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The McCarthy Era • Raja Feather Kelly | the feath3r theory Cosplay and Witches; Witches and Drag; Drag and Politics; Politics and the undeniable anxiety of the influence of Popular Culture. The McCarthy Era takes an unabashed approach of appropriation to celebrate, criticize, and comprehend the years between 1949 and 1952: The McCarthy Era. Ann Bogart purports, that the theatre community in the United States was stuck by a cataclysmic event: the McCarthy era. This political attack forced artists to radically alter or adjust their lives and values. Some fled the country never to return, some were blacklisted and forced to stop working, and others simply changed, recanted, disengaged and shut up. Today we barely remember the McCarthy era and most of us are not aware of the serious consequences of that forgotten catalyst. Known best for their ‘fusion of dance and theater to shift seamlessly from absurd to cheeky to the unexpectedly and piercingly sincere’ (New York Times), Raja Feather Kelly | the feath3r theory synthesizes dance, visual media, fashion, drag, standup, minstrelsy, and narrative theater into virtuosic, expansive, radical and surreal large scale pop-culture phenomena in which artists and audience alike experience their shared humanity.
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The McCarthy Era • Raja Feather Kelly | the feath3r theory

Cosplay and Witches; Witches and Drag; Drag and Politics; Politics and the undeniable anxiety of the influence of Popular Culture. The McCarthy Era takes an unabashed approach of appropriation to celebrate, criticize, and comprehend the years between 1949 and 1952: The McCarthy Era. Ann Bogart purports, that the theatre community in the United States was stuck by a cataclysmic event: the McCarthy era. This political attack forced artists to radically alter or adjust their lives and values. Some fled the country never to return, some were blacklisted and forced to stop working, and others simply changed, recanted, disengaged and shut up. Today we barely remember the McCarthy era and most of us are not aware of the serious consequences of that forgotten catalyst.

Known best for their ‘fusion of dance and theater to shift seamlessly from absurd to cheeky to the unexpectedly and piercingly sincere’ (New York Times), Raja Feather Kelly | the feath3r theory synthesizes dance, visual media, fashion, drag, standup, minstrelsy, and narrative theater into virtuosic, expansive, radical and surreal large scale pop-culture phenomena in which artists and audience alike experience their shared humanity.
   
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