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The Empress & The Prime Minister

Darrin Hagen

“There’s no place for the state in the bedrooms of the nation.” - Pierre Trudeau, Minister of Justice, 1967

The World Premiere of
The Empress & The Prime Minister

By Darrin Hagen
Translations by Gisèle Villeneuve

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On the 50th anniversary of the decriminalization of homosexuality in Canada, Darrin Hagen premieres a new play about the life of drag queen / activist ted northe, also known as the Empress of Canada. Mr. northe’s activism draws a young Minister of Justice, Pierre Trudeau to his side, and the two form a remarkable connection that changed Canada.

Featuring: Darrin Hagen & Joey Lespérance
Director: Bradley Moss
Set & Costume Designer: Tessa Stamp
Set & Lighting Designer: Scott Peters
Sound Designer/Composer: Darrin Hagen
Makeup Consultant: Neon
Stage Manager: Gina Moe

Photo by Ryan Parker Photography

Love, laughs and legislation
REVIEW: Liane Faulder, Edmonton Journal
“Congratulations, your majesty”
REVIEW: liz nicholls, 12thnight.ca
The Empress and the Prime Minister a gripping gay docu-drama
Review: Colin Maclean, gigcity.ca
an important untold Canadian history lesson
Review: maya abe, daze magazine
darrin hagen’s best work to date
review: graham hicks, hicksbiz.com
darrin hagen & joey lespÉrance on cbc
interview: mark connolly, edmonton am
the empress, the pm, the spins
review: i don’t get it podcast
an anniversary and a new darrin hagen play
preview: liz nicholls, 12thnight.ca
Darrin Hagen: ‘The man I am is because of the woman I was’
Preview: mike ross, gigcity.ca
Gaywire Podcast – Interview with Darrin Hagen & Joey Lespérance (Starts at 17:00)

production photos

Photos by Ian Jackson

          

          

          

          

          

          

          

          

           

           

          

          

           

          

 

Pre Production Photos

Photos by Ryan Parker Photography