From a tender age Scott Townsend’s life is ruled by his slippery gender. Growing up a girly-boy in the projects of Cambridge, Massachusetts, under the watch of Doris, his dysfunctional, single mom, Scott is prey to bullying and assault. Already a talented singer and performer, Scott grows up to be revered drag queen Thirsty Burlington and delights club goers in Provincetown with his spot on impersonation of Cher. But even in this gay mecca, being Thirsty comes at a price.
Inspired by Scott/Thirsty’s life, Thirsty spotlights the power of gender identity to both endanger and work its magic. The journey moves through dramatic, fantasy and musical sequences coming full circle when Scott realizes what he wants most in life, “To be safe and comfortable in all his skins,” and loved for all that he is.