Syracuse Stage and Rain Lounge seeking local contestants for the inaugural Salt City Drag Battle

(Syracuse, NY)—Syracuse Stage and Rain Lounge present the inaugural Salt City Drag Battle on Friday, March 23 in the Archbold Theatre at the Syracuse Stage/SU Drama Complex, 820 E. Genesee St. Who will be named the first-ever Salt City Queen or King and win a $1,000 cash prize?

Participants will be selected through a video application process on the Syracuse Stage website, which is open now. Interested participants should provide video of past performances. Deadline for submissions is March 5.

Hosted by “RuPaul’s Drag Race” alumni Mrs. Kasha Davis and Miss Darienne Lake, proceeds from the Salt City Drag Battle will benefit Syracuse Stage artistic programming. The pageant will feature eight contestants, who will showcase two looks and one talent performance. Finalists will then compete in a lip-sync battle for a winner-take-all grand prize.

“Syracuse Stage is excited to feature some great Central New York talent on our stage and we’re looking forward to seeing the videos people submit,” said Jill Anderson, managing director, Syracuse Stage. “As a fundraiser, we thought the Salt City Drag Battle would be a great fit because drag pageants embody some of the well-loved elements of theatre: spectacular showmanship, skilled entertainers and, of course, gorgeous costumes.”

Tickets for the Drag Battle are now on sale at the Syracuse Stage Box Office, 315-443-3275 and online. General admission tickets are $25. VIP tickets that include selected priority seating and a post-show champagne reception with the hosts are also available for $50.

About Syracuse Stage

Syracuse Stage is Central New York’s premier professional theatre in residence at Syracuse University. Founded in 1974, Stage has produced more than 300 plays in 44 seasons including a number of world, American, and East Coast premieres. Each season 70,000 patrons enjoy an adventurous mix of new plays, and bold interpretations of classics and musicals, featuring the finest theatre artists. In addition, Stage maintains a vital educational outreach program that annually serves more than 15,000 students from 14 counties. A solid core of subscribers and supporters helps keep Syracuse Stage a vibrant artistic presence in Central New York. Additional support comes from the government, foundations, corporations and Syracuse University. Syracuse Stage is a constituent of the Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for the American theatre, and a member of the Arts and Cultural Leadership Alliance (ACLA), the University Hill Corporation and the East Genesee Regent Association. Syracuse Stage is a member of The League of Resident Theatres (LORT), the largest professional theatre association in the country.