Miss Richfield 1981 dishes on her new show, which takes her to China, then back home for the holidays.
Miss Richfield 1981 wasn’t in the pink when she took a phone call the other day. She’d picked up a bug somewhere in her constant travels (“that’s life on the road”). But, trouper that she is, her charm rose above the sniffles and raspy cough as she talked about the show she will open Friday at Illusion Theater in Minneapolis: “Sweet & Sour Richfield — Made in China.”
Q: Does this show have anything to do with Christmas?
A: It doesn’t have Christmas in the title, but it’s very Christmasy. We always do the first half on my Provincetown show that I’ve done all year long and that’s what makes it so exciting for the people who like to come every year because it’s a new show. Then after the break, it’s all holiday things — some traditional and some new stuff.
Q: A reviewer said this show is about you leaving the United States. That’s so dramatic.
A: It’s very dramatic. I’m still working on the details, but the people of Richfield buy me Greyhound bus tickets all the time and send me out of town. Since 1981, I’ve really only been home a month and a half. Every time I get home, there on the screen door of my trailer is taped another bus ticket. This time, they said they wanted to send me as far away as possible. So they said pick some place, and I thought, I’ve never been to China, and I don’t think they have anything like me in China.
Q: Would you be comfortable in a Communist country?
A: I don’t want to wear a uniform. I think they all wear the same clothes, and I wouldn’t be comfortable with that. The other thing about it is, I’ve visited Canada and communism over there can’t be that much different than it is in Canada. And besides, I haven’t tried being a Communist, so it’s hard to be negative about something when you’ve never tried it first.
Q: Does Chinese food agree with you?
A: I usually run like a faucet when I eat that sort of thing, so it could be a great weight-loss option for me. I could be looking better than ever. But I am going to bring a few cans of Bumblebee tuna with me. Things have been tough the last few years so I’ve been eating cat food and I’m thinking they must have cat food over there. Or maybe I’ll just start eating cats. We’ll play it by ear.
Q: Yeah, I thought it might make you a little gassy.
A: I’ve been gassy since September 1979. I wear a couple pair of tights, and usually I can control that pretty well. Not to mention, with all of my fantastic choreography, I can work out whatever builds up in the course of a day.