Ancient History of Cross-Dressing: From Ancient Religions to the Theaters

Premium Article Preview: Crossdressing is recorded around the world from the ancient past up to the present. In the ancient world, cross-dressing often mirrored gender-crossing actions of deities. In this context, it was tolerated, even supported, as an aspect of religious devotion. It was only a matter of time that gender-crossing proved to be necessary in one’s social life.

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Huge thanks to everyone who came out to @joespub last night for CastAndLoose Live! #RepresentationMatters. It was a joyful, warm, funny, sad, infuriating, uplifting, challenging night. I can’t thank enough everyone who attended, everyone who performed, and everyone who worked on the show. On to the next!

Finishing up this project and wanted to share one of my favorite ways to make a waistband. I learned this while working at Center Theater Group, it’s especially handy for heavy period skirts when you want them as thin as possible lying flat under a bodice. Start with a piece of petersham ribbon (the stiffer the better) marked with the size of the skirt waist. Pin your skirt on top of it and stitch along the bottom of the ribbon. Taking a strip of fashion fabric cut on the bias, stitch it onto the back at ¼" then fold it around to the front. Pin the bias in place to cover all of the front nearly, then either topstitching or hand sew it all closed. The final step is to add closures. This is the front of my skirt, on the back I added 1" tabs of underlay to make the skirt more adjustable in the future. ✂️ #sewing #tutorial #waistband #skirt #periodcostume #theater #costume #costuming #costumedesign #technique #floral #silk (at The Shop, Center Theater Group)

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- Shoutout to all the designers and technicians whose awards were given during commercial breaks and whose speeches were cut to a 5 second sound bite

- Shoutout to all the stage managers and technicians who made the Tony Awards run smoothly and perfectly

- Shoutout to the sound designers who would have been nominated but were robbed of recognition by the still bullshit removal of their award

- Shoutout to every young designer or technician who watches the Tonys year after year while the awards they may one day be nominated for are distributed offscreen because “~There’s no way to fit everyone otherwise~”

- You are a crucial part of theater and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. Be loud. Demand recognition. Do not settle for less.

theatre things that remind me of the hogwarts houses

gryffindor: auditioning for the first time, being alone on stage, long choreography rehearsals, the adrenaline of opening night, designing the set on the grid, hauling furniture onto the set, cue to cues, writing a play, improv comedy, waiting at the stage door after a show.

hufflepuff: getting flowers and gifts backstage, taking the final curtain call, highlighting lines, bringing snacks to rehearsal, read-throughs, pulling costumes from stock, set dressing, paint swatches, warm lighting design, perfectly blended sound, directing, waking into a theater you’ve never been in before.

ravenclaw: character analysis, memorizing lines, learning tight harmonies, having the show become second nature, stage makeup, set construction, costume fittings, mic checks, organized prop tables, writing cues, stage managing, experimental theatre, saving old playbills and ticket stubs.

slytherin: callbacks, practicing after rehearsal, selling program ads, an understudy/swing going on for the first time, fight calls, strike, production meetings, late night paint calls, cool-toned lighting design, spiking the stage, fly rails, producing, watching a bootleg, playbill giveaways.