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Undressing the Fragments
Fri Oct 24, 2014, 7:30pm
Sat, Oct 25, 2pm and 7:30pm
Sun, Oct 26, 5pm

advance tickets, price range $0 to $27.37, see link for details

Set in a city somewhere in America during the time of Typhoon Haiyan, Undressing the Fragments, by Renee Rises, is a one-act, 16-scene, 14-character play, with 6 actors to tell many stories.

What does it mean to be a Filipina/o in America? How are you a part of the many pieces that make up our community? How do we define "our community?" What are our strengths? What challenges do we face? How can we build dialogue with each other for forward progression?

Undressing the Fragments is the beginning of a conversation, a coming-in story about siblings, friends, family, activism and love, it's a celebration of Filipino American History, but most of all, it's one way we can voice our existence in the many pieces we arrive here in America.

Playback Theater Workshop
Mon, Oct 27, 2014
6:30- 9:15 PM

$15 (some scholarships available)

Human service providers, artists and community activists will grow, contribute and enjoy this Playback, a participatory, improvisational performance form for acting out y/our stories, is offered in agencies, schools, theaters, living rooms and streets on all continents entirely participatory and experiential workshop. The workshop is part of an on-going program of Playback Theatre at WOW.

Taught by Susan Metz: MS in Ed & MFA in Poetry/ Graduate of the School of PT (2006) who has taught Playback locally and internationally for 12 years. Organized by Lorraine LaPrade: MA in Women's Studies/ Member of WOW Collective.

Activities may include: singing & dancing to warm up, theater games to release spontaneity, Playback theory & technique so that we can enact y/our experiences without consulting and time for sharing and reflection as well as for discussion. Wear soft clothing.

To register send your name, contact information, background and the reason for your enthusiasm to by September 19.

*Enhance expressiveness *Deepen listening & empathy *Build and share our community's culture

"Like" us on Facebook @ Playback Theater Wow

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!

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 a co-operative of artists that hold space to present, honor and preserve the work of women artists. Through our monthly open mic and various art events around the country, we hope to build the artist community around women artists to maintain safe and creative spaces of artistic exchange!

Inspired by WOW, "I realized how much impact an individual can have on the world. That if we want certain spaces to exist, we must create and maintain them... Art LovHer was born from that idea," says Joi Sanchez, founder and main curator of Art LovHer.

Every month, doors will open at 9 pm for Drink & draw style networking hour led by Visual Artist Create, with a live model. While paper and supplies are provided, bringing your own supplies is also encouraged. The open mic begins at 10:30 with a performance feature between sets. Sign up can be done in person or online ahead of time.

Admission includes 1st drink, complimentary food, refreshments, & drawing/art supplies! (Feel free to BYO art supplies as well), cheap cash bar available. 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: Humanesque!

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

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 (check back for online purchase info)

Dark. Nude. Storytellers.

In Tales of Conquest

women of color oral history

Produced by The Incredible, Edible, Akynos.

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

^Tantra-zawadi and LaLupe

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.

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