The Birth of Jawn: Exploring Philly with a King
September 6-October 4
1 hour 30 minutes
Pay What You Can
Follow in the footsteps of Jawn Wooders, drag king and “Philly’s Finest Person, Place, or Thing”, as he walks home after his first drag set – just as the pandemic arrives. Jawn will guide you on a real-life/digital journey from the 9th St. Market to the Gayborhood in this immersive audio experience.
Explore Philly through the eyes of a drag king and see our city through a queer lens. Find artwork hidden in plain sight. Navigate memories of the past and look for what still remains. Follow Jawn’s story on your journey in a performance that mixes story-telling with real-life/digital exploration.
What have we lost in the past year? What comes next as we rebuild our creative lives?
This show is Pay What You Can and no one will be turned away for lack of funds. All ticket proceeds will be split 50/50 between the artist and The Painted Mug Cafe, a new venue run by queer artists for queer artists. More information can be found at www.thepaintedmugcafe.com.
A video promo for this show can be found at Jawn Wooders’ YouTube page.
Created and Performed by Stephanie Wobensmith.
Additional Credits and Special Thanks are available on performance website.
Appropriate for Ages 18+
This piece uses the full name of the Philadelphia D*ke March. It is used in the context of queer/LGBTQIA+ people using this word to discuss a queer/LGBTQIA+ event.
This audio performance is an interactive experience that is designed to be listened to while exploring Philadelphia, either in the Real World or using Google Maps.
Audience members will receive a link to audio tracks meant to be listened to while interacting with specific places in South Philly and Center City.
Audio can be paused as needed. The performance can be completed all at once or completed in multiple segments. It is available on demand and can be completed at any time.
For those completing the Real World experience:
You will need a smartphone or tablet with access to the internet and a set of headphones. Comfortable shoes are also recommended, as there is roughly 60 minutes of casual walking involved. The experience will begin near 9th and Washington and end at Jefferson Station.
For those completing the Google Maps experience:
You will need a smartphone, tablet, or computer with access to the internet. Headphones are recommended for a more immersive experience. The experience will utilize Google Maps’ Street View functionality.
About the Artists
Jawn Wooders (he/they) is Philly’s finest person, place, or thing. He is a newly crowned drag king that got his start right before the pandemic. Together with his fearless producer Stephanie (they/them), they produce work that explores the intersections of being bi, butch, and gender queer… all while (sometimes) playing an inflatable guitar.
Jawn was born out of the open mic scene in the 9th Street Market and never ceases to be a Philadelphia evangelist. His works will urge you to explore Philly with a queer lens and amplify LGBTQIA+ voices. He has a background in improv comedy and always has a good story to tell about South Philly, veggie cheesesteaks, and Gritty.
Wooder ice and tomato pie or it didn’t happen.