From fetish profiles to secret loves, we're all in the closet about something. Johnny Darlin performs his electro-pop catalog alongside dancers, video artists, poets and storytellers in an arena-style pop spectacle asking: "What does it take to finally come out?" as he does just this.
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Johnny Darlin and the Queer South are proud to present the WORLD PREMIERE of Johnny Darlin: In the Closet as part of the 20th annual New York International Fringe Festival.
Growing up a fan of the massive arena pop spectacles of Britney Spears and *NSync, multimedia artist Johnny Darlin has spent hours wondering what his version of this art form would look and sound like. Not quite a musical, not quite a concert, Johnny Darlin: In the Closet is his reckoning with this life-long question.
What follows is an abstract, cerebral retelling of Darlin’s southern Baptist coming out story from first gay celebrity crush of childhood to falling in love for the first time, but broadened by the coming-of-age experiences of the wider queer population. Live music, dance, video projection art, music videos, home videos, monologues, prose, and poetry by both closeted and out LGBTQ people of every type from all over the country take center stage and help relay the story of Johnny Darlin’s modern pop catalog.
The end result is a cohesive, inclusive, yet complicated tale of identity and growth focused on growing up an outsider, secret desires, loves, and awakenings. It infers that everyone has something they’re hiding and begs the question: “What does it take to come out?,” while Johnny Darlin does this exact thing, about everything, once and for all, live on stage.
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