The Real Black Swann: Confessions of America’s First Black Drag Queen
Written & Performed by Les Kurkendaal-Barrett
Directed by Tom Trudgeon
Cultural Consultation by Brittney S. Wheeler
Co-Produced by Celebration Theatre & Los Angeles LGBT Center
While under anesthetic euphoria, a Black gay artist named Les is visited by the effervescent spirit of William Dorsey Swann, AKA “The Queen”. Surviving antebellum enslavement, Swann rises from the ashes of racial oppression to become the first Queen of Drag and queer activist on record. During their journey, Swann guides a complacent Les through time, popping his Glinda-esque pink bubble of self-preservation, and provokes him to challenge all too familiar modern-day monsters.