Drag King History presents the history of New York City’s Drag King evolution from the 19th Century to today, showcasing the gender-bending performers who donned men’s attire onstage. Beginning with Charlotte Cushman, a legendary male impersonator in the mid-1800s, the presentation will move through to the 1990s with the East Village’s Club Casanova, the world’s first weekly Drag King party, to today with The Cake Boys, a network of drag kings, trans and non-binary performers, and queer artists. Panelists include performers, historians, authors and academics. Join us for this special LGBTQ History Month panel!
Co-hosted by the NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project
Mo. B. Dick (a.k.a. Mo Fischer) Cited as one of the founding fathers of the modern-day Drag King movement, Mo B. Dick began in November 1995 in the East Village NYC. Mo produced and hosted Club Casanova, the world’s first weekly party dedicated solely to Drag Kings. In 1998 Mo B. Dick took the Men of Club Casanova on the road. Since then, Mo B. Dick has been featured in “The Drag King Book” by Judith “Jack” Halberstam and famed photographer Del LaGrace Volcano; was featured in the documentaries: Venus Boyz, Sex2K: Drag Kings for MTV, God Shave the Queen for HBO, and Downtown Darlings for Sundance. Mo’s appearances expanded to indie films and television shows: Pecker by John Waters, Terror Firmer by Troma, Sex & the City, and Maury Povich. He even crossed the stage in productions of Shakespeare with Borax Productions, original works by Mabou Mines, and the NYC Fringe Festival, among others. In January 2018, Mo teamed up with Drag King Ken Vegas to co-create DragKingHistory.com, dedicated to preserving this art form, which was archived by The U.S. Library of Congress. In 2020, Mo co-produced & hosted Kings of the World, a global cyber Drag King variety show and his silver jubilee virtual event showcasing Drag Kings with 25 or more years of experience.
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