by Maile Anderson
I’ll admit I’m new to Dungeons & Dragons, and my first time watching the game came with a twist – with drag queens from Seattle performing the fantasy role-playing game in front of a live audience. The “Dungeons & Drag Queens” show features drag performers Jane Don’t, Issa Man and Kylie Mooncakes, all tasked with finding the gayest wizard and casting a powerful spell to bring peace to the magical kingdom. Organized by Comedy on Broadway, a local organization that promotes various entertainment, comedy and stand-up shows, the event took place at Hale’s Ales Palladium on March 3.
During the game, stand-up comedian Paul Curry played the dungeon master, narrator, and various magical creatures encountered by the queens. Improv musician Carson Grubb used his fiddle, electric guitar and keyboard to add suspense and heighten the emotions of the audience – or “peasants”, as the performers playfully called us. The dice were rolled on a projector and the journey took many hilarious twists amid enthusiastic ‘peasant’ participation. The audience was filled with die-hard D&D fans, and as someone who doesn’t know the game at all, it was a fun introduction. After this experience, I would definitely want to study the rules before playing D&D myself. In the end, the queens were able to defeat the monster with the help of the “peasants” and cast the spell they learned from the kingdom’s gayest wizard.
Dungeons & Drag Queens started as a monthly show about six months ago. Catch Jane Don’t, Issa Man and Kylie Mooncakes at the next event on Saturday, March 26 at Jai Thai on Capitol Hill. Follow the event on its official Instagram account.
Maile Anderson had the immense privilege of traveling to incredible places with a camera by his side. She believes that documenting the changing world, whether in the form of protests or other cultures, is important work that strengthens sensitization in this age of social justice. Follow her on IG: @tinypicturetaker.
📸 Feature Image: The Queens beam on ‘peasants’, initially hesitant to understand their role, but eventually pulled themselves together when they realized they could help defeat the game’s monsters. (Picture: Maile Anderson)
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