part anecdotal memory, part history lesson and part foundation for a
Sizzle video/photo credits: Choreography by Shanna Beauchamp, Music by Dan Graul, DP Kathryn L. Beranich Makeup Marcus Barela Script Supervisor Andrew Oropeza
Photo credit Kathryn L. Beranich or David LeBarron
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In this play, Auntie, an aging drag queen, sits backstage with a newbie-queen and bequeaths to her the legacy of a people. Auntie recounts her own ridiculousness coming of age in NYC in the 90’s, meeting Quentin Crisp, having her nails done, and getting bashed. As a dilettante historian, she reaches across continents and times to weave a broader tale that ties her own adventures into the tapestry of queer history.
“You came from a people. A betrayed race of glitter and tucking, of illusion and bone-crushing, throat-throttling reality,” she tells her protégé. “Being happy is the most politically threatening thing you can be. Smile all the time.”
Faced with her mortality, Auntie needs a younger hand to receive her bedazzled torch. Our community asks: What is drag? Why is it so powerful? Where has it existed and for how long? Why is drag history important? Auntie has answers and she ain’t afraid to say it how it is!
Auntie’s endowment is our birthright. Information we need as a community to thrive. As our community ages we must hand the honored, hallowed and horrifying past to the next generation.
David LeBarron stars in this solo show of epic future memory. Storyteller credits include: Proud Kids, Pagan Tales, The Chronicles of Steve the Bossy Bottom, as well as countless performances throughout Los Angeles. Playwright: Nerd Anarchy, Magickal Monsters, First Elders, Sex Life of Achilles, Little Black Veil and many others. For over 17 years, he has continued his mission of queer celebration in LA at various theatres and bars, often through his company APT 3F. As Auntie Luscious, he has devoured many stages in NYC and LA. www.davidlebarron.com
The Complete History of Drag in a Few Mo-mo is a solo show written and starring David LeBarron. Directed by Marc Silvia Produced by APT 3F. Press contact: Andrew Henkes (917) 607-0740
Memories play and stray in this new solo show. Backstage at a drag show, Auntie, an old diva, teaches a newbie her fabulous lineage, from ancient times to current affairs, a resilient race of glitter, tucking and throat throttling reality. Auntie’s endowment: a birthright. Her stories: hysterical.
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Links to Videos:
Mo-mo moment 1: https://vimeo.com/197933410
Mo-mo moment 2: https://vimeo.com/197934125
Mo-mo moment 3: https://vimeo.com/197934768
Mo-mo moment 4: https://vimeo.com/197935753
Mo-mo moment 5: https://vimeo.com/197937287