Hot Peaches

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Hot Peaches was a drag theatre company in New York City that would put on a play a week, active from the 1970s-1990s.[1] Hot Peaches was founded by Jimmy Camicia in 1972, who encountered a group of drag queens and began writing work for them to perform. Their work has been described as "political camp, dominated by drag".[2] Hot Peaches was instrumental in the development of the WOW Café, performing there frequently and informing the culture and aesthetic of the space. The early work of the company often created their performances around the fashion and outfits its performers wanted to wear. Reviewers[who?] in the early 1970s noted that the work seemed to be an excuse for company members to perform in drag. This became an important aspect of the company, serving as an environment for people to perform who they were and who they wanted to be. Camicia has been quoted as saying "We're not actors, we're entertainers. Rather than becoming the script, the script becomes us."[citation needed] Other notable company members include Marsha P. Johnson and Peggy Shaw.[3][4]


  1. ^ Watrous, Peter. "Jazz and Theater Add Up To a New Form of Vaudeville". Retrieved 2018-03-29. 
  2. ^ Thompson, Howard (1973-07-21). "Stage: Watergate Humor". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2018-03-29. 
  3. ^ Michael Kasino (2012-10-15), Pay It No Mind - The Life and Times of Marsha P. Johnson, retrieved 2018-03-29 
  4. ^ Davy, Kate (2010). Lady Dicks and Lesbian Brothers: Staging the Unimaginable at the WOW Café Theatre. University of Michigan Press. ISBN 047207122X.