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David Oiye

David Oiye is a graduate of Ryerson Polytechnic University’s film programme. He also has a BA in English literature from the University of Toronto. While he has worked in film, much of Oiye’s career has focused on the stage, as a director, playwright, and administrator. From 1997-1999, Oiye was the Artistic Director of Cahoots Theatre Projects in Toronto. He became the Artistic Director of Buddies in Bad Times Theatre in Toronto in late 1999 and held that position for ten years. His play The Drag Queen That Time Forgot, co-authored with Gordon MacIeracher, premiered in July 1998 at the Toronto Fringe Festival, and was remounted in March 1999 at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre. In recent years, Oiye has worked with a firm that delivers writing, editing and publishing services.

Drama

The Drag Queen That Time Forgot: A Well-heeled Comedy of Historic Proportions

Co-authored with Gordon MacKeracher.
[Toronto?]: The Dorothy Project, 1999.

Play Synopsis (from the introductory matter)

Drag Queen was born out of fascination with gay history. We never hear enough of it. And if we do, we rarely get the real story. The play attempts to weave the unembroidered facts of the Stonewall Riots and Judy Garland’s first funeral, with our own fictionalized storyteller, Gayle Warnings. But we would like to think that maybe, just maybe, a Gayle-esque drag queen was embroiled in those tumultuous events of June, 1969 in New York City.