Book Club (for Plays) #1: Hosanna by Michel Tremblay hosted by Darrin Hagen”
About Darrin Hagin
DARRIN HAGEN is an award-winning playwright, authour, composer, performer, Queer historian and drag artiste. He has created over 40 plays, and dozens of published essays and articles, many dealing with the history of sexual minorities in Alberta. Over 3 decades ago he launched the radical crossdressing comedy company Guys In Disguise, which altered the landscape of Queer performance in Edmonton. He has served as Writer In Residence for both the Edmonton Public Library and the U of A Dept. of English and Film Studies. In 2005 he was named one of 100 Edmontonians of the Century. In 2013 he was inducted into the Q Hall of Fame Canada for his contribution to Queer Canadian culture. He was recently named by the AFA as one of the 25 Most Influential Alberta artists in the last 25 years. He has received 7 Sterling awards for his work in Edmonton theatre.
Recently, Darrin has been spending his time composing music, taking thousands of photos, and writing plays, moving forward on my research of the Pisces raid, and creating stories about his love affair with music! He’s have been working on several essays for Edmonton City As Museum Project creating awareness about Edmonton’s Queer history.
In August he teamed up with some of his fringe collaborators and created a radio play from their ten-year old fringe play Dragula. He’s teamed up with the current Writer In Residence at the U of A (poet J. R. Carpenter) to write and record an audio experiment about the North Saskatchewan River called “kisiskâciwanisîpiy. Or, When is a Beach?”
Additional hosts, dates, and reading assignments will be announced in the New Year.
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