“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 Malgorzata Kaspryzcka
Malgorzata Kasprzycka is a Polish musician, performer and theater director living in Paris. She pursues her artistic path through different countries. Founder of Volcano Song theater company in Paris. Laureate of Rutas Escenicas grant from the Ministry of Culture of Mexico for Sinon l’hiver / if not, winter, a show she wrote and directed. Winner of The Barrymore Award for Excellence in Theatre for her role as Julia Warhola in Andy: A Popera at Opera Philadelphia. Once a month she sings Edith Piaf songs in a little Parisian cabaret Le Vieux Belleville and performs her own songs as part of the musical project Gosia and the Flying Whales. Exploring traditional songs and then working with the voice and its relationship with the body has a special place in her work and leads her toward various projects, as well as the initiator of experiences, as a performer, or a teacher.
About Dieter Rita Scholl
Dieter Rita Scholl is a theatrical performer and deviser focusing on expression and emancipation from a gay and feminist perspective since 1979. He has appeared in feature films (Meeting Venus, Lose Your Head, The Cage), TV series (Der Schattenmann), independent/underground films (Im Tiefen Tal DerTherapierten), and experimental films and documentaries. He recently completed Gritty Glamour with an international team of performers for Ballhaus Naunynstrasse (Berlin) and in November appears in Winnie Und Adi – Das Duell. Dieter has specialized in French chanson since 2004, performing in Ich Bin Was Du Vergessen Harst, Paris-Berlin, Dalida Barfuß, Lila Nächte, and more.
About John Jarboe
John Jarboe (she/he) is a cabaret artist, director, writer, historian, and host serving you revolution, herstory, queer community making, and a whole lot of glitter. He is the founding artistic director of The Bearded Ladies Cabaret. Going back to the interdisciplinary roots of cabaret, Jarboe is transforming opera, cabaret, and live performance from her home in Philadelphia, making work that is insistent on its liveness and interactivity, work that will make you sing, dance, clap and question. He plays host to a community of cabaret misfits from around the world, trying to stitch together the history and practice of a much needed form. See John and the Beards celebrate the great Barbra Streisand here.