PRESS RELEASE, "Miss Longview Texas Drag Pageant" an original play, at Minnesota Fringe Festival
Date: Fri, 13 Jun 2014 09:16:24 -0700 (PDT)
Ronald Mark Hooker
114 West 24th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55404
Tel. (612) 244-4606
markhooker1 [at]


“The Miss Longview Texas Drag Pageant” Begins Merriment
at Minnesota Fringe Festival Starting July 31st

Brazen Theater presents the Minneapolis premiere of The Miss Longview Texas 
Drag Pageant, a new play written and directed by Mark Hooker  and co-directed 
by Janice Orlandi (Bette Davis Ain’t For Sissies”) and produced by Joel 
Thingvall (Producers Association, and Managing Director, Brazen Theatre) 
beginning July 31st at Theatre In The Round at 245 Cedar Avenue, Minneapolis. 
The show runs for five performances:  Thursday, July 31st at 7PM; Saturday, 
August 2nd at 10PM; Monday, August 4th at 7PM; Friday, August 8th at 5:30PM; 
and Saturday, August 9th at 8:30PM.  This play is presented as part of this 
year’s Minnesota Fringe Festival.

A gay Thanksgiving celebration at the Longview East Texas Victorian home of 
former drag performer, Dinky and his partner Renny replete with pinecone 
turkeys and apple martinis anticipates an evening Drag Contest at the local 
high school to be judged by none other than hometown boy and film star, Matthew 
McConaughey. The gathering is complicated by the unwelcome arrival of a saucy 
high school teacher and her sexually ambiguous former husband (the town 
sheriff) who expose secrets and deceptions of invited guests. Further mayhem 
ensues when an escaped convict takes the group hostage, and a mysterious light 
from the sky conjures thoughts of unwelcome alien guests, forcing everyone to 
ask the question, “are we alone in the universe”? Mark Hooker’s wild new comedy 
promises outrageous fun and an amusing homage to vintage television. 

The Miss Longview Texas Drag Pageant opened in New York City in December 2013 
to marvelous reviews:

Diana Prince
Stewart F. Lane Productions
…hysterical, reminiscent of all those theater of the ridiculous and absurd type 
comedies in the West Village decades ago… the cast was attractive and fearless… 
I didn’t expect to laugh so loudly…

Kessa De Santis
Off Broadway
… packed with ideas… the pace is fast, and there are laughs to be had…This work 
has a bit of everything

For tickets to this and all of the fringe shows, visit the official Minnesota 
Fringe Festival site at

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