Gloria Brame, Ph.D.

The Gender Play's the Thing: 1905 theatre stills

Filed By Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | November 09, 2010 4:30 PM | comments

Filed in: Entertainment, Entertainment, Media, Transgender & Intersex
Tags: Dorothy Craske, drag show, Gabrielle Ray, history of drag, male impersonators, transgender history

Stumbled across one of the images below, which led me to google the names of the actors. I learned about the tragic life of Gabrielle Ray on Wiki, and wondered if there is more of a secret history to her story than suggested. (As a reader once noted, Wiki sometimes suppresses sexual histories in its biographies.) Actor Dorothy Craske (in the role of the male) was lesser-known and I couldn't find anything on her. Here they are in romantic scenes (found a second picture of them!) from the 1905 play, "Lady Madcap."



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I think these photos you keep posting are amazing. I love them. Keep going please.

I love that cigarette picture. It's so intimate and yet keeps the distance required at the time. Amazing.