“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.
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 Mary Tuomanen
Mary is a graduate of the Lecoq School of Movement Theatre in Paris and the 2017 recipient of the Haas Emerging Artist Award. Her solo work has been performed at the Annenberg Center (Saint Joan, Betrayed, 2014), Bloomsberg Theater Ensemble, and the Kimmel Center Innovation Studio (Hello! Sadness!, 2015), among others. Her physical theater collaboration with Aaron Cromie, The Body Lautrec, was supported by the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage and the O’Neill National Puppetry Conference. She has also collaborated on commissions from the American Philosophical Society (A Paper Garden, 2011) and the Philadelphia Museum of Art (Between Clinics, 2016). Her plays Marcus/Emma (Interact) and A Peaceable Kingdom (Orbiter 3) premiered in 2017. As a performer, she has worked in many regional theaters including the Arden, Interact, Azuka, People’s Light and Theater Company, Actor’s Theatre of Louisville, and many productions with the Bearded Ladies Cabaret. She starred as young Andy Warhol in Opera Philadelphia/Bearded Ladies premiere of Andy: A Popera. She is an InterAct Core Writer, a member of the Foundry and a company member of Applied Mechanics, an immersive theater ensemble. www.appliedmechanics.us
About Bridge Markland
Bridge Markland is a Berlin-based performer. A virtuoso of roleplay and transformation, Markland effortlessly crosses boundaries between dance, theatre, performance, cabaret, and puppet theater. Her speciality is transgender performance in which the audience can experience the change of woman to man (or vice versa). Markland is a pioneer of drag and gender performance in Germany and organized Drag King events, tours and festivals between 1994 and 2002. With Diane Torr, she co-curated the go drag! festival, a celebration of women cross dressing, in Berlin in 2002. She has toured her short and long productions in Germany, Europe, USA, Canada and Australia. Presently, her main focuses are collages of classical German theater pieces with pop music, performed as lip-synced solos using role change and puppets.