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The Bearded Ladies Cabaret is a troupe of cabaret artists who insist that art can be both intellectual and accessible, entertaining and meaningful, stupid good and just plain stupid.  We fuse cabaret and theater to tackle the politics of gender, identity, and artistic invention with sparkle and wit.

Know Your Beards

  • Heath Allen
  • Kristen Bailey
  • Liz Filios
  • Jessica Hurley
  • John Jarboe
  • Rebecca Kanach
  • Sally Ollove
  • Daniel Perelstein

Heath Allen

Heath Allen has been an active musician, composer, bandleader and theater worker in Philadelphia since 1975. He was a co-founder/music director for Big Small Theater in the 1970/80's and has written or co-written over 30 plays and musicals. Musical highlights include performing with numerous jazz greats including Cecil Taylor and Philly Joe Jones; composing and performing the music for many choreographers including Karen Bamonte (Red/Blue...shift, Landscape of Love) and Melanie Stewart (The Gathering) and music directing Warren Muller's Patsy's Living Room.

Besides serving as music director and pianist for the Bearded Ladies, Heath continues to lead one of Philadelphia's premiere party bands--the Heath Allen Band; serves as accordionist/arranger for the French music band Philly Musette, keyboardist/music director for the Ken Ulansey Ensembles, keyboardist/music director for the children's music band The Cats Pajamas and conductor/music director for the annual musical at Germantown Friends School. Over the span of his career, Heath has released 7 well-reviewed CD's of his original jazz. More info can be found at www.heathallen.com.

Kristen Bailey

Kristen Bailey is a proud member of the Bearded Ladies and Applied Mechanics. She has pursued her own education in experimental theatre by apprenticing inspiring theatre artists like Lucidity Suitcase International, Pig Iron, Elastic Theatre Company, and Makoto Hirano, where she discovered an affinity for set and prop design. She also directed “Checkers” a piece that appeared in the 2011 Fringe Festival.

She holds a BFA in Theatre from the Actor Training Program at the University of Utah. Past training includes Circus Street Training in Paris, where she learned to walk on stilts, and trained in Butoh and Lecoq. She is delighted to be a part of the ensemble devised work theatre scene in Philadelphia, and continues to explore ways to rejuvenate and expand the role of theatre in our culture.

Liz Filios

Liz studied Musical Theatre at the University of Michigan, and went on to train in Commedia dell'Arte with Antonio Fava; Physical Theatre and Theatre of the Grotesque with Pig Iron Theatre Company; Classical Voice with Simone Luti; and Directing with the Cape Town Opera Company in South Africa. She has had the opportunity to travel and perform in India, Japan, Russia and Italy, and to work

locally with some of Philly's finest, including 11th Hour Theatre Co., Act II Playhouse, the Arden Theatre, the Walnut Street Theatre, and the Wilma Theater. Liz has also worked as a teacher, writer, composer, recording artist, and a host for PBS Kids Sprout. She appeared as Private Stew in the Bearded Ladies' BACK IN THE ARMY and as Jeanette/Edith/Ensemble in NO REGRETS: A PIAF AFFAIR.

Jessica Hurley

Jessica Hurley is a Philadelphia-based theater artist. She trained at L'Ecole Jacques Lecoq in Paris and works primarily in collaborative devised theater. In the UK she has appeared in devised work at the Edinburgh Festival, the Brighton Fringe Festival, the Oxford Playhouse and the Battersea Arts Centre. In Philadelphia she is a member of Applied Mechanics and The Bearded Ladies, and has worked with Anthology Project and InterAct Theater Company. She holds a BA in English Literature from the University of Oxford, an MA in Twentieth Century Literature from the University of Sussex, and is currently working towards a PhD in English at the University of Pennsylvania.

John Jarboe

A graduate of the University of Michigan, John Jarboe is now a Philadelphia-based theatre artist. He most recently played Horatio and Amiens in Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre's Hamlet and As You Like It, respectively. Other recent credits include Marley in A Christmas Carol (Walnut Street Theatre) and Bloody Sergeant/Seyton in Macbeth (The Wilma). He is a member of Applied Mechanics Theatre Company with which he most recently performed Jan in Portmanteau (Philly Fringe, Frontera Fest).

Some favorite work includes turns as Julia Child in Inside Julia Child (Philly Fringe) and as the title role in The Green Fairy Cabaret (Phiily School of Circus and Kimmel Center) which he wrote and performed in as part of the inaugural Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts. He is the artistic director of The Bearded Ladies, an experimental cabaret group with which he created Back in the Army Cabaret (Society Hill Playhouse) and No Regrets: A Piaf Affair (The Wilma).

Rebecca Kanach

Rebecca Kanach is proud to be resident costume designer of The Bearded Ladies Cabaret. As a graduate of Philadelphia University in Fashion Design, she received the Good Lad Award for Excellence in Children's Wear and went on to complete the costume apprenticeship at the Walnut Street Theatre.

Rebecca has worked with Bristol Riverside, Drexel University, Interact Theater Company, the Lantern Theater, Philadelphia Theater Workshop, Rutgers- Camden Campus, Temple University, the Walnut Street Theatre, the Wilma and various Philadelphia Mummers groups. She divides her time between freelance designing, stitching, and running wardrobe. Rebecca's favorite beard is called the Hulihee

 

Sally Ollove

Sally Ollove is a local freelance dramaturg. She is the resident dramaturg at Azuka Theatre and has worked locally with Arden Theatre Company, Theatre Exile, Gas & Electric Arts, and Philadelphia Theatre Company among others. She is a graduate of the ART/MXAT Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard.

Daniel Perelstein

Daniel Perelstein is a freelance sound designer, composer, and musical director in Philadelphia. As resident sound designer for The Bearded Ladies Cabaret, he has been proud to have designed all of the Beard’s cabarets since 2010’s Back In The Army, and designed or mixed many of their events. Recent designs at Wilma, Arden, Live Arts, Walnut, Peoples Light, Kimmel Center, PlayPenn, Azuka, Lantern, Theater Horizon, Flashpoint, others. Outside of the theater, Dan is a senior mixer for the performing arts department at Longwood Gardens.

Education: B.S. Engineering, B.A. Music, Swarthmore College. In 2012, Daniel’s work was recognized with three Barrymore Award nominations in the categories of outstanding sound design and best original music. His collaboration with Christopher Colucci, Knives In Hens, won the 2012 Barrymore Award for sound design. Thanks Chris, Nick, Rob; Mom & Sarah. Every moment is in loving memory of Dad.

Samples at www.danielperelstein.com

  • Andy: A Popera
  • Beards are for Shaving: A 007 Cabaret
  • Wide Awake: A Civil War Cabaret
Andy: A Popera

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Andy: A Popera

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This project is supported with funding from the John S. and James. L. Knight Foundation, and is being developed in partnership with Opera Philadelphia.

Beards are for Shaving: A 007 Cabaret

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Beards are for Shaving: A 007 Cabaret

Explosions! Cardboard Weapons! Bikinis! High-Speed Chases! Girls! Boys! Girls!

The Wilma Theater presents the return of The Bearded Ladies following their two sold-out cabaret series, No Regrets: A Piaf Affair and Wide Awake: A Civil War Cabaret. The Beards are back in action with Beards are for Shaving: A 007 Cabaret, an exploration of the world-wide obsession with James Bond. As they attempt to recreate an entire Bond film using only cardboard and a piano, The Bearded Ladies take the archetype of Bond and his harem of ladies into the heart of gender confusion. Featuring Bond favorites as well as special guest artists, Beards Are For Shaving will prove an explosive night of cabaret.

Collaboratively Created by The Bearded Ladies.

 

Wide Awake: A Civil War Cabaret

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Wide Awake: A Civil War Cabaret

 

Around any physical war there is another war occurring: a war of popular culture, which does not obey the same rules of engagement. Wide Awake’s singular Southe voice, the Scarlett O’Hara-inspired Dixie, is surrounded by a myriad of Northe voices—characters donning mustaches, Lincoln-style top hats, corsets, britches, and boots at various points throughout the cabaret’s musical jouey. Meet some of the era’s historically marginalized characters—including the oft-forgot Julia Ward Howe, Angelina Grimké Wald, Abby Kelly Foster, and Philadelphian abolitionist Lucretia Mott. Part Gone With the Wind, part folk-punk extravaganza, join

The Bearded Ladies as they test their hypothesis that the Civil War “has been fought both before and after the actual event” and is being waged, even today.

 

  • Marlene and the Machine
  • Back in the Army Cabaret
  • No Regrets: A Piaf Affair
  • WIDE AWAKE: A Civil War Cabaret (2011)
  • My Dinner with Dito: A How To Be Gay Cabaret
Marlene and the Machine

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Marlene and the Machine

Marlene and The Machine combines the music of Marlene Dietrich and Lotte Lenya with the visual language of German Expressionism. Audiences will enter a shadowy, atonal world in which The Bearded Ladies blur the lines between human, music, and machine. Elaborate cardboard cityscapes, live recreations of expressionist films as well as a host of familiar songs all sung just a little off-key will mark this late-night event.

Marlene and the Machine premiered at The Wilma Theater in November 2012.

 

Back in the Army Cabaret

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Back in the Army Cabaret

November 2010

Originally commissioned by the Media Theatre, Back in the Army Cabaret enjoyed a successful two week run at the Society Hill Playhouse Red Room in November of 2010.

A dazzling celebration of love and honesty in the line of duty Through the Army hits of WWII, Back In The Army explores the lives and longings of the Manliest of Men, Men who long for that girl back home, and Men who long to be with Men. Featuring such classics as "Why do they Call a Private a Private?", "The Armys Made a Man Out of Me?", and "Ill Be Seeing You," Conceived and performed by local actor John Jarboe with the expert talents of 11th Hour Music Director Daniel Kazemi and featuring Liz Filios and John Greenbaum, this hour of Drag, Drama, and Revelry will put hair on your chest and curlers in your hair.

No Regrets: A Piaf Affair

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No Regrets: A Piaf Affair

April 2011

Originally commissioned for the Wilma Theatre Gala, No Regrets: a Piaf Affair just enjoyed a sold out run at the Wilma Theatre as part of the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts. No Regrets then had another sold out run at the Wilma in July of 2011.

Can-can dancers, confetti cannons and a cardboard tour of Paris punctuate such favorites as La Vie En Rose, Non Je Ne Regrette Rien, and Milord. Accompanying themselves on piano, accordion, harp, and cello, The Bearded Ladies bring the Voice of Paris to Philadelphia.

WIDE AWAKE: A Civil War Cabaret (2011)

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WIDE AWAKE: A Civil War Cabaret (2011)

Nov 17,18,19 & Dec 1,2,3 2011

Nov 17,18,19 & Dec 2,3
Doors open at 10:15
Extra 8pm showing Dec 3
The Wilma Theater

For tickets, call the Wilma�s Box Office at 215.546.7824 or purchase at the door

Devised Collaboratively by the Bearded Ladies Cabaret: Heath Allen, Kristen Bailey, Liz Filios, John Greenbaum, Jessica Hurley, John Jarboe and Mary Tuomanen
Director: John Jarboe
Music Director: Heath Allen
Assistant Director: Jenna Horton
Text Overseers: Jessica Hurly and John Jarboe
Set and Props Overseer: Kristen Bailey
Costume Design: Rebecca Kanach

The Bearded Ladies are back, and this time we bringing you the entire Civil War in cabaret form!

Hear the ever-dueling sounds of Southern nostalgia and Northern aggression! A divided cabaret for a divided time. See Dixie, the-not-so-quintessential Southern belle imprisoned in the world�s largest dress. See Elmer Ellsworth and his precision-trained Zouave military brigade! See Freaks! Geeks! Wide-Awakes! Part Gone With the Wind, part folk-punk extravaganza, with music by Mr. Stephen Foster, Mr. Tom Waits, Mr. Hoagy Carmichael, Mr. Levon Helm and others.

My Dinner with Dito: A How To Be Gay Cabaret

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My Dinner with Dito: A How To Be Gay Cabaret

July 17-27 Wilma Theater Lobby

Local cabaret and theater star Dito Van Reigersberg (a.k.a. Martha Graham Cracker) and The Bearded Ladies Cabaret team up for My Dinner With Dito: A How To Be Gay Cabaret.  Featuring Bearded Ladies John Jarboe and Heath Allen, How To Be Gay is a surreal cabaret dinner in courses that range from chicken cordon bleu to false eyelashes and pumps.  Dito and Jarboe delve heel first into gay male iconography from Judy and Liza to Mommy Dearest, exploring and exploding stereotypes of what it means to be gay.  Why drag? Why do so many gay men love musical theater?  “Why did you adopt me?” Expect drag, table dancing, power ballads, and an array of music from Judy, Joni, Dolly, The Magnetic Fields, and more.

Thanks to food sponsor Terry McNally of Philadelphia’s London Grill and Paris Wine Bar, audience members will get to eat and drink their way through the show.  London Grill will be providing all the courses for the dinner, and everything that Dito and John eat, will be served to the audience as well.

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