Dale Guy Madison is an award-winning educator, LGBTQ activist, playwright, author, filmmaker, performance artist and doll collector. He knows how to show and sell, as one of the first African-American hosts of QVC, and the first to produce the African Marketplace shopping hour on the popular shopping network. And he brings all his life experiences to his hit one-man show, “My Life in 3 Easy Payments,” introducing audiences to his drag persona, FREEda SLAVE, which he created for his bit part in the hilarious 1995 comedy, “To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar,” starring Wesley Snipes, Patrick Swayze and John Leguizamo.
Inspired by iconic movies like “Sunset Boulevard,” “Valley of the Dolls,” and “All About Eve,” Madison explores the quest of fame by looking at the pop culture phenomenon of reality shows and the “famous faces” they instantly create. By sharing his first taste of fame as a QVC host, Madison takes us down memory lane, offering humorous commentary on the quest of fame and the addiction to reclaim it through spoken word, music, storytelling and archival footage. Of course, the title of the play borrows from QVC’s sales option of easy pay, in which shoppers can buy products, and spread payments over three months.
Written by Madison and directed by Malik Shakur, the one-man show is based on his memoir, “Dreamboy: My Life As a QVC Host & Other Greatest Hits.” He begs the questions: What are the real costs of fame? And do we have to sell our souls to gain commercial acceptance? Being the skilled salesman that he is, Madison peddles his message to the audience like a sweet deal of the day with three easy payments. Beware: if you’re buying what he’s selling, there are no refunds!
“My Life in 3 Easy Payments” is produced by DamnGoodMan Productions.
Dale Guy Madison is an award-winning educator, LGBTQ activist, playwright, author, filmmaker, performance artist and doll collector. He knows how to show and sell, as one of the first African American hosts of QVC, and the first to produce the African Marketplace shopping hour on the popular shopping network.
For more than 15 years, Madison has worked as a grassroots LGBT activist, using the arts to affect change in the areas of AIDS awareness, substance abuse, community health issues and homophobia. He is the author of “Dreamboy: My Life As a QVC Host,” a memoir – set against the tunes of the 1960s girl group, The Supremes – details his broken relationships, a whirlwind heterosexual marriage; life as an openly gay black actor in Hollywood; his work as a QVC host; and a period of darkness, which found him clinging to life in a mental institution. In addition, he penned “Sissy Sammy in the Land of WeHo 90069,” an adult fairytale about an effeminate boy from the hood, who is bullied, but eventually gets lost in an all-gay town.
Through his production company, DamnGood Man Productions, he creates, curates and produces culturally-relevant entertainment that embraces positive, empowering messages for the LGBTQ community. His resume of work includes two award-winning short films, “DREAMBOY: My Life as a QVC Host & Other Hits,” based on his memoir and “The Panty Man.” As a performance artist, he’s also written and performed two one-man shows, “FREEda SLAVE: Mask of a Diva” and “My Life in 3 Easy Payments.” Both theatrical productions introduce audiences to Madison’s drag persona, FREEda SLAVE, which he created for his bit part in the hilarious 1995 comedy, “To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar,” starring Wesley Snipes, Patrick Swayze and John Leguizamo.
Currently, Madison just wrapped up his stint on Taylor Mac’s Pulitzer Prize-nominated play, “A 24-Decade History of Popular Music” as a DANDYMINION, during the show’s run in LA at The Theatre of the Ace Hotel, presented by CAPUCLA. He also appears in the indie “Proxy Kills,” written and directed by K.J. Downes, which premiered at the North Hollywood Cinefest March 23-29, 2018. And he’s making the rounds on the film festival circuit with his docucomedy short film, “Life After QVC.”
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