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First-person Bakersfield story explores racial prejudices using comedy

August 20th, 2014 | Posted by vimhsadmin in people first radio

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Les Kurkendaal takes Nanaimo Fringe audiences to Bakersfield, California, where his lover’s family lives in all-white isolation

picture 577What happens when a man brings his male lover home to his family in Bakersfield, California, for the holidays? Oh, but this isn’t really the crux of the problem: the family has recently and grudgingly accepted their son Mike’s sexual orientation. The real problem begins as Les steps across the threshold of the family’s pricey, gated suburban home. Mike “forgot” to tell his family that his lover is an African American. [source: Cincinnati CityBeat] [image: Les at Nanaimo Museum for Nanaimo Fringe 2014]

Christmas in Bakersfield is being performed at the 2014 Nanaimo Fringe Festival, at the Nanaimo Museum venue.

We speak with Les Kurkendaal.

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Find tickets and information about Christmas in Bakersfield and the Nanaimo Fringe Theatre Festival here.

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Les Kurkendaal doing stand-up comedy (October 2008)

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