Katya: A Holiday Spectacular

Runs Dec 20Dec 22, 2023
Starring J. Conrad Frank as Katya Smirnoff-Skyy
Music Direction by Joe Wicht
Special Holiday Event

Titillating | Festive | Subversive

A beloved San Francisco tradition celebrating its 16th year, Katya, A Holiday Spectacular returns to NCTC for three nights only this holiday season. With songs ranging from classic holiday fare, and madcap medleys, to full-on disco Klezmer lunacy, see why Countess Katya Smirnoff-Skyy was named “Best Drag Act” by the San Francisco Bay Guardian. You and your loved ones are invited to experience the holidays as seen through the heavily lashed eyes of your Auntie Katya.

Length: 90 minutes plus one intermission

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The Countess Katya Smirnoff-Skyy (star; pronouns “Auntie”) has enthralled San Francisco audiences for a long … long time, with her unique blend of opera, pop, and booze-drenched comedy. Once Eastern Europe’s most sought-after Mezzo Soprano — understudy  the Countess now spends her evenings crooning and drinking her way through the finer theaters, bars, and bathhouses of America. She was named “Best Drag Act 2008” by the San Francisco Bay Guardian and winner of the 2019 “Bestie for Cabaret Performer” and has sold out runs at the Razz Room, Feinstein’s, Oasis, Don’t Tell Mama’s, and 18 years of monthly shows at Martuni’s. Katya played Blanche Hudson in Billy Cliff’s film Baby Jane and Mildred in Hush Up Sweet Charlotte. Follow her on TikTok @katyasmirnoff, and Instagram @katyasmirnoffskyy.

J. Conrad Frank (writer/performer; pronouns he/him) has delighted Bay Area audiences and critics alike for nearly twenty years in such productions as The Rocky Horror Show, Sweeney Todd, Clue, Jungle Red, and right here at NCTC in Buyer and Cellar, The Temperamentals, Die, Mommie, Die!, and Red Scare on Sunset, in both couture and pants.