Edmonton’s Loud & Queer Cabaret has been blazing trails and shining a light on Queer arts and culture for twenty years. The showcase has debuted more than three hundred pieces of stunning performance and art from both established and emerging talent alike.
From the Loud & Queer Cabaret archives, here are some of the most memorable pieces, from monologues to cabarets to one-act plays. Diversity of the LGBTQ experience is at the heart of this powerful collection. Voices ring out with stories and perspectives that will make you laugh, cry, and glow with Pride. This heartfelt anthology is a testament to great courage, a celebration of art, and the power of authenticity.
- Trevor Anderson • Marc Colbourne • Beau Coleman
- T. L. Cowan • Nathan Cuckow • Ruth DyckFehderau
- Peter Field • R. W. Gray • Nick Green • Kristy Harcourt
- Susan Holbrook • Susan Jeremy • Laurie MacFayden
- Chandra Mayor • Darrin M. McCloskey • Berend McKenzie
- Gerald Osborn • Rosemary Rowe • Norm Sacuta
- Trevor Schmidt • christina starr • Michaela Washburn
Darrin Hagen is an award-winning writer, composer and actor, as well as Canada's most notorious drag performer. For nine years he was the co-host of Help!TV, seen nationally on Canadian Learning Television, and his next series, "Who's On Top? " debuted in January 2003 on the Life Channel. He was the first Drag Artiste in Canada to host a national television series. In 2005, Hagen was named as one of 100 Edmontonians of the Century for the city’s centennial anniversary celebrations. To the best of his knowledge, he's the only drag queen on that list. Visit Hagen's theatre company website at web.mac.com/guysindisguise.
What better way to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of Western Canada's longest-running queer arts showcase than with a book of some of the finest work from LGBTQ writers and performers across Canada? —Prairie books NOW
On its richest level, this book is a testament to both the pain and joy that affects people's lives. Diving into difficult subjects that society would rather skirt around, the anthology also expresses an exposed sense of fear. . . . To take in a collective work, especially one so diverse as the Loud & Queer Anthology, is not an easy task. There are so many different points of life addressed in such a small, innocent-looking volume that it can be overwhelming. Yet because of this, it bursts with life. Queering the Way is a resounding work, with the utterly unmistakable qualities of authenticity and pride. —The Gateway
Poignant, funny, sad and titillating: Queering the Way offers an interesting read, and a wonderful recap and celebration of how far the [Loud & Queer] festival and Alberta’s LBGTQ community in general has come in the past 20 years. —GayCalgary and Edmonton Magazine
As with all artistic expression, these pieces not only represent a moment or a collection of moments for the artist—they also pull something out of the collective memories and experiences of their respective environments . . . Throughout this anthology [editor Darrin] Hagen pulls together the disparate and diverse cultures, perceptions and experiences that have formed queer artistic expression in Alberta for decades. —rabble. ca
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