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Collette // Queen Drea

June 7 - 9

A Double Bill

THE MONICA MEDITATIONS by Paige Collette
        + FROM BLACK WOMBS by Queen Drea

According to the news section of Paige Collette's 1999 Catholic high school year book, "Scandal rocks the White House as President Bill Clinton is accused of perjury and obstruction of justice. In an impeachment trial before the U.S. Senate, President Clinton is 

acquitted of the charges."  While Monica Lewinsky's name isn't mentioned in this blurb, she's the figure who's captured Paige's imagination for years. Drawing upon cooking shows, the QVC, and music from the 1990s as inspiration, THE MONICA MEDITATIONS is a performance exploration of public scandal, private heartbreak, and resilience.

Queen Drea is an electronic musician who creates live, scores on stage. Her latest work, FROM BLACK WOMBS, is an Afro-futuristic dystopian tale about two orphaned sisters. Having lost their parents in a revolution against white supremacy, the siblings seek to establish a new America in response to the bleak world where black men are scarce because of the school-to-prison complex and the murder of unarmed men by police.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Based in Minneapolis since 2010, Paige Collette grew up in Dallas, Texas, then moved to New York where she earned her BFA from NYU/Tisch.  In collaboration with Erin Search-Wells, she created and performed "Paige & Erin: 9/11" at the Playwrights' Center for the 10th anniversary of 9/11.  In 2013, Paige performed original works in Queertopia and Q-Stages and from 2014-2017 she performed as alter-ago Patricia Lake in Raw Sugar's feminist comedy showcase THE FUNNY.

Queen Drea, 2017 Minnesota Emerging Composer award-winner, is a vocalist, performance and soundscape artist whose work is most fully realized in improvisational settings, a place where her artistry thrives. When she performs her compositions, 90% is done live on stage, giving her freedom to enhance the piece as she is moved by the audience and as they are moved by her soundscapes and poetry. This symbiotic relationship between Drea and her audience is a key component of her creative process.

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