The Edmonton Queen: The Final Voyage

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Brindle and Glass, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 247 pages

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.


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About the author (2007)

Darrin Hagenis a freelance playwright, writer, composer, performer, director and Drag Artiste. 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-produced the L&Q Cabaret for 2 decades, but also tours and promotes Queer theatre across Canada and in the U.S. He has spent decades researching the LGBTQ history of Edmonton and transforming it into theatrical productions, bus tours, and photo exhibits. He is the author of The Edmonton Queen: The Final Voyage, and Tornado Magnet: A Salute to Trailer Court Women, as well as the editor of Queering the Way: The Loud & Queer Anthology, all published by Brindle & Glass Publishing. Plays by Hagen include The Empress & The Prime Minister; Witch Hunt at the Strand; BitchSlap!; The Neo-Nancies: Hitler's Kickline; Buddy; With Bells On; The Glory, The Fury; Inventing Rasputin; Tornado Magnet and The Edmonton Queen. He has received seven Sterling Awards for his work in Edmonton Theatre. Witch Hunt at the Strand and Buddy were both nominated for Sterling Awards for Outstanding New Play; With Bells On was nominated for a Betty Mitchell Award and a Sterling Award for Best New Play; and The Edmonton Queen received 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? With his collaborator, Trevor Schmidt, he has created the award-winning Flora & Fawna's Field Trip; Prepare for the Worst!; Puck Bunnies; Don't Frown at the Gown; and the musical Klondykes.He was recently named by the Alberta Foundation for the Arts as one of the 25 most influential artists in Alberta in the last 25 years. He was inducted into the Q Hall of Fame Canada for his contribution to Queer culture. 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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