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The Real Black Swann Confessions of America‘s First Black Drag Queen

Presented by Cincinnati Fringe Festival and Know Theatre of Cincinnati at Art Academy of Cincinnati, Cincinnati OH

Jun 04 - 17 2022
The Real Black Swann Confessions of America‘s First Black Drag Queen

Everybody knows the real tabernacle of Dad’s kitchen is the toaster.

Part of the 2022 Cincinnati Fringe Festival!


The Real Black Swann Confessions of America’s First Black Drag Queen is the true story of William Dorsey Swann . He was a former slave who became the Queen of Drag in the 1800’s He fought racism, homophobia and became the first gay activist.

Category: Solo Performance

Tags: Storytelling, Historical, LGBT

Rating: PG-13 (13+)

Venue: Art Academy Room 663 (A663)
Run Time: 55 Minutes

Artist Bio
Les Kurkendaal-Barrett is an actor, writer and storyteller based in Los Angeles. He has been touring Fringe Festivals around the world since 2000. He has done film, television but he has a special fondness for Fringe Festivals. He has also appeared on The Moth.


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Part of the 2022 Cincinnati Fringe Festival!

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Art Academy of Cincinnati

1212 Jackson Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

Info regarding how this event is being affected by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.:

With an ongoing pandemic, Cincy Fringe is working to ensure that artists and patrons have a fantastic, safe, and COVID-free Fringe. Updated COVID safety guidelines will be issued closer to the festival based upon pandemic conditions. Please note: Efforts to control COVID-19 exposure must be collaborative. We need participation from audiences, artists, and staff.

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