Workhorse Queen

September 16, 2022 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Whitsell Auditorium

dir. Angela Washko (a 2021 PAM CUT Sustainability Labs fellow), 2022
Not Rated 1 hr. 28 mins. 

By day, Ed Popil worked as a telemarketer in Rochester, New York for 18 years. By night, he transformed into drag queen Mrs. Kasha Davis, a 1960s-era housewife trying to liberate herself from domestic toil through performing at night in secret—a homage to Ed’s mother. After seven years of auditioning to compete on RuPaul’s Drag Race, Ed Popil was finally cast in the TV show and thrust into a full-time entertainment career at the late age of 44. Workhorse Queen explores the complexities of reality television’s impact on queer performance culture by focusing on the growing divide between members of a small town drag community—those who have been on television, and those who have not.

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The Portland Art Museum is pleased to offer accommodations to ensure that our programs are accessible and inclusive. All spaces for this program are accessible by wheelchair. Assistive listening devices are also available for lectures. All restrooms have accessible stalls but no power doors. There are single-stall all-gender bathrooms available. Please ask staff for directions.

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Still from Workhorse Queen