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The Coward
A Mapcap Fairytale!
Sat, Apr 30, 2016, doors open at 8pm
Sun, May 1, 2016, doors open for matinee at 3pm
and evening at 8pm

$10 advance, $15 at the door

In a far off kingdom, on some cloud or something, there lives a melancholy King, shackled to his throne. In an attempt at peace, he has handed his realm over to the insane Demon Queen Gregory; who delivers the people True HappinessTM. But a Monster Rebellion is brewing, giving a cowardly castle maid named Willie the task of freeing the kingdom. This violent, dark fairytale takes a wild romp through a magical world of chills, thrills and bloody spills.

Cast of Monsters:
Written and performed by Maddy Campbell a.k.a Willie
Direction by Matt Phillips a.k.a The Demon Queen Gregory
Nikomeh Anderson a.k.a Bunny
Wester Cooley a.k.a. The King
James Clements a.k.a Oskar
Anna Bianco a.k.a. Mr. Crow

Produced by Cece Suazo, Marni Rice & Wednesday Sue Derrico, Experimental Bitch Presents

More at facebook, Twitter @TheCowardKing, Instagram _The_Coward_, The Coward Website

Art LovHer Artist Salon
Fri, May 6, 2016
8:30pm gallery presentation
9:00pm drink & draw
10:00pm feature performance
10:30pm stage opens
$10 at the door, or advance online
$8 with open stage signup

Since returning to this historic artist collective space, Art LovHer has had the privilege of extending opportunities to a wider spectrum of artist. Every first Friday Art LovHer combines the calmness of a drink & draw & the variety of an open mic in a visual gallery setting with a different featured performer every month.

Doors open at 8:30pm for a gallery reception featuring a drink & draw with a live model & free wine. Followed by feature performance, as well as an open mic/stage where all forms of artistic expression are welcomed! Open mic/stage sign up list closes at 11pm

**Admission is $10, $8 with RSVP to AND if you bring 3 people with you, your admission is FREE!!

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HyperGender Burlesque
Sat, May 7, 2015
Show 10pm
$15 advance tickets

HyperGender Burlesque presents: The Roaring 40s!

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

Don't forget to get your tickets!!!

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Acoustic Matinee
an afternoon of music with Kosi and her friends.
Sun, May 8, 2016
Coffee hour at 1:30pm
show begins at 2pm

suggested donation: $5-10

Acoustic Matinee: an afternoon of music with Kosi and her friends. Every month we present a different independent acoustic artist to elevate your Sunday afternoon.

Featuring Tracy Thorne

Coffee hour at 1:30pm, show begins at 2pm.

If you're not in New York, you can still watch the show! Tune in online at for the live stream at 2:00pm.

Upcoming: Jun 5 ft Valdaniel

Their Eyes Were Watching God
May 12 - 29, 2016
Thurs - Sat, 8pm, Sun, 3pm

Purchase here: Tickets
Early Bird Special Until April 15:
General Admission - $18
VIP (guarantees the first row) - $25
After April 15:
General Admission - $21
VIP (guarantees the first row) - $28

create, inc. presents: Their Eyes Were Watching God

By: Zora Neale Hurston
Adapted by: Laurence Holder
Directed by: Marishka S. Phillips
With: Lauren Marissa Smith as Janie Mae Crawford

In partnership with the Wow Cafe Theatre, create, inc has the unique privilege of producing the premier of famed playwright and New York theatre extraordinaire Laurence Holder's stage adaptation of the iconic novel Their Eyes Watching Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston.

The novel originally published in 1937 and out of print for decades, was rediscovered in the late 1970s by newly developed black studies programs at universities and colleges around the country, and lauded by academics and writers as a seminal work for both African American and women's literature.The story of the stage play is unchanged from the novel. It recounts the life and loves of Janie Mae Crawford, a mixed raced black woman from rural Florida born the byproduct of rape. Her journey over the 30 years of the play takes her from child bride to liberated woman. The genius of Hurston is showcased by the story as well as her use of language, which literary critic Maria J. Johnson likens to the blues. The stage adaptation uses all of Hurston's original text.

Stories from the Net and The Sea
Fri & Sat, June 10 & 11, 2016
doors open at 7:30pm, show at 8:00pm
$15, advance tickets recommended
Unemployed, Seniors, & Students, $10

Magdala, Stories from the Net and The Sea, is a performance piece combining dance, music and storytelling by two women who have interpreted the story of Mary Magdalene: a witness, an apostle, a messenger and a community leader who struggled to have her voice heard, as women still struggle in communities worldwide, to this day.

Xio Evans Marni Rice Experimental Dance-Theatre is a performance project dedicated to creating original performance works dedicated to issues of social justice. Their collaborative work has been presented at Lehman College, Riverside Church, Judson Memorial Church, The Cell Theater, as well as street festivals and community gardens in NYC.

Xio Evans is a Dancer/ Choreographer from Costa Rica currently based in New York. She is the director and founder of first Experimental Dance Theatre in Costa Rica, based in Puerto Limon. with whom she has toured nationally and internationally representing Costa Rica in Italy, Spain & Honduras.

Marni Rice is a Chanteuse-Accordionist & Theater Artist from New York City. Her solo performance piece Tales from Paris/Contes de Paris is a mixture of storytelling and song and has been performed in both French and English in The United States, Canada, Germany, France, Japan, Cameroon, Gabon and Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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 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.

Help WOW continue as an invaluable resource

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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, NY, 10003, USA.

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