If you're familiar with the entertainment and nightlife scene in Provincetown, you have probably heard of Varla Jean Merman. She's the female alter ego of actor Jeffery Roberson and one of today's most celebrated drag queens, performing primarily in New York City, New Orleans and Provincetown.
Varla's resume includes everything from the Broadway revival of the musical "Chicago," to a recurring role on ABC's "All My Children," to winning the Outfest Award for outstanding actor for the 2003 independent film "Girls Will Be Girls."
Roberson, a.k.a. Varla Jean Merman, is currently starring in SpeakEasy Stage Company's production of "The Divine Sister." Roberson's character, Mother Superior, originally performed by playwright Charles Busch in last year's off-Broadway premiere, is a nun with a scandalous past, and the head of a deteriorating convent and grade school. The play is a homage to every Hollywood movie about nuns, flying from reference to reference in a medley of high and low brow humor.
Varla Jean Merman's larger-than-life performance in SpeakEasy Stage Company's "The Divine Sister" can be seen at the Calderwood Pavilion through November 19th.
- Jeffery Roberson, the man behind Varla Jean Merman
This program aired on November 7, 2011.