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

Surrender! Surrender!
Surrender! Your gender!


images c/o plate 3 photography

performance images c/o THE WILMA THEATER

Masculinity, music, and sharks commingle in this deconstruction of the mythos of James Bond.

The Bearded Ladies launch a musical exploration of the worldwide obsession with James Bond. As they attempt to recreate an entire Bond film using only cardboard and a piano, the Beards tackle the archetype of Bond, his harem of ladies, and the very heart of swashbuckling silver-screen gender confusion.

Beards are for Shaving features all your musical favorites, a gender laser, a shark ballet, and a special appearance by world-renowned gender theorist Judith Butler.

production information


Kristen Bailey Another Woman/Judith Butler

Liz Filios Pussy Galore

John Jarboe James Bond

Mary Tuomanen Blofeld

Dito Van Reigersberg Moneypenny (original)

Mary Martello Moneypenny (remount)


Heath Allen Music Director/Composer/Pianist

Andrew Nelson Bass


John Jarboe Co-Director/ Lead Writer

Jenna Horton Co-Director

Mary Tuomanen Lead Writer

Daniel Perelstein Sound Design

Rebecca Kanach Costume Design

Oona Curley Set and Light Design


– 5 performers

– 3 musicians (piano, bass, drums)

– Technical requirements: medium

Contact the Bearded Ladies for a complete technical rider.

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