Courtney Berringers (given name: Anthony Knighton) would like to welcome you to her wake! She has recently died from complications due to AIDS, you see. And by recent, we mean 2019 in rural Georgia, baby. But—make no mistake—this isn’t your grandma’s funeral. There will be no black frocks, no perfumed flowers, and definitely no crying. Probably. Tonight is a celebration.
At the Wake of a Dead Drag Queen by Terry Guest is a one-act, two-hander play about Blackness, queerness, and the fine art of drag. From African goddesses to Shirley Brown to Trina, At the Wake thoughtfully uses the conceit of drag performance—the taking on of another persona—to explore identity, illness, and the narratives we construct for ourselves. Come party at the wake.
Stage Manager — Lucy Whipp
Production Design — Racquel Postiglione
Scenic Design — Alyssa Mohn
Lighting Design — Kyle Cunningham
Costume Design — Uriel Gomez
Sound Design — Sam Clapp
Courtney/Anthony — Terry Guest
Vickie/Hunter — Paul Michael Thomson