Boston’s most decorated drag king troupe has been through a lot lately—their tenth anniversary show, a fond farewell to long-time member Petey Gibson, and a weekend tour of the Cape. You know you’re busy when Pride’s looking like a breather. We spoke with a breathless Leighsa Burgin about ATKM’s past, present and future.
How was P-town?
Provincetown was great! It was perfect as usual. We had three shows, but we they were super, super quick, so we had time to unwind. I’m used to doing marathon shows, but this was like one hour—that’s just how the shows go down there. So yeah, it went really really well.
It was our treat to Petey, really.
What in store for the group’s future after Petey leaves?
We are not positive but we’re definitely planning on continuing. We’ve lost people before. We’ve had auditions, so that’s a possibility. We could also go incredibly and totally insane and try to do our show with five people. Which could totally work, we just have to work out some new duos and solos and make sure we maintain our integrity in what we do.
Keep it tight, keep it exciting, keep it, you know, going.
So you’re not performing this year, but do you have any plans for Pride?
Oh yes, definitely. Pride is something that we’ve always been a part of, so we’ll be out and about. Hopefully the week prior we’ll try to squeeze in a little bit of a break. [Laughs]
It’s actually kinda nice to be free—the organizers have said that nobody has performed that many times on stage.
What your (and the group’s) favorite Pride memory?
I think probably one of the favorite collective troupe memories is the year that we decorated a truck in a nautical theme. I don’t know why, but every year on Pride it tends to rain, and it was raining hard that year—all the different fish and sharks and things that were stuck to the truck just continued to fall off. Meanwhile, one of our members was running dangerously late, so she was booking it down the street after this truck that was shedding decorations everywhere.
MARCH WITH THE MEN AT
BOSTON PRIDE PARADE
COPLEY SQ. TO CITY HALL PLAZA