The date is July 8th, 2017. The place is The Pearl theater in Shanghai. An audience of 350 people awaits behind the red velvet curtain. Shanghai’s fiercest drag queens and kings await their cue to give a brilliant performance as the show begins. 

This drag show entitled “Extravaganza” was a milestone for the LGBTQ+ community. 

During the show, Matthew Baren documented the full process on film and made it into his documentary, “Extravaganza.”

But how did we get here?



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Collin Absher

Collin Absher is a Chinese Studies major at the College of William and Mary. Collin hopes to spread his love of Chinese Literature and poetry in fun ways!