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Martha Graham Cracker Cabaret: Circus Spectacular

Martha Graham Cracker Cabaret

Friday, June 12

2020 Hand to Hand Circus Festival

120 minutes

$15 – $35


Wheelchair Accessible

The world’s tallest and hairiest drag queen Martha Graham Cracker joins the Hand to Hand lineup for a special circus cabaret performance with her trusty band. Featuring trapeze and hand balancing performances by circus artists L M Feldman, Megan Gendell, Ben Grinberg, and Darren Rabinowitz, alongside Martha’s signature blend of live music and storytelling. Forget everything you think you know about drag and come party with Miss Martha Graham Cracker.

Martha Graham Cracker is played by Pig Iron Theater Company co-founder Dito van Reigersberg. She has won numerous awards and has been deemed the “Drag Queen King of Philadelphia” by the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Recommended for ages 13+.


$35 general
$15 students & 25-and-under
$2 FringeACCESS member
Member Discounts Available

About the Artists

Martha Graham Cracker is played by Pig Iron Theater Company co-founder Dito van Reigersberg. She has won numerous awards and has been deemed the “Drag Queen King of Philadelphia” by the Philadelphia Inquirer.

L M Feldman is a Philadelphia-based circus & theater artist whose work is brave, playful, and personal – wrestling with the world we live in, asking questions, challenging norms, and inviting human connection. She freelances as a playwright, performer, deviser, dramaturg, professor, and coach. Her plays and circus acts have been seen internationally, and she continues to travel around the country performing, teaching, and playwriting. A graduate of the Yale School of Drama and the New England Center for Circus Arts, L is passionate about making plays that move and circus that carries thematic heft. During the year, she teaches playwriting to undergrads, med students, and adults, and she’s a coach at Circadium, where she teaches artistic craft & writing live performance. She loves making queer, feminist, theatrical circus work with ensembles and with her duo trapeze partner, Megan Gendell. IG: @elemfeld

Photo by Elsie Smith

Megan Gendell is a Philly artist who has performed circus since 2007, including at the Chicago Contemporary Circus Festival and the Daidogei World Cup in Japan, both with her trapeze partner, L M Feldman. She is a 2012 NECCA ProTrack grad and currently teaches at the Philadelphia School of Circus Arts. Recently Megan has performed classical ballet with the Farm to Ballet Project and joined in the creation and performance of several ensemble contemporary circus shows, including The Subject Tonight Is Love (touring this July) and One World Circus’s Webs: A Circus on Healing from Sexualized Violence (touring this summer and fall). IG: @megangendell

Photo by Michael Ermilio

Working at the intersection of contemporary circus and ensemble dance theatre, Ben Grinberg is a Philadelphia-based performing artist, director, and educator. He is the Artistic Director of  the internationally touring physical performance ensemble Almanac Dance Circus Theatre. The company is also a Barrymore award-winner. He is the Artistic Coordinator and Theatre Instructor at Circadium, the nation’s first certificate granting program in contemporary circus performance. Grinberg’s work has been presented by FringeArts, New York Live Arts, Bill T. Jones, the Mexico City International Festival of Contemporary Dance, Ars Nova ANT Fest, 171 Cedar Arts, and more. A graduate of the Pig Iron School for Advanced Performance Training and of the University of Pennsylvania, he is on Faculty at the Pig Iron/UArts MFA in devised performance and has often collaborated with Pig Iron Theatre Company, Theatre Horizon, Eiko Otake, and Jaamil Kosoko.

Happy Hour on the Fringe

On this episode of Happy Hour on the Fringe, we sipped tea and spilled the tea with Dito van Reigersberg AKA THE Martha Graham Cracker. As one of the founders of Pig Iron, Dito shares his experiences with the very first Fringe Festival, his artistic journey since, and the development of Martha Graham Cracker as we know her today. Intro features “Let Me Sit On It” from Martha Graham Cracker’s latest album, Lashed But Not Leashed. Available to stream on Bandcamp. Read the transcript of the episode on the FringeArts Blog.



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