Vrooommm! — NASCAR-themed play focuses on female racers in the sport

(Photo courtesy TriadStage.org)

Somehow, it’s hard to imagine NASCAR having a female driver nicknamed “Legs.”

Not only would the sanctioning body be accused of sexism, “Legs” isn’t exactly politically correct.

But main character Holly “Legs” Nelson apparently works in a new play entitled “Vrooommm!” that is based on NASCAR and female drivers in the sport.

Inspired by past NASCAR female drivers such as Sara Christian, Patty Moise and Shawna Robinson, “‘Vrooommm!’ is very fun and very funny,” director David Karl Lee told the Winston-Salem Journal.

“As a play, it explores some great gender and race issues in NASCAR,” Lee told the Journal. “But I grew up with ‘Laugh-In’ and ‘The Carol Burnett Show,’ and it has that kind of humor to it.”

Playwright Janet Allard wrote the script in 2007, long before the Danica Patrick era in NASCAR. It made its debut in New York in the summer of 2007, according to the Journal.

Prior to coming to Winston-Salem, the play had a special presentation at Victory Junction Gang Camp in Randleman, North Carolina.

“Vrooommm!”, presented by Triad Stage, will offer previews of the play tonight (7:30 p.m. ET) and Thursday (7:30 p.m. as well) at Hanesbrands Theatre in Winston-Salem.

The 90-minute play will officially kick off Friday at 8 p.m. ET, with additional dates slated for Saturday (8 p.m.), Sunday (2 p.m. matinee). Other dates include Feb. 3-4 (7:30 p.m.), Feb. 5-6 (8 p.m.) and Feb. 7 (2 p.m.).

Ticket prices range from $10.68 to $53.58. For more information, go to www.triadstage.org.

Eliza Huberth, a recent graduate of The Julliard School in New York City, plays Holly “Legs” Nelson in the comedy.

“(Holly) hits the scene in a really big way and throws off the male drivers,” Lee told the Journal. “The play is about many things, but the relationship between female and male drivers is a leading topic.”

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