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It’s the ability to explore gender roles and when you have someone who is an extreme example of the feminine or masculine, it lends itself to imitation, the ultimate form of flattery.
In the UK you can still hear the influence of Dusty with the great Adele, the late great Amy Winehouse, Duffy etc. I am working toward doing an album of original songs — stay tuned. I am a huge KCRW fan, I get most of my new music from there.
To what extent to do you attribute her demons with alcohol and drugs to be result of the British papers questioning her sexuality?
She was a very active participant in the gay scene in the 70s.
I started slowly, by singing her songs at open mic nights at The Gardenia Club in West Hollywood and writing monologues about her life in what I thought to be her voice. I knew there was something in this story and decided to drive it forward to the final frontier for theatre, New York City, where is currently running at New World Stages in the heart of the theatre district. Why do you think she is such a popular icon for drag performers?
This eventually became the workshop production that was put up at the University of Southern California in 2006 and later produced by The Lily Tomlin/Jane Wagner Cultural Arts Center, which is part of the Gay and Lesbian Center in Los Angeles. The wigs, the beehive, the eye lashes, the hand gestures: she is just a very unique talent who was larger than life in a lot of ways which I think that drag lends itself to.
Who are some of your other favorite singers/songwriters, or other personal idols? Voice wise: KD Lang, Nina Simone, Janis Joplin, Patsy Cline, Kate Bush, Tina Turner.
Rock n Roll queens: Suzi Quatro, Joan Jett, Chrissie Hynde, Stevie Nicks, Freddie Mercury.
The finished product, (playing Off-Broadway at the New World Stages), follows Dusty’s career from its girl-group beginnings to her astonishingly successful international solo career to her long-term relationship (with a female journalist – one of her several LTRs) and pressure from the British press to come out of the closet. What stands out most is her depth of humanity: her compassion, empathy and love for her fellow human being.
I chatted with Kirsten Holly Smith to learn more about her personal road in bringing this play to the New York stage and why Dusty’s legacy remains so relevant in today’s pop culture and political landscape. She did not consider herself political but she made some profound choices in her life that left an impact on the world.
I do think that her moving to LA was a result of the British papers relentlessly questioning her sexuality.
It was a very dark period for her, much darker than I even explore in the show.
I find it inspiring to tell this story for eight shows a week because it gives us all inspiration about what one person can really do if she follows her heart.