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Comedy, Sketch Comedy - Season 26

Hammerkatz Presents: The Ritual

Hammerkatz is New York University's premier sketch comedy group. We perform free monthly shows on NYU's campus and can be seen throughout the year at NYC comedy venues. Hammerkatz alumni have written for and starred in shows such as Saturday Night Live, 30 Rock, Atlanta, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Community, Workaholics, and How I Met Your Mother; they have gone on to work at places like The Onion, Comedy Central, Above Average, HBO, Showtime, FX, The CW, and MTV. Join us for our final show of the semester where we will ritualize the departure of our seniors and send you off on your summer.

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Comedy, Stand-Up - Season 26

Daniel Simonsen--Free to Fail

A night of experimental comedy with New York's Funniest Stand-Up 2022 winner Daniel Simonsen. Come watch the Norwegian build material as he works both scripted and completely unscripted. As seen on Late Night with Seth Meyers and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. “One to watch” Time Out  “Brilliantly offbeat” Guardian  “Exceptionally funny” Village Voice  **** Times  **** Time Out  **** Skinny  **** Fest 

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Theater, Comedy, Play, Drama - Season 26

Three Chickens Confront Existence

Three factory farm chickens attempt to find peace of mind and a greater sense of purpose by engaging each other in a series of debates, games, feuds, and emotional experiments while awaiting their imminent trip to the broiler.

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Theater, Kids, Play - Season 26

Papá está en la Atlantida

Papá está en la Atlántida narra la historia de orfandad y de solidaridad de dos hermanos que emprenden un viaje para buscar a su padre a los Estados Unidos. Cuando muere su abuela, quien los cuidaba en una zona rural, son enviados a vivir con unos familiares al noroeste de México. Al no poder adaptarse a su nuevo entorno, cruzan la frontera a través del “Gran Desierto de Altar” de Sonora, en busca de sus destinos y de un nuevo porvenir.

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Variety - Season 26

FRIGID Nightcap

Come get weird after dark! Welcome to FRIGID Nightcap, the East Village’s riotously unpredictable late-night spectacle that transforms the intimate Under St. Marks Theater into a wondrously offbeat collision of comedy, music, burlesque, arts, and more. From unhinged interviews to quirky interactive games, from music to mayhem, from community all-stars to unknown up-and-comers, anything can happen at FRIGID Nightcap…and probably will! Join the city’s oddest night owls in the theatre, or live stream the revelry from the comfort of your own home — but be a part of FRIGID Nightcap, the most unique destination for anyone who just isn’t ready to call it a night quite yet… This bonkers show will sell out fast…so don’t delay! Snag your ticket to the weirdness today! Did you do it yet? How about now? Full price ticket comes with a free glass of wine!

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Theater, Kids - Season 26

Los Cuervos no se Peinan

"Los Cuervos no se Peinan" nos sumerge en la tierna historia de La Mujer del Sombrero Rojo y Emilio, un pequeño cuervo, que han construido un hogar lleno de amor y seguridad. Sin embargo, Emilio anhela más: sueña con asistir a la escuela, donde se encuentra con Matías y Mateo. El vuelo no es algo fácil de lograr, pero todos debemos experimentarlo al menos una vez en la vida, ya sea con alas o con sueños. Esta obra nos presenta una propuesta poética y un viaje visual, donde la fantasía cobra vida y se entrelaza con la realidad. A través de esta conmovedora historia, se resalta el valor de la diferencia, la importancia de la aceptación y el poder del amor en todas sus formas. ______________ "Los Cuervos no se Peinan" plunges us into the tender story of The Woman with the Red Hat and Emilio, a little crow, who have built a home filled with love and security. However, Emilio yearns for more: he dreams of attending school, where he meets Matías and Mateo. Flight is not easily achieved, but we all must experience it at least once in our lives, whether with wings or with dreams. This play presents us with a poetic proposal and a visual journey, where fantasy comes to life and intertwines with reality. Through this touching story, the value of difference, the importance of acceptance, and the power of love in all its forms are highlighted.

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Film - Monthly Shows

Movie Night

Best short films of the New York Movie Awards! Please note that this show will not be streaming and can only be seen in person.

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Clowning, Variety, Spoken Word, Drama - Monthly Shows

As You Mic It: An Open Shakespeare Slam

As You Mic It: An Open Shakespeare Slam - Join us for a one-of-a-kind slam where you can compete to be crowned Best of the Bards! If you are slamming, come prepared to perform up to two of any Shakespeare monologue or sonnet of your choice (within 3 and a half minutes, memorization not required but encouraged). If you are don't want to slam, come join us for some merriment, libations, and maybe even become a judge (no experience necessary)! All ticket purchases come with a free glass of wine! SLAM MECHANICS - First 15 to sign-up at the door will be guaranteed entry to the slam as a participant. Up to 3 people can be wait-listed depending on time-constraints. 3 Judges will be selected at random from the crowd. Each participant will have 3 and a half minutes to perform their chosen monologue, after which the judges will secretly give them a score out of 10.0. Scores will be tallied in secret and the top 3 will enter the "callback" round where they will perform a second monologue and once again be graded. The overall winner of the "callback" round will be crowned Best of the Bards and receive 20 dollars.

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Stand-Up, Storytelling, Improv, Variety, Comedy, Music - Monthly Shows

The Open Mic Downstairs @ Frigid New York

The show continues every Tuesday at 9:30 PM EST!At The Open Mic at FRIGID New York the focus is the stage! Sign-ups get 7 minutes to try anything in one of the most supportive rooms in New York City. Whether it’s a performance art piece, comedy, music, storytelling, dance, or something entirely off the top of your head, you'll find a home in the attentive welcoming community. Open Mic FAQs

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Musical, LGBTQIA+, Stand-Up, BIPOC, Spoken Word, Storytelling, Improv, Burlesque, Variety, Comedy, Play, Music, Drama, Performance Art, Theater, Multi Media, Clowning, Dance & Movement, Sketch Comedy, Solo Performance, Reading - Monthly Shows

Paper Kraine

We're back for a eighth season of new works in development! Paper Kraine was created in 2016 to bring together works in their earliest stages, audiences, and nonprofits. Monthly, the PK team curates a new works sampler platter around a theme related to a nonprofit. Try something new, delicious and strange. Come for the art. Stay for the community. Paper Kraine was created on the principle that we all know writers, directors, actors, and creators who make wonderful work. All they need is a space. The Paper Kraine is committed to creating a venue for early-career artists to show humor-focused work in the spirit of adventurous discovery. We encourage risk-taking, question-asking, and the development of a supportive community of artists seeing, encouraging, and challenging each other’s work with the ultimate goal of enriching the artistic community through cross-pollination and meeting new people. Learn more at www.paperkraine.com.. Due to limited capacity, latecomers are not guaranteed seats. This applies to both walk ups and reserved tickets.

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Comedy, Improv - Monthly Shows

As You Will

Friends, foes, fools! Do you ever bemoan the fact that the 884,647 words William Shakespeare wrote have been performed already? Do you yearn for the experience of seeing The Bard's works for the first time? Then celebrate the glad tidings of As You Will and our Unscripted Shakespeare Show! These Shakespearean Scholars are here to present all the monumental works the immortal Bard would've written if he hadn't gone and died. With just the title given by the audience the players of As You Will bring a Shakespearean comedy to life complete with Shakspeare's themes, language, poetic verse, and some scholarly footnotes thrown in for good measure. As You Will have performed such classics as "Eight Merry Spiders," "That Doth Not Go There," "1601: A Space Odyssey'' and though those shows will never be seen again, there’s always a Shakespearean world premiere in our makeshift Globe Theatre.

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Performance Art, Theater, Kids, Educational - Season 26

El Cazador de Auroras

Un trabajador habitual en su oficina habitual recibe una visita inesperada de un niño inesperado que está buscando auroras boreales. Este encuentro llevará al hombre de traje en un viaje que le hará pensar en sus sueños actuales y los sueños que tenía cuando era niño.

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Multi Media, Clowning, Storytelling, Improv, Variety, Comedy, Music, Drama - Season 26

Triggered! The Gangsterlogues with Johnny Z of Moidah Inc.

In the waiting room of the Lord of the Underworld, Lady Hades gets to know Johnny Z. Hitman for Moidah Inc. and Lucky Luciano. Follow the life and death of a hitman with no heart! Featuring Muffy Styler as Lady Hades and Zero Boy as Johnny Z this show is a hit! Who do you want whacked? How do you want it done and what are you willing to pay?

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Performance Art, Theater, LGBTQIA+, Stand-Up, Clowning, BIPOC, Dance & Movement, Sketch Comedy, Drag, Party, Storytelling, Improv, Burlesque, Variety, Comedy, Drama - Season 26

Pick-Nic

Nicolas Cage is a Line Reading Champion, a Drama Daddy, a Comedy King, and a Father of Camp for Boys. Pick-Nic is a variety show that remixes Nicolas Cage's career and prolific memetic capacity. Our group of BIPOC and LGBTQ+ comedians and performers will inhabit the characters of the man, myth, and legend, from the Wicker Man to Moonstruck to Face-Off. Featuring acts based on real, infamous monologues, interviews, scenes, and more-- our interpretations of Mr. Cage abound through improv, dance, burlesque, and original musical theater. And we aren’t here to make things perfect. Snowflakes are perfect! Stars are perfect. Not us! Not us! On this day, we are here to ruin ourselves and, and to break our hearts and love the wrong people and, and die! On this day, we celebrate our Patron Saint of White Masculinity. On this day, we Pick-Nic.

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Stand-Up, Comedy, Solo Performance - Monthly Shows

Comediumship

Psychic medium and stand up comedian Nelly Reznik will be performing Comediumship, an experimental combination of stand up comedy and audience readings. Readings may consist of connecting with loved ones who have passed, and receiving life guidance for audience members, all in a lighthearted way. Not everyone will receive a reading, but all in attendance should be open to it. Due to the intimate nature of the event, doors will close at curtain time and latecomers will not be given a seat. In addition, this is an alcohol-free event. Opener: Grace Lobo

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Theater, Podcast, True Stories, Comedy, Drama - Monthly Shows

Living Radio

Contemporary radio drama, with a revisionist twist. Every month, Living Radio stages live performances of radio plays that re-imagine current events, exploring alternate present realities. The results range from the absurdly wacky to the poignantly reflective, from apocalyptic to aspirational, but they're always clever, fun, and inspired. It's the news. Only better. Welcome to Living Radio.

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Theater, Multi Media, LGBTQIA+, Clowning, Improv, Comedy - Season 26

Improvised Columbo

It's a watch party! Catch a never-before-seen episode of TVs Columbo ~ part murder mystery, part john waters-y melodrama, watch as seasoned improvisers intro, pervert, and completely make up a new episode of 70s era Columbo! Featured in:New York Comedy Festival, November 2023Fun & Dumb at the Brooklyn Comedy Collective, July 2023

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BIPOC, Variety - Monthly Shows

A Spanglish Affair Open Mic

Open mic for artists of all disciplines. 8 available spots for pre-selection via the form at Something From Abroad’s Instagram bio. 2 spots available in-person. Join us for an evening of fresh talent with a new cast every edition!

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Comedy, Play, Drama - Monthly Shows

It's Getting Tired Mildred

Doors open at 7:30 for drinks and mingling, curtain at 8:00pm. Welcome to Mildred Springs! A quaint city in the vague Northeastern United States. A city not unlike other cities. Join us while the bold and the beautiful citizens of Mildred Springs live the days of their lives. Some might be young and restless. Some might be doctors working at Sacred Corpuscle Memorial, a general hospital. But they've all got one life to live. Join us as their world turns. Join us as their guiding light leads them on their constant search for tomorrow. Join us as they hang on to the edge of night and you will be transported to another world. The world of It's Getting Tired Mildred. But make sure you join us for their continuing stories. Set in the 1980’s, known for riding the line between camp and loving homage to the soap opera genre, and featuring a dynamic cast of the indie theatre pros, IT’S GETTING TIRED MILDRED hooks audience members to come back month after month to see what happens next. Each episode of IT’S GETTING TIRED MILDRED is performed only once! Formerly a late-night hit... Now daytime moves from late-night to primetime! Now at Under St. Marks, 94 St. Marks Place.

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Multi Media, Comedy, Music, Film - Monthly Shows

Relationships

A play about connection, kinship, fellowship, transition, correspondence, altercation, relation, exchange, consociation, bond, communication...... Cast Crystal Williamson as MaryDaniel Kolpin as BrianNola Latty as MariaJem Bonilla as BriannaFrancis Louvis as KeithJames Philipp as CharlesCaroline Barber as SaraCivil as Bobby Written/Directed by Peter BDPhotography by Jamie EllingtonSet Design by Elise Wunderlich

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Storytelling - Monthly Shows

Adam Wade: LIVE IN NEW YORK!

Adam Wade, the 20-time Moth Story Slam winner, creator of the #1 Best Selling Audible Original 'You Ought To Know Adam Wade' and from TV’s 'Inside Amy Schumer' and 'Girls' returns to Under Saint Marks Theater! This monthly storytelling show will feature three to four different stories from Adam’s extensive catalog. No two shows will be the same. Come and see this New York Times, Time Out New York, and CBS critics’ pick LIVE on stage in New York! A different special guest storyteller will begin each show. “Mr. Wade is an enchanting storyteller.” – The New York Times “Wade is expressing not just our inner misfit but our inner small-town kid.” – The New Yorker “He’s completely vulnerable. When he goes on stage he brings only himself. People instantly fall in love with him.” – George Dawes Green, the founder of The Moth “Adam’s nuanced observations, openness, and wit transform his coming-of-age tales into funny, impactful, and universal stories of joy and hope.” – Audible

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Theater, LGBTQIA+, Dance & Movement, Spoken Word - Queerly 2024

The Goblin Woman

A battle of dichotomies takes the stage in M. R. Krestul’s new work, The Goblin Woman. The experimental play explores gender, queerness, desire, and identity through the lens of Christina Rossetti’s acclaimed poem, “The Goblin Market.” In The Goblin Woman, a series of vignettes, devised movement, poetry, and scenography tells the story of Lizzie and Laura, two fragmented parts of the same self, and Jeanie, a long-lost-almost-lover. The tale is driven by warring identities and powerful, unyielding feelings which prompt us to question who we are, who we were, and who we will be.

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Performance Art, LGBTQIA+, Clowning, BIPOC, Dance & Movement, Drag, True Stories, Solo Performance, Comedy, Play, Educational - Queerly 2024

A Drag Is Born

Winner of the 2024 New York City Fringe Festival 'Queerly Award', 'Best Solo Clown,' and 'Hummingbird Favorite!' In a twist of fate, a man is thrust into the spotlight for his drag queen debut. With advanced age, abundant body hair, and limited talents, he is an unlikely candidate. Clown, drag, and magical realism are the ingredients of a whimsical journey with delightful music and colorful outfits in which he discovers it’s never too late to embrace your true self. 'A Drag Is Born' is a nonverbal celebration of queer empowerment created and performed by Fulbright-awarded Canarian artist Edu Díaz and directed by Rachel Resnik. 'A Star Emerges'.-Manhattan Digest. 'Pure Magic.'-Sin Censura. 'Dazzling.'-Young-Howze Theatre Journal. www.edudiaz.com Creator and performer: Edu Díaz. Direction: Rachel Resnik. Assistant Director: Tinna Hoffmann. Stage Design: Bri Colombo. Lighting Design: Jen Leno. Production Manager: Jess Ducey.

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Theater, LGBTQIA+, BIPOC, Solo Performance, Storytelling, Variety, Comedy - Queerly 2024

Give Me The MacArthur Genius Grant

In Tarek Ziad's “Give Me The MacArthur Genius Grant," the idea of The MacArthur Fellowship—a shining $800,000 symbol of validation and success for creatives—becomes a gateway into discussions of achievement, self obsession, passion, and how they all fit under one umbrella: Financial Security. In his 50-minute solo comedy, Tarek juxtaposes larger notions of what exactly a "genius" is with his own successes, failures, and feelings of accomplishment (or lack thereof) as a budding-yet-broke queer artist of color. Through a high octane exploration of universal tensions felt by creatives as they attempt to piece together livelihoods, a meta-commentary on fiscal anxiety and the role self obsession plays in defining one's status as an “artist” begins to eerge. Faced with an uncertain future and the reality that no one is promised anything despite everyone deserving the world, Tarek begs the absurd—potentially satirical—question, "why not give ME the Genius Grant?!"

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Theater, LGBTQIA+, True Stories, Storytelling, Comedy, Play - Queerly 2024

Pearl Necklace: A Gay Sexcapade

On the eve of marriage—an institution Jamie resisted for 30 years—he replays his sex life, which gives new meaning to the term parks and recreation. “Pearl Necklace is funny, sharp, and a hysterical romp” through Jamie’s amorous adventures in bathrooms, beaches, bookstores, and appallingly decorated apartments “delivered with a bawdy panache and a naughty sense of the comic.” Called “a natural raconteur” by the Washington Post, this 6-time Moth champion’s darkly comic stories of his sybaritic journey reveal his struggle to shed shame and guilt and reach self-acceptance before finally tying the knot. Award-winning writer and storyteller Jamie Brickhouse has recorded voices on Beavis & Butthead, appeared on PBS-TV’s Stories from the Stage and The Moth Podcast, and his daily #storiesinheels TikTok videos have over 6 million views, one million likes, and 75 thousand followers. He’s the creator of the memoirs and solo shows Dangerous When Wet: Booze, Sex, and My Mother and I Favor My Daddy: A Tale of Two Sissies. “Pearl Necklace is funny, sharp, and camp. . .hugely enjoyable and hysterical romp. . .delivered with a bawdy panache and a naughty sense of the comic. . .Brickhouse brings each character to life and makes each encounter real and immediate, with a wild sense of wordplay, as he navigates the lure of getting laid and the longing to be in love.”—London Theatre's LouReviews Applause for Jamie Brickhouse“Brickhouse is a natural raconteur [and] sharp writer”—Washington Post“As funny as an evening with Carrie Fisher.”—Interview magazine“Brickhouse writes with fiendish pith.”—San Francisco Chronicle“Jamie is a top teller.”—TimeOut NYC“Funny, touching, honest, insightful and most of all wonderful entertainment.”—Charles Busch, drag legend“Only one artist in a thousand can share such a personal tale with such polish and practiced precision.”—Orlando Weekly“I was wholly captivated by Jamie’s lush storytelling. . . enthralling.”—Critic’s Pick Cincinnati CityBeat

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LGBTQIA+, Clowning, Dance & Movement - Queerly 2024

Woo and Aah: Homecoming

If silent films met the world of children's television, this is where we find Woo and Aah. Two intrepid souls, discovering their way through the world, but is there room enough in this studio apartment for the two of them? Shenanigans ensue as we find out! Co-Creators Nazlah Black and Rachel Weekley are theater artists based in NYC, you can see more of their work respectively at www.nazlahblack.com and www.rachelweekley.com.

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Theater, LGBTQIA+, Clowning, Solo Performance, Comedy, Drama - Queerly 2024

Flayed

In conservative Southwest Virginia, a puritanical pastor attempts to deliver his first sermon, but is interrupted by the many obscene voices in his head. He must confront his theology, sexuality, and identity in order to finish his sermon and... to survive. Flayed just won Best of Fest in Solofest 2024. In the 2023 HFF, it won the Soaring Solo Social Impact Award and a Best of Broadwater Award. It was nominated for The Fringe First Award (Best World Premiere), the 2Cents Immersive Worlds Award, and the San Diego International Fringe Festival Exchange Award. Its entire run was sold out!

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Musical, Theater, LGBTQIA+, Storytelling, Off-Beat, Music - Queerly 2024

A Bit Too Much Hair

A Bit Too Much Hair is a gender euphoric musical cabaret for thems, mens, femmes, and everyone in between. According to the Binge Fringe at Edinburgh 2023, "However you express your gender, and whatever form it takes, Butch Mermaid make you feel at home instantly in this uproarious gender reveal party for the ages." The 2022 New Zealand premier was nominated for Excellence Awards for Theatre for Social Change and Best Ensemble at the 2022 Wellington Theatre Awards. Theatreview called it “a big, silly party where transness is centred and everyone is welcome!” This Queerly Festival edition features Evan Michael Smith (he/she/they), Kendall Perry (they/them) and Ania Upstill (they/them).

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Performance Art, Theater, LGBTQIA+, BIPOC, Dance & Movement, Storytelling, Burlesque, Variety - Queerly 2024

RADICAL: BLACK QUEER PLEASURE

RADICAL: BLACK QUEER PLEASURE, is a Juneteenth celebration featuring all Black queer burlesque artists with their most pleasurable acts. The acts that make them smile, laugh, moan, and shout. The acts that consistently bring audiences to their knees, leave you flabbergasted, bewildered, sweating, and already asking for more. You can expect to experience performers in their most embodied states, exploring what it means to feel good. We extend the invitation to fall into pleasure with us to everyone. This production is supported in part by Indie Space's Pay Your People Grant.

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Theater, LGBTQIA+, Comedy, Play - Queerly 2024

If I Did, You Deserved It

A party seemingly thrown by no one that you definitely wouldn’t have been invited to full of people that you hate, followed by eternal damnation! Come judge other people for fun. Don’t worry, you totally have every right to. If I Did, You Deserved It, produced by new Gen Z theatre company Laurizarry and directed by Casey Kelly, is a new play from award-losing playwright Jess Lauricello that’s probably a comedy. It’s a new take on No Exit that explores morality, shame, redemption, and generally fumbling the burden of being a person. If you ever wanted to watch a bunch of gay people be awful and go to Hell for every other conceivable reason than being gay, then Lauricello wrote this play for you. 

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Monthly Shows

Hottie Bop

HOTTIE BOP: GAY BATTLESHIP! To celebrate pride month, Hottie Bop’s queerest commanders will go head-to-head in a full-scale game of GAY BATTLESHIP. Who will sink, who will swim, and who will slay? Featuring all-queer lineup of incredible acts, you don’t want to miss this one-night-only gay boat-based extravaganza (as part of the Frigid NYC Queerly fest.) Hottie Bop is a variety show with music, comedy and dance. Hottie Bop: America’s Next Top Judge features standup from Jane Wickline (@janewickline) , characters from Sebastian Martinez (@smartinez.mov), improv from Pietown (@pietown.nyc) , music from Duane Stanford (@duanestanford) and choreography from Sophia Marrapodi (@sofire_dancer). Written by Noah Weinflash (@falloutboygenius), Nicholas Barris (@nicholas_barris) and Duane Stanford (@duanestanford). The show is produced by Lina Zikas (@lina_zikas) and Duane Stanford (@duanestanford). Our creative team includes Kit Carter, Ben Hirsch, Kevin Qian, Kris Carpenter, Owen Engesser, Jake Snyder, Nicholas Barris, Noah Weinflash, Ashley Allen, Ashley McGregor, Armando Cabrera, Sebastian Martinez, Caden Brauch, and Carter Cromer. Find us at @hottiebop.

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Musical, Theater, Multi Media, LGBTQIA+, True Stories, Solo Performance, Comedy - Queerly 2024

Asexuality! The Solo Musical

What does it mean to be a man in the 21st century? How does toxic masculinity affect those of us assigned male at birth? What’s so great about sex, and why won’t people shut up about it for two goddamn seconds and just let me play my video games in peace?! Written and performed by transgender award-winning artist Rebecca McGlynn, “Asexuality! The Solo Musical” is an autobiographical musical comedy about Rebecca’s pre-transition life. The story follows Robert, an asexual man navigating a hypersexual world. Through music and comedy, he explores sex, romance, love and loss… and, eventually, HER true gender identity.

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LGBTQIA+, BIPOC, Multilingual, Music - Queerly 2024

Chico Raro Band

From Bushwick, Brooklyn, Chico Raro Band emerged in 2021 with a distinctive sound and a resolute commitment to inclusivity. Led by Jei Fabiane, aka "Chico Raro," the collective showcases their multicultural talents, from Lina Silva's piano and guitar prowess to Juan Sebastian Monsalve's bass and Diego Maldonado's dynamic drumming. Their genre, "Y2K-influenced glam synth pop," pays homage to early 2000s pop and glam rock. Beyond music, they've become a symbol of empowerment in the LGBTQ+ community, championing rights and freedom of expression amidst uncertainty.

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Theater, LGBTQIA+, Dance & Movement, Solo Performance - Queerly 2024

Ladies at a Gay Girls' Bar, 1938-1969

A 1990’s teen lesbian explores history and reckons with the power of femininity in this solo dance/theatre performance. Maggie Cee brings the history of 20th-century american fem(me)/butch lesbian bars to life, illuminating the feminine women whose stories are too often forgotten, but whose strength and determination paved the way for the gay rights movement that followed. Audience Pick, Philadelphia Fringe Festival; Philly Mag 2022 Festival Pick; Editors Pick, Boston Globe Sunday Magazine. The Hartford Courant's Christopher Arnott calls it a "major highlight" of the Hartford Fringe Festival. This intimate performance imagines the queer past and passions between people who loved, fought, and created space to be themselves out of sheer necessity and determination.

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Performance Art, LGBTQIA+, Clowning - Queerly 2024

War and Play

War and Play is an interactive, devised show that explores human resilience in the face of Russia’s devastating invasion of Ukraine, rendered through the transformative power of clown. Our story starts by following the journey of a queer clown couple, Vira (Ania Upstill) and Nadiya (Danielle Levsky), whose peaceful world is shattered after Russia launches its full-scale attack on their homeland. After escaping the initial bombing of their town, the clowns struggle to rebuild community when they are displaced to an underground shelter, and then as refugees far from home. Throughout the show, the third clown (Mariko Iwasa) transforms to embody different characters that contextualize the many faces impacted by war—street performers, soldiers, aid workers, families separated across borders, and a new friend named Lubo. The clowns trace an emotional arc from fanciful optimism to sudden, wrenching grief. Our production utilizes clowning's unique capacity for vulnerably expressing universal human experiences to connect deeply with audiences on the very real trauma unfolding in Ukraine now and across the world. How can moments of friendship, music, and play be restored after watching your city burn? Through clowning, we explore this precarious balance between suffering and celebration. Directed by SMJ

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Theater, LGBTQIA+, Comedy, Play, Reading - Queerly 2024

Virtue and Grace

The fall of 1814, Kingston upon Thames. As four best friends ready themselves to court this season, Lady Grace Quimby schemes to attend events dressed as a man in order to court other women. With the help of her friends, she dons a disguise and navigates a convoluted web of lies. It is a farcical tale of love, gender, and societal pressure.

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Theater, LGBTQIA+, BIPOC, Burlesque, Comedy, Play, Drama - Queerly 2024

Calico

After coming out as queer, Peach (she/they) doesn’t speak to their mother Chyou (she/her) for several years. Still, the future looks bright as Peach has built up a reputation as a burlesque artist, and is surrounded by a glamorous community that loves Peach for who they are. Suddenly Chyou gets into a car accident and develops retrograde amnesia, Chyou seems free of her trauma and prejudices which allows the two to bond closer than ever before. As Peach cares for her now amnesiac mother, Peach and her closest friends, Naveena (she/her) and Sunshine (she/her), begin to wonder if finding closure with their families is possible. Sunshine begins to renew hope about reconciling with her own estranged family, while Naveena struggles to find romantic love to spite and replace the parental love she never seemed to receive. They all begin to wonder if dance could be the path to healing not only themselves, but salvaging their given familial relationships too?

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Musical, Theater, LGBTQIA+, Dance & Movement, Drag, True Stories, Solo Performance, Burlesque, Educational - Queerly 2024

The Ho Must Go On

"The Ho Must Go On" a biographical burlesque, a confessional cabaret, follows Phillipe through his boyhood on the Broadway stage in the late 1960s, teen years as a disco queen in Hollywood of the 70s, as a young adult in a New Age spiritual cult, and a midlife career as an Erotic Masseur. Interwoven with songs from the many characters in musical theater who were Ladies of the Evening, from “Love For Sale” and “Big Spender” to “Bring On The Men”.

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Theater, LGBTQIA+, Play, Drama - Queerly 2024

Shake the Disease

River, a server at a resort, opens a vortex of queer power and rage after subverting a gay bashing.

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Storytelling, Stand-Up, Comedy - Season 26

Awkward Teenage Years

True stories about the most gloriously awkward times in our lives - our teenage years! Awkward Teenage Years was born at the 2020 FRIGID Festival just before the pandemic began. We’re bringing you the best storytellers in NYC to relive their joys and traumas for your entertainment - let’s laugh and reminisce together!Streaming option available.

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True Stories, Solo Performance, Storytelling, Off-Beat, Lecture - Season 26

Odd Salon NYC

Come hear six tales of prodigious pranksters and naughty nonsense, hanky-panky and historical hijinks, roguish rapscallions, and teasing tomfoolery, join us for Odd Salon NYC: MISCHIEFCurator by Guest Curator, Matthew Codner!Speakers and Stories TBAWednesday July 24Under St. Marks Theater94 St. Marks Place, NY, NY 10009Doors at 6:30pm; Curtain at 7:00pm$25 In-Person$20 Watch From Home

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Comedy, Sketch Comedy - Season 26

Hammerkatz Presents: The Ritual

Hammerkatz is New York University's premier sketch comedy group. We perform free monthly shows on NYU's campus and can be seen throughout the year at NYC comedy venues. Hammerkatz alumni have written for and starred in shows such as Saturday Night Live, 30 Rock, Atlanta, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Community, Workaholics, and How I Met Your Mother; they have gone on to work at places like The Onion, Comedy Central, Above Average, HBO, Showtime, FX, The CW, and MTV. Join us for our final show of the semester where we will ritualize the departure of our seniors and send you off on your summer.

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Comedy, Stand-Up - Season 26

Daniel Simonsen--Free to Fail

A night of experimental comedy with New York's Funniest Stand-Up 2022 winner Daniel Simonsen. Come watch the Norwegian build material as he works both scripted and completely unscripted. As seen on Late Night with Seth Meyers and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. “One to watch” Time Out  “Brilliantly offbeat” Guardian  “Exceptionally funny” Village Voice  **** Times  **** Time Out  **** Skinny  **** Fest 

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Theater, Comedy, Play, Drama - Season 26

Three Chickens Confront Existence

Three factory farm chickens attempt to find peace of mind and a greater sense of purpose by engaging each other in a series of debates, games, feuds, and emotional experiments while awaiting their imminent trip to the broiler.

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Theater, Kids, Play - Season 26

Papá está en la Atlantida

Papá está en la Atlántida narra la historia de orfandad y de solidaridad de dos hermanos que emprenden un viaje para buscar a su padre a los Estados Unidos. Cuando muere su abuela, quien los cuidaba en una zona rural, son enviados a vivir con unos familiares al noroeste de México. Al no poder adaptarse a su nuevo entorno, cruzan la frontera a través del “Gran Desierto de Altar” de Sonora, en busca de sus destinos y de un nuevo porvenir.

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Variety - Season 26

FRIGID Nightcap

Come get weird after dark! Welcome to FRIGID Nightcap, the East Village’s riotously unpredictable late-night spectacle that transforms the intimate Under St. Marks Theater into a wondrously offbeat collision of comedy, music, burlesque, arts, and more. From unhinged interviews to quirky interactive games, from music to mayhem, from community all-stars to unknown up-and-comers, anything can happen at FRIGID Nightcap…and probably will! Join the city’s oddest night owls in the theatre, or live stream the revelry from the comfort of your own home — but be a part of FRIGID Nightcap, the most unique destination for anyone who just isn’t ready to call it a night quite yet… This bonkers show will sell out fast…so don’t delay! Snag your ticket to the weirdness today! Did you do it yet? How about now? Full price ticket comes with a free glass of wine!

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Theater, Kids - Season 26

Los Cuervos no se Peinan

"Los Cuervos no se Peinan" nos sumerge en la tierna historia de La Mujer del Sombrero Rojo y Emilio, un pequeño cuervo, que han construido un hogar lleno de amor y seguridad. Sin embargo, Emilio anhela más: sueña con asistir a la escuela, donde se encuentra con Matías y Mateo. El vuelo no es algo fácil de lograr, pero todos debemos experimentarlo al menos una vez en la vida, ya sea con alas o con sueños. Esta obra nos presenta una propuesta poética y un viaje visual, donde la fantasía cobra vida y se entrelaza con la realidad. A través de esta conmovedora historia, se resalta el valor de la diferencia, la importancia de la aceptación y el poder del amor en todas sus formas. ______________ "Los Cuervos no se Peinan" plunges us into the tender story of The Woman with the Red Hat and Emilio, a little crow, who have built a home filled with love and security. However, Emilio yearns for more: he dreams of attending school, where he meets Matías and Mateo. Flight is not easily achieved, but we all must experience it at least once in our lives, whether with wings or with dreams. This play presents us with a poetic proposal and a visual journey, where fantasy comes to life and intertwines with reality. Through this touching story, the value of difference, the importance of acceptance, and the power of love in all its forms are highlighted.

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Film - Monthly Shows

Movie Night

Best short films of the New York Movie Awards! Please note that this show will not be streaming and can only be seen in person.

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Clowning, Variety, Spoken Word, Drama - Monthly Shows

As You Mic It: An Open Shakespeare Slam

As You Mic It: An Open Shakespeare Slam - Join us for a one-of-a-kind slam where you can compete to be crowned Best of the Bards! If you are slamming, come prepared to perform up to two of any Shakespeare monologue or sonnet of your choice (within 3 and a half minutes, memorization not required but encouraged). If you are don't want to slam, come join us for some merriment, libations, and maybe even become a judge (no experience necessary)! All ticket purchases come with a free glass of wine! SLAM MECHANICS - First 15 to sign-up at the door will be guaranteed entry to the slam as a participant. Up to 3 people can be wait-listed depending on time-constraints. 3 Judges will be selected at random from the crowd. Each participant will have 3 and a half minutes to perform their chosen monologue, after which the judges will secretly give them a score out of 10.0. Scores will be tallied in secret and the top 3 will enter the "callback" round where they will perform a second monologue and once again be graded. The overall winner of the "callback" round will be crowned Best of the Bards and receive 20 dollars.

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Stand-Up, Storytelling, Improv, Variety, Comedy, Music - Monthly Shows

The Open Mic Downstairs @ Frigid New York

The show continues every Tuesday at 9:30 PM EST!At The Open Mic at FRIGID New York the focus is the stage! Sign-ups get 7 minutes to try anything in one of the most supportive rooms in New York City. Whether it’s a performance art piece, comedy, music, storytelling, dance, or something entirely off the top of your head, you'll find a home in the attentive welcoming community. Open Mic FAQs

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Musical, LGBTQIA+, Stand-Up, BIPOC, Spoken Word, Storytelling, Improv, Burlesque, Variety, Comedy, Play, Music, Drama, Performance Art, Theater, Multi Media, Clowning, Dance & Movement, Sketch Comedy, Solo Performance, Reading - Monthly Shows

Paper Kraine

We're back for a eighth season of new works in development! Paper Kraine was created in 2016 to bring together works in their earliest stages, audiences, and nonprofits. Monthly, the PK team curates a new works sampler platter around a theme related to a nonprofit. Try something new, delicious and strange. Come for the art. Stay for the community. Paper Kraine was created on the principle that we all know writers, directors, actors, and creators who make wonderful work. All they need is a space. The Paper Kraine is committed to creating a venue for early-career artists to show humor-focused work in the spirit of adventurous discovery. We encourage risk-taking, question-asking, and the development of a supportive community of artists seeing, encouraging, and challenging each other’s work with the ultimate goal of enriching the artistic community through cross-pollination and meeting new people. Learn more at www.paperkraine.com.. Due to limited capacity, latecomers are not guaranteed seats. This applies to both walk ups and reserved tickets.

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Comedy, Improv - Monthly Shows

As You Will

Friends, foes, fools! Do you ever bemoan the fact that the 884,647 words William Shakespeare wrote have been performed already? Do you yearn for the experience of seeing The Bard's works for the first time? Then celebrate the glad tidings of As You Will and our Unscripted Shakespeare Show! These Shakespearean Scholars are here to present all the monumental works the immortal Bard would've written if he hadn't gone and died. With just the title given by the audience the players of As You Will bring a Shakespearean comedy to life complete with Shakspeare's themes, language, poetic verse, and some scholarly footnotes thrown in for good measure. As You Will have performed such classics as "Eight Merry Spiders," "That Doth Not Go There," "1601: A Space Odyssey'' and though those shows will never be seen again, there’s always a Shakespearean world premiere in our makeshift Globe Theatre.

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Performance Art, Theater, Kids, Educational - Season 26

El Cazador de Auroras

Un trabajador habitual en su oficina habitual recibe una visita inesperada de un niño inesperado que está buscando auroras boreales. Este encuentro llevará al hombre de traje en un viaje que le hará pensar en sus sueños actuales y los sueños que tenía cuando era niño.

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Multi Media, Clowning, Storytelling, Improv, Variety, Comedy, Music, Drama - Season 26

Triggered! The Gangsterlogues with Johnny Z of Moidah Inc.

In the waiting room of the Lord of the Underworld, Lady Hades gets to know Johnny Z. Hitman for Moidah Inc. and Lucky Luciano. Follow the life and death of a hitman with no heart! Featuring Muffy Styler as Lady Hades and Zero Boy as Johnny Z this show is a hit! Who do you want whacked? How do you want it done and what are you willing to pay?

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Performance Art, Theater, LGBTQIA+, Stand-Up, Clowning, BIPOC, Dance & Movement, Sketch Comedy, Drag, Party, Storytelling, Improv, Burlesque, Variety, Comedy, Drama - Season 26

Pick-Nic

Nicolas Cage is a Line Reading Champion, a Drama Daddy, a Comedy King, and a Father of Camp for Boys. Pick-Nic is a variety show that remixes Nicolas Cage's career and prolific memetic capacity. Our group of BIPOC and LGBTQ+ comedians and performers will inhabit the characters of the man, myth, and legend, from the Wicker Man to Moonstruck to Face-Off. Featuring acts based on real, infamous monologues, interviews, scenes, and more-- our interpretations of Mr. Cage abound through improv, dance, burlesque, and original musical theater. And we aren’t here to make things perfect. Snowflakes are perfect! Stars are perfect. Not us! Not us! On this day, we are here to ruin ourselves and, and to break our hearts and love the wrong people and, and die! On this day, we celebrate our Patron Saint of White Masculinity. On this day, we Pick-Nic.

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Stand-Up, Comedy, Solo Performance - Monthly Shows

Comediumship

Psychic medium and stand up comedian Nelly Reznik will be performing Comediumship, an experimental combination of stand up comedy and audience readings. Readings may consist of connecting with loved ones who have passed, and receiving life guidance for audience members, all in a lighthearted way. Not everyone will receive a reading, but all in attendance should be open to it. Due to the intimate nature of the event, doors will close at curtain time and latecomers will not be given a seat. In addition, this is an alcohol-free event. Opener: Grace Lobo

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Theater, Podcast, True Stories, Comedy, Drama - Monthly Shows

Living Radio

Contemporary radio drama, with a revisionist twist. Every month, Living Radio stages live performances of radio plays that re-imagine current events, exploring alternate present realities. The results range from the absurdly wacky to the poignantly reflective, from apocalyptic to aspirational, but they're always clever, fun, and inspired. It's the news. Only better. Welcome to Living Radio.

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Theater, Multi Media, LGBTQIA+, Clowning, Improv, Comedy - Season 26

Improvised Columbo

It's a watch party! Catch a never-before-seen episode of TVs Columbo ~ part murder mystery, part john waters-y melodrama, watch as seasoned improvisers intro, pervert, and completely make up a new episode of 70s era Columbo! Featured in:New York Comedy Festival, November 2023Fun & Dumb at the Brooklyn Comedy Collective, July 2023

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BIPOC, Variety - Monthly Shows

A Spanglish Affair Open Mic

Open mic for artists of all disciplines. 8 available spots for pre-selection via the form at Something From Abroad’s Instagram bio. 2 spots available in-person. Join us for an evening of fresh talent with a new cast every edition!

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Comedy, Play, Drama - Monthly Shows

It's Getting Tired Mildred

Doors open at 7:30 for drinks and mingling, curtain at 8:00pm. Welcome to Mildred Springs! A quaint city in the vague Northeastern United States. A city not unlike other cities. Join us while the bold and the beautiful citizens of Mildred Springs live the days of their lives. Some might be young and restless. Some might be doctors working at Sacred Corpuscle Memorial, a general hospital. But they've all got one life to live. Join us as their world turns. Join us as their guiding light leads them on their constant search for tomorrow. Join us as they hang on to the edge of night and you will be transported to another world. The world of It's Getting Tired Mildred. But make sure you join us for their continuing stories. Set in the 1980’s, known for riding the line between camp and loving homage to the soap opera genre, and featuring a dynamic cast of the indie theatre pros, IT’S GETTING TIRED MILDRED hooks audience members to come back month after month to see what happens next. Each episode of IT’S GETTING TIRED MILDRED is performed only once! Formerly a late-night hit... Now daytime moves from late-night to primetime! Now at Under St. Marks, 94 St. Marks Place.

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Multi Media, Comedy, Music, Film - Monthly Shows

Relationships

A play about connection, kinship, fellowship, transition, correspondence, altercation, relation, exchange, consociation, bond, communication...... Cast Crystal Williamson as MaryDaniel Kolpin as BrianNola Latty as MariaJem Bonilla as BriannaFrancis Louvis as KeithJames Philipp as CharlesCaroline Barber as SaraCivil as Bobby Written/Directed by Peter BDPhotography by Jamie EllingtonSet Design by Elise Wunderlich

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Storytelling - Monthly Shows

Adam Wade: LIVE IN NEW YORK!

Adam Wade, the 20-time Moth Story Slam winner, creator of the #1 Best Selling Audible Original 'You Ought To Know Adam Wade' and from TV’s 'Inside Amy Schumer' and 'Girls' returns to Under Saint Marks Theater! This monthly storytelling show will feature three to four different stories from Adam’s extensive catalog. No two shows will be the same. Come and see this New York Times, Time Out New York, and CBS critics’ pick LIVE on stage in New York! A different special guest storyteller will begin each show. “Mr. Wade is an enchanting storyteller.” – The New York Times “Wade is expressing not just our inner misfit but our inner small-town kid.” – The New Yorker “He’s completely vulnerable. When he goes on stage he brings only himself. People instantly fall in love with him.” – George Dawes Green, the founder of The Moth “Adam’s nuanced observations, openness, and wit transform his coming-of-age tales into funny, impactful, and universal stories of joy and hope.” – Audible

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Theater, LGBTQIA+, Dance & Movement, Spoken Word - Queerly 2024

The Goblin Woman

A battle of dichotomies takes the stage in M. R. Krestul’s new work, The Goblin Woman. The experimental play explores gender, queerness, desire, and identity through the lens of Christina Rossetti’s acclaimed poem, “The Goblin Market.” In The Goblin Woman, a series of vignettes, devised movement, poetry, and scenography tells the story of Lizzie and Laura, two fragmented parts of the same self, and Jeanie, a long-lost-almost-lover. The tale is driven by warring identities and powerful, unyielding feelings which prompt us to question who we are, who we were, and who we will be.

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Performance Art, LGBTQIA+, Clowning, BIPOC, Dance & Movement, Drag, True Stories, Solo Performance, Comedy, Play, Educational - Queerly 2024

A Drag Is Born

Winner of the 2024 New York City Fringe Festival 'Queerly Award', 'Best Solo Clown,' and 'Hummingbird Favorite!' In a twist of fate, a man is thrust into the spotlight for his drag queen debut. With advanced age, abundant body hair, and limited talents, he is an unlikely candidate. Clown, drag, and magical realism are the ingredients of a whimsical journey with delightful music and colorful outfits in which he discovers it’s never too late to embrace your true self. 'A Drag Is Born' is a nonverbal celebration of queer empowerment created and performed by Fulbright-awarded Canarian artist Edu Díaz and directed by Rachel Resnik. 'A Star Emerges'.-Manhattan Digest. 'Pure Magic.'-Sin Censura. 'Dazzling.'-Young-Howze Theatre Journal. www.edudiaz.com Creator and performer: Edu Díaz. Direction: Rachel Resnik. Assistant Director: Tinna Hoffmann. Stage Design: Bri Colombo. Lighting Design: Jen Leno. Production Manager: Jess Ducey.

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Theater, LGBTQIA+, BIPOC, Solo Performance, Storytelling, Variety, Comedy - Queerly 2024

Give Me The MacArthur Genius Grant

In Tarek Ziad's “Give Me The MacArthur Genius Grant," the idea of The MacArthur Fellowship—a shining $800,000 symbol of validation and success for creatives—becomes a gateway into discussions of achievement, self obsession, passion, and how they all fit under one umbrella: Financial Security. In his 50-minute solo comedy, Tarek juxtaposes larger notions of what exactly a "genius" is with his own successes, failures, and feelings of accomplishment (or lack thereof) as a budding-yet-broke queer artist of color. Through a high octane exploration of universal tensions felt by creatives as they attempt to piece together livelihoods, a meta-commentary on fiscal anxiety and the role self obsession plays in defining one's status as an “artist” begins to eerge. Faced with an uncertain future and the reality that no one is promised anything despite everyone deserving the world, Tarek begs the absurd—potentially satirical—question, "why not give ME the Genius Grant?!"

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Theater, LGBTQIA+, True Stories, Storytelling, Comedy, Play - Queerly 2024

Pearl Necklace: A Gay Sexcapade

On the eve of marriage—an institution Jamie resisted for 30 years—he replays his sex life, which gives new meaning to the term parks and recreation. “Pearl Necklace is funny, sharp, and a hysterical romp” through Jamie’s amorous adventures in bathrooms, beaches, bookstores, and appallingly decorated apartments “delivered with a bawdy panache and a naughty sense of the comic.” Called “a natural raconteur” by the Washington Post, this 6-time Moth champion’s darkly comic stories of his sybaritic journey reveal his struggle to shed shame and guilt and reach self-acceptance before finally tying the knot. Award-winning writer and storyteller Jamie Brickhouse has recorded voices on Beavis & Butthead, appeared on PBS-TV’s Stories from the Stage and The Moth Podcast, and his daily #storiesinheels TikTok videos have over 6 million views, one million likes, and 75 thousand followers. He’s the creator of the memoirs and solo shows Dangerous When Wet: Booze, Sex, and My Mother and I Favor My Daddy: A Tale of Two Sissies. “Pearl Necklace is funny, sharp, and camp. . .hugely enjoyable and hysterical romp. . .delivered with a bawdy panache and a naughty sense of the comic. . .Brickhouse brings each character to life and makes each encounter real and immediate, with a wild sense of wordplay, as he navigates the lure of getting laid and the longing to be in love.”—London Theatre's LouReviews Applause for Jamie Brickhouse“Brickhouse is a natural raconteur [and] sharp writer”—Washington Post“As funny as an evening with Carrie Fisher.”—Interview magazine“Brickhouse writes with fiendish pith.”—San Francisco Chronicle“Jamie is a top teller.”—TimeOut NYC“Funny, touching, honest, insightful and most of all wonderful entertainment.”—Charles Busch, drag legend“Only one artist in a thousand can share such a personal tale with such polish and practiced precision.”—Orlando Weekly“I was wholly captivated by Jamie’s lush storytelling. . . enthralling.”—Critic’s Pick Cincinnati CityBeat

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LGBTQIA+, Clowning, Dance & Movement - Queerly 2024

Woo and Aah: Homecoming

If silent films met the world of children's television, this is where we find Woo and Aah. Two intrepid souls, discovering their way through the world, but is there room enough in this studio apartment for the two of them? Shenanigans ensue as we find out! Co-Creators Nazlah Black and Rachel Weekley are theater artists based in NYC, you can see more of their work respectively at www.nazlahblack.com and www.rachelweekley.com.

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Theater, LGBTQIA+, Clowning, Solo Performance, Comedy, Drama - Queerly 2024

Flayed

In conservative Southwest Virginia, a puritanical pastor attempts to deliver his first sermon, but is interrupted by the many obscene voices in his head. He must confront his theology, sexuality, and identity in order to finish his sermon and... to survive. Flayed just won Best of Fest in Solofest 2024. In the 2023 HFF, it won the Soaring Solo Social Impact Award and a Best of Broadwater Award. It was nominated for The Fringe First Award (Best World Premiere), the 2Cents Immersive Worlds Award, and the San Diego International Fringe Festival Exchange Award. Its entire run was sold out!

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Musical, Theater, LGBTQIA+, Storytelling, Off-Beat, Music - Queerly 2024

A Bit Too Much Hair

A Bit Too Much Hair is a gender euphoric musical cabaret for thems, mens, femmes, and everyone in between. According to the Binge Fringe at Edinburgh 2023, "However you express your gender, and whatever form it takes, Butch Mermaid make you feel at home instantly in this uproarious gender reveal party for the ages." The 2022 New Zealand premier was nominated for Excellence Awards for Theatre for Social Change and Best Ensemble at the 2022 Wellington Theatre Awards. Theatreview called it “a big, silly party where transness is centred and everyone is welcome!” This Queerly Festival edition features Evan Michael Smith (he/she/they), Kendall Perry (they/them) and Ania Upstill (they/them).

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Performance Art, Theater, LGBTQIA+, BIPOC, Dance & Movement, Storytelling, Burlesque, Variety - Queerly 2024

RADICAL: BLACK QUEER PLEASURE

RADICAL: BLACK QUEER PLEASURE, is a Juneteenth celebration featuring all Black queer burlesque artists with their most pleasurable acts. The acts that make them smile, laugh, moan, and shout. The acts that consistently bring audiences to their knees, leave you flabbergasted, bewildered, sweating, and already asking for more. You can expect to experience performers in their most embodied states, exploring what it means to feel good. We extend the invitation to fall into pleasure with us to everyone. This production is supported in part by Indie Space's Pay Your People Grant.

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Theater, LGBTQIA+, Comedy, Play - Queerly 2024

If I Did, You Deserved It

A party seemingly thrown by no one that you definitely wouldn’t have been invited to full of people that you hate, followed by eternal damnation! Come judge other people for fun. Don’t worry, you totally have every right to. If I Did, You Deserved It, produced by new Gen Z theatre company Laurizarry and directed by Casey Kelly, is a new play from award-losing playwright Jess Lauricello that’s probably a comedy. It’s a new take on No Exit that explores morality, shame, redemption, and generally fumbling the burden of being a person. If you ever wanted to watch a bunch of gay people be awful and go to Hell for every other conceivable reason than being gay, then Lauricello wrote this play for you. 

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Monthly Shows

Hottie Bop

HOTTIE BOP: GAY BATTLESHIP! To celebrate pride month, Hottie Bop’s queerest commanders will go head-to-head in a full-scale game of GAY BATTLESHIP. Who will sink, who will swim, and who will slay? Featuring all-queer lineup of incredible acts, you don’t want to miss this one-night-only gay boat-based extravaganza (as part of the Frigid NYC Queerly fest.) Hottie Bop is a variety show with music, comedy and dance. Hottie Bop: America’s Next Top Judge features standup from Jane Wickline (@janewickline) , characters from Sebastian Martinez (@smartinez.mov), improv from Pietown (@pietown.nyc) , music from Duane Stanford (@duanestanford) and choreography from Sophia Marrapodi (@sofire_dancer). Written by Noah Weinflash (@falloutboygenius), Nicholas Barris (@nicholas_barris) and Duane Stanford (@duanestanford). The show is produced by Lina Zikas (@lina_zikas) and Duane Stanford (@duanestanford). Our creative team includes Kit Carter, Ben Hirsch, Kevin Qian, Kris Carpenter, Owen Engesser, Jake Snyder, Nicholas Barris, Noah Weinflash, Ashley Allen, Ashley McGregor, Armando Cabrera, Sebastian Martinez, Caden Brauch, and Carter Cromer. Find us at @hottiebop.

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Musical, Theater, Multi Media, LGBTQIA+, True Stories, Solo Performance, Comedy - Queerly 2024

Asexuality! The Solo Musical

What does it mean to be a man in the 21st century? How does toxic masculinity affect those of us assigned male at birth? What’s so great about sex, and why won’t people shut up about it for two goddamn seconds and just let me play my video games in peace?! Written and performed by transgender award-winning artist Rebecca McGlynn, “Asexuality! The Solo Musical” is an autobiographical musical comedy about Rebecca’s pre-transition life. The story follows Robert, an asexual man navigating a hypersexual world. Through music and comedy, he explores sex, romance, love and loss… and, eventually, HER true gender identity.

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LGBTQIA+, BIPOC, Multilingual, Music - Queerly 2024

Chico Raro Band

From Bushwick, Brooklyn, Chico Raro Band emerged in 2021 with a distinctive sound and a resolute commitment to inclusivity. Led by Jei Fabiane, aka "Chico Raro," the collective showcases their multicultural talents, from Lina Silva's piano and guitar prowess to Juan Sebastian Monsalve's bass and Diego Maldonado's dynamic drumming. Their genre, "Y2K-influenced glam synth pop," pays homage to early 2000s pop and glam rock. Beyond music, they've become a symbol of empowerment in the LGBTQ+ community, championing rights and freedom of expression amidst uncertainty.

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Theater, LGBTQIA+, Dance & Movement, Solo Performance - Queerly 2024

Ladies at a Gay Girls' Bar, 1938-1969

A 1990’s teen lesbian explores history and reckons with the power of femininity in this solo dance/theatre performance. Maggie Cee brings the history of 20th-century american fem(me)/butch lesbian bars to life, illuminating the feminine women whose stories are too often forgotten, but whose strength and determination paved the way for the gay rights movement that followed. Audience Pick, Philadelphia Fringe Festival; Philly Mag 2022 Festival Pick; Editors Pick, Boston Globe Sunday Magazine. The Hartford Courant's Christopher Arnott calls it a "major highlight" of the Hartford Fringe Festival. This intimate performance imagines the queer past and passions between people who loved, fought, and created space to be themselves out of sheer necessity and determination.

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Performance Art, LGBTQIA+, Clowning - Queerly 2024

War and Play

War and Play is an interactive, devised show that explores human resilience in the face of Russia’s devastating invasion of Ukraine, rendered through the transformative power of clown. Our story starts by following the journey of a queer clown couple, Vira (Ania Upstill) and Nadiya (Danielle Levsky), whose peaceful world is shattered after Russia launches its full-scale attack on their homeland. After escaping the initial bombing of their town, the clowns struggle to rebuild community when they are displaced to an underground shelter, and then as refugees far from home. Throughout the show, the third clown (Mariko Iwasa) transforms to embody different characters that contextualize the many faces impacted by war—street performers, soldiers, aid workers, families separated across borders, and a new friend named Lubo. The clowns trace an emotional arc from fanciful optimism to sudden, wrenching grief. Our production utilizes clowning's unique capacity for vulnerably expressing universal human experiences to connect deeply with audiences on the very real trauma unfolding in Ukraine now and across the world. How can moments of friendship, music, and play be restored after watching your city burn? Through clowning, we explore this precarious balance between suffering and celebration. Directed by SMJ

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Theater, LGBTQIA+, Comedy, Play, Reading - Queerly 2024

Virtue and Grace

The fall of 1814, Kingston upon Thames. As four best friends ready themselves to court this season, Lady Grace Quimby schemes to attend events dressed as a man in order to court other women. With the help of her friends, she dons a disguise and navigates a convoluted web of lies. It is a farcical tale of love, gender, and societal pressure.

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Theater, LGBTQIA+, BIPOC, Burlesque, Comedy, Play, Drama - Queerly 2024

Calico

After coming out as queer, Peach (she/they) doesn’t speak to their mother Chyou (she/her) for several years. Still, the future looks bright as Peach has built up a reputation as a burlesque artist, and is surrounded by a glamorous community that loves Peach for who they are. Suddenly Chyou gets into a car accident and develops retrograde amnesia, Chyou seems free of her trauma and prejudices which allows the two to bond closer than ever before. As Peach cares for her now amnesiac mother, Peach and her closest friends, Naveena (she/her) and Sunshine (she/her), begin to wonder if finding closure with their families is possible. Sunshine begins to renew hope about reconciling with her own estranged family, while Naveena struggles to find romantic love to spite and replace the parental love she never seemed to receive. They all begin to wonder if dance could be the path to healing not only themselves, but salvaging their given familial relationships too?

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Musical, Theater, LGBTQIA+, Dance & Movement, Drag, True Stories, Solo Performance, Burlesque, Educational - Queerly 2024

The Ho Must Go On

"The Ho Must Go On" a biographical burlesque, a confessional cabaret, follows Phillipe through his boyhood on the Broadway stage in the late 1960s, teen years as a disco queen in Hollywood of the 70s, as a young adult in a New Age spiritual cult, and a midlife career as an Erotic Masseur. Interwoven with songs from the many characters in musical theater who were Ladies of the Evening, from “Love For Sale” and “Big Spender” to “Bring On The Men”.

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Theater, LGBTQIA+, Play, Drama - Queerly 2024

Shake the Disease

River, a server at a resort, opens a vortex of queer power and rage after subverting a gay bashing.

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Storytelling, Stand-Up, Comedy - Season 26

Awkward Teenage Years

True stories about the most gloriously awkward times in our lives - our teenage years! Awkward Teenage Years was born at the 2020 FRIGID Festival just before the pandemic began. We’re bringing you the best storytellers in NYC to relive their joys and traumas for your entertainment - let’s laugh and reminisce together!Streaming option available.

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True Stories, Solo Performance, Storytelling, Off-Beat, Lecture - Season 26

Odd Salon NYC

Come hear six tales of prodigious pranksters and naughty nonsense, hanky-panky and historical hijinks, roguish rapscallions, and teasing tomfoolery, join us for Odd Salon NYC: MISCHIEFCurator by Guest Curator, Matthew Codner!Speakers and Stories TBAWednesday July 24Under St. Marks Theater94 St. Marks Place, NY, NY 10009Doors at 6:30pm; Curtain at 7:00pm$25 In-Person$20 Watch From Home

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