The Edmonton Queen: The Final Voyage

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Brindle and Glass, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 247 pages
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A Drag Dynasty is about to be divined from the high life decade of decadence. It is destined, pre-ordained - and perfectly coiffed. Darrin Hagen, under the mentorship of his drag mother, Lulu LaRude, rose to the height of glamour as Gloria Hole, performer extraordinaire at the legendary Flashback nightclub. Beneath the layers of nightlife, stage lights and make-up lay the complex relationships of a chosen family. Both hilarious and moving, The Edmonton Queen: The Final Voyage once again invites readers to the exclusive party that was, and should not be missed again.

 

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Amazing! I knew Darrin before knowing about his book, which is funny. Once I read it took me a while to connected Gloria Hole and Darrin Hagen, but I guess so much creativity has to express itself in every possible way.
After participating on the Edmonton Queer History Bus Tour and listen to his feverish talk about tales and histories that happened on the city I had to buy his book.
And surprised I was when I found out that one of my Vancouver friends, Patrick Monaghan is part of such a fabulous tale.
I guess, in the end, we are all part of his history, being there or not, it is a tale about our culture and history.
 

Contents

Gloria
1
Somewhere in a field near Tofield H
7
One Mans Garbage J
39
Cry Me A River
141
The Bigger Picture
199
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About the author (2007)

Darrin Hagenis a freelance playwright, writer, composer, performer, director and Drag Artiste. For two decades he has been at the helm of the annual Loud & Queer Cabaret. He is also the artistic director of the award-winning independent theatre company Guys In Disguise, Canada's leading theatre company when it comes to cross-dressing comedies, and which not only co-produces the L&Q Cabaret every year, but also tours and promotes Queer theatre across Canada and in the U.S. He is the author of The Edmonton Queen: The Final Voyage,and Tornado Magnet: A Salute to Trailer Court Women,both published by Brindle & Glass Publishing. Plays by Hagen include BitchSlap!; The Neo-Nancies: Hitler's Kickline; Buddy; With Bells On; The Glory, The Fury; Inventing Rasputin; Tornado Magnetand The Edmonton Queen.He has received seven Sterling Awards for his work in Edmonton Theatre. Buddywas nominated for a Sterling Award for Outstanding New Play; With Bells Onwas nominated for a Betty Mitchell Award for Best New Play; and The Edmonton Queenreceived a Sterling Award for Outstanding New Fringe Work. Hagen also received an AMPIA for Best Male Host for his work on the Life Channel Series Who's On Top? In 2005, Hagen was named as one of 100 Edmontonians of the Century to mark the city's centennial. His name came alphabetically after Gretzky. To the best of his knowledge, he's the only Drag Queen on that list.

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