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Get Pegged Cabaret feat. Tareke Ortiz, Veronica Chapman-Smith, and Emyne

The Bearded Ladies' Get Pegged Cabaret

Friday, November 13

90 minutes

Pay What You Can


Like a poison cookie—tempting and treacherous, pleasing and perilous—Get Pegged Cabaret switches things up inside a reimagined Zoom Room, then jumps you with unrestrained intimacy and live music and performance. Featuring uncensored and stimulating entertainment from the sexy, satirical, daring, delightful, queer, and most dangerous performers on the cabaret scene.

November’s Get Pegged Cabaret will include performances by Tareke Ortiz, Veronica Chapman-Smith, and Emyne.

Star Producers: Linda & David Glickstein



Friday, November 13 at 8pm


Pay What You Can $0–60

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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, 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!

march get pegged cabaret Tareke_grass

About Tareke Ortiz

Mexico City-based Tareke Ortiz is a fully sequenced, horned creature, born from a crack in the imaginary wall between Mexico and the USA. His existential, Latin Noir Cabaret aims to be an ominous, defiant immigrant anthem, a carnivalesque bolero-esque lament that invokes the muted, dashed hopes of those trapped by tyrant borders as well of those imprisoned by their very own notions of romantic love.

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.

Emyne Singing

About Emyne

Emyne is a 20 years old singer-songwriter, rapper and all around performing artist born and raised in West Philadelphia. Starting as a street performer, busking all around downtown she has come a very long way! Performing in many venues around Philly, including The Kimmel Center, The Clef Club, The Rotunda, Voltage Lounge, World Live Cafe and more! She has also been gifted The amazing opportunity to touch the legendary Apollo Theatre stage in New York City, 3 times as a child star! Emyne has written music for films such as “We Are Black” produced by Ten0OneMedia and theatre performances such as “Black Girl Magic” a musical put together by a dance company called Dance for Nia. Always excited to do work that serves her life purpose, connecting with people around the world and making a difference through music, she is a resilient young woman with undeniable talent, hustle, passion and charm. Always asking herself “What’s Next Emyne?”.

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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