Darren Stewart-Jones was made in England and exported to Canada at a young age. His original songs, At The Opera, Just Like Judy and The Ballad of Judy Garland are available on iTunes, as are his renditions of Santa Baby and Let It Snow. His one-act play, The Judy Monologues, is based entirely on rare voice recordings made by Garland in the mid-1960s. His short play, Ramblings of a Middle Aged Drag Queen, is set in a Toronto gay bar in the 1990s. Sherlock & Watson: Behind Closed Doors imagines a gay relationship between the famous detective and his trusted sidekick. Darren is a member of the Playwrights Guild of Canada. He is also the Artistic Director of Gay Play Day, an annual festival of LGBTQ theatre in Toronto, Ontario. His most recent play is Misfit, a piece based entirely on a letter written by Marilyn Monroe after her release from the Payne Whitney Psychiatric Clinic.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Sherlock & Watson: Behind Closed Doors is a short play that imagines the great detective and his trusted sidekick as more than just friends. I was always intrigued by the relationship between the two men in the original books and the lack of female companions in Holmes' life. The play premiered at Gay Play Day 2013 in Toronto and will appear at the 2014 Hamilton Fringe Festival.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I enjoy writing for the theatre and wanted to share my stuff with people who have similar interests. The internet is a great tool for connecting with people.
Ramblings of a Middle Aged Drag Queen is a short play about an over-the-hill drag queen who is interviewed by a young reporter in a Toronto gay bar in the 1990s. Running time is approximately 12 minutes.