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Who’s Who in High Pressure Fire Service, part two

Posted April 2nd, 2019
by Raina Searles, Marketing Manager

In March, we kicked off High Pressure Fire Service (or more colloquially, HPFS, pronounced “hip-fizz”) with an incredibly moving production chronicling the disability rights movement in A Fierce Kind of Love, produced by the Institute on Disabilities at Temple University, and we followed that with a thought-provoking musical satire about the American abortion debate, The Appointment, by Lightning Rod Special. In just a couple weeks, we’ll kick off a highly interactive show made for a family unit and exploring the line between play and performance, Broccoli, Roosevelt and Mr House! by the Berserker Residents. But today, we’re talking about the final three shows in HPFS: where you’ve seen these artists, what to expect in their work, and breaking down Who’s Who in High Pressure Fire Service…part two.

Coming up this May,  A Hard Time by Pig Iron Theatre Company opens at FringeArts. Long time Fringe fans will recognize Pig Iron from many of their notable devised works presented by FringeArts. Most recently, they produced A Period of Animate Existence in the 2017 Fringe Festival. Other recent works include Swamp Is On (2015), 99 BREAKUPS (2014), Pay Up (2013), Zero Cost House (2012), Twelfth Night, or What You Will (2011), and many more going back to the origins of the Fringe Festival in 1997!

What makes A Hard Time stand out, however, is that this is the first production with female lead artists and with lead artists who are not one of the Artistic Directors of Pig Iron Theatre Company. Jess Conda, Jenn Kidwell, and Mel Krodman are no strangers to the FringeArts stage though. Jess Conda is a cabaret and performing artist who was mostly recently seen on our stage in the cabaret extravaganza, Do You Want A Cookie? by the Bearded Ladies Cabaret in the 2018 Fringe Festival, but you may have also caught her in 1812 Productions’ Broads this past February. She has also joined us onstage for Get Pegged Cabaret in the past, 99 BREAKUPS (2014) and Pay Up (2013) with Pig Iron, and as a band member of the popular group Red 40 and the Last Groovement. In Philadelphia, she’s also a Teaching Artist at Wilma Theatre, has performed with a multitude of organizations including BRAT Productions, Arden Theatre, and Shakespeare in Clark Park, and she is a two-time Barrymore nominee for Outstanding Ensemble in a Play.

Jenn Kidwell has collaborated with a number of past Fringe artists and is notably not only a company member of Lightning Rod Special, but is also the lead artist on their work Underground Railroad Game, which won an Obie Award in 2017 for Best New American Theatre Work and was hailed as one of the 25 Best American Plays Since Angels in America. She was last seen on the FringeArts stage in Geoff Sobelle’s HOME in the 2017 Fringe Festival, and was also seen recently in Sans Everything with Lighting Rod Special and 99 BREAKUPS with Pig Iron.

Mel Krodman is also a familiar face, especially if you came to see THE TOP at FringeArts in 2017 from No Face Performance Group. As a company member of Pig Iron Theatre Company, Mel was also seen in A Period of Animate Existence (2017) and Swamp Is On (2015), and she has choreographed a number of works with collaborator Kelly Bond, appearing in the Independent Fringe Festival (Elephant (2010) and Colony (2012)) and our season programming as well (JEAN & TERRY: Your Guides Through Dark, Light and Nebulous (November 2016)). Mel is also in another High Pressure Fire Service show, which leads us to June…

¡BIENVENIDOS BLANCOS! or WELCOME WHITE PEOPLE! Photo by Kate Raines

Team Sunshine Performance Corporation (TSPC) will be producing the third iteration of their 24-year series The Sincerity Project. This work, The Sincerity Project #3 (2019), will feature the same cast as the first two productions and follow the lives of the performer-creators as they change and grow every two years. Dedicated to creating opportunities for people to share in the pleasures and difficulties of our collective contemporary experience, Team Sunshine was last seen on the FringeArts stage in April 2018 with their bilingual production ¡BIENVENIDOS BLANCOS! or WELCOME WHITE PEOPLE!, and in 2017 for The Society of Civil Discourse, a co-production with The Philly Pigeon. The cast features Mel Krodman (see above), Benjamin Camp (Founding member of TSPC), Makoto Hirano (Founding member of TSPC) , Aram Aghazarian, Jenna Horton, Mark McCloughan, and Rachel Camp and is directed by Alex Torra (Founding member of TSPC).

These performers come from all over Philadelphia every two years to put together the next iteration of The Sincerity Project, and where are they now? Benjamin has performed with a number of groups around Philadelphia (Pig Iron, Shakespeare in Clark Park, etc) and was lead artist for TSPC’s Punchkapow, Terrarium, and Zombie Defense. Currently, he is also a realtor with The Kelly Group, selling houses to artists all over Philadelphia. A former US Marine, Makoto is currently a dance and theatre artist who has created over 20 original roles and collaborated with artists such as Bill Irwin, Thaddeus Phillips, and also Pig Iron Theatre Company. In addition to co-founding Team Sunshine, he also created an art duo, Gatto+Hirano. Aram is currently on the faculty at the Pig Iron School and has performed with the company as well (Swamp Is On (2015), 99 BREAKUPS (2014), Pay Up (2013)), co-founded Strange Attractor Theatre Company (Sans Everything (2017)), and has also performed with Lightning Rod Special and SwimPony Performing Arts in the past. A performer as well as a writer for thINKingDANCE, Jenna has collaborated with a wide range of artists including past Team Sunshine works, Annie Wilson, The Berserker Residents, SwimPony, Applied Mechanics, Lightning Rod Special, Shakespeare in Clark Park, Chris Davis, and The Bearded Ladies Cabaret.

THE TOP

Mark is one half of No Face Performance Group with Jaime Maseda (recently seen in The Appointment last month) and performed THE TOP (2017) at FringeArts. They are also a writer and visual artist, with poetry awards from the American Poetry Review and L+S Press. Rachel is a theater and teaching artist who has performed across the city with Philadelphia Theatre Company, Opera Philadelphia, Arden Theater, 1812 Productions and more, and she has been nominated for 5 Barrymore awards, winning Outstanding Supporting Performance in a Musical for The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at Theatre Horizon. And finally, director Alex Torra is a Swarthmore professor, a 2018 Pew Fellow, the director for all of TSPC’s major works, a regular collaborator with Pig Iron Theatre Company, and he has received fellowships from the Independence Foundation, the Philadelphia Live Arts Brewery, the Princess Grace Foundation, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and NY’s Drama League. The cast of The Sincerity Project #3 (2019) has touched just about every corner of Philadelphia theater.

In late June, we’re excited to close out High Pressure Fire Service with a new work that’s part musical, part choreopoem, and part play, Circuit City by Camae Ayewa, stage name: Moor Mother. Camae is a prolific poet and noise musician who has made Philadelphia her home and is taking on the housing crisis, highlighting the connections between public and private ownership and technology through original poetry and live music by the Irreversible Entanglements and the Circuit City band.

Camae is co-founder of Black Quantum Futurism Collective, a literary and artistic collaboration with Rasheedah Phillips, and Rockers! Philly, an event series and festival focused on marginalized artists. As Moor Mother, she has released more than a dozen EPs since 2012, and just recently became one of the newest members of the Art Ensemble of Chicago, a group whose work she’s long admired. She’ll be featured on their upcoming album We Are On the Edge later this year. In her music and her public work, Camae sees herself as an archivist of black memory against erasure, and this work will be no exception. You can get a feel for Moor Mother’s musical style by listening to her 2018 album, FETISH BONES.

We’re excited for such a creative and collaborative cohort of artists to be joining us at FringeArts this May and June. Click below for more information on each show, and make sure to purchase a subscription for the best deals on tickets! You can also check out our blog post: Who’s Who in High Pressure Fire Service, part one.

A Hard Time
Pig Iron Theatre Company
May 1–12, 2019

The Sincerity Project #3 (2019)
Team Sunshine Performance Corporation
June 4–8, 2019

Circuit City
Moor Mother
June 20–22

HPFS Subscriptions:
15% off tickets to 3-4 performances / 30% off for members

Single Tickets:
$31 general / $21.70 members
$15 students and 25-and-under
$2 FringeACCESS members

Do You Want A Cookie?

Posted September 16th, 2018
DescriptionAbout the ArtistsInterviewFurther Reading

“This is going to be some radical shit.” John Jarboe

“An always daringly incendiary brand of queer cabaret.” Philadelphia Weekly

Philadelphia’s Bearded Ladies Cabaret has some treats for you. Do You Want A Cookie? transforms an old factory to concoct the perfect cabaret confections to satisfy your cravings. Part Great Cabaret Bake-Off, part irreverent romp through cabaret history, the show is at once subversive, joyous, provocative, and communal.

An international cast of cabaret artists perform across two levels of a cavernous space refitted as a seductive nightclub, presenting a live history of cabaret from Le Chat Noir to Weimar nightlife to 21st-century drag.

Do You Want A Cookie? sees the live culmination of a multi-year study by John Jarboe and Sally Ollove of cabaret’s history and evolution — research you can see in The Bearded Ladies’ Digital Fringe offering, The Poison Cookie Jar. After select performances of Do You Want A Cookie? individual artists present extended cabaret acts as Late Night Snacks.

The all-star cast comes from around the world: Adrienne Truscott (NYC), Bridge Markland (Berlin), Cherdonna Shinatra (Seattle), Cookie Diorio (Philly),  Gosia Kasprzycka (Paris/Poland), Daniel Park (Philly), Jess Conda (Philly), Dito van Reigersberg (Philly), Dieter Rita Scholl (Berlin), Mary Tuomanen (Philly), John Jarboe (Philly), Messapotamia LeFae (Philly), Machine Dazzle (NYC) and Tareke Ortiz (Mexico City).

Tickets are available for both Do You Want A Cookie? and Late Night Snacks. If you would like to attend the cabaret following Do You Want A Cookie?, make sure to purchase the joint ticket. Only a limited number of joint tickets are available.

Click here for the Late Night Snacks Artist Lineup

Do You Want A Cookie? ONLY
$29 general / $20.30 members
$15 student & 25-and-under

Do You Want A Cookie? and Late Night Snacks performance
$35 general / $24 members
$20 student & 25-and-under

Late Night Snacks performance ONLY
$10-15 sliding scale

Musicians Jimmy Coleman, Dorie Byrne, Daniel de Jesus, Andrew Nelson, Spiff Weigard

Director and Co-Conceiver* John Jarboe Dramaturg and Co-Conceiver* Sally Ollove Assistant Director Brett Robinson Music Supervisor* Heath Allen Music Director Amanda Morton Associate Group Choreographer Jody Kuehner Production Stage Manager Nic Labadie-Bartz Assistant Stage Manager Maya Neville Installation and Costume Design*  Rebecca Kanach Installation and Costume Design Machine Dazzle Lighting Design Oona Curley Sound Design Liz Atkinson Projection Design Christopher Ash Associate Installation Design Sara Outing Assistant Lighting Design Heather Edney

General Manager* Cynthia Janzen Production Manager*^ Calvin Anderson Company Manager Dan O’Neil Assistant Production Manager Sara Marinich Technical Direction Flannel and Hammer, Lauren Tracy, Joe Daniels Venue Management & Master Electrician Jacks Katz Lighting Operator John Allerheiligen Audio Mixers Waylon Ferrell,
Taylor Jedlinski Projection Operator Michael Long

*Member of the Bearded Ladies Cabaret staff and/or company

 

 

Lead support for Do You Want A Cookie? was provided by William Penn Foundation.

 

 

Major support for The Poison Cookie Jar has been provided to John Jarboe by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.

 

 

Supported in part by a Bly Creative Capacity Grant from Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas (LMDA).

 

 

Additional Support: by The Knight Foundation, The Independence Foundation, The Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, and Philadelphia Cultural Fund.
Installation: Theater Communications Group, The Network of Ensemble Theaters
Website: Dolfinger-McMahon Foundation

Festival Star Producers
David and Linda Glickstein
Mark & Tobey Dichter
Festival Executive Producers
Lisa Roberts & David Seltzer
Festival Producers
Lawrence Spitz & Carol Klein
Festival Co-Producers
Cat, Annie & Steven Bohnenberger


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/he) is a cabaret artist, director, writer, historian, and host serving you revolution, herstory, queer community making, and a whole lot of glitter. He 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. He 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.

About Sally Ollove

Sally Ollove (she) is a Philadelphia and Seattle based director and dramaturg, the associate artistic director of Philadelphia’s Bearded Ladies Cabaret, and as far as she knows, the world’s only self-identifying cabaret dramaturg. She believes in art that is silly and audacious, insists on its liveness, asks provocative questions, and provides space for the audience to fill. Formerly the literary manager at Arden Theatre Company, the resident dramaturg of Azuka Theater and programming director at the Rendezvous/Jewelbox Theater, Sally has served as faculty at Rowan University and University of the Arts and holds an MFA from the ART/MXAT Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard. She recently authored an article on cabaret featured in TheaterForum.


Interview with John Jarboe and Sally Ollove

May 2018

FringeArts: What was the initial inspiration for Do You Want A Cookie? and The Poisoned Cookie Jar?

John Jarboe: I realized in 2013 that I was a practicing cabaret artist, but I didn’t really know what cabaret was or where it came from. Since much of my work straddles the personal and the political, I also wanted to know what the political roots of the form were. How was it used in relationship to political and social crises? Who are my ancestors? What did they do?

Sally Ollove: Once we began looking for those answers, we realized pretty quickly that resources were scarce. There are a number of great books about specific moments in cabaret history, but very few that look at the form across geography and time, and none that extend into a close look at what’s happening in cabaret today. We could write a book, but we’re cabaret artists, so we decided the best way to understand the history and the present moment was to explore it through performance.

FringeArts: It seems that the show is important to you in more than a “I just want to do this show” way. Why is that?

John Jarboe: As performers we need to think carefully and responsibly about what we are putting out into the world. The best way to do that is with others. The more heterogeneous the dialogue the better. The Bearded Ladies are bringing together a host of international performers who are all asking the questions: What does it mean to be an artist now? How can our work heal, inspire, reflect, challenge our audiences? How can history and ancestors in the form help us do that?

FringeArts: What have you enjoyed the most about doing this project so far? And what are you looking forward to?

John Jarboe: It is a miracle to get artists and audiences in a room. For a project like this, it is a miracle on a huge scale. I’m looking forward to having everyone in the room. I’m looking forward to the first note we sing.

Excerpt. Read the full interview on the FringeArts Blog.


Further Reading

Dangerous Delight by Gemma Wilson, CityArts

Excerpt:
The goal is to document an art form that has historically existed in the cracks within and between other art forms, often remaining hidden for safety’s sake.

Read the full article

Do You Want A Cookie?

Posted September 15th, 2018
DescriptionAbout the ArtistsInterviewFurther Reading

 

“This is going to be some radical shit.” John Jarboe

“Jarboe has made provocation his calling card with an always daringly incendiary brand of queer cabaret whose caginess reaches into everything he does.” Philadelphia Weekly

Philadelphia’s Bearded Ladies Cabaret has some treats for you. Do You Want A Cookie? transforms an old factory to concoct the perfect cabaret confections to satisfy your cravings. Part Great Cabaret Bake-Off, part irreverent romp through cabaret history, the show is at once subversive, joyous, provocative, and communal.

An international cast of cabaret artists perform across two levels of a cavernous space refitted as a seductive nightclub, presenting a live history of cabaret from Le Chat Noir to Weimar nightlife to 21st-century drag.

Do You Want A Cookie? sees the live culmination of a multi-year study by John Jarboe and Sally Ollove of cabaret’s history and evolution — research you can see in The Bearded Ladies’ Digital Fringe offering, The Poison Cookie Jar. After select performances of Do You Want A Cookie? individual artists present extended cabaret acts as Late Night Snacks. Tickets are available for both Do You Want A Cookie? and Late Night Snacks. If you would like to attend the cabaret following Do You Want A Cookie?, make sure to purchase the joint ticket. Only a limited number of joint tickets are available.

Late Night Snacks: Artist Lineup

Sept 8th: Mary Tuomanen + Bridge Markland
Sept 9th: Adrienne Truscott + Cookie Diorio
Sept 12th: Dito van Reigersberg + Machine Dazzle
Sept 13th: Malgorzata Kaspryzcka, Dieter Rita Scholl + John Jarboe
Sept 14th: Messapotamia LeFae, Jess Conda + Daniel Park
Sept 15th: Tareke Ortiz + Cherdonna Shinatra

Do You Want A Cookie? ONLY
$29 general / $20.30 members
$15 student & 25-and-under

Do You Want A Cookie? and Late Night Snacks performance
$35 general / $24 members
$20 student & 25-and-under

Late Night Snacks performance ONLY
$10-15 sliding scale

The all-star cast comes from around the world:  Adrienne Truscott (NYC), Bridge Markland (Berlin), Cherdonna Shinatra (Seattle), Cookie Diorio (Philly),  Gosia Kasprzycka (Paris/Poland), Daniel Park (Philly), Jess Conda (Philly),  Dito van Reigersberg (Philly), Dieter Rita Scholl (Berlin), Mary Tuomanen (Philly), John Jarboe (Philly), Messapotamia LeFae (Philly), Machine Dazzle (NYC) and Tareke Ortiz (Mexico City)

Musicians Jimmy Coleman, Dorie Byrne, Daniel de Jesus, Andrew Nelson, Spiff Weigard

Director and Co-Conceiver* John Jarboe Dramaturg and Co-Conceiver* Sally Ollove Assistant Director Brett Robinson Music Supervisor* Heath Allen Music Director Amanda Morton Associate Group Choreographer Jody Kuehner Production Stage Manager Nic Labadie-Bartz Assistant Stage Manager Maya Neville Installation and Costume Design*  Rebecca Kanach Installation and Costume Design Machine Dazzle Lighting Design Oona Curley Sound Design Liz Atkinson Projection Design Christopher Ash Associate Installation Design Sara Outing Assistant Lighting Design Heather Edney

General Manager* Cynthia Janzen Production Manager*^ Calvin Anderson Company Manager Dan O’Neil Assistant Production Manager Sara Marinich Technical Direction Flannel and Hammer, Lauren Tracy, Joe Daniels Venue Management & Master Electrician Jacks Katz Lighting Operator John Allerheiligen Audio Mixers Waylon Ferrell,
Taylor Jedlinski Projection Operator Michael Long

*Member of the Bearded Ladies Cabaret Staff and/or Company

 

 

Lead support for Do You Want A Cookie? was provided by William Penn Foundation.

 

 

Major support for The Poison Cookie Jar has been provided to John Jarboe by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.

 

 

 

Supported in part by a Bly Creative Capacity Grant from Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas (LMDA).

 

 

Additional Support: by The Knight Foundation, The Independence Foundation, The Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, and Philadelphia Cultural Fund.
Installation: Theater Communications Group, The Network of Ensemble Theaters
Website: Dolfinger-McMahon Foundation

Festival Star Producers
David and Linda Glickstein
Mark & Tobey Dichter
Festival Executive Producers
Lisa Roberts & David Seltzer
Festival Producers
Lawrence Spitz & Carol Klein
Festival Co-Producers
Cat, Annie & Steven Bohnenberger


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/he) is a cabaret artist, director, writer, historian, and host serving you revolution, herstory, queer community making, and a whole lot of glitter. He 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. He 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.

About Sally Ollove

Sally Ollove (she) is a Philadelphia and Seattle based director and dramaturg, the associate artistic director of Philadelphia’s Bearded Ladies Cabaret, and as far as she knows, the world’s only self-identifying cabaret dramaturg. She believes in art that is silly and audacious, insists on its liveness, asks provocative questions, and provides space for the audience to fill. Formerly the literary manager at Arden Theatre Company, the resident dramaturg of Azuka Theater and programming director at the Rendezvous/Jewelbox Theater, Sally has served as faculty at Rowan University and University of the Arts and holds an MFA from the ART/MXAT Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard. She recently authored an article on cabaret featured in TheaterForum.


Interview with John Jarboe and Sally Ollove

May 2018

FringeArts: What was the initial inspiration for Do You Want A Cookie? and The Poisoned Cookie Jar?

John Jarboe: I realized in 2013 that I was a practicing cabaret artist, but I didn’t really know what cabaret was or where it came from. Since much of my work straddles the personal and the political, I also wanted to know what the political roots of the form were. How was it used in relationship to political and social crises? Who are my ancestors? What did they do?

Sally Ollove: Once we began looking for those answers, we realized pretty quickly that resources were scarce. There are a number of great books about specific moments in cabaret history, but very few that look at the form across geography and time, and none that extend into a close look at what’s happening in cabaret today. We could write a book, but we’re cabaret artists, so we decided the best way to understand the history and the present moment was to explore it through performance.

FringeArts: It seems that the show is important to you in more than a “I just want to do this show” way. Why is that?

John Jarboe: As performers we need to think carefully and responsibly about what we are putting out into the world. The best way to do that is with others. The more heterogeneous the dialogue the better. The Bearded Ladies are bringing together a host of international performers who are all asking the questions: What does it mean to be an artist now? How can our work heal, inspire, reflect, challenge our audiences? How can history and ancestors in the form help us do that?

FringeArts: What have you enjoyed the most about doing this project so far? And what are you looking forward to?

John Jarboe: It is a miracle to get artists and audiences in a room. For a project like this, it is a miracle on a huge scale. I’m looking forward to having everyone in the room. I’m looking forward to the first note we sing.

Excerpt. Read the full interview on the FringeArts Blog.


Further Reading

Dangerous Delight by Gemma Wilson, CityArts

Excerpt:
The goal is to document an art form that has historically existed in the cracks within and between other art forms, often remaining hidden for safety’s sake.

Read the full article

Do You Want A Cookie?

Posted September 14th, 2018
DescriptionAbout the ArtistsInterviewFurther Reading

“This is going to be some radical shit.” John Jarboe

“Jarboe has made provocation his calling card with an always daringly incendiary brand of queer cabaret whose caginess reaches into everything he does.” Philadelphia Weekly

Philadelphia’s Bearded Ladies Cabaret has some treats for you. Do You Want A Cookie? transforms an old factory to concoct the perfect cabaret confections to satisfy your cravings. Part Great Cabaret Bake-Off, part irreverent romp through cabaret history, the show is at once subversive, joyous, provocative, and communal.

An international cast of cabaret artists perform across two levels of a cavernous space refitted as a seductive nightclub, presenting a live history of cabaret from Le Chat Noir to Weimar nightlife to 21st-century drag.

Do You Want A Cookie? sees the live culmination of a multi-year study by John Jarboe and Sally Ollove of cabaret’s history and evolution — research you can see in The Bearded Ladies’ Digital Fringe offering, The Poison Cookie Jar. After select performances of Do You Want A Cookie? individual artists present extended cabaret acts as Late Night Snacks. Tickets are available for both Do You Want A Cookie? and Late Night Snacks. If you would like to attend the cabaret following Do You Want A Cookie?, make sure to purchase the joint ticket. Only a limited number of joint tickets are available.

Late Night Snacks: Artist Lineup

Sept 8th: Mary Tuomanen + Bridge Markland
Sept 9th: Adrienne Truscott + Cookie Diorio
Sept 12th: Dito van Reigersberg + Machine Dazzle
Sept 13th: Malgorzata Kaspryzcka, Dieter Rita Scholl + John Jarboe
Sept 14th: Messapotamia LeFae, Jess Conda + Daniel Park
Sept 15th: Tareke Ortiz + Cherdonna Shinatra

Do You Want A Cookie? ONLY
$29 general / $20.30 members
$15 student & 25-and-under

Do You Want A Cookie? and Late Night Snacks performance
$35 general / $24 members
$20 student & 25-and-under

Late Night Snacks performance ONLY
$10-15 sliding scale

The all-star cast comes from around the world:  Adrienne Truscott (NYC), Bridge Markland (Berlin), Cherdonna Shinatra (Seattle), Cookie Diorio (Philly),  Gosia Kasprzycka (Paris/Poland), Daniel Park (Philly), Jess Conda (Philly),  Dito van Reigersberg (Philly), Dieter Rita Scholl (Berlin), Mary Tuomanen (Philly), John Jarboe (Philly), Messapotamia LeFae (Philly), Machine Dazzle (NYC) and Tareke Ortiz (Mexico City)

Musicians Jimmy Coleman, Dorie Byrne, Daniel de Jesus, Andrew Nelson, Spiff Weigard

Director and Co-Conceiver* John Jarboe Dramaturg and Co-Conceiver* Sally Ollove Assistant Director Brett Robinson Music Supervisor* Heath Allen Music Director Amanda Morton Associate Group Choreographer Jody Kuehner Production Stage Manager Nic Labadie-Bartz Assistant Stage Manager Maya Neville Installation and Costume Design*  Rebecca Kanach Installation and Costume Design Machine Dazzle Lighting Design Oona Curley Sound Design Liz Atkinson Projection Design Christopher Ash Associate Installation Design Sara Outing Assistant Lighting Design Heather Edney

General Manager* Cynthia Janzen Production Manager*^ Calvin Anderson Company Manager Dan O’Neil Assistant Production Manager Sara Marinich Technical Direction Flannel and Hammer, Lauren Tracy, Joe Daniels Venue Management & Master Electrician Jacks Katz Lighting Operator John Allerheiligen Audio Mixers Waylon Ferrell,
Taylor Jedlinski Projection Operator Michael Long

*Member of the Bearded Ladies Cabaret Staff and/or Company

 

 

Lead support for Do You Want A Cookie? was provided by William Penn Foundation.

 

 

Major support for The Poison Cookie Jar has been provided to John Jarboe by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.

 

 

 

Supported in part by a Bly Creative Capacity Grant from Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas (LMDA).

 

 

Additional Support: by The Knight Foundation, The Independence Foundation, The Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, and Philadelphia Cultural Fund.
Installation: Theater Communications Group, The Network of Ensemble Theaters
Website: Dolfinger-McMahon Foundation

Festival Star Producers
David and Linda Glickstein
Mark & Tobey Dichter
Festival Executive Producers
Lisa Roberts & David Seltzer
Festival Producers
Lawrence Spitz & Carol Klein
Festival Co-Producers
Cat, Annie & Steven Bohnenberger


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/he) is a cabaret artist, director, writer, historian, and host serving you revolution, herstory, queer community making, and a whole lot of glitter. He 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. He 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.

About Sally Ollove

Sally Ollove (she) is a Philadelphia and Seattle based director and dramaturg, the associate artistic director of Philadelphia’s Bearded Ladies Cabaret, and as far as she knows, the world’s only self-identifying cabaret dramaturg. She believes in art that is silly and audacious, insists on its liveness, asks provocative questions, and provides space for the audience to fill. Formerly the literary manager at Arden Theatre Company, the resident dramaturg of Azuka Theater and programming director at the Rendezvous/Jewelbox Theater, Sally has served as faculty at Rowan University and University of the Arts and holds an MFA from the ART/MXAT Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard. She recently authored an article on cabaret featured in TheaterForum.


Interview with John Jarboe and Sally Ollove

May 2018

FringeArts: What was the initial inspiration for Do You Want A Cookie? and The Poisoned Cookie Jar?

John Jarboe: I realized in 2013 that I was a practicing cabaret artist, but I didn’t really know what cabaret was or where it came from. Since much of my work straddles the personal and the political, I also wanted to know what the political roots of the form were. How was it used in relationship to political and social crises? Who are my ancestors? What did they do?

Sally Ollove: Once we began looking for those answers, we realized pretty quickly that resources were scarce. There are a number of great books about specific moments in cabaret history, but very few that look at the form across geography and time, and none that extend into a close look at what’s happening in cabaret today. We could write a book, but we’re cabaret artists, so we decided the best way to understand the history and the present moment was to explore it through performance.

FringeArts: It seems that the show is important to you in more than a “I just want to do this show” way. Why is that?

John Jarboe: As performers we need to think carefully and responsibly about what we are putting out into the world. The best way to do that is with others. The more heterogeneous the dialogue the better. The Bearded Ladies are bringing together a host of international performers who are all asking the questions: What does it mean to be an artist now? How can our work heal, inspire, reflect, challenge our audiences? How can history and ancestors in the form help us do that?

FringeArts: What have you enjoyed the most about doing this project so far? And what are you looking forward to?

John Jarboe: It is a miracle to get artists and audiences in a room. For a project like this, it is a miracle on a huge scale. I’m looking forward to having everyone in the room. I’m looking forward to the first note we sing.

Excerpt. Read the full interview on the FringeArts Blog.


Further Reading

Dangerous Delight by Gemma Wilson, CityArts

Excerpt:
The goal is to document an art form that has historically existed in the cracks within and between other art forms, often remaining hidden for safety’s sake.

Read the full article

Do You Want A Cookie?

Posted September 13th, 2018
DescriptionAbout the ArtistsInterviewFurther Reading

“This is going to be some radical shit.” John Jarboe

“Jarboe has made provocation his calling card with an always daringly incendiary brand of queer cabaret whose caginess reaches into everything he does.” Philadelphia Weekly

Philadelphia’s Bearded Ladies Cabaret has some treats for you. Do You Want A Cookie? transforms an old factory to concoct the perfect cabaret confections to satisfy your cravings. Part Great Cabaret Bake-Off, part irreverent romp through cabaret history, the show is at once subversive, joyous, provocative, and communal.

An international cast of cabaret artists perform across two levels of a cavernous space refitted as a seductive nightclub, presenting a live history of cabaret from Le Chat Noir to Weimar nightlife to 21st-century drag.

Do You Want A Cookie? sees the live culmination of a multi-year study by John Jarboe and Sally Ollove of cabaret’s history and evolution — research you can see in The Bearded Ladies’ Digital Fringe offering, The Poison Cookie Jar. After select performances of Do You Want A Cookie? individual artists present extended cabaret acts as Late Night Snacks. Tickets are available for both Do You Want A Cookie? and Late Night Snacks. If you would like to attend the cabaret following Do You Want A Cookie?, make sure to purchase the joint ticket. Only a limited number of joint tickets are available.

Late Night Snacks: Artist Lineup

Sept 8th: Mary Tuomanen + Bridge Markland
Sept 9th: Adrienne Truscott + Cookie Diorio
Sept 12th: Dito van Reigersberg + Machine Dazzle
Sept 13th: Malgorzata Kaspryzcka, Dieter Rita Scholl + John Jarboe
Sept 14th: Messapotamia LeFae, Jess Conda + Daniel Park
Sept 15th: Tareke Ortiz + Cherdonna Shinatra

Do You Want A Cookie? ONLY
$29 general / $20.30 members
$15 student & 25-and-under

Do You Want A Cookie? and Late Night Snacks performance
$35 general / $24 members
$20 student & 25-and-under

Late Night Snacks performance ONLY
$10-15 sliding scale

The all-star cast comes from around the world:  Adrienne Truscott (NYC), Bridge Markland (Berlin), Cherdonna Shinatra (Seattle), Cookie Diorio (Philly),  Gosia Kasprzycka (Paris/Poland), Daniel Park (Philly), Jess Conda (Philly),  Dito van Reigersberg (Philly), Dieter Rita Scholl (Berlin), Mary Tuomanen (Philly), John Jarboe (Philly), Messapotamia LeFae (Philly), Machine Dazzle (NYC) and Tareke Ortiz (Mexico City)

Musicians Jimmy Coleman, Dorie Byrne, Daniel de Jesus, Andrew Nelson, Spiff Weigard

Director and Co-Conceiver* John Jarboe Dramaturg and Co-Conceiver* Sally Ollove Assistant Director Brett Robinson Music Supervisor* Heath Allen Music Director Amanda Morton Associate Group Choreographer Jody Kuehner Production Stage Manager Nic Labadie-Bartz Assistant Stage Manager Maya Neville Installation and Costume Design*  Rebecca Kanach Installation and Costume Design Machine Dazzle Lighting Design Oona Curley Sound Design Liz Atkinson Projection Design Christopher Ash Associate Installation Design Sara Outing Assistant Lighting Design Heather Edney

General Manager* Cynthia Janzen Production Manager*^ Calvin Anderson Company Manager Dan O’Neil Assistant Production Manager Sara Marinich Technical Direction Flannel and Hammer, Lauren Tracy, Joe Daniels Venue Management & Master Electrician Jacks Katz Lighting Operator John Allerheiligen Audio Mixers Waylon Ferrell,
Taylor Jedlinski Projection Operator Michael Long

*Member of the Bearded Ladies Cabaret Staff and/or Company

 

 

Lead support for Do You Want A Cookie? was provided by William Penn Foundation.

 

 

Major support for The Poison Cookie Jar has been provided to John Jarboe by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.

 

 

 

Supported in part by a Bly Creative Capacity Grant from Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas (LMDA).

 

 

Additional Support: by The Knight Foundation, The Independence Foundation, The Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, and Philadelphia Cultural Fund.
Installation: Theater Communications Group, The Network of Ensemble Theaters
Website: Dolfinger-McMahon Foundation

Festival Star Producers
David and Linda Glickstein
Mark & Tobey Dichter
Festival Executive Producers
Lisa Roberts & David Seltzer
Festival Producers
Lawrence Spitz & Carol Klein
Festival Co-Producers
Cat, Annie & Steven Bohnenberger


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/he) is a cabaret artist, director, writer, historian, and host serving you revolution, herstory, queer community making, and a whole lot of glitter. He 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. He 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.

About Sally Ollove

Sally Ollove (she) is a Philadelphia and Seattle based director and dramaturg, the associate artistic director of Philadelphia’s Bearded Ladies Cabaret, and as far as she knows, the world’s only self-identifying cabaret dramaturg. She believes in art that is silly and audacious, insists on its liveness, asks provocative questions, and provides space for the audience to fill. Formerly the literary manager at Arden Theatre Company, the resident dramaturg of Azuka Theater and programming director at the Rendezvous/Jewelbox Theater, Sally has served as faculty at Rowan University and University of the Arts and holds an MFA from the ART/MXAT Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard. She recently authored an article on cabaret featured in TheaterForum.


Interview with John Jarboe and Sally Ollove

May 2018

FringeArts: What was the initial inspiration for Do You Want A Cookie? and The Poisoned Cookie Jar?

John Jarboe: I realized in 2013 that I was a practicing cabaret artist, but I didn’t really know what cabaret was or where it came from. Since much of my work straddles the personal and the political, I also wanted to know what the political roots of the form were. How was it used in relationship to political and social crises? Who are my ancestors? What did they do?

Sally Ollove: Once we began looking for those answers, we realized pretty quickly that resources were scarce. There are a number of great books about specific moments in cabaret history, but very few that look at the form across geography and time, and none that extend into a close look at what’s happening in cabaret today. We could write a book, but we’re cabaret artists, so we decided the best way to understand the history and the present moment was to explore it through performance.

FringeArts: It seems that the show is important to you in more than a “I just want to do this show” way. Why is that?

John Jarboe: As performers we need to think carefully and responsibly about what we are putting out into the world. The best way to do that is with others. The more heterogeneous the dialogue the better. The Bearded Ladies are bringing together a host of international performers who are all asking the questions: What does it mean to be an artist now? How can our work heal, inspire, reflect, challenge our audiences? How can history and ancestors in the form help us do that?

FringeArts: What have you enjoyed the most about doing this project so far? And what are you looking forward to?

John Jarboe: It is a miracle to get artists and audiences in a room. For a project like this, it is a miracle on a huge scale. I’m looking forward to having everyone in the room. I’m looking forward to the first note we sing.

Excerpt. Read the full interview on the FringeArts Blog.


Further Reading

Dangerous Delight by Gemma Wilson, CityArts

Excerpt:
The goal is to document an art form that has historically existed in the cracks within and between other art forms, often remaining hidden for safety’s sake.

Read the full article

Do You Want A Cookie?

Posted September 12th, 2018
DescriptionAbout the ArtistsInterviewFurther Reading

“This is going to be some radical shit.” John Jarboe

“Jarboe has made provocation his calling card with an always daringly incendiary brand of queer cabaret whose caginess reaches into everything he does.” Philadelphia Weekly

Philadelphia’s Bearded Ladies Cabaret has some treats for you. Do You Want A Cookie? transforms an old factory to concoct the perfect cabaret confections to satisfy your cravings. Part Great Cabaret Bake-Off, part irreverent romp through cabaret history, the show is at once subversive, joyous, provocative, and communal.

An international cast of cabaret artists perform across two levels of a cavernous space refitted as a seductive nightclub, presenting a live history of cabaret from Le Chat Noir to Weimar nightlife to 21st-century drag.

Do You Want A Cookie? sees the live culmination of a multi-year study by John Jarboe and Sally Ollove of cabaret’s history and evolution — research you can see in The Bearded Ladies’ Digital Fringe offering, The Poison Cookie Jar. After select performances of Do You Want A Cookie? individual artists present extended cabaret acts as Late Night Snacks. Tickets are available for both Do You Want A Cookie? and Late Night Snacks. If you would like to attend the cabaret following Do You Want A Cookie?, make sure to purchase the joint ticket. Only a limited number of joint tickets are available.

Late Night Snacks: Artist Lineup

Sept 8th: Mary Tuomanen + Bridge Markland
Sept 9th: Adrienne Truscott + Cookie Diorio
Sept 12th: Dito van Reigersberg + Machine Dazzle
Sept 13th: Malgorzata Kaspryzcka, Dieter Rita Scholl + John Jarboe
Sept 14th: Messapotamia LeFae, Jess Conda + Daniel Park
Sept 15th: Tareke Ortiz + Cherdonna Shinatra

Do You Want A Cookie? ONLY
$29 general / $20.30 members
$15 student & 25-and-under

Do You Want A Cookie? and Late Night Snacks performance
$35 general / $24 members
$20 student & 25-and-under

Late Night Snacks performance ONLY
$10-15 sliding scale

The all-star cast comes from around the world:  Adrienne Truscott (NYC), Bridge Markland (Berlin), Cherdonna Shinatra (Seattle), Cookie Diorio (Philly),  Gosia Kasprzycka (Paris/Poland), Daniel Park (Philly), Jess Conda (Philly),  Dito van Reigersberg (Philly), Dieter Rita Scholl (Berlin), Mary Tuomanen (Philly), John Jarboe (Philly), Messapotamia LeFae (Philly), Machine Dazzle (NYC) and Tareke Ortiz (Mexico City)

Musicians Jimmy Coleman, Dorie Byrne, Daniel de Jesus, Andrew Nelson, Spiff Weigard

Director and Co-Conceiver* John Jarboe Dramaturg and Co-Conceiver* Sally Ollove Assistant Director Brett Robinson Music Supervisor* Heath Allen Music Director Amanda Morton Associate Group Choreographer Jody Kuehner Production Stage Manager Nic Labadie-Bartz Assistant Stage Manager Maya Neville Installation and Costume Design*  Rebecca Kanach Installation and Costume Design Machine Dazzle Lighting Design Oona Curley Sound Design Liz Atkinson Projection Design Christopher Ash Associate Installation Design Sara Outing Assistant Lighting Design Heather Edney

General Manager* Cynthia Janzen Production Manager*^ Calvin Anderson Company Manager Dan O’Neil Assistant Production Manager Sara Marinich Technical Direction Flannel and Hammer, Lauren Tracy, Joe Daniels Venue Management & Master Electrician Jacks Katz Lighting Operator John Allerheiligen Audio Mixers Waylon Ferrell,
Taylor Jedlinski Projection Operator Michael Long

*Member of the Bearded Ladies Cabaret Staff and/or Company

 

 

Lead support for Do You Want A Cookie? was provided by William Penn Foundation.

 

 

Major support for The Poison Cookie Jar has been provided to John Jarboe by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.

 

 

 

Supported in part by a Bly Creative Capacity Grant from Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas (LMDA).

 

 

Additional Support: by The Knight Foundation, The Independence Foundation, The Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, and Philadelphia Cultural Fund.
Installation: Theater Communications Group, The Network of Ensemble Theaters
Website: Dolfinger-McMahon Foundation

Festival Star Producers
David and Linda Glickstein
Mark & Tobey Dichter
Festival Executive Producers
Lisa Roberts & David Seltzer
Festival Producers
Lawrence Spitz & Carol Klein
Festival Co-Producers
Cat, Annie & Steven Bohnenberger


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/he) is a cabaret artist, director, writer, historian, and host serving you revolution, herstory, queer community making, and a whole lot of glitter. He 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. He 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.

About Sally Ollove

Sally Ollove (she) is a Philadelphia and Seattle based director and dramaturg, the associate artistic director of Philadelphia’s Bearded Ladies Cabaret, and as far as she knows, the world’s only self-identifying cabaret dramaturg. She believes in art that is silly and audacious, insists on its liveness, asks provocative questions, and provides space for the audience to fill. Formerly the literary manager at Arden Theatre Company, the resident dramaturg of Azuka Theater and programming director at the Rendezvous/Jewelbox Theater, Sally has served as faculty at Rowan University and University of the Arts and holds an MFA from the ART/MXAT Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard. She recently authored an article on cabaret featured in TheaterForum.


Interview with John Jarboe and Sally Ollove

May 2018

FringeArts: What was the initial inspiration for Do You Want A Cookie? and The Poisoned Cookie Jar?

John Jarboe: I realized in 2013 that I was a practicing cabaret artist, but I didn’t really know what cabaret was or where it came from. Since much of my work straddles the personal and the political, I also wanted to know what the political roots of the form were. How was it used in relationship to political and social crises? Who are my ancestors? What did they do?

Sally Ollove: Once we began looking for those answers, we realized pretty quickly that resources were scarce. There are a number of great books about specific moments in cabaret history, but very few that look at the form across geography and time, and none that extend into a close look at what’s happening in cabaret today. We could write a book, but we’re cabaret artists, so we decided the best way to understand the history and the present moment was to explore it through performance.

FringeArts: It seems that the show is important to you in more than a “I just want to do this show” way. Why is that?

John Jarboe: As performers we need to think carefully and responsibly about what we are putting out into the world. The best way to do that is with others. The more heterogeneous the dialogue the better. The Bearded Ladies are bringing together a host of international performers who are all asking the questions: What does it mean to be an artist now? How can our work heal, inspire, reflect, challenge our audiences? How can history and ancestors in the form help us do that?

FringeArts: What have you enjoyed the most about doing this project so far? And what are you looking forward to?

John Jarboe: It is a miracle to get artists and audiences in a room. For a project like this, it is a miracle on a huge scale. I’m looking forward to having everyone in the room. I’m looking forward to the first note we sing.

Excerpt. Read the full interview on the FringeArts Blog.


Further Reading

Dangerous Delight by Gemma Wilson, CityArts

Excerpt:
The goal is to document an art form that has historically existed in the cracks within and between other art forms, often remaining hidden for safety’s sake.

Read the full article

Do You Want A Cookie?

Posted September 9th, 2018
DescriptionAbout the ArtistsInterviewFurther Reading

“This is going to be some radical shit.” John Jarboe

“Jarboe has made provocation his calling card with an always daringly incendiary brand of queer cabaret whose caginess reaches into everything he does.” Philadelphia Weekly

Philadelphia’s Bearded Ladies Cabaret has some treats for you. Do You Want A Cookie? transforms an old factory to concoct the perfect cabaret confections to satisfy your cravings. Part Great Cabaret Bake-Off, part irreverent romp through cabaret history, the show is at once subversive, joyous, provocative, and communal.

An international cast of cabaret artists perform across two levels of a cavernous space refitted as a seductive nightclub, presenting a live history of cabaret from Le Chat Noir to Weimar nightlife to 21st-century drag.

Do You Want A Cookie? sees the live culmination of a multi-year study by John Jarboe and Sally Ollove of cabaret’s history and evolution — research you can see in The Bearded Ladies’ Digital Fringe offering, The Poison Cookie Jar. After select performances of Do You Want A Cookie? individual artists present extended cabaret acts as Late Night Snacks. Tickets are available for both Do You Want A Cookie? and Late Night Snacks. If you would like to attend the cabaret following Do You Want A Cookie?, make sure to purchase the joint ticket. Only a limited number of joint tickets are available.

Late Night Snacks: Artist Lineup

Sept 8th: Mary Tuomanen + Bridge Markland
Sept 9th: Adrienne Truscott + Cookie Diorio
Sept 12th: Dito van Reigersberg + Machine Dazzle
Sept 13th: Malgorzata Kaspryzcka, Dieter Rita Scholl + John Jarboe
Sept 14th: Messapotamia LeFae, Jess Conda + Daniel Park
Sept 15th: Tareke Ortiz + Cherdonna Shinatra

Do You Want A Cookie? ONLY
$29 general / $20.30 members
$15 student & 25-and-under

Do You Want A Cookie? and Late Night Snacks performance
$35 general / $24 members
$20 student & 25-and-under

Late Night Snacks performance ONLY
$10-15 sliding scale

The all-star cast comes from around the world:  Adrienne Truscott (NYC), Bridge Markland (Berlin), Cherdonna Shinatra (Seattle), Cookie Diorio (Philly),  Gosia Kasprzycka (Paris/Poland), Daniel Park (Philly), Jess Conda (Philly),  Dito van Reigersberg (Philly), Dieter Rita Scholl (Berlin), Mary Tuomanen (Philly), John Jarboe (Philly), Messapotamia LeFae (Philly), Machine Dazzle (NYC) and Tareke Ortiz (Mexico City)

Musicians Jimmy Coleman, Dorie Byrne, Daniel de Jesus, Andrew Nelson, Spiff Weigard

Director and Co-Conceiver* John Jarboe Dramaturg and Co-Conceiver* Sally Ollove Assistant Director Brett Robinson Music Supervisor* Heath Allen Music Director Amanda Morton Associate Group Choreographer Jody Kuehner Production Stage Manager Nic Labadie-Bartz Assistant Stage Manager Maya Neville Installation and Costume Design*  Rebecca Kanach Installation and Costume Design Machine Dazzle Lighting Design Oona Curley Sound Design Liz Atkinson Projection Design Christopher Ash Associate Installation Design Sara Outing Assistant Lighting Design Heather Edney

General Manager* Cynthia Janzen Production Manager*^ Calvin Anderson Company Manager Dan O’Neil Assistant Production Manager Sara Marinich Technical Direction Flannel and Hammer, Lauren Tracy, Joe Daniels Venue Management & Master Electrician Jacks Katz Lighting Operator John Allerheiligen Audio Mixers Waylon Ferrell,
Taylor Jedlinski Projection Operator Michael Long

*Member of the Bearded Ladies Cabaret Staff and/or Company

 

 

Lead support for Do You Want A Cookie? was provided by William Penn Foundation.

 

 

Major support for The Poison Cookie Jar has been provided to John Jarboe by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.

 

 

 

Supported in part by a Bly Creative Capacity Grant from Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas (LMDA).

 

 

Additional Support: by The Knight Foundation, The Independence Foundation, The Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, and Philadelphia Cultural Fund.
Installation: Theater Communications Group, The Network of Ensemble Theaters
Website: Dolfinger-McMahon Foundation

Festival Star Producers
David and Linda Glickstein
Mark & Tobey Dichter
Festival Executive Producers
Lisa Roberts & David Seltzer
Festival Producers
Lawrence Spitz & Carol Klein
Festival Co-Producers
Cat, Annie & Steven Bohnenberger


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/he) is a cabaret artist, director, writer, historian, and host serving you revolution, herstory, queer community making, and a whole lot of glitter. He 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. He 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.

About Sally Ollove

Sally Ollove (she) is a Philadelphia and Seattle based director and dramaturg, the associate artistic director of Philadelphia’s Bearded Ladies Cabaret, and as far as she knows, the world’s only self-identifying cabaret dramaturg. She believes in art that is silly and audacious, insists on its liveness, asks provocative questions, and provides space for the audience to fill. Formerly the literary manager at Arden Theatre Company, the resident dramaturg of Azuka Theater and programming director at the Rendezvous/Jewelbox Theater, Sally has served as faculty at Rowan University and University of the Arts and holds an MFA from the ART/MXAT Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard. She recently authored an article on cabaret featured in TheaterForum.


Interview with John Jarboe and Sally Ollove

May 2018

FringeArts: What was the initial inspiration for Do You Want A Cookie? and The Poisoned Cookie Jar?

John Jarboe: I realized in 2013 that I was a practicing cabaret artist, but I didn’t really know what cabaret was or where it came from. Since much of my work straddles the personal and the political, I also wanted to know what the political roots of the form were. How was it used in relationship to political and social crises? Who are my ancestors? What did they do?

Sally Ollove: Once we began looking for those answers, we realized pretty quickly that resources were scarce. There are a number of great books about specific moments in cabaret history, but very few that look at the form across geography and time, and none that extend into a close look at what’s happening in cabaret today. We could write a book, but we’re cabaret artists, so we decided the best way to understand the history and the present moment was to explore it through performance.

FringeArts: It seems that the show is important to you in more than a “I just want to do this show” way. Why is that?

John Jarboe: As performers we need to think carefully and responsibly about what we are putting out into the world. The best way to do that is with others. The more heterogeneous the dialogue the better. The Bearded Ladies are bringing together a host of international performers who are all asking the questions: What does it mean to be an artist now? How can our work heal, inspire, reflect, challenge our audiences? How can history and ancestors in the form help us do that?

FringeArts: What have you enjoyed the most about doing this project so far? And what are you looking forward to?

John Jarboe: It is a miracle to get artists and audiences in a room. For a project like this, it is a miracle on a huge scale. I’m looking forward to having everyone in the room. I’m looking forward to the first note we sing.

Excerpt. Read the full interview on the FringeArts Blog.


Further Reading

Dangerous Delight by Gemma Wilson, CityArts

Excerpt:
The goal is to document an art form that has historically existed in the cracks within and between other art forms, often remaining hidden for safety’s sake.

Read the full article

Do You Want A Cookie?

Posted September 8th, 2018
DescriptionAbout the ArtistsInterviewFurther Reading

“This is going to be some radical shit.” John Jarboe

“Jarboe has made provocation his calling card with an always daringly incendiary brand of queer cabaret whose caginess reaches into everything he does.” Philadelphia Weekly

Philadelphia’s Bearded Ladies Cabaret has some treats for you. Do You Want A Cookie? transforms an old factory to concoct the perfect cabaret confections to satisfy your cravings. Part Great Cabaret Bake-Off, part irreverent romp through cabaret history, the show is at once subversive, joyous, provocative, and communal.

An international cast of cabaret artists perform across two levels of a cavernous space refitted as a seductive nightclub, presenting a live history of cabaret from Le Chat Noir to Weimar nightlife to 21st-century drag.

Do You Want A Cookie? sees the live culmination of a multi-year study by John Jarboe and Sally Ollove of cabaret’s history and evolution — research you can see in The Bearded Ladies’ Digital Fringe offering, The Poison Cookie Jar. After select performances of Do You Want A Cookie? individual artists present extended cabaret acts as Late Night Snacks. Tickets are available for both Do You Want A Cookie? and Late Night Snacks. If you would like to attend the cabaret following Do You Want A Cookie?, make sure to purchase the joint ticket. Only a limited number of joint tickets are available.

Late Night Snacks: Artist Lineup

Sept 8th: Mary Tuomanen + Bridge Markland
Sept 9th: Adrienne Truscott + Cookie Diorio
Sept 12th: Dito van Reigersberg + Machine Dazzle
Sept 13th: Malgorzata Kaspryzcka, Dieter Rita Scholl + John Jarboe
Sept 14th: Messapotamia LeFae, Jess Conda + Daniel Park
Sept 15th: Tareke Ortiz + Cherdonna Shinatra

Do You Want A Cookie? ONLY
$29 general / $20.30 members
$15 student & 25-and-under

Do You Want A Cookie? and Late Night Snacks performance
$35 general / $24 members
$20 student & 25-and-under

Late Night Snacks performance ONLY
$10-15 sliding scale

The all-star cast comes from around the world:  Adrienne Truscott (NYC), Bridge Markland (Berlin), Cherdonna Shinatra (Seattle), Cookie Diorio (Philly),  Gosia Kasprzycka (Paris/Poland), Daniel Park (Philly), Jess Conda (Philly),  Dito van Reigersberg (Philly), Dieter Rita Scholl (Berlin), Mary Tuomanen (Philly), John Jarboe (Philly), Messapotamia LeFae (Philly), Machine Dazzle (NYC) and Tareke Ortiz (Mexico City)

Musicians Jimmy Coleman, Dorie Byrne, Daniel de Jesus, Andrew Nelson, Spiff Weigard

Director and Co-Conceiver* John Jarboe Dramaturg and Co-Conceiver* Sally Ollove Assistant Director Brett Robinson Music Supervisor* Heath Allen Music Director Amanda Morton Associate Group Choreographer Jody Kuehner Production Stage Manager Nic Labadie-Bartz Assistant Stage Manager Maya Neville Installation and Costume Design*  Rebecca Kanach Installation and Costume Design Machine Dazzle Lighting Design Oona Curley Sound Design Liz Atkinson Projection Design Christopher Ash Associate Installation Design Sara Outing Assistant Lighting Design Heather Edney

General Manager* Cynthia Janzen Production Manager*^ Calvin Anderson Company Manager Dan O’Neil Assistant Production Manager Sara Marinich Technical Direction Flannel and Hammer, Lauren Tracy, Joe Daniels Venue Management & Master Electrician Jacks Katz Lighting Operator John Allerheiligen Audio Mixers Waylon Ferrell,
Taylor Jedlinski Projection Operator Michael Long

*Member of the Bearded Ladies Cabaret Staff and/or Company

 

 

Lead support for Do You Want A Cookie? was provided by William Penn Foundation.

 

 

Major support for The Poison Cookie Jar has been provided to John Jarboe by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.

 

 

 

Supported in part by a Bly Creative Capacity Grant from Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas (LMDA).

 

 

Additional Support: by The Knight Foundation, The Independence Foundation, The Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, and Philadelphia Cultural Fund.
Installation: Theater Communications Group, The Network of Ensemble Theaters
Website: Dolfinger-McMahon Foundation

Festival Star Producers
David and Linda Glickstein
Mark & Tobey Dichter
Festival Executive Producers
Lisa Roberts & David Seltzer
Festival Producers
Lawrence Spitz & Carol Klein
Festival Co-Producers
Cat, Annie & Steven Bohnenberger


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/he) is a cabaret artist, director, writer, historian, and host serving you revolution, herstory, queer community making, and a whole lot of glitter. He 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. He 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.

About Sally Ollove

Sally Ollove (she) is a Philadelphia and Seattle based director and dramaturg, the associate artistic director of Philadelphia’s Bearded Ladies Cabaret, and as far as she knows, the world’s only self-identifying cabaret dramaturg. She believes in art that is silly and audacious, insists on its liveness, asks provocative questions, and provides space for the audience to fill. Formerly the literary manager at Arden Theatre Company, the resident dramaturg of Azuka Theater and programming director at the Rendezvous/Jewelbox Theater, Sally has served as faculty at Rowan University and University of the Arts and holds an MFA from the ART/MXAT Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard. She recently authored an article on cabaret featured in TheaterForum.


Interview with John Jarboe and Sally Ollove

May 2018

FringeArts: What was the initial inspiration for Do You Want A Cookie? and The Poisoned Cookie Jar?

John Jarboe: I realized in 2013 that I was a practicing cabaret artist, but I didn’t really know what cabaret was or where it came from. Since much of my work straddles the personal and the political, I also wanted to know what the political roots of the form were. How was it used in relationship to political and social crises? Who are my ancestors? What did they do?

Sally Ollove: Once we began looking for those answers, we realized pretty quickly that resources were scarce. There are a number of great books about specific moments in cabaret history, but very few that look at the form across geography and time, and none that extend into a close look at what’s happening in cabaret today. We could write a book, but we’re cabaret artists, so we decided the best way to understand the history and the present moment was to explore it through performance.

FringeArts: It seems that the show is important to you in more than a “I just want to do this show” way. Why is that?

John Jarboe: As performers we need to think carefully and responsibly about what we are putting out into the world. The best way to do that is with others. The more heterogeneous the dialogue the better. The Bearded Ladies are bringing together a host of international performers who are all asking the questions: What does it mean to be an artist now? How can our work heal, inspire, reflect, challenge our audiences? How can history and ancestors in the form help us do that?

FringeArts: What have you enjoyed the most about doing this project so far? And what are you looking forward to?

John Jarboe: It is a miracle to get artists and audiences in a room. For a project like this, it is a miracle on a huge scale. I’m looking forward to having everyone in the room. I’m looking forward to the first note we sing.

Excerpt. Read the full interview on the FringeArts Blog.


Further Reading

Dangerous Delight by Gemma Wilson, CityArts

Excerpt:
The goal is to document an art form that has historically existed in the cracks within and between other art forms, often remaining hidden for safety’s sake.

Read the full article

Do You Want A Cookie?

Posted September 7th, 2018
DescriptionAbout the ArtistsInterviewFurther Reading

“This is going to be some radical shit.” John Jarboe

“Jarboe has made provocation his calling card with an always daringly incendiary brand of queer cabaret whose caginess reaches into everything he does.” Philadelphia Weekly

Philadelphia’s Bearded Ladies Cabaret has some treats for you. Do You Want A Cookie? transforms an old factory to concoct the perfect cabaret confections to satisfy your cravings. Part Great Cabaret Bake-Off, part irreverent romp through cabaret history, the show is at once subversive, joyous, provocative, and communal.

An international cast of cabaret artists perform across two levels of a cavernous space refitted as a seductive nightclub, presenting a live history of cabaret from Le Chat Noir to Weimar nightlife to 21st-century drag.

Do You Want A Cookie? sees the live culmination of a multi-year study by John Jarboe and Sally Ollove of cabaret’s history and evolution — research you can see in The Bearded Ladies’ Digital Fringe offering, The Poison Cookie Jar. After select performances of Do You Want A Cookie? individual artists present extended cabaret acts as Late Night Snacks. Tickets are available for both Do You Want A Cookie? and Late Night Snacks. If you would like to attend the cabaret following Do You Want A Cookie?, make sure to purchase the joint ticket. Only a limited number of joint tickets are available.

Late Night Snacks: Artist Lineup

Sept 8th: Mary Tuomanen + Bridge Markland
Sept 9th: Adrienne Truscott + Cookie Diorio
Sept 12th: Dito van Reigersberg + Machine Dazzle
Sept 13th: Malgorzata Kaspryzcka, Dieter Rita Scholl + John Jarboe
Sept 14th: Messapotamia LeFae, Jess Conda + Daniel Park
Sept 15th: Tareke Ortiz + Cherdonna Shinatra

Do You Want A Cookie? ONLY
$29 general / $20.30 members
$15 student & 25-and-under

Do You Want A Cookie? and Late Night Snacks performance
$35 general / $24 members
$20 student & 25-and-under

Late Night Snacks performance ONLY
$10-15 sliding scale

The all-star cast comes from around the world:  Adrienne Truscott (NYC), Bridge Markland (Berlin), Cherdonna Shinatra (Seattle), Cookie Diorio (Philly),  Gosia Kasprzycka (Paris/Poland), Daniel Park (Philly), Jess Conda (Philly),  Dito van Reigersberg (Philly), Dieter Rita Scholl (Berlin), Mary Tuomanen (Philly), John Jarboe (Philly), Messapotamia LeFae (Philly), Machine Dazzle (NYC) and Tareke Ortiz (Mexico City)

Musicians Jimmy Coleman, Dorie Byrne, Daniel de Jesus, Andrew Nelson, Spiff Weigard

Director and Co-Conceiver* John Jarboe Dramaturg and Co-Conceiver* Sally Ollove Assistant Director Brett Robinson Music Supervisor* Heath Allen Music Director Amanda Morton Associate Group Choreographer Jody Kuehner Production Stage Manager Nic Labadie-Bartz Assistant Stage Manager Maya Neville Installation and Costume Design*  Rebecca Kanach Installation and Costume Design Machine Dazzle Lighting Design Oona Curley Sound Design Liz Atkinson Projection Design Christopher Ash Associate Installation Design Sara Outing Assistant Lighting Design Heather Edney

General Manager* Cynthia Janzen Production Manager*^ Calvin Anderson Company Manager Dan O’Neil Assistant Production Manager Sara Marinich Technical Direction Flannel and Hammer, Lauren Tracy, Joe Daniels Venue Management & Master Electrician Jacks Katz Lighting Operator John Allerheiligen Audio Mixers Waylon Ferrell,
Taylor Jedlinski Projection Operator Michael Long

*Member of the Bearded Ladies Cabaret Staff and/or Company

 

 

Lead support for Do You Want A Cookie? was provided by William Penn Foundation.

 

 

Major support for The Poison Cookie Jar has been provided to John Jarboe by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.

 

 

 

Supported in part by a Bly Creative Capacity Grant from Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas (LMDA).

 

 

Additional Support: by The Knight Foundation, The Independence Foundation, The Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, and Philadelphia Cultural Fund.
Installation: Theater Communications Group, The Network of Ensemble Theaters
Website: Dolfinger-McMahon Foundation

Festival Star Producers
David and Linda Glickstein
Mark & Tobey Dichter
Festival Executive Producers
Lisa Roberts & David Seltzer
Festival Producers
Lawrence Spitz & Carol Klein
Festival Co-Producers
Cat, Annie & Steven Bohnenberger


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/he) is a cabaret artist, director, writer, historian, and host serving you revolution, herstory, queer community making, and a whole lot of glitter. He 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. He 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.

About Sally Ollove

Sally Ollove (she) is a Philadelphia and Seattle based director and dramaturg, the associate artistic director of Philadelphia’s Bearded Ladies Cabaret, and as far as she knows, the world’s only self-identifying cabaret dramaturg. She believes in art that is silly and audacious, insists on its liveness, asks provocative questions, and provides space for the audience to fill. Formerly the literary manager at Arden Theatre Company, the resident dramaturg of Azuka Theater and programming director at the Rendezvous/Jewelbox Theater, Sally has served as faculty at Rowan University and University of the Arts and holds an MFA from the ART/MXAT Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard. She recently authored an article on cabaret featured in TheaterForum.


Interview with John Jarboe and Sally Ollove

May 2018

FringeArts: What was the initial inspiration for Do You Want A Cookie? and The Poisoned Cookie Jar?

John Jarboe: I realized in 2013 that I was a practicing cabaret artist, but I didn’t really know what cabaret was or where it came from. Since much of my work straddles the personal and the political, I also wanted to know what the political roots of the form were. How was it used in relationship to political and social crises? Who are my ancestors? What did they do?

Sally Ollove: Once we began looking for those answers, we realized pretty quickly that resources were scarce. There are a number of great books about specific moments in cabaret history, but very few that look at the form across geography and time, and none that extend into a close look at what’s happening in cabaret today. We could write a book, but we’re cabaret artists, so we decided the best way to understand the history and the present moment was to explore it through performance.

FringeArts: It seems that the show is important to you in more than a “I just want to do this show” way. Why is that?

John Jarboe: As performers we need to think carefully and responsibly about what we are putting out into the world. The best way to do that is with others. The more heterogeneous the dialogue the better. The Bearded Ladies are bringing together a host of international performers who are all asking the questions: What does it mean to be an artist now? How can our work heal, inspire, reflect, challenge our audiences? How can history and ancestors in the form help us do that?

FringeArts: What have you enjoyed the most about doing this project so far? And what are you looking forward to?

John Jarboe: It is a miracle to get artists and audiences in a room. For a project like this, it is a miracle on a huge scale. I’m looking forward to having everyone in the room. I’m looking forward to the first note we sing.

Excerpt. Read the full interview on the FringeArts Blog.


Further Reading

Dangerous Delight by Gemma Wilson, CityArts

Excerpt:
The goal is to document an art form that has historically existed in the cracks within and between other art forms, often remaining hidden for safety’s sake.

Read the full article

Do You Want A Cookie?

Posted September 7th, 2018
DescriptionAbout the ArtistsInterviewFurther Reading

“This is going to be some radical shit.” John Jarboe

“Jarboe has made provocation his calling card with an always daringly incendiary brand of queer cabaret whose caginess reaches into everything he does.” Philadelphia Weekly

Philadelphia’s Bearded Ladies Cabaret has some treats for you. Do You Want A Cookie? transforms an old factory to concoct the perfect cabaret confections to satisfy your cravings. Part Great Cabaret Bake-Off, part irreverent romp through cabaret history, the show is at once subversive, joyous, provocative, and communal.

A large international cast of cabaret artists perform across two levels of a cavernous space refitted as a seductive nightclub, presenting a live history of cabaret from Le Chat Noir to Weimar nightlife to 21st-century drag.

Do You Want A Cookie? sees the live culmination of a multiyear study by John Jarboe and Sally Ollove of cabaret’s history and evolution — research you can see in The Bearded Ladies’ Digital Fringe offering, The Poison Cookie Jar. After select performances of Do You Want A Cookie? individual artists present extended cabaret acts as Late Night Snacks. Tickets are available for both Do You Want A Cookie? and Late Night Snacks. If you would like to attend the cabaret following Do You Want A Cookie?, make sure to purchase the joint ticket. Only a limited number of joint tickets are available.

Late Night Snacks: Artist Lineup

Sept 8th: Mary Tuomanen + Bridge Markland
Sept 9th: Adrienne Truscott + Cookie Diorio
Sept 12th: Dito van Reigersberg + Machine Dazzle
Sept 13th: Malgorzata Kaspryzcka, Dieter Rita Scholl + John Jarboe
Sept 14th: Messapotamia LeFae, Jess Conda + Daniel Park
Sept 15th: Tareke Ortiz + Cherdonna Shinatra

Do You Want A Cookie? ONLY
$29 general / $20.30 members
$15 student & 25-and-under

Do You Want A Cookie? and Late Night Snacks performance
$35 general / $24 members
$20 student & 25-and-under

Late Night Snacks performance ONLY
$10-15 sliding scale

The all-star cast comes from around the world:  Adrienne Truscott (NYC), Bridge Markland (Berlin), Cherdonna Shinatra (Seattle), Cookie Diorio (Philly),  Gosia Kasprzycka (Paris/Poland), Daniel Park (Philly), Jess Conda (Philly),  Dito van Reigersberg (Philly), Dieter Rita Scholl (Berlin), Mary Tuomanen (Philly), John Jarboe (Philly), Messapotamia LeFae (Philly), Machine Dazzle (NYC) and Tareke Ortiz (Mexico City)

Musicians Jimmy Coleman, Dorie Byrne, Daniel de Jesus, Andrew Nelson, Spiff Weigard

Director and Co-Conceiver* John Jarboe Dramaturg and Co-Conceiver* Sally Ollove Assistant Director Brett Robinson Music Supervisor* Heath Allen Music Director Amanda Morton Associate Group Choreographer Jody Kuehner Production Stage Manager Nic Labadie-Bartz Assistant Stage Manager Maya Neville Installation and Costume Design*  Rebecca Kanach Installation and Costume Design Machine Dazzle Lighting Design Oona Curley Sound Design Liz Atkinson Projection Design Christopher Ash Associate Installation Design Sara Outing Assistant Lighting Design Heather Edney

General Manager* Cynthia Janzen Production Manager*^ Calvin Anderson Company Manager Dan O’Neil Assistant Production Manager Sara Marinich Technical Direction Flannel and Hammer, Lauren Tracy, Joe Daniels Venue Management & Master Electrician Jacks Katz Lighting Operator John Allerheiligen Audio Mixers Waylon Ferrell,
Taylor Jedlinski Projection Operator Michael Long

*Member of the Bearded Ladies Cabaret Staff and/or Company

 

 

Lead support for Do You Want A Cookie? was provided by William Penn Foundation.

 

 

Major support for The Poison Cookie Jar has been provided to John Jarboe by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.

 

 

 

Supported in part by a Bly Creative Capacity Grant from Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas (LMDA).

 

 

Additional Support: by The Knight Foundation, The Independence Foundation, The Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, and Philadelphia Cultural Fund.
Installation: Theater Communications Group, The Network of Ensemble Theaters
Website: Dolfinger-McMahon Foundation

Festival Star Producers
David and Linda Glickstein
Mark & Tobey Dichter
Festival Executive Producers
Lisa Roberts & David Seltzer
Festival Producers
Lawrence Spitz & Carol Klein
Festival Co-Producers
Cat, Annie & Steven Bohnenberger


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/he) is a cabaret artist, director, writer, historian, and host serving you revolution, herstory, queer community making, and a whole lot of glitter. He 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. He 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.

About Sally Ollove

Sally Ollove (she) is a Philadelphia and Seattle based director and dramaturg, the associate artistic director of Philadelphia’s Bearded Ladies Cabaret, and as far as she knows, the world’s only self-identifying cabaret dramaturg. She believes in art that is silly and audacious, insists on its liveness, asks provocative questions, and provides space for the audience to fill. Formerly the literary manager at Arden Theatre Company, the resident dramaturg of Azuka Theater and programming director at the Rendezvous/Jewelbox Theater, Sally has served as faculty at Rowan University and University of the Arts and holds an MFA from the ART/MXAT Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard. She recently authored an article on cabaret featured in TheaterForum.


Interview with John Jarboe and Sally Ollove

May 2018

FringeArts: What was the initial inspiration for Do You Want A Cookie? and The Poisoned Cookie Jar?

John Jarboe: I realized in 2013 that I was a practicing cabaret artist, but I didn’t really know what cabaret was or where it came from. Since much of my work straddles the personal and the political, I also wanted to know what the political roots of the form were. How was it used in relationship to political and social crises? Who are my ancestors? What did they do?

Sally Ollove: Once we began looking for those answers, we realized pretty quickly that resources were scarce. There are a number of great books about specific moments in cabaret history, but very few that look at the form across geography and time, and none that extend into a close look at what’s happening in cabaret today. We could write a book, but we’re cabaret artists, so we decided the best way to understand the history and the present moment was to explore it through performance.

FringeArts: It seems that the show is important to you in more than a “I just want to do this show” way. Why is that?

John Jarboe: As performers we need to think carefully and responsibly about what we are putting out into the world. The best way to do that is with others. The more heterogeneous the dialogue the better. The Bearded Ladies are bringing together a host of international performers who are all asking the questions: What does it mean to be an artist now? How can our work heal, inspire, reflect, challenge our audiences? How can history and ancestors in the form help us do that?

FringeArts: What have you enjoyed the most about doing this project so far? And what are you looking forward to?

John Jarboe: It is a miracle to get artists and audiences in a room. For a project like this, it is a miracle on a huge scale. I’m looking forward to having everyone in the room. I’m looking forward to the first note we sing.

Excerpt. Read the full interview on the FringeArts Blog.


Further Reading

Dangerous Delight by Gemma Wilson, CityArts

Excerpt:
The goal is to document an art form that has historically existed in the cracks within and between other art forms, often remaining hidden for safety’s sake.

Read the full article

Do You Want A Cookie?

Posted September 6th, 2018
DescriptionAbout the ArtistsInterviewFurther Reading

“This is going to be some radical shit.” John Jarboe

“Jarboe has made provocation his calling card with an always daringly incendiary brand of queer cabaret whose caginess reaches into everything he does.” Philadelphia Weekly

Philadelphia’s Bearded Ladies Cabaret has some treats for you. Do You Want A Cookie? transforms an old factory to concoct the perfect cabaret confections to satisfy your cravings. Part Great Cabaret Bake-Off, part irreverent romp through cabaret history, the show is at once subversive, joyous, provocative, and communal.

An international cast of cabaret artists perform across two levels of a cavernous space refitted as a seductive nightclub, presenting a live history of cabaret from Le Chat Noir to Weimar nightlife to 21st-century drag.

Do You Want A Cookie? sees the live culmination of a multi-year study by John Jarboe and Sally Ollove of cabaret’s history and evolution — research you can see in The Bearded Ladies’ Digital Fringe offering, The Poison Cookie Jar. After select performances of Do You Want A Cookie? individual artists present extended cabaret acts as Late Night Snacks. Tickets are available for both Do You Want A Cookie? and Late Night Snacks. If you would like to attend the cabaret following Do You Want A Cookie?, make sure to purchase the joint ticket. Only a limited number of joint tickets are available.

Late Night Snacks: Artist Lineup

Sept 8th: Mary Tuomanen + Bridge Markland
Sept 9th: Adrienne Truscott + Cookie Diorio
Sept 12th: Dito van Reigersberg + Machine Dazzle
Sept 13th: Malgorzata Kaspryzcka, Dieter Rita Scholl + John Jarboe
Sept 14th: Messapotamia LeFae, Jess Conda + Daniel Park
Sept 15th: Tareke Ortiz + Cherdonna Shinatra

Do You Want A Cookie? ONLY
$29 general / $20.30 members
$15 student & 25-and-under

Do You Want A Cookie? and Late Night Snacks performance
$35 general / $24 members
$20 student & 25-and-under

Late Night Snacks performance ONLY
$10-15 sliding scale

The all-star cast comes from around the world:  Adrienne Truscott (NYC), Bridge Markland (Berlin), Cherdonna Shinatra (Seattle), Cookie Diorio (Philly),  Gosia Kasprzycka (Paris/Poland), Daniel Park (Philly), Jess Conda (Philly),  Dito van Reigersberg (Philly), Dieter Rita Scholl (Berlin), Mary Tuomanen (Philly), John Jarboe (Philly), Messapotamia LeFae (Philly), Machine Dazzle (NYC) and Tareke Ortiz (Mexico City)

Musicians Jimmy Coleman, Dorie Byrne, Daniel de Jesus, Andrew Nelson, Spiff Weigard

Director and Co-Conceiver* John Jarboe Dramaturg and Co-Conceiver* Sally Ollove Assistant Director Brett Robinson Music Supervisor* Heath Allen Music Director Amanda Morton Associate Group Choreographer Jody Kuehner Production Stage Manager Nic Labadie-Bartz Assistant Stage Manager Maya Neville Installation and Costume Design*  Rebecca Kanach Installation and Costume Design Machine Dazzle Lighting Design Oona Curley Sound Design Liz Atkinson Projection Design Christopher Ash Associate Installation Design Sara Outing Assistant Lighting Design Heather Edney

General Manager* Cynthia Janzen Production Manager*^ Calvin Anderson Company Manager Dan O’Neil Assistant Production Manager Sara Marinich Technical Direction Flannel and Hammer, Lauren Tracy, Joe Daniels Venue Management & Master Electrician Jacks Katz Lighting Operator John Allerheiligen Audio Mixers Waylon Ferrell,
Taylor Jedlinski Projection Operator Michael Long

*Member of the Bearded Ladies Cabaret Staff and/or Company

 

 

Lead support for Do You Want A Cookie? was provided by William Penn Foundation.

 

 

Major support for The Poison Cookie Jar has been provided to John Jarboe by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.

 

 

 

Supported in part by a Bly Creative Capacity Grant from Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas (LMDA).

 

 

Additional Support: by The Knight Foundation, The Independence Foundation, The Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, and Philadelphia Cultural Fund.
Installation: Theater Communications Group, The Network of Ensemble Theaters
Website: Dolfinger-McMahon Foundation

Festival Star Producers
David and Linda Glickstein
Mark & Tobey Dichter
Festival Executive Producers
Lisa Roberts & David Seltzer
Festival Producers
Lawrence Spitz & Carol Klein
Festival Co-Producers
Cat, Annie & Steven Bohnenberger


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/he) is a cabaret artist, director, writer, historian, and host serving you revolution, herstory, queer community making, and a whole lot of glitter. He 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. He 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.

About Sally Ollove

Sally Ollove (she) is a Philadelphia and Seattle based director and dramaturg, the associate artistic director of Philadelphia’s Bearded Ladies Cabaret, and as far as she knows, the world’s only self-identifying cabaret dramaturg. She believes in art that is silly and audacious, insists on its liveness, asks provocative questions, and provides space for the audience to fill. Formerly the literary manager at Arden Theatre Company, the resident dramaturg of Azuka Theater and programming director at the Rendezvous/Jewelbox Theater, Sally has served as faculty at Rowan University and University of the Arts and holds an MFA from the ART/MXAT Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard. She recently authored an article on cabaret featured in TheaterForum.


Interview with John Jarboe and Sally Ollove

May 2018

FringeArts: What was the initial inspiration for Do You Want A Cookie? and The Poisoned Cookie Jar?

John Jarboe: I realized in 2013 that I was a practicing cabaret artist, but I didn’t really know what cabaret was or where it came from. Since much of my work straddles the personal and the political, I also wanted to know what the political roots of the form were. How was it used in relationship to political and social crises? Who are my ancestors? What did they do?

Sally Ollove: Once we began looking for those answers, we realized pretty quickly that resources were scarce. There are a number of great books about specific moments in cabaret history, but very few that look at the form across geography and time, and none that extend into a close look at what’s happening in cabaret today. We could write a book, but we’re cabaret artists, so we decided the best way to understand the history and the present moment was to explore it through performance.

FringeArts: It seems that the show is important to you in more than a “I just want to do this show” way. Why is that?

John Jarboe: As performers we need to think carefully and responsibly about what we are putting out into the world. The best way to do that is with others. The more heterogeneous the dialogue the better. The Bearded Ladies are bringing together a host of international performers who are all asking the questions: What does it mean to be an artist now? How can our work heal, inspire, reflect, challenge our audiences? How can history and ancestors in the form help us do that?

FringeArts: What have you enjoyed the most about doing this project so far? And what are you looking forward to?

John Jarboe: It is a miracle to get artists and audiences in a room. For a project like this, it is a miracle on a huge scale. I’m looking forward to having everyone in the room. I’m looking forward to the first note we sing.

Excerpt. Read the full interview on the FringeArts Blog.


Further Reading

Dangerous Delight by Gemma Wilson, CityArts

Excerpt:
The goal is to document an art form that has historically existed in the cracks within and between other art forms, often remaining hidden for safety’s sake.

Read the full article

Why Wait? Fringe Festival Performances Begin Today!!!

Posted September 4th, 2018

The long wait is over!

Philadelphia’s 2018 Fringe Festival officially launches this Thursday, September 6, kicking off 17 days of world-class performing arts. But anyone who has looked at the Fringe Guide Day-By-Day knows that the excitement isn’t contained within the strict Festival dates. Some shows (FIGMAGO, Lay Me Down Softly) had performances this past weekend; many works in the Digital Fringe are already live and available for enjoyment, and tonight has a full schedule of preview performances for some of the Fringe’s hottest shows:

Do You Want A Cookie?

6:30pm
Kill Move Paradise, The Wilma Theater

7:30pm
Do You Want A Cookie?, The Bearded Ladies Cabaret
Tennessee Williams: Eccentricities of a Nightingale, Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium

9pm
Unhinged, Matter Movement Group

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Art, Activism, and Poison Cookies: Watch John Jarboe talk about the Bearded Ladies’ Fringe show

Posted September 4th, 2018

“It’s like Sleep No More without dancing and a lot more booze.”

The Fringe Festival officially kicks off this Thursday, but the shows begin tonight with a preview of the Bearded Ladies Cabaret’s Do You Want A Cookie?

Last month, John Jarboe, artistic director of the Bearded Ladies, talked to Jill Horner of Comcast Newsmakers about the company’s 2018 Fringe Festival show. Touching on  the history of cabaret, he tells her about the company’s political grounding and how the show considers the role of art in activism: “You get to wander from room to room and encounter these brilliant cabaret performers that are doing this work of crossing between art and activism. You get to encounter them in various spaces and installations throughout the piece. There’s going to bar on every floor. It’s going to be a really fun event.”

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Cooking Up Cabaret: An Interview with John Jarboe and Sally Ollove

Posted July 23rd, 2018

“We could write a book, but we’re cabaret artists, so we decided the best way to understand the history and the present moment was to explore it through performance.” Sally Ollove, The Bearded Ladies Cabaret 

John Jarboe and The Bearded Ladies Cabaret are back with a new treat, The Poison Cookie Project. Artists will perform live in Do You Want A Cookie?, a curated show in this year’s Fringe Festival; individual performers present extended cabaret acts as Late Night Snacks; and audiences can learn more about the long history of cabaret in the Digital Fringe offering, The Poison Cookie Jar.

Jarboe, the founder and artistic director of the Bearded Ladies, is one of FringeArts’s most frequent collaborators, serving as host and curator of our monthly series Get Pegged Cabaret. Together with Sally Ollove, the group’s associate artistic director and dramaturg, the Bearded Ladies will present an international cast of cabaret performers who trace the role of cabaret in community building throughout history and its heightened importance in today’s world. Like a poison cookie, this performance will tempt the audience with outrageous costumes and innovative collaborations, and lead them to consider art’s place in society and what it means to give visibility to sometimes hidden communities.

We asked Jarboe and Ollove about the evolution of this enticing project and about what it’s like to assemble such a diverse cast of performers into one room.

FringeArts: What was the initial inspiration for Do You Want A Cookie? and The Poison Cookie Jar?

John Jarboe: I realized in 2013 that I was a practicing cabaret artist, but I didn’t really know what cabaret was or where it came from. Since much of my work straddles the personal and the political, I also wanted to know what the political roots of the form were. How was it used in relationship to political and social crises? Who are my ancestors? What did they do?

Sally Ollove: Once we began looking for those answers, we realized pretty quickly that resources were scarce. There are a number of great books about specific moments in cabaret history, but very few that look at the form across geography and time, and none that extend into a close look at what’s happening in cabaret today. We could write a book, but we’re cabaret artists, so we decided the best way to understand the history and the present moment was to explore it through performance.

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John Jarboe Gets Nostalgic with an Exploration of Mister Rogers

Posted June 19th, 2018

John Jarboe and the Bearded Ladies Cabaret will provide a highlight of the 2018 Fringe Festival with Do You Want A Cookie?, which uses live performance to trace the long history of cabaret, from Weimar Germany to 21st-century drag shows.

Before taking a bite from the poison cookie, don’t miss Jarboe performing as Mx. Rogers, an updated version of the friendly face you remember seeing on your childhood television set. You Can Never Go Down The Drain is a show that honors Rogers’s prolific songwriting career and presents the lessons in these songs—some that stuck with us and others we have long forgotten—in a new format for a grown-up audience. The show, which opens this Wednesday at the Wilma Theater, is a chance for adults to come to terms with their beliefs when confronted by life’s realities.

“Like so many of Bearded Ladies shows, You Can Never Go Down The Drain is a poison cookie of sorts,” says Jarboe, artistic director of the Bearded Ladies. “It uses that nostalgia and power of Mr. Rogers, sing-a-long, and enormous costumes to seduce the performers and the audience into some hard questions about being human.”

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