myers said Monday.
The Divas group rents space in the theater, and the auditorium’s capacity is 264 people, he said.
Drag queens have performed to sold-out venues in Bangor, drawing audiences of all backgrounds, although the Divas’ shows are intended for ages 18+ because of the language and costumes, said Tracy, who performs as Lady D. Residents in the Dover-Foxcroft area , except for a handful of negative answers.
“I’d say there’s a lot more enthusiastic support than negativity surrounding the event,” Myers said, noting that those who expressed dissatisfaction seem to be part of a vocal minority.
The theater received a voicemail and some emails and Facebook messages from people opposing the event, Myers said. The only negativity Tracy has experienced related to the event is that it was tagged on Facebook by a group urging companies supporting the theater to withdraw their funding immediately. Tracy just took the divas off the mail, he said.
“The handful of people who contacted them [Center] Theater has said that a drag show doesn’t reflect their values,” Myers said. “Some have said they will not support it [theater]and others don’t think anyone should be able to attend the performance.”
A similar thing happened in Presque Isle when Pride Aroostook sponsored the Divas at a local sports bar, resulting in the event being moved to a Fort Fairfield venue. Presque Isle residents shared concerns about whether the city should remain welcoming or exclude certain groups of people.
The Divas hold events about every two weeks, Tracy said. Some of the drag queens also perform alone in other places.
The Divas performed frequently at the Downunder Lounge at Seasons, but it stopped after the sports bar decided not to renew its music license, Tracy said. He hopes the Brewer Eagles Club, where the Divas have a Mardis Gras appearance, can become a regular.
At Dover-Foxcroft, the group is considering a second performance if the first is well received. Another local venue approached Tracy to coordinate an event, he said.
“Most of the time it’s positive [responses]’ Tracy said. “Some people say ‘not for me’ or ‘disgusting’. But no one has gone as far as this person who created a Facebook group to try and kick us out.”
Tracy is referring to Samuel Bridges, who is behind a YouTube channel called The Bridge and who started a group on Facebook advocating a “Dover-Foxcroft” zero drag. The new group, dubbed DF, Drag Free Dover, had about 50 members, including the Piscataquis County Treasurer, according to its page Monday.
Bridges was not immediately available to discuss the group’s purpose and whether she has reached out to the theater with her concerns.
Last week, Bridges wrote on his page that anyone who bought a ticket for the show should get a refund and go to Bangor instead. He urged people to join him in “fighting against the disgusting ideologies that are accepted as ‘inclusive'”.
“My only concern is that we’ve seen the results when troubled individuals are inspired by irresponsible social media rhetoric,” Myers said. “Recently, there have been numerous acts of vandalism related to drag shows across the country, and we definitely don’t want to see this.”
People with questions or concerns should reach out to Tracy, who is happy to talk about the Divas and their performances, he said.
The event is scheduled for 15 April at 6pm at the Center Theatre, 20 E Main St, Dover-Foxcroft. Tickets cost $15 and are available at the theater box office or online.