H.I.S. Kings: 25 Years of Drag Kings in Columbus and Beyond (Virtual Event)

September 14, 2021 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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Helen Harris in her drag persona, Billy. Photo and logo courtesy of Julia Applegate
Helen Harris in her drag persona, Billy. Photo courtesy of Julia Applegate

A quarter century ago, the H.I.S. Kings troupe was founded in Columbus, OH by producers Julia Applegate and Luster Singleton and performers Helen Harris, Ivett Domalewski and Sue Steirer (the H.I.S. acronym coming from the first names of the performers). The troupe became extremely popular and eventually led to the founding of the International Drag King Extravaganza (IDKE) in 1999. In this webinar, Beth Kattelman, Curator of the Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee Theatre Research Institute, will talk to some of the H.I.S. Kings founders about the troupe and its legacy. The webinar will also touch on the importance of acknowledging and preserving the history of women’s participation in drag and cross-gender performance.

This virtual program will include automated captioning. If you require accommodation such as live captioning or interpretation to participate in this event, please email libevents@osu.edu as soon as possible. Requests made at least one week prior to the event will generally allow us to provide seamless access, but the university will make every effort to meet requests made after this date.

 

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Photo of Beth Kattelman Beth Kattelman
Curator of the Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee Theatre Research Institute
kattelman.1@osu.edu