Tuesday, July 12, 2022

Fringe 2022 - Returning Favorites - Les Kurkendaal-Barrett


The Real Black Swann, Confessions of America’s First Black Drag Queen – Kurkendaal-Barrett Presentations

Winner of The Doric Wilson Award Dublin Gay Theatre Festival . Winner of Fringe Encore , Cincy Fringe .The true story of William Dorsey Swann , former slave who became the Queen of Drag in the 1800’s

A return to our live, on-stage Fringe would feel incomplete without a new storytelling offering from Les.

Not that I’m surprised, but Les was also one of the rare artists who managed to transcend the limitations of the Fringe going virtual for a year or two.  His 2020 show online, Climbing My Family Tree, was great even on a screen.

Les is technically a touring act, but we see him so often (Thank God) that he feels like a local Fringe artist.  He was on my pre-Fringe top 10 list way back in 2007, but even then I was late to the party - Les had been sharing his storytelling gifts in the Minnesota Fringe several years before that.  I finally caught his Christmas In Bakersfield show in 2006, and when he remounted it in 2007, that’s when Mom finally got a chance to see Les in action and immediately became a fan as well.  So every summer she visited thereafter, Mom insisted that if the Fringe lottery was kind and Les had a show in the festival, it was going on our schedule.

Very much looking forward to seeing what Les has for us all this year.

(You can click on the following links to see a set of links to the full Top 10 list, the Top 11-20 list, a list of returning favorites, and the full coverage of the 2022 Fringe on this blog.) 



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