In 1999, The Drag King Book by Judith (Jack) Halberstam & famed photographer Del LaGrace Volcano hit the bookstores and fast became an international hot commodity. Mo B. Dick was heavily featured in this seminal work, and knew his mission to put Drag Kings on the cultural performance-art map became a successful reality, as this fostered Drag King communities all over the world.
Mo B. Dick was also heavily featured in the documentaries: Venus Boyz by Gabrielle Bauer in 2002, Y2K: Drag Kings for MTV in 2000, God Shave the Queen for HBO in 1999, and Downtown Darlings for Sundance by Daniel Falcone in 1998. Mo’s appearances expanded to indie films and television shows: Pecker by John Waters in 1998, Terror Firmer by Troma in 1999, Sex & the City and Maury Povich. He even crossed the stage in theater productions of Shakespeare with Borax Productions, original works by Mabou Mines, and the NYC Fringe Festival.
2001 and 2002 saw two more tours of US and Canada with local Drag King communities opening up for The Men of Club Casanova, and once again proving this was the hottest ticket in every town they visited.
In early 2004, Mo left beloved NYC and moved to Los Angeles, CA. After a hiatus, Mo B. Dick dusted off his leopard suit, and shaped up his pompadour, to serve as a guest judge for the annual San Francisco Drag King contest in 2012, 2014, 2015 organized by fellow Drag King and producer Fudgie Frottage.
Currently, Mo is working with fellow Drag Kings Ken Vegas of D.C. and Flare of Toronto, to create a website dedicated to Drag King history. The extensive research will showcase all the women who have donned men’s attire for theatrical purposes from breeches roles to en travesti, variety to vaudeville, male impersonation to drag kings, and drag kings to gender free.
Stay tuned for Mo Mo Mo…….. http://dragkinghistory.com/
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