Fans of Will & Grace are quite familiar with Leslie Jordan, who won an Emmy for his performance as Mr. Beverly Leslie, Karen Walker's uppity nemesis. Since 1982, the Chattanooga native--who's only 4'11"--has appeared in many major TV shows (Boston Legal, Murphy Brown, Lois & Clark, Dharma & Greg, Star Trek: Voyager), offbeat films (Farm Sluts, Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday) and the southern-fried sordidness of playwright Del Shores' stage works (Southern Baptist Sissies, etc.). In addition, Jordan has penned his own plays (Hysterical Blindness and Other Southern Tragedies, Like a Dog on Linoleum), which have toured successfully, and is also the author of a recent autobiography, My Trip Down the Pink Carpet, which provides the source material for this new one-man show. Jordan discusses being an openly gay actor but also takes many side trips through his angst-ridden Southern Baptist upbringing, his adolescent sexual awakenings, his struggles with substance abuse and getting on the road to recovery. It won't all be effete one-liners, but expect enough of that to keep things light.
Mon., Sept. 8, 8 p.m., 2008