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Late Night Snacks: Artist Talk

Posted September 22nd, 2019
September 22 at 4pm
 
Join us at the Fringe Festival Bookstore at Cherry Street Pier, where the Bearded Ladies, John Jarboe, Anthony Martinez-Briggs, Zach Blackwood and the Late Night Snacks creative team will discuss cabaret in Philadelphia with FringeArts Artistic Producer Katy Dammers.
Free, RSVP Suggested

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 the Fringe Festival Bookstore 

FringeArts partners with much-loved local bookseller Head House Books to present a pop-up emporium on Cherry Street Pier. Head down to Philadelphia’s newest, most arts-friendly waterfront park (just across Columbus Boulevard from the Festival Bar at FringeArts) to browse books and publications by and about the artists in the 2019 Fringe Festival. Delve deeper into the Curated Fringe Festival shows at a series of intimate conversations and live podcasts with the artists and community partners behind the shows. Learn more here.

Late Night Snacks

Posted September 7th, 2019

September 7 at 9:30pm

Cabaret connoisseurs the Bearded Ladies return with another platter of deliciously dangerous, sensationally sweet, and provocatively pleasurable Late Night Snacks. Running throughout the Fringe Festival in a refitted East Passyunk industrial space, these after-hours performances feature different artists every night—from opera singers to drag queens, cabaret stars to art clowns, and everything in between.

Important Nutritional Information
Late Night Snacks ingredients may include artistic experimentation, adult content, consensual touch, ear worms, nudity, jubilation, great selfie material, rampant queerness, and many repeat visits. Not every show will be for everyone so feel free to come, and go, as you please. You know your diet, taste, allergies, and aphrodisiacs better than we. Late Night Snacks are experimental and works-in-progress.  When we can, we will provide detailed ingredients for each show ahead of time online so you can decide how best to snack.  When ingredients include any items listed below, there will be a notice at the on-site box office.

Nutritionally sensitive ingredients:  references to abuse, assault, self-harm, suicide, violence, mental illness, death, blood, or blood play.

About the Artists

Mx Justin Vivian Bond is a trans-genre artist living in New York City. As a performer both on and Off-Broadway, Mx Bond has received numerous accolades winning an Obie (2001), a Bessie (2004), a Tony nomination (2007), the Ethyl Eichelberger Award (2007), The Peter Reed Foundaton Grant, and a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grants to Artists Award. V authored the Lambda Literary Award winning memoir TANGO: My Childhood, Backwards and in High Heels (The Feminist Press, 2011).

Jennifer Kidwell is a performing artist. Recent projects – A Hard Time (three 2019 Barrymore nominations), Underground Railroad Game (2017 Obie Award for Best New American Theatre Work), Home (Geoff Sobelle), Demolishing Everything with Amazing Speed (Dan Hurlin), I Understand Everything Better (David Neumann/advanced beginner group’s 2015 Bessie Award for Outstanding Production), Antigone (The Wilma Theater), Fire Burns Hot: Little Reno!, I Promised Myself to Live Faster and 99 Break-Ups (Pig Iron Theatre Company), Dick’s Last Stand (Whitney Biennial 2014, as Donelle Woolford), Zinnias: the Life of Clementine Hunter (Robert Wilson/Toshi Reagon/Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon). Projects in development – TABLE with Thomas Graves & the Rude Mechs and Nichole Canuso’s The Octopus and the Interview. Company member, PITC and Lightning Rod Special, Wilma Theater Associated Artist, co-founder of JACK. Her writing has been published in movement research Performance Journal #45 and at hyperallergic.com. 2013 TCG/Fox Resident Actor Fellowship (with PITC), 2015 Leeway Foundation Art & Change Grant, 2016 Pew Fellow, 2017 Independence Fellow.

John Jarboe is a cabaret artist, director, writer, historian, and host serving you revolution, herstory, queer community making, and a whole lot of glitter. She is the founding artistic director of The Bearded Ladies Cabaret, transforming opera, cabaret, and live performance, making work that will make you sing, dance, and question. www.beardedladiescabaret.com

Late Night Snacks

Posted September 7th, 2019
DescriptionArtist LineupContextual ProgrammingAbout the Artists

September 7–29, 2019

Cabaret connoisseurs the Bearded Ladies return with another platter of deliciously dangerous, sensationally sweet, and provocatively pleasurable Late Night Snacks. Running throughout the Fringe Festival in a refitted East Passyunk industrial space, these after-hours performances feature different artists every night—from opera singers to drag queens, cabaret stars to art clowns, and everything in between.

Come for one show, come for many shows, or just stop by by for a cocktail and to mingle with Fringe artists and audiences. Part performance installation, part fever dream, part neighborhood jawn, Late Night Snacks is a festival after-party with an expiration date.

Important Nutritional Information
Late Night Snacks ingredients may include artistic experimentation, adult content, consensual touch, ear worms, nudity, jubilation, great selfie material, rampant queerness, and many repeat visits. Not every show will be for everyone so feel free to come, and go, as you please. You know your diet, taste, allergies, and aphrodisiacs better than we. Late Night Snacks are experimental and works-in-progress.  When we can, we will provide detailed ingredients for each show ahead of time online so you can decide how best to snack.  When ingredients include any items listed below, there will be a notice at the on-site box office.

Nutritionally sensitive ingredients:  references to abuse, assault, self-harm, suicide, violence, mental illness, death, blood, or blood play.

Artist Lineup:

Sept 7 at 9:30PM:  Mx Justin Vivian Bond with Jenn Kidwell, hosted by John Jarboe
Sept 7 at 11:30PM: Nath Ann Carrera and Moor Jewelry (Moor Mother + Mental Jewelry), hosted by Jenn Kidwell
Sept 8 at 5PM: Family Cabaret: Drag Story Hour with John Jarboe and Cherdonna Shinatra
Sept 8 at 9:30PM: Mx Justin Vivian Bond’s House of Whimsy
Sept 10 at 9:30PM: Cherdonna Shinatra and Glitter & Garbage, hosted by Adrienne Truscott
Sept 11 at 9:30PM: Adrienne Truscott and Krishna Istha, hosted by Jess Conda
Sept 12 at 9:30PM: Joseph Keckler and Jonathan Delgado-Melendez, hosted by Jenn Kidwell
Sept 13 at 9:30PM: Daniel de Jesús and Be Steadwell, hosted by US (Anthony Martinez-Briggs)
Sept 13 at 11:30PM: Miguel Gutierrez’s SADONNA and the moon baby, hosted by US (Anthony Martinez-Briggs)
Sept 14 at 9:30PM: Stephanie Blythe is Blythely Oratonio with Sapphira Cristàl, hosted by John Jarboe
Sept 14 at 11:30PM: A Chorus Whine: Opera Chorus Tells All, hosted by Cookie Diorio with an appearance by Stephanie Blythe as Blythely Oratonio
Sept 15 at 5:00PM: Family Cabaret: Gay B Cs Drag Story Hour with Eric Jaffe and Sapphira Cristàl
Sept 15 at 9:30PM: Stephanie Blythe is Blythely Oratonio with Sapphira Cristàl, hosted by Cookie Diorio
Sept 17 at 9:30PM: Cynthia Hopkins and Wit López, hosted by Eric Jaffe
Sept 18 at 9:30PM: bb Basura, Malachi Lily, Topsy Pendejo (Eppchez) and Sabrina Pantal, hosted by Cookie Diorio
Sept 19 at 9:30PM: Liz Filios with Eric Jaffe and Friends, hosted by John Jarboe
Sept 20 at 9:30PM: Ashley Robillard, Pilar Salt, and Darlinda Just Darlinda, hosted by US (Anthony Martinez-Briggs)
Sept 20 at 11:30PM: Anthony Roth Costanzo with Jeannie Brooks, hosted by John Jarboe
Sept 21 at 9:30PM: Jasmine Rice Labeija and Dane Terry, hosted by Jess Conda
Sept 21 at 11:30PM: Miss Martha Graham Cracker, with appearances by Dane Terry and Jasmine Rice Labeija, hosted by John Jarboe
Sept 22 at 5:00PM: Family Cabaret: Green Eggs and A Graham Cracker
Sept 22 at 9:30PM: Emyne and Applied Mechanics’ The Bandits, hosted by Jess Conda
Sept 24 at 9:30PM: Rotten Fruit, featuring cast members from Love for Three Oranges, hosted by Eric Jaffe
Sept 25 at 9:30PM: Will Liverman with Dottie Riot and Messapotamia Lefae, hosted by Cookie Diorio
Sept 26 at 9:30PM: US with ILL DOOTS and Pax Ressler, hosted by Jess Conda
Followed by NSFW: a dance party for queers and others
Sept 27 at 9:30PM: Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers and Philadelphia Women*s Slavic Ensemble, hosted by John Jarboe
Sept 27 at 11:30PM: Polyseme: A Night of Queer Poets Theatre, hosted by John Jarboe
Sept 28 at 9:30PM: Monique Brooks Roberts and Emily Bate, hosted by Jess Conda
Sept 28 at 11:30PM: Cheo Bourne and Patricia! (Brett Ashley Robinson), hosted by Jess Conda
Sept 29 at 9:30PM: The Host Show with Jess Conda, Cookie Diorio, Eric Jaffe, and John Jarboe
Followed by a Closing Night party!
Tickets available on a sliding scale, $0–$45.

Photo by Johanna Austin

“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?” –John Jarboe

“Quite simply the best party you have never been invited to.” –Talkin Broadway

Snacks Curators Raja Feather Kelly, Adrienne Truscott, Jenn Kidwell, Anthony Martinez Briggs, Danny Orednorff – Executive Director at Vox Populi, Evan Thornburg – Deputy Director at the Mayor’s Office of LGBT Affairs, John Jarboe – Artistic Director of The Bearded Ladies Cabaret, Sally Ollove – Associate Artistic Director of The Bearded Ladies Cabaret, David Levy – Vice President of Artistic Operations at Opera Philadelphia, Katy Dammers – Artistic Producer at FringeArts, Zach Blackwood – Artistic Producer at FringeArts

Space designed by Machine Dazzle

Festival Co-Producers Richard E. & Diane Dalto Woosnam Bearded Ladies Honorary Producers David & Linda Glickstein

Contextual Programming

Late Night Snacks: Artist Talk
Sept 22 at 4pm at the Fringe Festival Bookstore at Cherry Street Pier
Performers and curators from The Bearded Ladies Cabaret and FringeArts, moderated by Katy Dammers (FringeArts)


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).

2019 Fringe Festival Spotlight: Fringe After Dark

Posted August 29th, 2019

The Fringe Festival doesn’t stop when the sun sets! The following shows offer performances starting at 10pm or later. Leave the kids at home and Fringe the night away with these after-dark performances.

A Manayunk Mystery Tour
Manayunk Theatre Company
It was a dark and stormy night when a young woman from Manayunk mysteriously went missing … and was murdered!!! Follow Manayunk’s finest private investigator, a child genius turned conspiracy enthusiast, and a very serious podcast reporter as they try to solve the Murder of Manayunk’s Missing Millennial.
More info and tickets here

BASEMENT
Gunnar Montana
Gunnar Montana transports us once again, this time downward into the dark depths of terror. Follow one man’s frightening descent into deranged madness and witness his unrelenting, visceral nightmare unfold.
More info and tickets here

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2019 Fringe Festival Spotlight: LGBTQ+

Posted August 28th, 2019

Fringe if you’re glad to be gay! Fringe if you’re happy that way!

Created and performed by queer artists, these shows explore issues of sexuality and gender identity through music, theater, comedy, and more. Come and enjoy every color of Fringe’s rainbow.

And Tell Sad Stories of the Death of Queens
EgoPo Classic Theater
Candy Delaney is a “New Orleans queen” approaching his dreaded 35th birthday. While Candy is looking for romance, his newest pickup is looking for his next drink. Audiences are welcomed into Candy’s apartment, champagne in hand, for this stunning portrait of unrequited love. Coproduced with Provincetown Williams Fest.
More info and tickets here

Beards: A New Musical
Elana Mirella Mariani and Liberty Laferriere
Eva is a young woman in 1959 Manhattan who creates a business that pairs women with gay men to act as heterosexual couples. Beards examines themes of feminism, LGBTQ+ rights, family values, and emotional prostitution through a modern lens.
More info and tickets here

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International Fringe 2018: A Welcome to Artists from Around the World

Posted September 2nd, 2018

The United States government may be pursuing an isolationist policy but the Philadelphia Fringe is doing the opposite: opening its doors not only to the most creative American performers and performances but also to the best and most creative theater artists and their productions from around the world—overcoming the ancient fear of the symbolic Tower of Babel with people not understanding each other.

To show the worldwide scope of the 22nd Philadelphia Fringe Festival, we offer this spotlight on performers from abroad and productions by American artists that present a global perspective.

Theater writer Henrik Eger, editor of Drama Around the Globe and contributor to Phindie and Broad Street Review, among other publications, has lived in six countries on three continents and has visited Africa and Australia as well. He bids everyone a hearty WELCOME to the City of Brotherly Love—this year in 18 different languages: Arabic, Celtic, Chinese, English, Esperanto, Estonian, Farsi, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Irish, Italian, Latin, Polish, Romanian, and Spanish.

We start this year’s overview with a special welcome to two programs featuring a wide range of global creators:

INTERNATIONAL CREATIVES

  1. le super grandBienvenue & welcome to Montreal-based choreographer Sylvain Émard and Le Super Grand ContinentalLe Grand Continental wowed audiences during its run at the 2012 Fringe Festival and has garnered enthusiastic response across the world. Fully realizing a blissful marriage between the pure delight of line dancing and the fluidity and expressiveness of contemporary dance, the celebratory event enlists hundreds of local people to perform its synchronized choreography in large-scale public performances. The world’s most infectious performance event returns to the front steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art in an even larger spectacle of dance.

More info and tickets here

  1. Bonvenon, willkommen, bienvenido, witamy, bienvenue & welcome to Do You Want A Cookie? from The Bearded Ladies Cabaret—a world premiere with an international cast. Do You Want A Cookie? serves up a delicious romp through cabaret history, with an international cast of artists performing a live revue of cabaret from the Chat Noir to Weimar nightlife to 21st-century drag. The all-star cast comes draws from around the world, including Bridge Markland (Berlin), Malgorzata Kasprzycka (Paris/Warsaw), Dieter Rita Scholl (Berlin), and Tareke Ortiz (Mexico City).

More info and tickets here

REFUGEES and EXILES

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    As Far As My Fingertips Take Me. Photo by

    وسهلا اهلا (ahlaan wasahlan) & bienvenu. Welcome to Tania El Khoury who lives in Lebanon and the UK with her multifaceted program ear-whispered. Little is known about Palestinian refugee camps and their communities. El Khoury presents her Fringe work in five parts through interactive performances and installations at Bryn Mawr College:

    1. Gardens Speak, an interactive sound installation containing the oral histories of ten ordinary people who were buried in Syrian gardens. (Bryn Mawr College.) Read more.
    2. Camp Pause, a video installation that tells the stories of four residents of the Rashidieh Refugee Camp on the coast of Lebanon. (Bryn Mawr College.) Read more.
    3. As Far As My Fingertips Take Me, an encounter through a gallery wall between a single audience member and a refugee. (Old City & Bryn Mawr College.) Read more.  
    4. Stories of Refuge, an immersive video installation that invites audiences to lay down on metal bunk beds and watch videos shot by Syrian asylum seekers in Munich, Germany. (Old City.) Read more.
    5. Tell Me What I Can Do, a newly commissioned work featuring letters that audiences have written in response to Gardens Speak. (Bryn Mawr College.) Read more.

More info and tickets here

  1. Bienvenido & welcome to the bilingual (Spanish & English) cast of La Fábrica performing Gustave Ott’s Passport. Lost in a foreign country, Eugenia is detained and thrown into a vicious maelstrom of miscommunication. This poetic and immersive Kafkaesque thriller delves into the question of immigration—exposing the mechanics of language and power. Some performances will be presented in English, some in Spanish, and some will be decided at the toss of a coin.

More info and tickets here

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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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