Quite simply the best party you have never been invited to"

Ill Doots (photo by Cass Meehan)
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images top to bottom: US photo by Cass Meehan, Darlinda Just Darlinda by Steve Pisano, Messapotamia Lefae by Natasha Cohen-Carroll, The Bandits featuring Izzy Sazak by Cass Meehan, ILL DOOTS by Natasha Cohen-Carroll

performance images c/o Cass Meehan & Johanna Austin

“glittering and remarkably unpretentious cabaret bliss” - Talkin Broadway


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


The Bearded Ladies Cabaret returns this year with a new selection of guilty pleasures, soul nourishment, and tasty productions with Late Night Snacks, the mixed plate performance that’s 50% Philadelphia flavor, 50% neighborhood jawn, and 100% good to the last bite. These after-hours performances feature different artists every night—from opera singers to drag queens, cabaret stars to art clowns, and everything in between, all baked together and seasoned to perfection, taking inspiration from the stories and history of our community.

Whether you come for one night, come every night, or just stop by on your way to the corner store, this potluck of a performance series is here to welcome you with music, drinks, and more enticing entertainment than you can fit on a single plate.

Who Snacked In 2022

Saturday, Sep 10 at 8pm: Ursula Rucker with Tim Motzer and live painting from Anthony Carlos Molden, Jackie Soro and yung nila, hosted by Jarbeaux

Sunday, Sep 11 at 2:30pm: Family Show, Sam Rise and Jackie Soro hosted by Jarbeaux

Sunday, Sep 11 at 8pm: Sanchel Brown and ​​an excerpt from Wig Wag by Emily Bate, hosted by Cookie Diorio

Wednesday, Sep 14 at 8pm: Zeek Burse and Mel Hsu with Nicole Burgio, hosted by Jess Conda

Thursday, Sep 15 at 8pm: JaKeya Limitless, Foxworth Vorn, and Virgil Lil’ O Gadson, hosted by Eric Jaffe

Friday, Sep 16 at 8pm: Cherdonna Shinatra and Emyne, hosted by Anthony Martinez-Briggs (US)

Friday, Sep 16 at 10:30pm: Talie and Be Steadwell, hosted by Jarbeaux

Saturday, Sep 17 at 8pm: Threesome: excerpt from a new performance by Jarbeaux, Martha Graham Cracker, & Cherdonna Shinatra, hosted by Sam Rise

Saturday, Sep 17 at 10:30pm: Music Not Impossible and Saint Manifest, hosted by Anthony Martinez-Briggs (US) and co-presented by Opera Philadelphia

Sunday, Sep 18 at 2:30pm: Family Show with Johnny Shortcake, hosted by Jarbeaux

Sunday, Sep 18 at 8pm: Topher Eufaula Layton, Luna Thee Jawnette, and Veronica Chapman-Smith, hosted by Eric Jaffe

Wednesday, Sep 21 at 8pm: Hard No! An Arts Administration Metal Band, Reese Castaldi, and V. Shayne Frederick, hosted by Jess Conda

Thursday, Sep 22 at 8pm: Le Gateau Chocolat and Sam Rise, hosted by Eric Jaffe

Friday, Sep 23 at 8pm: Denise King and Vitche-Boul Ra, hosted by Jess Conda

Friday, Sep 23 at 10:30pm: Alex Tatarsky and Slanty Eyed Mama, hosted by Jarbeaux

Saturday, Sep 24 at 8pm: Queen Esther and Matt Ray and Martha Graham Cracker, hosted by Cookie Diorio

Saturday, Sep 24 at 10:30pm: Clayton Lee and Glitter and Garbage: Foster Longo & Shannon Turner, hosted by Jarbeaux

Sunday, Sep 25 at 2:30pm: Family Show with Julie Be (Ants on a Log), hosted by Jarbeaux

Sunday, Sep 25 at 8pm: Murayama and Cello Trio featuring Daniel De Jesús, Mel Hsu, and Carolina Diazgranados, hosted by Sam Rise

Wednesday, Sep 28 at 8pm: Rise Choir Collective and SNACKTIME, hosted by Jess Conda

Thursday, Sep 29 at 8pm: Band Night with Heath Allen, Josh Machiz, Jimmy Coleman, Marcell Bellinger with singers chosen by band, hosted by Eric Jaffe

Friday, Sep 30 at 8pm: Anito Gavino and Malaya of Malayaworks and Bethlehem & Sad Patrick, hosted by Anthony Martinez-Briggs (US)

Friday, Sep 30 at 10:30pm: Music from Rose: You Are Who You Eat featuring Pax Ressler, Emily Bate, Daniel De Jesús, and Mel Regn, guest host Jackie Soro

Saturday, Oct 1 at 8pm: A. Rob and Sinta Penyami Storms & Modero, hosted by Anthony Martinez-Briggs (US)

Saturday, Oct 1 at 10:30pm: Jaylene Clark Owens and ILL DOOTS, hosted by Cookie Diorio

Sunday, Oct 2 at 2:30pm: Family Show with ILL DOOTS, hosted by Jarbeaux

Sunday, Oct 2 at 8pm: Host Show withSam Rise, Anthony Martinez- Briggs, Jess Conda, Eric Jaffe, and Jarbeaux

Proof of vaccination at door, masks strongly encouraged

Lead Support from the William Penn Foundation with additional support from Barbara Teichert

Fringe Festival Executive Producers: Linda and David Glickstein, Arthur Kaplan, and Duane Perry
Festival Co-Producer: Marty Maynard


Late Night Snacks ingredients may include artistic experimentation, adult content, consensual touch, ear worms, nudity, jubilation, great selfie material, rampant queerness, and many repeat visits. Not every show will be for everyone, so feel free to come and go as you please. You know your diet, taste, allergies, and aphrodisiacs better than us. Late Night Snacks are experimental and works-in-progress. When we can, we will provide detailed ingredients for each show ahead of time online so you can decide how best to snack. If snacks include any items listed below to our knowledge, there will be a notice at the on-site box office.

Nutritionally sensitive ingredients: references to abuse, assault, self-harm, suicide, violence, mental illness, death, blood, or blood play. 

production information for 2022

Hosted by

Anthony Martinez-Briggs aka US, Cookie Diorio, Eric Jaffe, Jess Conda, John Jarboe, and Sam Rise

Designed by

Creative Directors: John Jarboe and Jackie Soro
Produced by Cat Ramirez
Installation Designed by: Scott McMaster
Sound Designed by: Elizabeth Atkinson
Production Manager: Calvin Anderson
Associate Producer- Mel Hsu
Dramaturg- Rachel O’Hanlon-Rodriguez
Stage Manager- Jamel Baker

full team available in the menu below

Curated by

Emily Bate, Noelle Diane Johnson, John Jarboe, Anthony Martinez-Briggs, Sally Ollove, and Jackie Soro


“The Switch” - 421 N. 7th St., Philadelphia, PA 19123 421

Join us at the bar, open 9pm-12:30am on show nights. Cocktails crafted and poured by the folks from Sassafras Bar!

Tickets are sliding scale and available at Fringe Arts

Land Acknowledgement for the Switch

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. While I talk about this history and 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/)