One-man show Ryan Raftery is the Most Powerful Woman in Fashion is way over the top. Raftery’s drag-version of Anna Wintour gets “chronic constipation” as a result of running that Kimye cover and fearing that she will be fired from Condé Nast by S.I. Newhouse.
After debuting earlier this month at Joe’s Pub, the show is scheduled for a pair of encore Friday late-night shows in early September. As Raftery recently told The Cut‘s Maggie Lange, it all started with a chance encounter:
Raftery has done a solo show a year since 2009 — and the five before this one were all about his personal life. He says that he ran out of material, and instead of “waiting to be kidnapped,” he decided to find some other subject matter.
When he saw Wintour in Midtown a couple years ago (Raftery reports she grimaced in his direction), it hit him: “She’s Darth Vader and Hillary Clinton in one little package.”
Although Wintour has yet to take in the show, her daughter Bee Shaffer – per Page Six – did attend the recent Joe’s Pub premiere. That’s her above, backstage, with Raftery. Tickets for next month’s encore run are $20. Break a wig![H/T: Paste magazine]