“At the Wake of a Dead Drag Queen” at Trustus Theatre
Courtney Berringers would like to welcome you to her wake! But make no mistake—this ain’t your grandma’s funeral. At the Wake of a Dead Drag Queen is a one-act play about Blackness, southern queerness, and the fine art of drag. From African Gods and Goddesses to Trina and Whitney Houston, At the Wake thoughtfully uses storytelling, drama, and drag to explore identity, illness, and the narratives we construct for ourselves. The two-person cast features Hermon Whaley Jr. as Courtney and Elena Devour as Vicky Versaille, directed and choreographed by Trustus Company member Terrance Henderson. The scintillating comedic drama asks, “What would it be like if you had a chance to come back to tell your story, to grow in the afterlife?” Come party at the wake. Bring your own heels!
At the Wake of a Dead Drag Queen is presented by special arrangement with playwright Terry Guest.
Runtime: Approx. 2 hours including 15 minute intermission
Join us for a talkback on Sunday, April 3 at 5:15 p.m. following our matinee performance. The talkback will feature creatives from the At the Wake team and community partners committed to working with the LGBTQ+ population in Columbia discussing the power of drag and queerness in the South.
Trustus Theatre thanks our community partners: PALSS – HIV & AIDS Assistance in South Carolina, the Agape Table, and South Carolina Black Pride.