Becoming Austin Nation

Theatre (lgbt, drag)

  • Fringe Online - YouTube
  • Watch onDemand (available from 5 August)
  • 1 hour
  • Suitability: 12+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United States
  • Group: Austin Nation
  • Warnings and additional info: Strong language/swearing
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Description

Becoming Austin Nation. An entertaining and humorous autobiography of his own life story. A life that changed dramatically once he was diagnosed with HIV/AIDS in 1986. At age of 26, it was the beginning of the end. After being on disability for 20 years, waiting to die, he wanted to create a different narrative for the remaining years of my life. Today, he is an assistant professor and nursing supervisor. Without a doubt, his is living my best Black gay drag life. It’s a story you don’t want to miss!

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Austin Nation 46 days ago

Becoming Austin Nation

Reviewed by Joseph Klink, STAGE RAW

Hollywood Fringe

RECOMMENDED

Becoming Austin Nation – From Crack to PhD: A Drag Queen’s Story is an inspiring, autobiographical account of one person’s overcoming of life’s greatest difficulties and their finding even greater love.

The show is performed in the Renberg Theatre, a space with high ceilings, intricate lighting and a beautiful proscenium. A solo show performed in this venue demands the complete attention of the audience.

The stage is set with a clothing rack, a mirror and chair — for applying makeup to the face — and a small table, next to a beautiful dress. This set is simple yet exactly what is needed — Nation fills the rest. He enters from the house, interacting with the audience before taking the stage, and seamlessly welcoming us to his past. He speaks to us as if we’ve been friends for a lifetime yet somehow avoided sharing the details of our lives. The show becomes an opportunity to finally share those details with absolute ownership, self-respect and pride.

Now 60 years old and living their best life, Nation delivers this story with care, patience and energy — and vulnerability. The piece is embellished by brilliant color and select music choices. It’s full of ingenuity. For fans of empowering, queer stories, and anyone else who’d like to see a well-grounded work, this show comes highly recommended.

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Lou Reviews (3.5/5 stars) 35 days ago

This is a show which is not afraid to tackle tough topics from racism to homophobia, drug use to the stigma of disease, but in such a way that is often funny and always memorable.

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Theatre Travels 41 days ago

a tale that needs to be witnessed to truly be believed

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Lothian Life (4/5 stars) 43 days ago

Austin talks about rewriting his narrative, and if this show is to go by he’s certainly succeeded.

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