with Glace Chase (emcee), Bear Lee Legal, Chris Tyler, Dynasty, Donald C. Shorter Jr & Holly Box-Springs
Thu May 31st, 2018
Minimum Age: 21+
Doors Open: 7:00PM
Show Time: 7:30PM
Event Ticket: $35
To celebrate the seventh year of The Dirty Blondes, the feminist-minded theater company will present the special event DRAG to raise funds for its seventh season.
DRAG will be a celebration of inclusivity and femininity, deconstructing stereotypes, defying expectations and honoring individuality – everything The Dirty Blondes stands for as a theater company. DRAG will feature a roster of performers who are at the cutting edge of drag – unique storytellers who use the performance of drag to push boundaries and challenge preconceived notions of the art form itself. Full line up of performers to be announced.
Come enjoy some drinks, drag and (if you see something you like in our silent auction) donations
The Dirty Blondes presents DRAG
Our mission is feminist in nature, with a goal to break down stereotypes and encourage a nuanced, inclusive dialog. Founded in New York City by Artistic Director Ashley Jacobson and Executive Director Elizabeth Sarkady in 2012, we seek to explore the nature of all human prejudice, subverting face value perception with sophisticated and subtle shades of distinction.
The Dirty Blondes Theater Company has produced over 20 works of new theater featuring the talent of more than 500 artists willing to use the stage to create visually stunning and emotionally truthful pieces of theater.
Notable productions include the Off-Broadway premiere of Jacobson’s (Winner, Overall Excellence in Playwriting, 2015 FringeNYC) THE AMERICAN PLAY at the Soho Playhouse; THE RESISTER PROJECT, an eight-day ACLU fundraising festival, featuring 51 artists in a revolving schedule of plays, songs, poetry and comedy; SEX by Mae West, a staged reading series spotlighting the icon’s famously banned play followed by discussions with sex workers and feminist historians; and DETROIT, NY a short play festival featuring seven Detroit-based playwrights, aiming to shed light on Detroit’s shifting culture and state of bankruptcy. The Dirty Blondes are resident artists at Horse Trade Theater, producing in its celebrated downtown venues Under St. Mark’s and The Kraine Theater.
Glace Chase (emcee)
Glace Chase is a multiple award winning multi-disciplinary drag performer / playwright / comedian / screenwriter / tour guide / bon vivant. She hosts & performs across NYC – including “Neurotica” at Metropolitan Bar (1st Saturdays), “Singaling” comedy karaoke at Belle Reve (Wednesdays), “Disgustation” at Rosemont (Fridays) & various bingo gigs at Le Poisson Rouge & Madame Maries. Time Out NY has described her as “a “bonkers drag darling”… “delightfully satanic” & “not to be missed”. Her acclaimed 5 star Trip Advisor reviewed underground lgbt walking tour Dream Queen Tours won best Alternative Tour 2018 – International Tourism & Hospitality Awards. Lover of extremely wealthy older men with no living beneficiaries with terminal health conditions.’
Bear Lee Legal
Bear Lee Legal is an anarchist and androgynous self-described punk rock mermaid drag queen here to fuck with gender, break the rules, and make a damn mess while doing it.Typically you can find this queen wandering around Brooklyn covered in blood, or at their fave monthly show Queer as in Fuck You (also usually covered in blood.
Chris Tyler is a performing artist examining the intersections of popular culture, collective action and digital identity. Recent projects include the ongoing MAKE AMERICA series (Ars Nova), flesh failure (The Civilians’ R&D Group), R*NT (University Settlement), and TOTAL REJECTS LIVE!!! (Public Theater/Under the Radar Festival). His performance style has been called “equal parts hilarious and chilling” (Fusion) and “precise-yet-butchered” (Out Magazine). AB: Brown University. Follow him @NOTCHRISTYLER.
Dynasty is an up-and-coming fashion forward drag queen diva who pushes the boundaries of drag, gender, and of course, fashion, at parties and events all throughout Brooklyn and Manhattan.
Dynasty was a featured queen in the 20 Fierce Queens Fueling Brooklyn’s Drag Renaissance article on intomore.com
Donald C. Shorter Jr
Donald is an artist living in Bushwick, Bk and has holds a B.A. in Liberal Studies from West Chester University with a minor in Dance and an M.F.A. in Dance from NYU Tisch School of the Arts. Labels such as activist, choreographer, dancer, singer, actor, gender nonconformist, and drag queen are interchangeable on any given day. Shorter is a former company member of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company. During that time he had the honor of creating THE NAZ with Bill T. Jones, which was performed in his one-man show As I was Saying. Donald has appeared in Broadway national tours such as: Hairspray, La Cage Aux Folles, A Chorus Line, and Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Donald is the creator, writer, and performer of his one-woman show GENDEROSITY, which looks at the process of his drag transformation and uses drag to talk about gender nonconformity. Shorter has restaged choreography from the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company at Barnard College, Towson University, and University of Idaho. He has premiered solo works at the Pompidou Centre, American College Dance Festival, ALLGOLD artist space at MOMA PS1, The Actor’s Fund Building, Center for Performance Research, 92nd Street Y, and at the Performance Mix Festival. Shorter is currently a co-host of the PBS Digital Studios web series First Person PB
Holly Box-Springs, who sometimes goes by the name of Nathan McManus, is originally from down south in the not so small town of Pearland, TX. Nathan grew up loving the stage and trying to figure out where he fit in the world of theater. Followed his musical theater career at OKCU then went Lamar University but ultimately the Big Apple’s call was too strong. So with first months rent, security deposit and a suit case moved to NYC in 2009. He put his first pair of heels on as Holly three years ago but had his first debut in “So You Think You Can Drag” at New World Stages. Now, two years later he picked up a sewing machine and now nicknamed “Queen of the reveals”. Nathan was raised by two incredible people, John and Renee McManus, who taught him how to treat others with respect and acceptance. He also was lucky enough to have an amazing brother Ian. Life is too short so if you don’t take that leap of faith, it’ll pass you by.