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The History of Drag

  • Sever Hall 35 Quincy Street Cambridge, MA, 02138 United States (map)

Join us for a public conversation with historian Joe E. Jeffreys to discuss the long and fascinating history of drag, from Greek and Elizabethan stage, to 19th century Vaudeville, to 1990's nightclubs to RuPaul's Drag Race and beyond...

Immediately following the event, Joe Jeffreys will be joined by drag star Coco Peru to explore in more depth the cultural legacy of drag and how it is changing today.

This event is free and open to the public. 

About Joe E. Jeffreys

Joe E. Jeffreys is a drag historian. His drag-happy video work has been awarded funding from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and the Jerome Foundation and screened at museums, galleries and festivals worldwide including the Tate Modern in London, the Façade Video Festival in Bulgaria, and The Museum of Arts and Design. He has published in book anthologies, encyclopedias, the popular press and academic journals from Time Out New York and The Village Voice to The Drama Review, Theatre History Studies and Women & Performance. Jeffreys has taught theatre studies at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts Drama Department, Purchase and Stony Brook University. He has served on the board of directors for Dirty Looks, the committee for PS 122’s Ethyl Eichelberger Award and worked as dramaturg for numerous downtown and off-Broadway productions including the world premiere of Tennessee Willam’s last full length play, In Masks Outrageous and Austere

You can find some of Jeffreys video work at


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