Martha Graham Cracker’s Last Show of 2019

Martha, the band and some very special guests (TBA) bid adieu to a, well, memorable year.

The world’s tallest and hairiest drag queen returns with her band to FringeArts for an unforgettable evening of stories, live music, and special guests.

Martha Graham Cracker is played by Pig Iron Theatre Company co-founder Dito van Reigersberg and has been performing in Philadelphia for more than 14 years. She’s also played to sold out rooms in Austin, New York, Washington D.C., California, Las Vegas and Europe.

Forget everything you think you know about drag and come party with Miss Martha Graham Cracker. No two shows are ever the same.

$30 general
$15 students & 25-and-under
$2 FringeACCESS member
Member Discounts Available

Martha Graham Cracker’s Choral Extravaganza

Martha, the band, and some of Philly’s biggest voices.

The world’s tallest and hairiest drag queen returns with her band to FringeArts for an unforgettable evening of stories, live music, and special guests.

Martha Graham Cracker is played by Pig Iron Theatre Company co-founder Dito van Reigersberg and has been performing in Philadelphia for more than 14 years. She’s also played to sold out rooms in Austin, New York, Washington D.C., California, Las Vegas and Europe.

Forget everything you think you know about drag and come party with Miss Martha Graham Cracker. No two shows are ever the same.

$30 general
$15 students & 25-and-under
$2 FringeACCESS member
Member Discounts Available

Get Pegged Cabaret feat. Morgan Bassichis and Girl Poop

Hosted & Curated by John Jarboe

Like a poison cookie—tempting and treacherous, pleasing and perilous—Get Pegged Cabaret lures you inside a reimagined La Peg, then jumps you with unrestrained intimacy and live music and performance. Each night features uncensored and stimulating entertainment from the sexy, satirical, daring, delightful, queer, and most dangerous performers on the cabaret scene, a one night stand between a local Philadelphia artist and another performer from around the world.

November’s Get Pegged will be opened by Girl Poop and headlined by Morgan Bassichis!

Standing Room: $8
Table for 2: $30*
Table for 4: $60*
*There is an additional $15 food and drink minimum per guest seated at a table.
Star Producers: Linda & David Glickstein

About Morgan Bassichis
Experience an evening of stand-up comedy and music from New York-based performance artist Morgan Bassichis. Morgan has been called “a tall child or, well, a big bird” (by the Nation) and “fiercely hilarious” (by the New Yorker), and Morgan’s shows have been described as “out there” (by Morgan’s mother) and “super intense” (by Morgan). In Morgan’s own words, “I truly hope this evening will be useful to someone, somewhere.”

Morgan Bassichis is a comedic performer who has been called “a tall child or, well, a big bird” by the Nation and “fiercely hilarious” by the New Yorker. Recent shows include Nibbling the Hand That Feeds Me at the Whitney Museum (2019), Klezmer for Beginners at Abrons Arts Center (2019), Damned If You Duet at the Kitchen (2018), More Protest Songs! at Danspace Project (2018), and The Faggots & Their Friends Between Revolutions: The Musical at the New Museum (2017). Morgan has presented work at the Brooklyn Museum, Hirshhorn Museum, MoMA PS1, and the Portland Institute of Contemporary Art. Morgan lives in New York City, and has contributed writing to Artforum, Radical History Review, Captive Genders, and the Nightboat Books edition of The Faggots & Their Friends Between Revolutions. Morgan’s album, More Protest Songs! Live at St. Mark’s Church is available at music.morganbassichis.com.

About Girl Poop
Girl Poop is a femme foursome specializing in Pussy Pop Rock. Serving original tunes about sex, shame, self love, and secret pleasures, these pop queens deliver a high octane sugar rush that will leave you wet and stuck to your seats.

Girl Poop is Alicia Crosby, Kelly Conrad, Francesca Montanile, and Megan Thibodeaux. Terran Scott composes their backing tracks. The members of Girl Poop specialize in comedy, improvisation, directing, teaching, costume design, prop design, and producing. Companies they have worked with include Pig Iron Theatre Company, Nichole Canuso Dance Company, Team Sunshine, Bristol Riverside Theatre, Theatre Unspeakable, Philly Improv Theater, and Antigravity Performance Project.

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.

unbind unseats

By Katie Swords Thurman, Jesse Zaritt, and Laura Frazure

Part of the 2019 Fringe Festival

September 21 + 22, 2019

A dance performance and sculptural installation, unbird unbeast engages in contemporary myth-making as an embodied practice. By activating a lush sensorium of dense movement within complex sculptural environment, we ask ourselves to constantly attempt to feel more and feel differently.

$8 / 45 minutes

Sunset CypHER

By Ani/Malayaworks / Drum Like a Lady

Part of the 2019 Fringe Festival

September 21, 2019

A collaboration between three notable Philadelphia female artists—Ani Gavino (movement artist), Latreice Branson (percussionist). and Jasmine Lynea (director)—Sunset CypHER is an improvisational performance between dance, drums, the sunset, and the audience that actively takes part in the communal expression.

$10 / 50 minutes

Another Agatha: a myth of perception

By Migration Theory

Part of the 2019 Fringe Festival

September 17–19, 2019

A mother and a daughter imagine each other’s lives in this immersive, subversive prayer from Migration Theory. Their stories loop, collide, morph, and transform in this dance meditation on perception, survival, and unbridgeable distances. Accompanied by music, dark humor, and dessert. Preview performance $10 (Sept 17 at 6:30pm).

$10–$20 / 60 minutes

Give Your Heart

By Eric Thayer

By Eric Thayer

Part of the 2019 Fringe Festival

September 9, 11 + 14, 2019

Give Your Heart is a participatory sound performance designed to both involve and reflect the Philadelphia community. Participants will be able to add their heartbeats to an improvisational sound score, both generated and enjoyed by Philadelphians.

Free / 60 minutes

SplitScreen

By Tree.Lock//Productions

Part of the 2019 Fringe Festival

September 13–15, 2019

Separated by time and space, Meg and Sterling have to find their way back to the center of the Wild Wild Web. Through dance, theater, and video, SplitScreen helps us rediscover who we are in this new digital landscape. No one is turned away at the door due to lack of funds.

$10 / 45 minutes

There: In the Light and the Darkness of the Self and of the Other

Based on There: In the Light and the Darkness of the Self and of the Other by Etel Adnan
World Premiere!
Part of the 2019 Fringe Festival. Presented in partnership with The Wilma Theater.

“Where are we? where? There is a where, because we are, stubbornly, and have been, and who are we, if not you and me?“

Visual arts pioneer Rosa Barba and Wilma’s innovative artistic director Blanka Zizka collaborate to bring a seminal work of contemporary poetry to the stage.

Mining English phrases for the essential thoughts from which language was born, Etel Adnan’s book-length meditation on conflict and identity makes an ideal vehicle for the critically acclaimed Wilma HotHouse Company. This diverse group of Philadelphia actors use full-body expressions to go beneath the surface meanings of the text to its emotional core.

Barba’s set reconfigures the Wilma’s proscenium space, stretching over the usual seating plan and serving as both a stage and a projection surface, recasting the audience as an active observer-participant in Adnan’s self-discovery. And as Wilma HotHouse’s interpretation reveals, when we seek to discover ourselves (a search which is inherently also a consideration of other people) what we are really embarking upon is a quest for love.

“Who are we, if not you and me?”
Features original music by Alex Dowling.

The performance on Sunday, September 22 at 2pm will have open captioning.

Fringe Festival Preview Night #3

Similar to Scratch Night, but all works showcased each night will be a part of the 2019 Fringe Festival! Here is your chance to preview works taking place this September in 5 minute sections and get a glimpse of the exciting work being made all over Philadelphia. Unsure of what to see during the Festival? Hoping to learn more about a particular show? Then join us for a free Festival Preview Night, taking place on Mondays, Aug 5, 19 & 26 at 7pm. The Preview Night on Monday, August 19 will take place at The Rotunda, and August 5 and 26 will take place at FringeArts.