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Titus Andronicus
Weds October 29, 2014, 8pm
Thurs October 30, 8pm
Fri October 31, 8pm
(with Halloween Party to follow!)
Sat November 1, 8pm
Sun November 2, 2pm
(No Blood! Bring your Children!)
Sun November 2, 8pm

advance tickets $20.00

Hamlet Isn't Dead present one of Shakespeare's most terrifying tales, Titus Andronicus; the heartbreaking story of a father's struggle between honor and love, Shakespeare's first and bloodiest tragedy.

Pared down to the essential story, this under-90-minute thrill ride will leave you breathless. Director David Andrew Laws invites you in viewing the show to "Think less, feel more", and hopes it is a cathartic experience for all. Join the company that says "breathes new life into Shakespeare" on their gripping Halloween adventure. More at facebook

Starring: Perry Lewis as Titus Andronicus, Michael Cusimano as Marcus Andronicus, Ross Hamman as Lucius/Clown, Travis Klemm as Saturninus, Nathan Luttrull as Bassianus/Publius, Megan Greener as Lavinia, Samantha Maurice as Tamora, Joe Raik as Demetrius, Laurel Dalton Percival as Chiron, Jamal Crowelle as Aaron, Ryan Halsaver as Quintus/AEmilius, Dayle Towarnicky as Martius/Nurse, Sarah Levine McClelland as Mutius/Young Lucius

Thurs, Nov 6, 2014, 9pm

$20 at the door
advance tickets $15 each, $24 for two, or $120 for four tickets + the royal treatment!

Thick: A Zaftig Revue

Performances by: Meana Maneater, MF Akynos, Mme. ZouZou LaReve, Ngozi-Y'ileese
Featuring: Joanna Briley
Hosted by: Jacquetta Szathmari

With a special appearance by Santa and other special performances!

Dismantling Western ideals of beauty, Thick presents heavenly curvaceous bodies on a pedestal. This variety show showcases them in all their glory, talented, desirable and downright sexy!

A monthly revue brought to you by curator The Incredible, Edible, Akynos showcasing what you've been missing from too many stages; major assets, vibrant talent and a memorable experience!

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Art LovHer
Fri Nov 7, 2014
9:00 pm for a drink & draw style networking hour
10:30 pm open mic

$10 admission
or $7 with RSVP to artlovesher.bk AT

Art LovHer is an open co-operative of artists that hold space to highlight, honor, and preserve the work of women artists. Through our monthly open art salons and various art events throughout the country, we build and maintain safe spaces of artistic exchange and community.

Every month doors open at 9pm for a drink & draw styled networking hour featuring a live model and complimentary wine, led by Art LovHer resident artist Create. Limited Art supplies are provided but it's okay to also bring your own! The open mic begins at 10:30pm with a phenomenal woman artist feature to end the night. This month we have the fabulous emcee Likwuid bringing her eclectic style to the art lovHer stage.

Upcoming shows: Fridays; 11/07, 12/05, 1/09/15, 2/06/15, 3/06/15. More info at facebook.

Hypergender Burlesque
Sat Nov 8, 2014 , 10pm

$15/$10 if on HyperGender mailing list (just email us at and ask to get on the list)
advance tickets recommended due to our limited seating capacity!

HyperGender Burlesque Presents: Almost Human!

Hosted by the legendary JZ Bich eccentric Jean va Gin, wise Mercedes Matilda and the adorable Kinda Lim.

Guests: Queer E sugar, Matt Knife, Lewd Alfred Douglas, Crimson Kitty, IR Marin, Reverend Mother Flash, Essence Revealed, Sophia the Flexible Transsexual
with Kittens: Winter and Mikey Mouse

Some may call us blasphemous, but we say we are what NYC is about: queerness, glitter and worship of all things different!

December 6, The Shadow Self!

More at, and follow Hypergender on tumblr

Dark. Nude. Storytellers.
Sun, Nov 9, 2014, doors 7:30pm, show 8:00pm

$20 at the door
$15 advance tickets

Dark. Nude. Storytellers.

In Tales of Conquest

Head Mistress Akynos gathers some of the most dynamic raconteurs to engage audiences in the tradition of oral history from people of color.

Political as it is personal, these gifted linguists bear more than just their souls. In time for Thanksgiving, the storytellers undress the meaning of conquest while stimulating you, and not just because they're naked. The audience is encouraged to engage in a free open mic top of the show. No need to take your clothes off. We've got that covered.

Working On It
Fri November 14, 2014 & Sat Nov 15,
Doors at 7:00, show at 7:30

$3-20 sliding scale, no one turned away.

Working On It is a series of works in progress by diverse artists, featuring:

A reading of a new play about one personís fight to dismantle transphobia in her own life by Rachael Therien

A participatory exploration of letters and linguistics using SMASH TYPE by Ben Weber

And a one woman queer fairytale that explains just what love is by Nicolette Dixon

In the Cypher
Thurs November 20, 2014 & Fri Nov 21, 8PM
Sat Nov 22, 4pm & 8pm

tickets $10

Hip-Hop play, IN THE CYPHER, pushes the boundaries between audience and performer, creating a space like none other for interaction and transformation. Four poets, an MC and a waitress keep the audience jamming to poetic riffs of living in one's own skin.

Using slam poetry, candid interactions and researched material, IN THE CYPHER puts skin color front and center while empowering everyone to look within. The show features audience judges, laugh out loud comedy, and spirited dissension to enlighten and enliven the discussion of race and skin color

More at

Photo by Lee Wexler

Save the Date:
To Face It Dialogue
Sat December 13, 2014

^Tantra-zawadi and LaLupe

Save the Date!
It's a WOW Winter Wonderland
Weds, December 31, 2014

SAVE THE DATE - Wed Dec 31st
It's a WOW Winter Wonderland
Ring in the New Year at the 1st Annual WOW New Year's Eve Fundraiser
Live Music - Performances - DJ - Champagne Toast

The Capital Campaign

In 2000, WOW launched its first large-scale fundraising effort, a capital campaign to help us buy and renovate our theater. The City of New York has sold the tenants of 59-61 East 4th Street the building for $1!

The caveat: That we raise the funds to renovate the building, and bring it up to code. WOW’s share of renovation costs is about $300,000. As we have survived solely on box-office sales for 25 years, this is more money than we’ve ever had or needed in the past.

When we do succeed in securing these funds, WOW will own its own permanent theater space in a completely renovated building.

One of the most exciting aspects, which we have achieved, is the addition of a functional 24/7 self-service elevator! Yet to come is an ADA approved accessible bathroom, and dare we say air-conditioning?!
We are not there yet! In order to make this possible, we urgently need your financial help! No donation is too small or too large, and any amount will help us ensure that theatre by women and/or by transgender people continues to thrive and be ever-increasingly accessible.

We are in urgent need of your support.

Please click here for video, a photo archive, and more on our capital campaign!


WOW Cafe Theater is located at 59-61 East 4th Street
on the Fourth Floor.
between Bowery and 2nd Avenue in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, New York City, USA.

We now have a 24/7 available elevator for our building!

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