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By day, Ed Popil worked as a telemarketer in Rochester, New York for 18 years. By night, he transformed into drag queen Mrs. Kasha Davis, a 1960’s era housewife trying to liberate herself from domestic toil through performing at night in secret – an homage to Ed’s mother. After seven years of auditioning to compete on RuPaul’s Drag Race, Ed Popil was finally cast onto the tv show and thrust into a full-time entertainment career at the late age of 44. Workhorse Queen explores the complexities of reality television’s impact on queer performance culture by focusing on the growing divide between members of a small town drag community – those who have been on television, and those who have not.


In addition to Ed, the film focuses on the glowing drag scene in Rochester Featuring Drag Race alums Darienne Lake, Pandora Boxx, and Tatianna in addition to several queens who should become household names.

  • Year
    2021
  • Runtime
    88 minutes
  • Language
    English
  • Country
    United States
  • Director
    Angela Washko
  • Screenwriter
    Angela Washko
  • Producer
    Situated Productions
  • Cast
    Ed Popil (Mrs. Kasha Davis), Steven Levins, Thomas Smalley (Aggy Dune), Greg Meyer (Darienne Lake)
  • Editor
    Sunita Prasad, Jota Sosnowski
  • Composer
    Jesse Stiles
  • Sound Design
    Jesse Stiles