"In the early days of theatre, male actors played both the male and female roles. They were either dr.a.g. (dressed as girl) or dr.a.b. (dressed as boy). Drag has become a diverse form of expression that challenges, entertains, and educates by pushing boundaries, while embracing beauty, comedy and glamour. The performers in this book are evidence of that diversity, captured by some of the top photographers working in today’s world."
- Excerpt from Dr.a.g
Be prepared to gasp at the turn of every page! Your coffee cup shall runneth over with respect for these performers’ embodiment of their art. Dr.a.g., available worldwide, is an exceptional collection of iconic performers, photography and glimpse at the art of morphing into famous personalities and divas of the night.
Turning books into movies is an old adage, but the author, Christopher Logan, turned this adage on its ear, producing a book on the same subject as his film in order to raise funds for film production.
"Independent film is quite special to me. I think it breaks trends, pushes boundaries and expands the definition of what is normal. It allows what we never knew to become everyday and that’s awesome. Things we never knew existed are now common place and included."
The book is a clear reflection of Chris’ beliefs, bringing larger-than-life images to coffee tables from North America, to France, Italy and beyond. If the film is anything like the book, I will certainly be first in line at the ticket office.
Capturing faces of fame, costumes galore and epitomizing glamour, Dr.a.g. boasts a rare photograph by Walter Melrose, of Jimmy James’ Marilyn that has never been seen until now. "The shot is featured on the back cover and is a prime example of the beauty and art of photography, and drag," says Chris. Jim Bailey is the only female impersonator to appear on the Carol Burnett Show or to sing a command performance for the British Royal Family of "Over the Rainbow" as Judy Garland. Gracing the pages of dr.a.g. are international drag icons such as: Lady Bunny, Jackie Beat, Charles Busch, Joey Arias (NY), Nina Flowers, Bebe Zahara Benet, Ongina, Shannel, Raja and Tammie Brown - cast and crew from RuPaul’s Drag Race (LA) and Joan Jullian of Belgium, Courteney Act of Australia and Carlos Bieletto of Mexico.
Canadian performers featured in the book include: Christopher Peterson, a Canadian Drag Icon who sings live as forty different celebrities; Jaylene Tyme, one of Vancouver’s premiere make-up artists who teaches at the Blanche MacDonald School of Make-up; Raye Sunshine, a genius at make-up and styling with the ability to make imitative art appear fresh, new and effortless; Vegas Van Cartier, an up-and-coming performer who continues to defy limits, providing a greater understanding of drag; and Guy LaBrecque, a phenomenal hair designer who stuns audiences with the intricacies and delicate beauty of his work. "It’s hard to put into words. That’s why he (LaBrecque) is in the book. People need to see him," said Chris
In addition, Cotton is a club promoter, event planner, fashion stylist/goddess, promoter, producer, who manages more in a day than most people do in a year; and Mado, a seasoned performer from Montreal who truly can make the audience believe that it’s alright to be gay - someone who is sure to leave a legacy.
This book was a labour of love and collaboration, as every performer and photographer donated their work to the project. Austin Young was key to the success of the book’s cover and several photo spreads. Chris fondly referred to Austin as a, "Pop pin-up goddess, gothic glam photography genius."
The book was "a love fest of social networking," for Chris. Using Facebook to initially contact each performer, Chris was then connected with photographers through the performers, "And that was it. Very friendly and straight forward." Chris attributes the early success of the book to the reputations and notoriety of the performers and the skilled photographers. The performers in both NY and LA were instrumental in securing Tectum Publishers.
A copy of dr.a.g. tucked under his arm, Chris was at ELEVEN Nightclub in West Hollywood with Lady Bunny when GayCalgary Magazine caught up with him. From there, Chris took off to Long Beach with Coco Peru, Pomona with Tammie Brown and finished this book tour in Las Vegas to see Frank Marino’s Divas Las Vegas and the cast, many of whom are featured in the book.
Born and raised in Ottawa, Christopher Logan moved to Vancouver after attending acting school at The Stella Adler Academy of Dramatic Arts in Hollywood. The book is available online and will be in stores soon!