Sometimes I just want to run a press release, not because I’m lazy—well, not JUST because I’m lazy—but because it tells you all you need to know about the subject at hand, including lots of names upon names of esoteric people who mean so very much yet are best listed in the format of a release written by somebody else. So click here, honey. and you’ll get all the info (and names) you need about an upcoming event celebrating the Cockettes, the ’60s-and-beyond San Francisco-based bearded drag group of glitter icons. Totally Greek to you, as it were? Shush! Throw on some quick gender-fuck drag, click on the release, and learn it.
The Northeast Radical Faeries and the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence Present The Cockettes Are Coming: An Extravaganza to Benefit Faerie Camp Destiny—one of a series of events in New York the first week in June which will bring a dozen of the original Cockettes together on the East Coast for the first time since 1971 to mark the donation of the Martin Worman Cockettes/Gay Theater Archives to the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Billy Rose Theater Division at Lincoln Center.
The Cockettes Are Coming! promises to be a family reunion of generations of downtown theater people from old friends of the 19601s to today’s most creative artists and performers.
From pre-Cockette days will be Theater for the New City’s Crystal Field and the Harris Family, whose son and brother Hibiscus founded the Cockettes and Angels of Light. Living Theatre members will perform a witches’ cabaret as The Wycherlies. Agosto Machado, Chris Tanner, and Lance Cruce, the hilarious and insightful Reno, and Radical Faeries Agnes De Garron and Gabriel Q will delight with their wit, wisdom and artistry.
Musical wonders Steve Sandberg and Cyrus Baty, video artist Bec Stupak, neo-Voguing dancers The Pixie Harlots, wordsmith and poet Brandon Olson, and the seductive Taylor Mac will showcase a new generation of performers.
Faerie photography and video by Keith Gemerek, Jim Jackson, David Finkelstein, and Richard Mitchell.
The evening will be hosted by London’s fabulous La John Joseph. Expect many glamorous surprises!
Monday, June 2. Performances at 8 p.m. Theater for the New City, 155 First Avenue at 10th Street.
For tickets go to: http://www.faeriecampdestiny.org
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on May 20, 2008