In November 1971, a San Francisco theater troupe became the laughingstock of New York. The Cockettes were a ragtag bunch of acid-tripping Bay Area misfits who had started performing less than two years earlier at the Palace Theater in North Beach. Rex Reed happened to catch a local performance and wrote breathless praise in his nationally syndicated column, calling them "a landmark in the history of new, liberated theater." Truman Capote echoed his enthusiasm. And so it came to pass that a few months later, the leading lights of New York's arts scene, including John Lennon, Robert Rauschenberg, and Gore Vidal, turned out for the Cockettes' feverishly hyped... More >>>