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Case Closed: The Dorian Corey Story

Gene Frankel Theatre / New York / Stage

In 1993, Dorian Corey, a drag queen known for hosting fabulous salons in her Harlem apartment, died of AIDS. While Corey’s friends mourned her untimely death, a dressmaker and two men went to her abandoned apartment to find fabric. Instead, they found a mummy in Corey’s closet. Playwright Jeffrey S. Jones uses this true story as the premise for his new play, Case Closed, a comic murder mystery about Corey’s friends and the real skeleton in her closet. Produced by Notsew Productions, a company devoted to mainstreaming marginalized voices, Case Closed is Corey’s second moment in the spotlight. Once upon a time she made a cameo appearance in the 1990 documentary Paris is Burning. Like that film, this play is about the underground queer scene in 1980s New York City. —J.D.

Gene Frankel Theatre 24 Bond Street, New York, NY 10012
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