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Rogue Show Preview: Adventures While Black in Great Britain

IN THE February 20 ISSUE

FROM THE 2019 Articles,
andArts & Entertainment

by Les Kurkendaal

The Rogue Festival will be here soon-it opens on March 1! Here is another Rogue Performer Preview article, with more going up today as well, and more coming this weekend, and all the way up to Rogue!-you will be able to find them all in our Arts & Entertainment section. We also have a Rogue Festival event page with many of their press releases, and an article about this year’s Muse.

I am returning to The Rogue Festival with a brand new show. My show Adventures While Black in Great Britain is a solo show that tells the true story of a trip that I took to England.

The reason why I was there was to meet my new husband’s relatives. He is white, and I am black. I really didn’t want to meet them because in my last relationship (which was also an interracial relationship) my ex-boyfriend took me home to meet his family in Bakersfield, and even though in the end they claimed that my color was not an issue, I found out after the break up that they really didn’t like me because I was black. So, I really didn’t want to deal with another person’s family.

rogue festival

Les Kurkendaal

I was open to being in a relationship, but I was not open to meeting new in-laws. And the fact that they lived in another country meant that I would never have to see them. But then a situation came up where I had to go. There was an emergency, so I had to be there. And so while I was there, I had to meet the family.

I ended up having to travel around the entire country. The show not only talks about race, it also talks about British culture and American culture and the challenges that come along with both. I always inject humor into my stories. I am passionate about the art of storytelling. I feel that everyone has a story to tell.

I have been to The Rogue Festival several times, and I really enjoy performing at the festival. Audiences are fun and ready for a good time.

The show is at The Revue on March 1 at 7 p.m., March 2 at 6:30 p.m., March 3 at 2 p.m. , March 8 at 5:30 and March 9 at 8 p.m. Tickets can be purchased n the Rogue Festival website.

If you love local theatre, be sure to check out our new Mysteryrat’s Maze Podcast, which features mysteries read by local actors. The first 12 episodes are now up! You can check the podcast out on iTunes and Google Play, and also on podbean.

If you are a Buffy the Vampire Slayer fan check out Nicholas Brendon’s (Xander) Meet and Greet Tour!

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