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images c/o Caio Bruno

performance images c/o opera philadelphia

Mother Earth is Moving On and the Beards Take to the Ice to Skate Our Feelings

Are you feeling a little on edge these days? Polar vortexes and increasingly violent storms got you down? Come release (your anxiety) with the Bearded Ladies Cabaret as we hit the ice at Independence Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest for a show that’s cool to the touch but hot to its core. Expect bracing comedy, wild camp, sultry costumes, and wintry spectacle at the first ever Bearded Ladies show on skates. Beards On Ice comes in two flavors: the steamy adult show Edging and the kid-friendly Family Skate. Both hour-long shows end with a free skate perfect for all skill levels. Hosted by Jarbeaux as Homo Sapien and featuring local drag superstars who have never laced up a skate alongside trained pros, catch this iceberg of a performance before it melts away. With Bren Thomas, Veronica Chapman-Smith, Dave Shapiro, MK Tuomanen, Sam Rise, Messapotamia Lefae, Michael Solonoski, Lili St Queer, and David Devan.

Made in Partnership with the Delaware River Waterfront and the Independence Blue Cross River Rink.

Feb 17, 23, 24
(Feb 16th canceled due in part to climate change)

Feb 18 & 25

Tickets (which include a public skate) available at riverrink.com

101 S. Columbus Blvd
Philadelphia, PA 19106

The venue is outside! In the event of inclement weather, tickets will be honored at a future Beards on Ice performance. If you cannot attend any of these dates, please reach out to info@drwc.org for more information. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for the most up-to-date information about weather cancellation.

production information


The World’s Last Polar Bear: Michael Solonoski
Rinky: MK Tuomanen/Sam Rise
Miss Homo Sapiens: Jarbeaux
The World’s Last Glacier: Bren Thomas
Fossil Fuels:
Coal: Messapotamia Lefae
Oil: David Devan
Natural Gas: Lili St. Queer
Fissile Energy:
Nuclear Power: Veronica Chapman-Smith
Carbon Credit/Younger Generation: David Shapiro
Non-binary Parental Guardian Nature: MK Tuomanen/Sam Rise


Heath Allen
Jimmy Coleman
Josh Machiz


Director/Co-Writer - John Jarboe
Outside Eye/Co-Writer - MK Tuomanen
Dramaturg- Sally Ollove
Choreographer- Philippe Poirier
Music Director/Arranger Heath Allen
Production Manager- Taylor Jedlinski
Stage Manager- Jamel Baker
Costume Designer- Rebecca Kanach
DRWC Creative Director- Sarah Eberle
Union Steward - Timmy Lynch
Fossil Fuel Hat Construction- Scott McMaster
Glacier Construction and Painting- Joy Taney
Stitching Assist- Max Brown