Jamie faces his two most defining relationships, booze and Mama Jean, in the solo show ripped from the pages of his critically-acclaimed memoir.


2017 FRIGID Festival Presents Dangerous When Wet: Booze, Sex & My Mother; written and performed by Jamie Brickhouse and directed by Obie-winning David Drake

The Kraine Theater, 85 E. 4th St. NYC 10003
Thurs., Feb. 23, 5:30 PM; Sun., Feb. 26, 3:30 PM; Mon., Feb. 27, 5:30 PM; Tues., Feb. 28, 10:30 PM; Sat., March 4, 8:20 PM

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Sodomite Jamie Brickhouse (two-time Moth SLAM champion) faces his three most defining relationships—booze, sex, and his Texas tornado of a mother Mama Jean—in this darkly comic tour de force. Ripped from the pages of his critically acclaimed memoir that Interview magazine called “as funny as an evening with Carrie Fisher,” and Paul Rudnick praised as “witty, blisteringly honest, and wickedly intoxicating,” it sparkles under the direction of Obie Award-winning David Drake, who recently directed the The Jamb. Dangerous When Wet is part of the 11th Annual 2017 FRIGID Festival.

With dazzling wit and unflinching honesty set against a multi-media backdrop of evocative photos, home movies, vintage postcards, and music haunted by Peggy Lee’s “Is That All There Is?”, Jamie tells the story of wrestling way too close to—and later loose from—booze, sex, and his bombastic, adorable Mama Jean. It’s a unique story about alcoholism, illness, death, AIDS, family heartbreak, and the relationship between a gay son and his mother. From the age of five stuck in Beaumont, Texas, all Jamie wanted was to be at a cocktail party with a martini in one hand and a cigarette in the other. All Mama Jean wanted was to keep him at that age, her Jamie doll forever. A Texan Elizabeth Taylor with the split personality of Auntie Mame and Mama Rose, she never had a thought she didn’t speak. Mama Jean cast a long shadow throughout Jamie’s life, no matter how deep in booze he swam or how far away from her amid New York’s drinking set he strayed. She unwittingly saves him as he discovers the meaning of love—Mama Jean’s kind of love.

Praise for Jamie Brickhouse & Dangerous When Wet (the book)

“As funny as an evening with Carrie Fisher.” –Interview
“Jamie is a natural born storyteller and performer.” –NYC Chapter, Alzheimer's Association
“Witty, blisteringly honest, and wickedly intoxicating.” –Paul Rudnick 
“Glamorously tragic and howlingly funny.” –Entertainment Weekly
“Jamie plunges into his dark days of boozing.” –Vanity Fair
“Move over, Augusten Burroughs. You’ve got company.” –Wally Lamb
“Blisteringly funny [and] wrenching…Bravo!” –Mary Karr
“Mama Jean takes center stage…never a shortage of drama or humor.” –Washington Post
“Brickhouse’s blunt account of addiction and recovery is laced with twisted humor.” –Out
“Mama Jean teaches more about life than any self-help book.” –Josh Kilmer-Purcell
“Jamie brings flair, laughter, and a glamorous warmth to tough subjects…”  –Alex Kuczynski
“To hear Jamie perform is to be invited into a funhouse of memory.” –Texas Book Festival
“[Jamie is] hilarious, warm, magnetic, and charming.”  –Spoken Interludes
“Jamie brought Mama Jean to life.” –Baltimore Book Festival/CityLit Project