"An always daringly incendiary brand of queer cabaret." –Philly Weekly

Is it nature,
nuture or just
the late night cabaret?

Eric Jaffee Photo by Cass Meehan
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images c/o Cass Meehan Marinich & Natasha Cohen-Carroll

performance images by Natasha Cohen-Carroll, Cass Meehan-Marinich, Steve Pisano, and Johanna Austin

“glittering and remarkably unpretentious cabaret bliss” - Talkin Broadway



Join Us In The Closet | 201 South Street

Sept 8th-Oct 1st | Wed-Sun

In partnership with Opera Philadelphia and FringeArts
With Community Support from the Mayor's Office of LGBT Affairs

The Bearded Ladies Cabaret returns for our third annual LATE NIGHT SNACKS, the unapologetically queer performance art pop up that makes everyone a little bit gay. Featuring a wardrobe's worth of artists from opera singers to drag queens, cabaret stars to art clowns, and everything in between, LATE NIGHT SNACKS is here to convert you. Whether you come once, come every night, or just stop by on your way to the corner store, you'll leave with a mouthful of rainbows and glitter on your lips. Part subversion therapy, part luxury walk-in, LATE NIGHT SNACKS invites you to join us in The Closet, our custom-built cabaret, for seven minutes in queer heaven.

Wed, Thurs, Sun
Pay What You Decide at the door: General Admission-Standing Room
Pay What You Decide Advance: $10 General Admission-Standing Room
Pay What You Decide Advance: $25 General Admission-Standing Room
Reserved Table Seat Advance: $40 Reserved Table Seat (except Wed 9/27)

Fri & Sat
Pay What You Decide at the door: General Admission-Standing Room
Pay What You Decide Advance: $10 General Admission-Standing Room
Pay What You Decide Advance: $25 General Admission-Standing Room
Pay What You Decide Advance: $35 General Admission-Standing Room
Reserved Table Seat Advance: $50

For General Admission Standing Room, all unreserved table seats are first come first served. General Admission does not guarantee you a seat. If you are someone who needs a seat for accessibility, please refer to our Know-Before-You-Go guide to see your options.


Kids of all ages are invited to join us for special programming made for our youngest fans every Sunday at 3:30pm. Join our hosts and a rotating roster of special guests on Sunday afternoons for Family Snacks: Late Night Snacks appropriate for the mid-afternoon. Expect glitter, colorful costumes, live music, and lots of interactivity. Open to all ages.

Family Snacks are PWYC for adults; kids attend free. Sundays at 3:30pm | Sept 10th-Oct 1st.

our 2023 luxury lineup

Sept 8th @ 9pm: Dynasty Handbag with Muyu Ruba, hosted by Jarbeaux
Sept 8th @11pm: Opening Night Party with ABBAsaloutely fABBAlous
Sept 9th @ 9pm: THE…URSULA RUCKER…LIFELINES…EXPERIENCE & EXPERIMENT and Josephine Tarrant, hosted by Sam Rise
Sept 9th @ 11pm: STRUT! A Harlem Renaissance Cabaret hosted by Cookie Diorio
Sept 10th @ 3:30pm: Family Snacks hosted by Jarbeaux
Sept 10th @ 9pm: STRUT! A Harlem Renaissance Cabaret hosted by Cookie Diorio*
Sept 13th @ 9pm: Interminable and Philly Surfers hosted by US
Sept 14th @ 9pm: River L. Ramirez, Pussy Phat Dollz, and Jordan Deal, hosted by Jackie Soro
Sept 15th @ 9pm: Snatcherella 3000, hosted by Eric Jaffe with Paula Dean White, Biddybee, and Lasha Snark
Sept 15th @ 11pm: Queer Dance Party!
Sept 16th @ 9pm: Tan Hoang, Thomas Choinacky, and Kilamanzego, hosted by Jackie Soro
Sept 16th @ 11 pm: Elle.Morris & Scott Ziegler and Hard No! hosted by Jess Conda
Sept 17th @ 3:30 pm: Family Snacks with Sapphira Cristál, hosted by Cookie Diorio
Sept 17th @ 9pm: Le Gateau Chocolat and Adrienne Truscott, hosted by Jarbeaux
Sept 20th @ 9pm: J Mase III, Lady Dane Figueroa Edidi, Be Steadwell, Daniel De Jesús, & Sam Rise*
Sept 21st @ 9pm: Betty J. Smithsonian and Balena Canto, hosted by Cookie Diorio
Sept 22nd @ 9pm: Avshoj and Chris Davis, hosted by US
Sept 22nd @ 11pm: Wet Betty and Mars Alexander, hosted by Sam Rise
Sept 23rd @ 9pm: Dicky Dutton and Sapphira Cristál, hosted by Jess Conda
Sept 23rd @ 11pm: Sgt. Jennifer Higdon and Her Lonely Hearts Club Band, hosted by Jarbeaux
Sept 24th @ 3:30pm: Family Snacks hosted by Eric Jaffe with Avery Goodname
Sept 24th @ 9pm: moondrifts and Topaz Rizing feat. Murayama, hosted by Jess Conda*
Sept 27th @ 9pm: American Patriots (Sneak Peek) and Davóne Tines hosted by Jarbeaux
Sept 28th @ 9pm: American Girl DollTM, THE MUSICAL! and Lucky Luciano, hosted by Eric Jaffe
Sept 29th @ 9pm: Annie Wilson and Shavon Norris, hosted by US*
Sept 29th @ 11pm: Johnny Showcase and Candi Warhol, hosted by Sam Rise
Sept 30th @ 9pm: Thunder Thighs and Anissa Weinraub, hosted by Jess Conda
Sept 30th @ 11pm: Tareke Ortiz, Madhusmita Bora & dani tirrell, hosted by Jackie Soro
Oct 1st @ 3:30pm: Family Snacks hosted by Jarbeaux
Oct 1st @ 9pm: Hosts Hosting Hosts

*These performances are masks mandatory unless eating or drinking. All other performances are masks optional


Click the text below to access our comprehensive guide to accessibility at Late Night Snacks!


Most performances are masks optional. We will have a select number of performances where masks will be mandatory unless eating or drinking and a select number of performances that will be livestreamed. See * for masked mandatory nights

Content Warning:

When we can, we will provide detailed content warning for each show ahead of time so you can decide how best to snack. These can be found on our Calendar page under individual calendar entries. However, Late Night Snacks artists are encouraged to be experimental and responsive and in rare cases, even the artists may not have complete information about what they will say. Not every show will be for everyone so feel free to come, and go, as you please.

production information


Jess Conda
Cookie Diorio
Eric Jaffe
Jackie Soro
Sam Rise
US aka Anthony Martinez Briggs

featuring Messapotamia Lefae as our house therapist


The Midnight Munchies
Co-Music Director & Musician (Keys)- Heath Allen
Co-Music Director & Musician (Keys/Guitar) - John Abella
Musician (Drums)- Jimmy Coleman
Musician (Bass)- Josh Machiz
Musician for Anthony Martinez-Briggs - Jordan McCree

Artistic and Design Team

Scenic/Installation Designer- Doug Greene
Lighting Designer/Light Board Operator- Mike Inwood
Video Designer- Yōsuke Araki
Sound Designer- Liz Atkinson
Dramaturg- Rachel O’Hanlon-Rodriguez

Curation Team
Lead Curator: John Jarboe
Curation Manager: Sally Ollove
Emily Bate
Sinta Penyami Storms
US aka Anthony Martinez-Briggs

Production Team

Production Manager- Taylor Jedlinski (she/her)
Associate Production Manager- Lauren Seigal (all pronouns)
Stage Manager- Jamel Baker (he/him)
Stage Manager- Lian Brody (they/them)
Associate Scenic/Installation Designer- Jo Vito Ramirez (they/them)
Drafting Assistant- TBD
Technical Director- Michael Lambui (he/him)
Lighting Designer/Light Board Operator- Mike Inwood
Associate LD/Light Board Operator - Manny Garcia
Head Electrician- Sophie Smyczek (she/her)
Followspot Op/Run Crew- TBD
Associate SD/Co-A1- Nicholas Rahn (he/him)
Associate SD/Co-A1- Nat Merrill (she/her)
Crew - TBD

House Manager: TBA
FOH- Briana Nicholas (she/her)
FOH/Box Office: TBA FringeArts Staff

Land Acknowledgement

As we absorb the physical space we are in, we want to take a moment to acknowledge the history of this land and the original people of this land. After we share this Land Acknowledgement written by Trinity Norwood, Citizen of The Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Nation, just take a moment to breathe, look around, and take in the surroundings.

Before Philadelphia was the city we know and love today, this land was known as “Lenapehoking( Lun-nah-pay-hawk-ing)” or Land of the Lenape. The Lenape are the indigenous people of what is modern-day Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, and the southern tip of New York. Through genocide, relocations, the Indian Boarding School era, and continued systematic erasure the Lenape people have persevered and live on as modern-day sovereign nations. We recognize their legacy that has been soaked into the very ground we stand on right now. And we acknowledge the intergenerational connection to this legacy that we all share as the descendants to the immigrants of this land. Although this history is heavy, the future is filled with hope. As part of this practice of acknowledgement we will be giving 10%/or $100 (of all donations made) at Beardmobile events to We Are The Seeds, a local and national organization that celebrates and educates about contemporary Indigenous arts and culture. You can connect to their work @wearetheseeds.org.

Other websites to check out are: Indigenous Peoples Day Philly, the Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Nation of NJ (https://nlltribe.com/), and the National Congress of the American Indian (https://www.ncai.org/)