Peeling back the drag personas and highlighting love, commitment, community, heartbreak, family, and faith, Shade: Queens of NYC explores what happens to New York’s fiercest drag queens as they vie for fame, fortune, and love.
The docu-series reveals a side of drag life never before seen on television, examining the unspoken stigmas, taboos, and personal sacrifices that drag performers often face on their journeys to stardom. Each episode will showcase the day-to-day lives of individual performers—on and off the stage—and feature spectacular musical performances by the queens themselves.
Shade‘s queens are Brita Filter, Chelsea Piers, Holly Box-Springs, Jada Valenciaga, Jasmine Rice LaBeija, Marti Gould Cummings, “Showbiz Spitfire” Paige Turner, and Tina Burner. The 11-part, half-hour series will push past the glam, glitz, and lip syncing to provide an intimate look inside New York’s drag community.