In 1994, Priscilla, Queen of The Desertchronicled an outrageous road trip story about three drag queens that provided one of the first positive portrayals of gay and transgender people in major media, and took home the Oscar for achievement in costuming. Obviously.
For those who don't know much about the plot of the film, just imagine a couple of Australian drag queens and a transgender woman traveling across the Australian Outback in a giant tour bus named Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. It's a heartwarming story, replete with plenty of snarky drag queen comedy. If you haven't seen it, there's no time like the present.
If you can't make it to Broadway to see the stage version, the minds behind CineWilde are giving you a chance to watch it in all its 35mm glory at the Texas Theatre Thursday night. If you're a fan of To Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything, you should also probably grab your ticket before they're all sold out. At only $10, you really can't afford to miss out.
This screening of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert is one in a series of LGBT films that CineWilde plans to bring to the Texas Theatre. Last month, the group hosted a showing of Wet Hot American Summer with an improv show to follow, and you can only imagine what they've got dreamed up for future shows.
Before the show, CineWilde will host Dallas' own legendary costumer, Michael Robinson. If you've ever perused the wares of the Dallas Costume Shoppe for Halloween or spend a lot of time in Dallas theaters, you've likely encountered Robinson or his work. Outside of his work in the local theater community, Robinson has provided authentic and intricate costumes to the BBC and galleries across the world.He's bound to have some interesting stories gathered from decades of dressing actors of all kinds.
After the film, though, is when the fun really starts. In the spirit of the film's subject, CineWilde is hosting an amateur drag night complete with a "few sprinkles" of some of Dallas' best drag talent. People of all genders are encouraged to participate, and you'll need to bring a 3-minute song of your choosing to let out your inner diva and get your genderfucking on. If you're too chicken to get on the stage, bring a fistful of singles to tip the performers who are clearly braver than yourself.
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