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EMU Theatre's production of "Pinocchio"
- Women did not typically act in ancient Greek and Roman theatre, therefore men and boys typically played female roles until the 17th Century.
- Many women would cross-dress during the Civil War to join the military, because women were not permitted to join the armed forces.
- It has been suggested the earliest Olympic games were performed in the nude to ensure the opponents were not women trying to pass as male athletes.
- The play, M. Butterfly is based off the true-story of 20 year-long affair between the male opera singer, Shi-Pei-Pu and Bernard Boursicot, an attache in the French Foreign Service. Boursicot claimed to have no idea Shi-Pei-Pu was a man. To be fair, Shi-Pei-Pu went as far as faking the birth of their son. The affair ended after Shi-Pei-Pu revealed his secret. Boursicot "came out" shortly after.
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