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The Bearded Ladies will lead a city-wide and region-wide invasion of bold, innovative cabaret with two all new shows and a tour.
The Bearded Ladies will lead a city-wide and region-wide invasion of bold, innovative cabaret with two all new shows and a tour.
166 backers pledged $12,202 to help bring this project to life.

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Who are we?

The Bearded Ladies is an experimental cabaret troupe devoted to exploiting all the possibilities of intimate, homemade theater through beautiful songs, tricked-out costume changes, drag, and virtuosic prop construction. With wit and sparkle we tackle the politics of popular culture, sex, gender, and artistic invention.

What is THE BEARDED LADIES’ CABARET REVOLUTION?

Through a generous matching grant from the John S. and James L. Knight foundation, The Bearded Ladies are now able to begin their dream of bringing our form of innovative cabaret throughout the Philadelphia region.  We are planning: 

·      Two New Shows at The Wilma Theater November 2012, and July 2013. 

·      A Remount of our Wide Awake: A Civil War Cabaret at the Kimmel Center in April 2013. 

·      A Tour of one of our new shows to at least three locations throughout the Philadelphia region.

·      Each cabaret will include collaborations with other Philadelphia cabaret and theater artists.  

·      Each cabaret will involve at least three street performances around Philadelphia neighborhoods to bring our work to new communities.

What are we going to do with your support?

We must raise 30,000 dollars in the next year or we do not get the matching support from the Knight foundation.  We are asking our friends, collaborators, and larger community through Kickstarter to help us raise at least 12,000 of that amount.

We plan to:

·     Develop and rehearse our new pieces.

·      Pay collaborating artists.

·      Buy more cardboard,

·      Hire a stage manager.

·      Hire an administrator to help us manage the Herculean task of getting all this done. 

·      By the end of next season we hope to have grown enough to be able to support ourselves through private gigs, parties, foundations, and ticket sales, so we can continue to fill Philadelphia with new cabarets.

Right now we operate on a small small budget.  We make everything by hand, we eat together, and we stay up late making cardboard into all shapes and sizes.  We don't want to change much of this.  We believe that theater can be made cheaply, that it is about the audience and the performer relationship, not about how much a set costs.  We do however need the support of our community to raise enough to pay for the time, energy, space, and organizational support as we make this work for you. 

Will the Revolution Be Televised?

No, we are cabaret artists.  Everything we do is live…. except for that video...

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    A homemade mustache on a stick. Great for disguising yourself at work, parties or school. Choose from black, white, brown or pink.

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    A homemade heart pin with a personal message from the Bearded Ladies on the back. Now you can wear a piece of art over your heart or literally wear a heart on your sleeve.

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    Your choice of a homemade heart or mustache as well as a Personal Thank You Song from the Bearded Ladies sent to you via email or sung live over the phone....your choice.

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    A Homemade Beard on a stick: Brown, Black, Red, Blond, or Pink. Now you can be the hairiest one in the room, the envy of your friends, colleagues, and enemies.

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    A Homemade Golden Beard on a stick. Perfect for fancy parties, late night romps, and alone-time at home.

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    A Beard of your choice AND a Get-Bearded T-shirt!

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    A Beard of your choice, a Get-Bearded T-Shirt AND a cardboard framed Picture of You photo-shopped into a Bearded Ladies Cabaret show of your choice. Be a Bearded Bond Girl, or one of Piaf’s Can-Can girls.

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    A personal visit from Bearded Ladies’ favorite chanteuse, Edith Piaf. Visit will include two songs, hand holding, and more (if you are lucky). Out of town supporters will receive this visit through Skype, as well as a care package with things touched by Edith, like hearts and a t-shirt.

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    A personal visit from your choice of Bearded Ladies’ emcee’s: Edith Piaf, Bond, or Dixie. Visit includes singing, and a gift of flowers, hearts, or cotton candy as well as lap-sitting, and flirtation. Out of town supporters will receive this visit through Skype, as well as a care package with things touched by the emcee like hearts, a t-shirt, and a Video of their favorite Bearded Ladies show.

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    A personal visit from The Bearded Ladies troupe dressed as Piaf and her Can-Can dancers. Visit includes three songs, a dance, and lots of lap-sitting, hand-holding, and seduction. Out of town supporters will receive this visit through Skype, as well as a care package with things touched by the emcee like hearts, a t-shirt, and a video of their favorite Bearded Ladies show

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    A Homemade Dinner with the Bearded Ladies at their secret Beard-Quarters for You and Three of your Friends. Post-dinner singing included. Out of town supporters will receive a Skype tour of the Beard Quarters, a video of a Thank You song, as well as a picnic care package with goodies, a T-shirt and, Beards on sticks.

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    A Bearded Ladies Revolution Party for you and up to 30 of your friends at a location of your choice. Bearded Ladies will arrive and perform our Edith Piaf show No Regrets: A Piaf Affair. Homemade Hearts will be distributed to the whole audience.

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    A Gender Laser. Featured in our 007 Cabaret, this laser is a one-of-a-kind creation with indescribable power to bring you and your friends into the post gender era.

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