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Postponed: Get Pegged Cabaret feat. R. Eric Thomas and Veronica Chapman-Smith

The Bearded Ladies' Get Pegged Cabaret

Friday, April 10

90 minutes

$8 – $60

La Peg at FringeArtsMap

Wheelchair Accessible

Like a poison cookie—tempting and treacherous, pleasing and perilous—Get Pegged Cabaret lures you inside a reimagined La Peg, then jumps you with unrestrained intimacy and live music and performance. Each night features uncensored and stimulating entertainment from the sexy, satirical, daring, delightful, queer, and most dangerous performers on the cabaret scene, a one night stand between a local Philadelphia artist and another performer from around the world.

April’s Get Pegged Cabaret will be headlined by R. Eric Thomas, opened by Veronica Chapman-Smith, and feature a performance by Kyle Dacuyan!

Star Producers: Linda & David Glickstein



Postponed until Friday, December 11. Details to follow.


Standing Room: $8
Table for 2: $30*
Table for 4: $60*
*There is an additional $15 food and drink minimum per guest seated at a table.

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Get Pegged (n.)

1. An act of love-making that involves a woman wearing a [redacted] and [redacted] her male partner.

ex.   Jane pegged John last night – I bet he won’t be able to sit down for a week!

2. A monthly cabaret series at La Peg, curated by John Jarboe that will make you feel like you are being [redacted] by someone wearing a [redacted].

ex.    I went to Get Pegged Cabaret last night!  I bet I won’t be able to sit down for a week!

About R. Eric Thomas

R. Eric Thomas, an author and playwright, won the 2016 Barrymore Award for Best New Play and the 2018 Dramatist Guild Lanford Wilson Award and was a finalist for the 2017 Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award. His debut memoir-in-essays, Here For It, will be published by Ballantine Books in February 2020 and Reclaiming Her Time, a biography of Rep. Maxine Waters co-authored with Helena Andrews-Dyer, will be published in September 2020. He is also the long-running host of The Moth in Philadelphia and D.C. and a Senior Staff Writer for where he writes “Eric Reads the News,” a daily current events and culture column with hundreds of thousands of monthly readers. He is the recipient of a 2017/2018 National New Play Network Commission and has also been commissioned or produced by Arden Theater Company, Simpatico Theater, Azuka Theater, Single Carrot Theater, About Face Theater, City Theater Miami, Act II Playhouse and more.

At April’s Get Pegged, enjoy “The End Is Running About 15 Minutes Late.” R. Eric Thomas is not end-of-the-world material. In a night of comedic stories, deranged digressions, group thought exercises, and Oprah-style giveaways, Thomas gives a history of the future and our near-miss with apocalypse.

About Veronica Chapman-Smith

Soprano Veronica Chapman-Smith is a classically trained singer who has performed with opera companies and orchestras across the country while keeping firm roots in her hometown of Philadelphia. Veronica has sung roles with Lyric Opera of Chicago, Opera Birmingham, Opera Philadelphia, Opera Colorado, Opera Delaware, Memphis Symphony, Charlotte Symphony, and Orquestra Sinfonica Municipal de Caracas to name a few. Veronica can be heard as part of the ensemble The Crossing on the Grammy award-winning recording for Best Choral Performance, Gavin Bryars: The Fifth Century (2018) and the Grammy nominated recording of Julia Wolfe’s Fire In My Mouth (2020).

While Veronica acknowledges that it has been a privilege to singing with some amazing artists and be part of wonderful organizations, the lack of representation in the classical art forms she so dearly loves has caused her to use her voice in a different way.  Recently Ms. Chapman-Smith was part of the Barrymore award winning production Contradict This! with The Bearded Ladies Cabaret. Through her work with artists like The Beards and Cookie Diorio, Veronica uses classical music and historic speeches and quotes to create performances that speak to her experience as a black
woman in the classical opera world, and the effects on her due to the lack of diversity in classical music.

About Kyle Dacuyan

Kyle Dacuyan (writer/performer) is a poet, performance-maker, and the Executive Director of The Poetry Project at St. Mark’s. Recent poems appear or are forthcoming in Ambit, DIAGRAM, Lambda Literary, and Social Text, among other places, and he has presented performance at Ars Nova, Cloud City, FringeArts Philadelphia, The Institute on the Arts and Civic Dialogue, and Poesiefestival Berlin. He is the recipient of scholarships, awards, and support from The Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Poets House, The Academy of American Poets, Best New Poets, and the Sewanee Writers’ Conference.

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 John Jarboe

John Jarboe (she/hers) is a cabaret artist, director, writer, historian, and host serving you revolution, herstory, queer community making, and a whole lot of glitter. She 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. She plays host to a community of cabaret misfits from around the world, trying to stitch together the history of and practice of a much needed form.

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