Katori Hall on the Personal and Political Inspiration behind The Hot Wing King


So Hot Wing King is set in my hometown of Memphis, Tennessee and it follows a Black, gay couple; Cordell and Dwayne. on the eve of the “Hot Wing Festival” that happens every year. And it just so happens that one of the relatives of Dwayne needs a little help. And it brings into sharp relief, the conflict within their relationship. It’s based on my brother and his partner who had a very… kind of hard process in becoming a couple,
being two black gay men in the south. And you know, me being an ally
and wanting to shed light on that struggle. So that’s where it comes from for me. Like it’s very personal and political all wrapped into one.

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