“This is going to be some radical shit.” John Jarboe
“Medley is the name of the complicated, charming, entertaining game: old and new, historical and contemporary, male and female, funny and moving, parody and pointed, if implicit, social commentary.” The Philadelphia Inquirer
The Bearded Ladies Cabaret’s Do You Want A Cookie? serves up a delicious romp through cabaret history, with an international cast of artists performing a live revue of cabaret from the Chat Noir to Weimar nightlife to 21st-century drag.
After select performances of Do You Want A Cookie? audiences can stick around (joint or separate tickets required) as individual artists present extended cabaret routines as Late Night Snacks.
Full Artist Lineup
Sept 8th: Mary Tuomanen + Bridge Markland
Sept 9th: Adrienne Truscott + Cookie Diorio
Sept 12th: Dito van Reigersberg + Machine Dazzle
Sept 13th: Malgorzata Kaspryzcka, Dieter Rita Scholl + John Jarboe
Sept 14th: Messapotamia LeFae, Jess Conda + Daniel Park
Sept 15th: Tareke Ortiz + Cherdonna Shinatra
Do You Want A Cookie? and Late Night Snacks performance
$35 general / $24 members
$20 student + 25-and-under
Late Night Snacks performance ONLY
$10-15 sliding scale
Photos by Plate 3 Photography
Lead support for Do You Want A Cookie? was provided by William Penn Foundation.
Major support for The Poison Cookie Jar has been provided to John Jarboe by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.
Supported in part by a Bly Creative Capacity Grant from Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas (LMDA).
Festival Star Producers
David and Linda Glickstein
Mark & Tobey Dichter
Festival Executive Producers
Lisa Roberts & David Seltzer
Lawrence Spitz & Carol Klein
Cat, Annie & Steven Bohnenberger
About The Bearded Ladies Cabaret
The Bearded Ladies Cabaret is an interdisciplinary troupe of artists who reinvigorate and redefine the form of cabaret in the 21st century by fusing it with theater, opera, and dance. They play with nostalgia and humor to question the embedded social messages in popular culture and tackle the politics of gender, identity, and artistic invention with sparkle and wit. Their work has been seen all over Philadelphia including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Eastern State Penitentiary, Opera Philadelphia, the Wilma Theater, and FringeArts, and they have brought their cabaret revolution to Miami, New Zealand, Seattle, Paris, Maryland, Delaware and New York City (Ars Nova, La Mama, and Joe’s Pub).
About Messapotamia LeFae
Messapotamia Lefae, better known as “Messy,” is a post-gender surrealist, sartorialist, and dance artist. Born in Rhode Island, she received dance training at Vassar College (Poughkeepsie, NY), The School of Toronto Dance Theatre (Toronto, ON), Wissahickon Dance Academy (Philadelphia, PA) with Nancy Malmed, and at the Performance Garage (Philadelphia, PA) with Alexei Borovik. In 2017, she performed in the Vagina Monologues, directed by Bethany Asplundh and Ebony Pullum at the Sedgwick Theater (Philadelphia, PA). She has performed in Bearded Ladies Cabaret’s Bastille Day reenactment at Eastern State Penitentiary (Philadelphia, PA), in an immersive cabaret called Color Me Bearded at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and in John Jarboe’s Get Pegged cabaret series at La Peg/FringeArts (Philadelphia, PA). Messy recently performed in Opera Philadelphia’s Dito and Aeneaes alongside Martha Graham Cracker and Stephanie Blythe at the Theater of the Living Arts (Philadelphia, PA).
About Jess Conda
Jess Conda is a Philadelphia based performer, producer, teaching artist, and cultural connector. Jess is currently performing as Muff Johnson, chanteuse for the Peek A Boo Revue. Her one woman Electro Pop Cabaret Katerina! is being self produced in living rooms throughout Philadelphia. Regional Cabaret: Get Pegged!, Bearded Ladies, Martha Graham Cracker, Red 40 & the Last Groovement. Regional Theater: Arden Theatre, Walnut Street Theatre, Pig Iron Theatre, Shakespeare in Clark Park. Touring backing vocals: Peter Matthew Bauer; opener for The War on Drugs and Delta Spirit. Jess is a two-time Barrymore nominee for Outstanding Ensemble in a Play, and was one of Philadelphia Magazine‘s Best Stage Talents to See This Season, 2013. Previously the Artistic Director of BRAT Productions. Training: Certificate: Pig Iron’s APT program. BFA: Arcadia University. Teaching Artist: Wilma Theatre, People’s Light & Theatre Company, Independence Charter School. Career Development Guest Lecturer: Arden Theater Company, Temple University, Arcadia University.
About Daniel Park
Daniel Park is a queer, bi-racial theater and performance artist based in Philadelphia. His works combine live performance and game design in order to actively explore the boundaries of human agency. He has self-produced five major works under his own name, as well as through the Obvious Agency of which he is co-founder. Daniel has been commissioned by Temple University and the Barnes Foundation. He has been invited to produce at The Painted Bride, and he has presented work in Baltimore through Single Carrot Theatre Company and in Boston through the Outside the Box Festival. Other recent credits include This is on Record (Applied Mechanics), Destiny Estimate (MJ Kaufmann), and Peaceable Kingdom (Orbiter3).