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At fifteen, she discovered jazz, blues, and R&B, and, she says, “it exploded my mind open.” For college, she went to the Playwrights Horizons Theater School at NYU, where she studied every aspect of stagecraft and, after an adolescence during which she had remained out of touch with her sexuality, figured out that she was queer.
But the urge to perform remained a constant, and she remembers looking across the street at the Public Theater and thinking, How am I going to get into that building?
After Timbers told her the part was hers, she recalls, “I was flabbergasted.
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In 2007, not long after graduation, she got an internship at the Public’s nightclub, Joe’s Pub, which morphed into a full-time job.
She helped shepherd about 800 shows a year into the space and began performing in some of them, such as the songwriter Shaina Taub’s The Daughters.
He describes it as a mix of rock concert, pageant, and Passion play, with influences from Lady Gaga to Alice Cooper.
The story unfolds in a dark, Gothic world, with costumes by Clint Ramos and a monolithic set by Chris Barreca that, Timbers says, “highlights the patriarchal society that Joan has to confront.” Unlike the immersive is staged on a traditional proscenium, and though it features Timbers’s signature use of pop culture to illuminate the past, it’s also, he says, “an incredibly earnest show that traffics as much in darkness as hope, with no hint of irony.”There’s a scene early on in which Joan ceremoniously cuts her hair and dons men’s clothes.