June 15, 2020

Backstage at the Egyptian: Elliot Lubicz of Irrational Masters

Interview with Elliot Lubicz, Assistant Director of Irrational Masters 

Q: The Rocky Horror Picture Show has been a movie that has resonated with the LGBTQIA+ community since the 1970s. Why do you think this movie has continued to be relevant more than 40 years later?

A: I believe the LGBTQIA+ community is one of the driving forces behind keeping Rocky alive 40+ years later. It’s become such a staple to many of us, as Rocky really portrays sexuality and gender in such a confident, celebratory, unapologetic way. There’s a sense of belonging, a sense of humor, and a sense of tradition, with shows continuing to happen all across the world on a weekly basis. It gives us another space to be ourselves in a way we might not be able to in our day to day lives.

Q: Shadow casts have been a long tradition with The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Why did you want to become part of Irrational Masters?

A: From the first time I watched the movie, I was hooked. And the first time I saw a shadow cast live, it captured my heart. Seeing everyone in their costumes, dedicated to performing this bizarre show, getting the audience involved in a way that doesn’t happen so often anymore…It just gave me a wonderful feeling and I wanted to get involved, try performing on stage, and just be a part of that. And be a part of the history Rocky has made!

Q: If someone is interested in joining Irrational Masters, what is the best way for them to do this?

A: We’re always interested in growing our Rocky Horror family! The best way to get more information about joining is by contacting our director. You can send us a message through our Instagram (@irrationalmasters), our Facebook page (Irrational Masters), or our email (irrationalmasters4711@gmail.com).

Q: In what way do you think the phrase ‘don’t dream it, be it’ speaks to the audience?

A: I think the cool thing about this famous quote from Rocky is that anyone can apply it to their lives. Especially with Pride Month in mind, I personally believe it means to be authentically and unapologetically you. Own your identity, embrace who you are, go for your biggest dreams.