Get Pegged Cabaret: Do You Want a Cookie? Test Batch
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Get Pegged Cabaret: Do You Want a Cookie? Test Batch

The Bearded Ladies Cabaret

Hosted & Curated by John Jarboe
In partnership with the William Way LGBTQ Community Center


140 N Columbus Blvd
Philadelphia, PA
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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 performance. Each night features uncensored and stimulating entertainment from the sexy, satirical, daring, delightful, queer, and most dangerous performers from Philadelphia, New York, and beyond.

This month, the Bearded Ladies welcome audiences into their Test Kitchen, where local and international cabaret artists try out recipes for the perfect cabaret confections. They’re baking what you want, what you need, and what you won’t admit you crave. This first batch of cookies uses the best international ingredients with some locally-sourced artists. Featuring Tareke Ortiz, Dieter Rita Scholl, Bridge Markland, Malgorzata Kasprzycka, Cherdonna Shinatra, Adrienne Truscott, Daniel Park, Messapotamia Lefae, and Cookie DiOrio!


This Month’s Artists

Tareke Ortiz is a film and theatre composer, pianist, singer, actor, and cabaret performer. He currently serves as Artistic Director of the International Arts Summit in Cumbre Tajin, México. He has presented work at La MaMa ETC., Mexico Now Festival, The Kitchen, The Gate Theatre and Tate Britain Gallery in London, Two Worlds Festival in Spoleto, among others.


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 Der Therapierten) 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 HarstParis-BerlinDalida BarfußLila Nächte, and more.


Bridge Markland is a Berlin-based performer. A virtuoso of roleplay and transformation, Markland effortlessly crosses boundaries between dance, theatre, performance, cabaret and puppet theatre. Her speciality are transgender performances 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 – 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 focus are collages of classical German theatre pieces with pop music – performed as lip-synced solos using role change and puppets


Malgorzata Kasprzycka is a Polish musician, performer and theatre director living in Paris. She pursues her artistic path through different countries. Founder of Volcano Song theatre 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 it’s relationship with the body has a special place in her work and leads her towards various projects, as well as the initiator of experiences, as a performer, or a teacher.


Cherdonna Shinatra is part bio drag queen, part contemporary dance, and part performance art; a persona and company that encompasses all works choreographed and performed by Jody Kuehner. The recipient of the 2015 Stranger Genius Award winner and 2010 Spotlight Award, her choreography has been presented by every major contemporary dance venue in Seattle and WA. As Cherdonna, she currently performs regularly with drag-queen superstar BenDeLaCreme (RuPaul’s Drag Race); and the award-winning international sensations Kitten LaRue and Lou Henry Hoover. She has also created several evening length works as Cherdonna including Clock That Mug or Dusted (presented by FringeArts in February), Worth My Salt, and Kissing Like Babies.


Adrienne Truscott is a choreographer, circus acrobat, dancer, writer, storyteller and comedian. She has been making genre-straddling performances in New York City and abroad for over 20 years. She is one half of The Wau Wau Sisters, her boundary busting neo-vaudevillian collaboration with Tanya Gagne. They are winners of the prestigious 2009 Herald Angel Award and their contemporaries broadly recognize the influence of their radical and ludicrous take on circus and cabaret. Her form-busting and ground-breaking show Adrienne Truscott’s Asking For It: A One-Lady Rape About Comedy Starring Her Pussy and Little Else! won the 2013 Edinburgh Foster’s Panel-Prize, was a finalist for the Total Theater Award for Playing With Form and is considered a critical impetus to the evolving conversation about rape culture. Her latest solo performance piece, THIS, was recently nominated for a 2017 New York Performance Award (Bessie) for Outstanding Production.


Daniel Park is a queer, bi-racial, theatre and performance artist based in Philadelphia. His works combines live performance and game design in order to actively explore the boundaries of human agency. He has self-produced five major works under his own name, as well as through the Obvious Agency of which he is co-founder. Daniel has been commissioned by Temple University, the Barnes Foundation, invited to produce at The Painted Bride, and presented work in Baltimore through Single Carrot Theatre Company and in Boston through the Outside the Box Festival. Other recent credits include This is on Record (Applied Mechanics), Destiny Estimate (MJ Kaufmann), and Peaceable Kingdom (Orbiter3).


Messapotamia Lefae, better known as “Messy,” is a post-gender surrealist, sartorialist, and dance artist. Born in Rhode Island, she received dance training at Vassar College (Poughkeepsie, NY), The School of Toronto Dance Theatre (Toronto, ON), Wissahickon Dance Academy (Philadelphia, PA) with Nancy Malmed, and at the Performance Garage (Philadelphia, PA) with Alexei Borovik. In 2017, she performed in the “Vagina Monologues” directed by Bethany Asplundh and Ebony Pullum at the Sedgwick Theater (Philadelphia, PA). She has performed in Bearded Ladies Cabaret’s Bastille Day reenactment at Eastern State Penitentiary (Philadelphia, PA), in an immersive cabaret called “Color Me Bearded” at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and in John Jarboe’s Get Pegged cabaret series at La Peg/Fringearts (Philadelphia, PA). Messy recently performed in Opera Philadelphia’s “Dito and Aeneaes” alongside Martha Graham Cracker and Stephanie Blythe at the Theater of the Living Arts (Philadelphia, PA).


Cookie Diorio is a Philadelphia-based drag performer, a classically trained vocalist, a songwriter, an activist, a husband, mama to the cutest little Yorkshire Terrier ever, a music teacher and lover of all things sparkly. She mastered walking in 5 inch stilettos in the night clubs of Boston, achieved her hair fantasy by studying vintage videos of Grace Bumbry and founded the giving project Art of the Heel. Cookie grew up in historic Auburn, NY with gospel in her ears, civil rights in her blood and a song in her heart. She trained at Ithaca College in the voice studio of Angus Godwin and learned the many different skills of western classical music from master teachers such as Carol McAmis in vocal pedagogy, Lawrence Doebler in choral arts, Dana Wilson in composition and Patrick Hansen in opera coaching. While Cookie has been in and out of the drag scene since 2002, she began performing regularly in the Philadelphia area as host of the Art Song Repertory Theater Company’s salon series “Saturday Afternoon Drinking Songs” in 2013. Since, she has produced the shows Fire In My Bones: A Gospel Jubilee, Beauty From Our Sorrows, Telling Herstories, Forces of Nature, Music: The Food of Love and I, Too, Sing America. She has also been soloist for events, galas, concerts and on the cabaret stage.

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!

Standing Room: $5
Table: $15 per seat*

*Tables must be bought in full. Therefore, a 4-seat table costs $60. Additionally, each person is required to order a $15 minimum of food or drink from La Peg.

Star Producers: Linda & David Glickstein