‘A real woman who is a drag queen? I don’t get it. ‘Does she just feel that way?’
Fauxnique digs into her drag bag for the answers to these questions and comes up with some of her favorite performance gems. Monique strings them together with transitions that deliberately reveal their process. The result is Faux Real.
Part transplanted nightclub act, part meditation on artifice and authenticity, Faux Real revels in the tension between the glamour of performance and the intimacy of its living, breathing moment. Among and between drag performance pieces that draw heavily on the both the rigor and the sensual pleasure of dance, the audience witnesses high heel stunts, hero worship, makeup secrets, ballerina fantasies, the subjective definition of ‘poseur,’ and the fact that in live theater, sometimes people get kicked in the face.