“I grew up gay, in Rocky Mountain House, in the ‘70s, in a trailer court. I wore glasses and I played accordion. I had a lot of things going against me.”
But Darrin Hagen has used every one of those things to inform his work as an artist. He has worn – and continues to wear – many hats (all of them stylish): Playwright, actor, sound designer, musician, composer, performer, director, TV host, and activist. And, although he admits those days are for the most part behind him, Edmonton’s best-known drag queen. He has succeeded brilliantly in so many artistic pursuits and he’s done it all with incredible charm, grace, caring, a strong sense of community and an ever present sense of humour.
Darrin is a major spark plug on the Edmonton theatre scene and this year he, and his partner Kevin Hendricks, are celebrating the 30th anniversary of Edmonton’s most flamboyant theatre group Guys In Disguise – creators and presenters of legendary Cross-Dressing Comedies. As the 36th Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival prepares to fling open its many doors, Guys In Disguise are busy putting the finishing touches on two productions, Puck Bunnies (written by Trevor Schmidt & Darrin) and The Broads Of Broadway.
This week’s Mixtape is all about Darrin Hagen but where the music is concerned, Darrin says, “… it’s all about the girls.” Catch it Wednesday evening at 7pm MT.
*Darrin’s playlist also includes “Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God)” by Kate Bush, which is not on Spotify.