John Epperson writer, performer


John Epperson (AKA LYPSINKA) was born in Hazlehurst, Mississippi.  

Film actor:  Black Swan, Witch Hunt with Dennis Hopper, Wigstock: The Movie, Angels in America, Kinsey, Vampire’s Kiss and Another Gay Movie.  

Theatre actor: Wallace Shawn’s Evening at the Talk House (Off Broadway, 2017), Once Upon A Mattress (Off Broadway, 2015), John Epperson: Show Trash; Lypsinka! The Trilogy (both 2014), I Could Go On Lip-Synching; Now It Can Be Lip-Synched; Lypsinka! A Day In The Life (2 Drama Desk nominations); As I Lay Lip-Synching; Lypsinka Must Be Destroyed!; Lypsinka IS Harriet Craig!; Lypsinka! The Boxed Set (Washington, D.C. Helen Hayes Award Outstanding Non-Resident Production; L.A. Weekly Theatre Award Best Solo Performance; Drama Desk nomination); The Stepmother in NYCO production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella at Lincoln Center; The Passion of the Crawford, a fantasia on the personality of Joan Crawford and Off Broadway John Epperson: Show Trash; Lypsinka! The Trilogy (2014), and a cabaret show John Epperson: The Artist Principally Known As Lypsinka.  

Writer: a play – My Deah: Medea For Dummies (Obie-winning production); 2 stage musicals – Ballet of the Dolls, Dial “M” For Model; and half a play: a rewrite of James Kirkwood’s notorious Legends! produced at Studio Theatre in D.C.  

Mr. Epperson has also written for The Guardian, The New York Times, The Washington Post and Interview. He was the guest curator of the Club 57 film series “You Are Now One Of Us” at the Museum of Modern Art 2017 – 2018. As a film historian, he has lectured about movies for MoMA, The New School, Anthology Film Archives and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Epperson and Lypsinka are the subjects of an Emmy-winning television documentary for PBS.