PHOTOS: San Francisco’s Cockettes Extend Their Legs For Hot Greeks


Forget Hunky Jesus, this week in San Francisco, it’s the legendary Cockettes who are staging a Second Coming.

Labeled by John Waters as “the first hip drag queens,” the genre-bending troupe first emerged in the wild world of 1960s SF. But they brought their merry madness to the 21st century with Pearls Over Shanghai in 2009. A collaboration with local theater troupe Thrillpeddlers, Pearls was originally slated to run for  six weeks but quickly turned into a two-year stage phenomenon. And the San Francisco theater scene has never been the same.

Continuing in that tradition, Thrillpeddlers recently announced the extension of Hot Greeks, a musical reproduction of the Cockettes’ 1972 show of the same name, at SoMa’s Hypnodrome. Opening back in March, the show blends Greek tragedy with a campy take on frat-film favorite Animal House.

And thanks to a string of sold-out performances, Hot Greeks will drag out until May 19.

Click on through for more photos from Thrillpeddlers’ Hot Greeks

Hot Greeks runs at the Hypnodrome on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm. Photos: Thrillpeddlers