“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 Ben MacMaster and 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 Dito van Reigersberg
Dito van Reigersberg is the cofounder of Pig Iron Theatre Company and often performs as his drag persona Martha Graham Cracker. Read more about Dito van Reigersberg here and here. See a video of Dito performing here.
About Machine Dazzle
Machine Dazzle (né Matthew Flower) moved to New York City in 1994 after attending The University of Colorado Boulder. Mixing odd jobs by day with art and dance clubs by night erupted in a unique lifestyle grounded in costume and performance art. Machine’s DIY and transgressive nature comes face to face with his conceptualist-as-artist identity; the results can be seen on stages all over the world. Machine has worked with Taylor Mac, Justin Vivian Bond, Joey Arias, Julie Atlas Muz, Big Art Group, The Crystal Ark, The Dazzle Dancers, Stanley Love Performance Group, and The Pixie Harlots, to name a few.