The multi-hour streaming cabaret festival features performers and acts from around the world, including Paris, London, Seattle, New York, and more.
The Bearded Ladies Cabaret are preparing for an international celebration of music and performance that will span the globe for twelve hours. LATE NIGHT SNACKS: FEAST, co-hosted by The Bearded Ladies Cabaret’s John Jarboe and artists from around the world, will feature streaming acts from acclaimed international cabaret performers. This once-in-a-quarantine event will take place on October 17, 2020 from 12PM to 12AM EST. Reservations can be made at FringeArts.com.
Part of the 2020 FringeArts Philadelphia Fringe Festival, FEAST is the newest iteration of The Bearded Ladies’ popular LATE NIGHT SNACKS series. In previous years, the cabaret troupe would join forces with FringeArts to create an after-hours pop-up performance bar, frequented by both Fringe Festival patrons and artists alike. However, given the current restrictions around social gatherings, The Bearded Ladies are planning to satisfy their audience’s appetite with a smorgasbord of hot, virtual cabaret performances from cities all over the world.
FEAST is a 12-hours marathon of delicious cabaret, hosted by John Jarboe along with a bevy of friends. Every hour, guests will savor the flavor of a new city as served by cabaret stars from Philly to Melbourne. Audience members will be able to tune in for a quick bite or stick around for every mouth-watering course. Even better, the event is free and can be streamed at https://www.twitch.tv/beardedladiescabaret.
Free reservations for FEAST can be made by visiting FringeArts.com. The first 500 guests who RSVP will receive a complementary “FEAST Menu,” a TV Guide-like program that highlights the various hosts and performers who are part of the festivities. For a true cabaret at home experience, guests can purchase a cabaret in a box kit from FringeArts on a sliding scale starting at $33. Each kit contains a table cloth, a 12-hour candle, a “reserved table” sign, plus additional Bearded Ladies Swag.
The FEAST project is directed by Sally Ollove and co-created and hosted by John Jarboe. Video design is by Christopher Ash, with production design by Rebecca Kanach. The current confirmed international line-up of hosts are noted below. Additions to the roster will be made throughout the next several weeks. Visit The Bearded Ladies Cabaret at beardedladiescabaret.com for an up-to-date list of FEAST performers and hosts.
Adrienne Truscott (she/her) hosting Melbourne, Australia: Adrienne Truscott is a choreographer, circus acrobat, dancer, writer, storyteller and comedian based in New York. She has been making genre-straddling performances in New York City and abroad for over 20 years. She was one of 20 artists selected nationally for the inaugural 2014 Doris Duke Impact Artist Award and is a 2017 Foundation for Contemporary Arts grantee for Theater/Performance Art. Her evening-length solo comedic work and group choreographic works have been presented variously at Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Just For Laughs, Darwin Festival, PS122, Joe’s Pub, The Kitchen, Dublin Fringe, Danspace, Boom Arts, New York Live Arts, The Malthouse Theater (Melbourne), and Dance Theater Workshop, among others.
Hugo Grrrl (he/him) hosting Wellington, New Zealand: Hugo Grrrl is a Wellington-based comedy and cabaret producer, creating smutty, rough-around-the-edges, politically-charged late-night theatre that’s bound to leave ya with a smile on your face and a bit of glitter in your hair. Hugo has over twenty original-concept shows in his repertoire, spanning multiple genres such as drag, comedy, poetry and cabaret. But he is perhaps most well known for his projects The Pun Battle and Naked Girls Reading which have been performed all over the country. This quirky bloke was nominated for Wellingtonian Of The Year 2018 in the arts category for his work diversity in the cabaret arts, won Best Producer, Best MC and Outstanding Achievement in the Wellington Comedy Awards 2018 and was the first ever winner of TVNZ’s brand new show House of Drag.
Cherdonna Shinatra (she/her) hosting Seattle, Washington: Jody Kuehner is a Seattle-based dance artist, director, and performance artist Cherdonna Shinatra. She is a queer, professionally trained dancer who uses clowning, drag, theater, comedy, performance art, camp, pop culture, gay culture, dance traditions, feminist traditions, absurdity and subversive commentary to make art. Cherdonna is a persona created by Jody to explore and question themselves and the world. Jody is a 2017 Artist Trust Fellowship recipient, 2017 Henry Art Gallery Artist in Residence, 2017 CityArts Artist of the year, 2015 Stranger Genius Award winner. She was funded by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project in 2016. Her choreography has been presented by every major contemporary dance venue in Seattle. She has been presented nationally at the University of South Florida in Tampa FL, the Meanings and Makings of Queer Dance conference Ann Arbor, MI, The Yard at Martha’s Vineyard, American Dance Festival, Durham, NC, and FringeArts in Philadelphia, PA. Kuehner recently premiered DITCH at the Frye Art Museum, a three-month gallery exhibition with daily live performance. DITCH’s eighty performances drew an audience of over 3500 people.
Tareke Ortiz (he/him) hosting Mexico City, Mexico: Experimental music composer Tareke Ortiz, born in Mexico City (1974), is a classical pianist, live theatrical musician, singer, composer of modern contemporary music, stage director, actor and facilitator of new approaches to the vocal work. His work has been presented at venues and artistic festivals like: Stratford Festival with Peter Sellars, Les Couleurs du Mond in Amiens France, Sanskrit Institute in India, Festival dei Due mundi in Spoleto, Italy, Mexico Now in NY, Tajin Festival, Veracruz, Mexico, Carnuntum, Austria Festival, La MaMa etc., The Kitchen, and other venues in NY, The Gate Theatre, and the Tate Britain Gallery with Wolfgang Tillmans in London, and Lincoln Center, NY with his Voice Quartet Mi Gallo. He works on the promotion of language rights and nonviolent communication both at indigenous communities in Mexico as well as immigrant populations in the USA and Latin America. The creation of intercultural and pedagogical creative technologies of art are some of the main aims to his work.
Le Gateau Chocolat (he/him) hosting London, United Kingdom: Le Gateau Chocolat’s work extends beyond the world of drag performance – he has a busy career in the field of contemporary opera and performance. Le Gateau Chocolat’s work as a solo artist began in 2011 when he debuted his first solo show in Adelaide Fringe which then went on to tour the world as part of different festivals; Edinburgh Fringe and a subsequent run at Menier Chocolate Factory London, Wroclaw in Poland, Christchurch, Auckland, Melbourne and Sydney Opera House. Since then he has worked with an Olivier award winning circus (La Clique/La Soiree) and alongside contemporary composers – specifically Julian Philips (“Varjak Paw” ROH) Jonathan Dove (“Tobias and The Angel” Young Vic), Jocelyn Pook (“Ingerland” at ROH) and Orlando Gough a collaborator on “Black” (Imago, Glyndebourne.) He has sung at Wigmore Hall and with Basement Jaxx at The Barbican. Three subsequent solo shows have been made since the first; ‘I heart Chocolat’; Royal Albert Hall, ‘In drag’; A Royal Festival hall commission for the Purcell Room, and most recently ‘Black’, a Homotopia Festival commission which has played Liverpool and London’s Soho Theatre. Most recently, he joined the cast of Porgy and Bess at Regents Park Opera directed by Tim Sheader. He also sang as part of the flotilla for the Queen’s Jubilee, again working with composer Orlando Gough. Balladeer/Pastor Kimble, Threepenny Opera, National Theatre. The Bear/The Proposal, Young Vic. Feste in Emma Rice’s final visionary production of Twelfth Night at The Globe. Uncle/ The Duke Tom Waits’ The Black Rider for Malthouse and Victorian Opera, Melbourne. Effigies of Wickedness; Songs banned by the Nazis – for The Gate Theatre and English National Opera.
“Gosia” Malgorzata Kaspryzcka (she/her) hosting Paris, France: Malgorzata Kasprzycka is a Polish musician, performer and theater director living in Paris. She pursues her artistic path through different countries. Founder of Volcano Song theater company in Paris. Laureate of Rutas Escenicas grant from the Ministry of Culture of Mexico for Sinon l’hiver / if not, winter, a show she wrote and directed. Winner of The Barrymore Award for Excellence in Theatre for her role as Julia Warhola in Andy: A Popera at Opera Philadelphia. Once a month she sings Edith Piaf songs in a little Parisian cabaret Le Vieux Belleville and performs her own songs as part of the musical project Gosia and the Flying Whales. Exploring traditional songs and then working with the voice and its relationship with the body has a special place in her work and leads her toward various projects, as well as the initiator of experiences, as a performer, or a teacher.
Bridge Markland (she/her) co-hosting Berlin, Germany: Bridge Markland is a Berlin-based performer. A virtuoso of roleplay and transformation, Markland effortlessly crosses boundaries between dance, theatre, performance, cabaret and puppet theatre. Her speciality are transgender performances in which the audience can experience the change of woman to man (or vice versa). Markland is a pioneer of drag and gender performance in Germany and organized Drag King events, tours and festivals between 1994 – 2002. With Diane Torr she co-curated the go drag! festival, a celebration of women cross dressing, in Berlin in 2002. She has toured her short and long productions in Germany, Europe, USA, Canada and Australia. Presently her main focus are collages of classical German theatre pieces with pop music – performed as lip-synced solos using role change and puppets.
Dieter Rita Scholl (he/she) co-hosting Berlin, Germany: Dieter Rita Scholl is a theatrical performer and deviser focusing on expression and emancipation from a gay and feminist perspective since 1979. He has appeared in feature films (Meeting Venus, Lose Your Head, The Cage), TV series (Der Schattenmann), independent/underground films (Im Tiefen Tal Der Therapierten) and experimental films and documentaries. He recently completed Gritty Glamour with an international team of performers for Ballhaus Naunynstrasse (Berlin) and appears in Winnie Und Adi – Das Duell. Dieter has specialized in French chanson since 2004 performing in Ich Bin Was Du Vergessen Harst, Paris-Berlin, Dalida Barfuß, Lila Nächte, and more.
Cookie Diorio (she/her) co-hosting Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Cookie Diorio is a Philadelphia-based drag performer, a classically trained vocalist, a songwriter, an activist, a husband, mama to the cutest little Yorkshire Terrier ever, a music teacher and lover of all things sparkly. She mastered walking in 5 inch stilettos in the night clubs of Boston, achieved her hair fantasy by studying vintage videos of Grace Bumbry and founded the giving project Art of the Heel. Cookie grew up in historic Auburn, NY with gospel in her ears, civil rights in her blood and a song in her heart. She trained at Ithaca College in the voice studio of Angus Godwin and learned the many different skills of western classical music from master teachers such as Carol McAmis in vocal pedagogy, Lawrence Doebler in choral arts, Dana Wilson in composition and Patrick Hansen in opera coaching. While Cookie has been in and out of the drag scene since 2002, she began performing regularly in the Philadelphia area as host of the Art Song Repertory Theater Company’s salon series “Saturday Afternoon Drinking Songs” in 2013. Since, she has produced the shows Fire In My Bones: A Gospel Jubilee, Beauty From Our Sorrows, Telling Herstories, Forces of Nature, Music: The Food of Love and I, Too, Sing America. She has also been soloist for events, galas, concerts and on the cabaret stage.
Jess Conda (she/her) co-hosting Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Jess Conda is a Philadelphia based performance artist. “Too musical theater for rock & roll and too rock & roll for musical theater,” she works regularly as an emcee in Philly’s cabaret scene, most notably as Muff Johnson, rock chanteuse and co-host with The Peek A Boo Revue, the city’s longest running burlesque troupe. Jess was recently seen in Do You Want A Cookie? with the Bearded Ladies and in Pig Iron Theatre Company’s A Hard Time, an alt-cabaret love letter to the Patriarchy devised w Jenn Kidwell and Mel Krodman. 2013 Philadelphia Magazine’s “Best Star Power.” Her mother says she’ll never get a husband with a mouth like that.
Dito Van Reigersberg (he/him) as Martha Graham Cracker (she/her) hosting “Around the World in 60 Minutes or Less”: Dito van Reigersberg is a co-founder of Pig Iron Theatre Company, a physical-theatre company that has created over 30 original pieces in its 20-year history. He has performed in almost all of Pig Iron’s productions since 1995, including the OBIE-winners Hell Meets Henry Halfway and Chekhov Lizardbrain. He has also created and performed with Headlong, Azuka, 1812, Mauckingbird, the Arden, the Bearded Ladies, and NCDC. A graduate of Swarthmore College, he trained at The Neighborhood Playhouse and the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance. Dito’s alter-ego Martha Graham Cracker is famously ‘the tallest drag queen in the world.” Her monthly cabaret series at L’Etage in Philadelphia has been running for over 15 years. She recently unveiled an unapologetically autobiographical cabaret, Lashed but not Leashed, creating it in residency at the Kimmel Center and then taking it to Joe’s Pub as part of the Under the Radar Festival. Not long ago she returned from a desert hiatus in Nevada, where she went on a vision quest and lived out a fantasy of becoming a Vegas showgirl.
Matt Ray (he/him) co-hosting New York, New York: Matt Ray is a Brooklyn-based pianist, singer, songwriter, composer, arranger, and music director. His arrangements have been called “wizardly” (Time Out NY) and “ingenious” (NY Times), and his piano playing referred to as “classic, well-oiled swing” (NY Times) and “to cry for” (Ebony). For his work on Taylor Mac’s show A 24-Decade History of Popular Music he and Mac shared the 2017 Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired By American History. Notable live performances include playing at Carnegie Hall with Kat Edmonson, playing the Hollywood Bowl with reggae legend Burning Spear, and touring the Caribbean and Central America with his piano trio as a US Department of State Jazz Ambassador. His show Matt Ray Plays Hoagy Carmichael featuring Kat Edmonson premiered at Lincoln Center’s American Songbook series in 2018. Other work includes music directing The Billie Holiday Project at the Apollo Theater in Harlem (2012), Lincoln Center with Joey Arias (2015), Edinburgh Fringe with Lady Rizo (2012), music directing Taylor Mac’s Obie award winning play The Lily’s Revenge at the HERE Arts Center in New York (2009), and co-writing songs for and performing in Bridget Everett’s one-hour Comedy Central special Gynecological Wonder (2015) as well as Everett’s hit show Rock Bottom (2014). Matt has played piano on and/or done musical arrangements for a large number of TV shows and films including Nurse Jackie (2014), Bored to Death (2011), Blue Night (2018), and the Oscar nominated Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018). Matt has released two jazz albums as a leader: We Got It! (2001) and Lost In New York (2006); and one album of original pop/folk material called Songs For the Anonymous (2013).
Jen Kidwell (she/her) co-hosting New York, New York: Jenn Kidwell is a performing artist. Recent projects – Underground Railroad Game (2017 Obie Award for Best New American Theatre Work, 2018 Edinburgh Fringe First Award), Home (Geoff Sobelle), Demolishing Everything with Amazing Speed (Dan Hurlin), I Understand Everything Better (David Neumann/advanced beginner group, 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 – A Hard Time (PITC), 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 Fellowship.
Kate Rigg (she/her) co-hosting New York, New York: Originally from Canada and Australia, but a New Yorker at heart, Kate Rigg’s comedy career began the second she graduated with a degree in acting from New York’s prestigious Juilliard school. A notorious culture and subculture vulture, the allure of the club scene in New York drew her to Caroline’s Comedy Club where she quickly caught the attention of the New Talent Booker who slotted her for a series of appearances and features showcasing her particular brand of character based comedy, edgy socio-political commentary, asian american slanted jokes, and in your face dirty girl talk. Her career includes four major elements: comedy, music, acting and writing/producing original work. Thematically these elements are linked by a hunger for new ideas, iconoclastic imagery, challenging ideas about cultural stereotyping and a quest for expanding form and content to open up discussions about pop culture, race, comedy, media images of A/Pis and women, tolerance and linking diverse communities through art. She has brought this funky urban asian sensibility to performances at The Kennedy Center, The Smithsonian Institute, Chicago’s Museum of Modern Art, NYC’s Public Theater and countless engagements internationally.