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Deconstruction Of A Drag Queen

Circle Circle Dot Dot’s Latest Community Based Production

Above: Meet the Cast of Circle Circle Dot Dot's "Deconstruction of a Drag Queen:" (from left) Julio Jacobo, James P. Darvas, Shaun Tuazon, Melissa Coleman-Reed, Kevane La'Marr Coleman, Justin Warren Martin.

Aired 3/26/12 on KPBS Midday Edition.

GUESTS:

Katherine Harroff, artistic director/founder of Circle Circle Dot Dot, and writer/director of "Deconstruction of a Drag Queen"

Anthony Diaz, co-choreographer of "Deconstruction of a Drag Queen," Dancer with San Diego Dance Theater, and performs as Grace Towers

Transcript

Circle Circle Dot Dot calls itself "community based" theater. This means it wants to find stories in the community to share. The latest community it is tapping into is the world of drag queens. Circle Circle Dot Dot's new play is "Deconstruction of a Drag Queen," written by its artistic director Katherine Harroff and in collaboration with members of the Drag Artist Performance Community of San Diego. The play is inspired by the life of Anthony Diaz who is well known in the San DIego drag community as Grace Towers.

In the play, Michael (played by Shaun Tuazon) is the alter ego for Diaz/Grace Towers. Michael's mother dreams of her son growing up to be a doctor, but Michael is busy trying on his sister's dresses and dancing to female pop artists of the 80's. For Circle Circle Dot Dot's next original community-based production they decided to go under the wigs and into the closets of some of the most delicious Drag Performers of San Diego and found that besides the make-up, the glitter, the hip pads, and the heels- the most important ingredient to becoming a true diva is bravery. The play takes audiences into the world of Stilettos, a one-stop gender-bending performance destination to join the Duchess Hunny Mustard (Julio Jacobo) as she puts on a very special production that unveils the crowning of their newest Queen.

According to Harroff, "'Deconstruction of a Drag Queen' tells the timeless tale of forbidden love, but it isn't a love for another person that drives our main character to break all the rules that were set for his life, it's the love of this incredible art form. This play is dedicated to anyone that has had the strength to take risks in the name of love- and I am hopeful that it may inspire others to rise above the binds of intolerance to discover the diva within."

Please note that adult themes and language are used in this production.

Circle Circle Dot Dot's "Deconstruction of a Drag Queen" opens April 6 and runs through April 27 at the 10th Avenue Theater in Downtown San Diego.

Suggested film viewing: "Paris is Burning," "The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert," "La Cage Aux Folles," and anything by John Waters and starring Divine

Comments

Avatar for user 'Gabriela'

Gabriela | March 26, 2012 at 9 p.m. ― 2 years, 9 months ago

This is a great review! I'm glad it does not reduce drag to something that is merely sexual, but sees it as both an art, and as a courageous statement of freedom and individuality. I'm looking forward to the show!

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Peking_Duck_SD | March 27, 2012 at 9:35 a.m. ― 2 years, 9 months ago

I'm putting this one on my calendar, sounds like an interesting and fun show!

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Beth Accomando, KPBS Staff | March 27, 2012 at 10:51 a.m. ― 2 years, 9 months ago

Thanks for the comments and glad the discussion stirred some interest not only in the topic but also for a new and small theater company.

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Missionaccomplished | March 29, 2012 at 1:01 p.m. ― 2 years, 8 months ago

Oooooops! Either KPBS put this in the wrong section or there is a dearth of new movies out there!

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Beth Accomando, KPBS Staff | March 30, 2012 at 6:27 p.m. ― 2 years, 8 months ago

Cinema Junkie is my blog so I frequently put other, non-film arts stories that I do on my blog. Plus, if you actually read the post you would realize that I offer some film recommendations to go along with the play.

Thanks for the comments.

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ShaunTwaz | April 9, 2012 at 3:29 p.m. ― 2 years, 8 months ago

Woo!! The audiences have been amazing and the response has been incredibly supportive. Circle Circle dot dot is a remarkable theatre organization producing some fantastic original work!

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Beth Accomando, KPBS Staff | April 9, 2012 at 7:13 p.m. ― 2 years, 8 months ago

I will be doing a TV feature on Circle Circle Dot Dot's Deconstruction of a Drag Queen on Friday's Evening Edition on April 13 at 6:30pm. Hope you can check it out.

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Missionaccomplished | April 10, 2012 at 9:31 a.m. ― 2 years, 8 months ago

"Please note that adult themes and language are used in this production."

No kidding.

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Missionaccomplished | April 10, 2012 at 9:33 a.m. ― 2 years, 8 months ago

"Suggested film viewing: "Paris is Burning,"

DEFINATELY not to be confused with Rene Clement's 1996 IS PARIS BURNING?

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Missionaccomplished | April 10, 2012 at 9:37 a.m. ― 2 years, 8 months ago

I will be doing a TV feature on Circle Circle Dot Dot's Deconstruction of a Drag Queen on Friday's Evening Edition on April 13 at 6:30pm"

"6:28 KPBS Evening Edition From politics to policy, environment to education, KPBS Evening Edition will give you the information you need to understand what’s happening and why in your local community. KPBS Evening Edition delivers accurate, indepth analysis that includes the diverse voices of San Diego and our region. Each weeknight, host Joanne Faryon will break down the top news stories of the day supported by a team of expert KPBS reporters and"

I fail to see where it mentions "arts and entertainment."

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Missionaccomplished | April 10, 2012 at 1:57 p.m. ― 2 years, 8 months ago

The foto looks like a staged reading not an actual production? A past staging? There is absolutely no mention in the article.

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Studying_Nomad | April 10, 2012 at 2:08 p.m. ― 2 years, 8 months ago

Lol Missionaccomplished, go see it already. You seem like you're angry about the topic but also interested.

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Missionaccomplished | April 10, 2012 at 8:59 p.m. ― 2 years, 8 months ago

No, as a produced playwright, just disgusted about the politics of the local scene. I even drifted away for a couple of years eroneously thinking things would change!

If this is a staged reading, the exposure being granted is indeed rare. That only happens when there is a big name involved in the cast (nothing here) or there is a "connection" and "hook-up" buddy system style which could be the case here. (Many other plays around town would envy the exposure.)

And I am also fed up every time I hear the lip service about "original work." An AD producing his or her own underwritten manuscript is NOT synonymous with reaching out for new material from unknowns. I attended a "talk" last year with some ADs and MOELEO or whatever they call itself is another culprit in that category.

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Beth Accomando, KPBS Staff | April 10, 2012 at 10:35 p.m. ― 2 years, 8 months ago

Missionaccomplished- if you had listened to the actual interview before commenting then maybe you would have understood that this is indeed an "original" work by the artistic director of Circle Circle Dot Dot and that she researches and writes an original piece set within different communities for each of the company's plays. This is her third production. Because this interview was done BEFORE the play opened or went into dress rehearsals there were no photos of the production, hence the description "meet the cast" rather than described as "a scene from" the play.

I hope you are open minded enough to go to the play before passing judgment on it.

Thanks to everyone for the comments.

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theatreluvr | April 12, 2012 at 5:03 p.m. ― 2 years, 8 months ago

Someone must have done something mean to Missionaccomplished ...........
Seems so angry at something.

The people over at Circle Circle dot dot have a really great story and really something special with their show. That's probably the reason they are getting the media attention.

It's one that should not be missed. I can't wait to watch the KPBS special!

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