Go Deeper 2019 Fringe Festival Spotlight: LGBTQ+

2019 Fringe Festival Spotlight: LGBTQ+

Posted August 28th, 2019

Created and performed by queer artists, these shows explore issues of sexuality and gender identity through music, theater, comedy, and more. Come and enjoy every color of Fringe’s rainbow.

And Tell Sad Stories of the Death of Queens
EgoPo Classic Theater
Candy Delaney is a “New Orleans queen” approaching his dreaded 35th birthday. While Candy is looking for romance, his newest pickup is looking for his next drink. Audiences are welcomed into Candy’s apartment, champagne in hand, for this stunning portrait of unrequited love. Coproduced with Provincetown Williams Fest.
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Beards: A New Musical
Elana Mirella Mariani and Liberty Laferriere
Eva is a young woman in 1959 Manhattan who creates a business that pairs women with gay men to act as heterosexual couples. Beards examines themes of feminism, LGBTQ+ rights, family values, and emotional prostitution through a modern lens.
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Everybody Loves Each Other These Days
Nathan Crawford / Philly Improv Theater
Without a job or a home after graduating from college, Ezra crashes with his sister. After his boyfriend dumps him, Ezra develops a crush on his sister’s roommate, Sam. Sam complicates matters by leaving it unclear whether she knows Ezra is pansexual or is wrongly assuming he is gay.
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Gay Mis
Eric Jaffe
If you like Les Miserables, you’ll LOVE Gay Mis! Join us for a queer, drag queen–infused parody of everyone’s favorite French Revolution musical! Join Parmesan, Jabear, Fontina, Epanini and the whole gang as they go on a journey through time, space, and cheese. Visit for more information.
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Harrison Scantling / Philly Improv Theater
An autobiographical one-man show written and performed by Harrison Scantling. Harrison shares the story of his transition from female to male, chronicling his journey from childhood to adulthood.
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I Know It Was the Blood: The Totally True Adventures of a
Newfangled Black Woman    
Tara Lake / Lawnmower Media
In this award-winning sojourn embracing Southern roots, gospel rhythms, and queer identity, one family’s love conquers all. A scrappy Jersey girl finds the courage to live authentically in this soul-rich performance of storytelling, theater, song, and poetry. Philly Premiere!
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If You Can’t Make ‘em Laugh, Make ‘em Cum: The Life Story of a Thieving, Whoring Saint
James Bradford
Equal parts hilarious and dark, this autobiography of actor, singer, comedian, and filthy whore James Bradford details a life spent on the TV screen/stage and behind closed doors as an escort.
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Late Night Snacks
The Bearded Ladies Cabaret
Delectable bites of cabaret return for another year of after-hours entertainment. Running throughout the Fringe Festival in a refitted East Passyunk industrial space, these performances feature different artists every night—from opera singers to drag queens, cabaret stars to art clowns, and everything in between.
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Lavender Life
Ultra V Theatre Co.
Slip into the Lavender Lounge, a 1930s speakeasy where the underground LGBTQ+ community comes together in search of strength amid the rise of fascism. Come as you are and BYOB as the music of the era tells the story of a community whose spirits cannot be broken, where everyone can be themselves for a little while.
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Manifest Destiny
Jesus G.
A theatrical presentation of alternative-rock songs written by singer-songwriter Jesus G. Inspired by the juxtaposition of his Catholic upbringing, Native American ancestry, and sexuality, this work seeks to challenge the abuse of power and honor the soul’s journey, from its trials to its triumphs.
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Queer Bait: Sterile
Good Good Comedy Theatre
Rose Luardo and Shannon Fahey sensitively stroke your Elsa and Anna as they freeze and squeeze the daylights out of your fun factory. Two parts performance art, one part comedy, one part clown, three parts dance, five parts friendship, two parts dress-up, one part queer, zero parts bait, maybe another part queer.
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Significant Other
Mauckingbird Theatre Company
The Philadelphia premiere of Significant Other by Joshua Harmon. Four college friends search for relationship and commitment. As Jordan watches his best girlfriends get engaged and married, he is faced with his own circumstance as a single gay man. Will he ever find the one to marry?
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Translation: Cracking the Girl Code
267 Productions Co.
This new musical by Terrell M. Green follows the journey of the first trans girl group to make it mainstream. Five days out from their first world tour, these women fight for equality and acceptance from the world while navigating the demands of the music industry.
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Un Poyo Rojo
Un Poyo Rojo
Sport. Humor. Sexuality. Argentinian duo Un Poyo Rojo explores the range of different relationships between two men in this piece of nonverbal theater. The performers mine elements of dance, acrobatics, miming, and other expressive forms, probing the boundaries of our bodily and spiritual interactions.
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Whine & Waffles
Messy Confidence Productions
Ti likes Jo, Jo likes drugs, Lionel hates work, and Janelle hates Lionel. Watch these twenty-somethings tackle clubs, drugs, and insecurities in a city where dancing strangers become fast friends. But can their wine-induced whine sessions handle the gay crushes, foul language, failures to love … and ghosts?
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