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The Cockettes were established on Dec 31, 1969 at the Palace Theater in a haze of sex, drugs, drag, genderbending and glitter. They took drag and old Hollywood musicals and turned them inside out and upside down attracting the attention of the American underground culture. Cult filmmaker John Waters and drag superstar Divine even traveled to San Francisco to be part of their shows.
They were ahead of their time especially in the acceptance of gender fluidity, and they changed the face of drag forever.
In 2009 a theater troupe called the Thrillpeddlers run by Russell Blackwood revived a legendary Cockettes show called "Pearls Over Shanghai" to much acclaim and a long run. Playing on the interest already garnered by "The Cockettes" documentary released in 2002, interest in this troupe was reawakened entertaining a whole new audience. The Thrillpeddlers continued recreating Cockettes shows under the watchful eye of the original songwriter Scrumbly Koldewyn over the next decade.
Now a major zenith is upon us, the 50 year anniversary of the creation of the Cockettes!
Prepare for a night like no other as the remaining Cockettes take to the stage to reminisce and celebrate the night with re-enactments of legendary numbers, guest performances and plenty of surprises.
2961 16th St
SF, CA 94103