[M.I.T., Cross-Dressing:] Tech Show 1926. Too Many Brothers.
Illustrated program for the twenty-eighth annual Tech Show at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; with cast photographs
Theater program for Too Many Brothers, a two-act musical comedy produced in 1926 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and featuring an all-male cast including cross-dressers in the title and supporting roles.
The play was written by two M.I.T. undergraduates, members of that year’s graduating class: Richard A. Rothschild and Julius B. Goldberg. The program lists the names of all the Tech-Show players and musicians as well as the production and business crews. There were 17 musical numbers including “College Boys,” “Miss Misfortune,” “When Maggie Steps Out with the Boys,” and “Oh, Wilda, I’m Wild About You.”
The roles of all the women were played by men wearing women’s clothing. Cast and scene photos show these men in drag, some rather less than convincing and more Adam’s-appled. The play’s title role and heroine Molly Cluet-Archer—“A lively college girl, but not a ‘mining engineer’”—was played by Rand B. Jones, Class of 1928. His portrait in character, wearing a dress and strands of pearls, appears on page 3. Cover art by Z.M. Sourian shows the heroine Molly Cluet-Archer with her four brothers.
Too Many Brothers appears to have been a traveling production with show dates in Hartford, Pittsburgh, Buffalo, Schenectady, Northamption, and Boston (three performances). Ads in the program include businesses in Hartford, Pittsburgh, and Boston.
Undergraduate comedy from Cambridge enlivened by cross-dressing male actors.
Description: [M.I.T., Cross-Dressing:] Tech Show 1926. Too Many Brothers.
[Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1926]. 44pp. Program. 10 x 6¾ inches. Color pictorial wrappers. Half tone and other illustrations; ads. Soft vertical center crease; slight wear to back cover; very good; bright and clean.
OCLC 20680013 (2 copies, neither in Massachusetts).
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