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The Showcase Extravaganza
Sat, Feb 13, 2016
Doors open at 7:00pm
Cocktail hour 7 - 9pm
Show time @ 9pm sharp

$10 advance, $15 at the door

Lady Jasmin Van Wales & Empress Vizcaya


The Showcase Extravaganza

with a special tribute to the legendary

Princess Janae

Stir Movement
Fri, Feb 19, 2016
Doors open at 8:30pm

$10 advance, $15 at the door

A collaborative urban arts experiment featuring pole dance, burlesque, visual arts, poetry/spoken word, live music and more!

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Shades of Burlesque
Fri, Feb 26, 2016
9:00pm Doors, 9:30PM SHOW

$20 advance, $25 at the door
$30 VIP (Guaranteed Front Row Seating + 1 free drink)

Sweet Lorraine presents Shades of Burlesque, NYC's ONLY all Black burlesque revue! Join her & a bevy of Ebony Bombshells, FRIDAY FEBRUARY 26th at WOW Café Theatre!

Hosted by Storm Marrero

Titillating Burlesque by:

Perle Noire the Mahogany Queen of Burlesque
Sweet Lorraine
Diane Amore
Hoodoo Hussy
+ MORE!!!

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Porch Sitting For The Next 10 Years!
Sat, Feb 27, 2016
doors open at 6:30pm
Event starts 7:30pm

$10.00 admission (Pay-at-the door).

In order to celebrate Wow's present and dream her into future. Founders Peggy Shaw and Lois Weaver are hosting....

"A Porch Sitting for the Next 10 Years".

We will sit together for a while as if we were sitting on a porch facing out into the night and we will think, dream and wonder about all the possibilities just down the road.

All welcome old, new and Wow'ers-to-be, friends, neighbors and the green grocer!

Also, the launch of the publication of Memories Of The Revolution (The First Ten Years Of WOW Cafe Theater) edited by Holly Hughes, Carmelita Tropicana and Jill Dolan.

There will be time for socializing and books will be on sale for $25.00.

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Art LovHer Artist Salon
Fri, Mar 4, 2016
8:30pm gallery presentation
9:00pm drink & draw
10:00pm feature performance
10:30pm stage opens
$10 at the door, or advance online
$7 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, $7 with RSVP to AND if you bring 3 people with you, your admission is FREE!!

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HyperGender Burlesque
Sat, Mar 5, 2016
Show 10pm
$15 advance tickets

Join hosts Mercedes Matilda, Jean Va Gin, Kinda Lim, and JZ Bich!

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, Mar 6, 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 Jonathan Rooke

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 on 2/07/2016 at 2:00pm.

Martyr'd Signs
Fri - Sat Apr 29 - 30, 2016,8pm

$15 advance online, $18 cash only at the door

Martyr'd Signs
An adaptation of William Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus
Written/Directed by Noelle Fair
Fight Direction by Sarah Schlesinger
Produced by Hudson Shakespeare Company (celebrating 25 years!)

Martyr'd Signs investigates Shakespeare’s bloodiest tragedy, Titus Andronicus, and deconstructs the story from the perspectives of the two women in the play - Tamora, the terrifying Queen of Goths, and Lavinia, Titus' tormented daughter. How does violence happen, and why does it happen? Martyr'd Signs explores war, but more importantly, asks us to look at the hatred, prejudice, oppression, and desire for revenge which brought us there.

Featuring: Teresa Langford, Megan Ghorashy, Shannon Uphold, Elizabeth Berkman, Lauren Mui, Claire Alexander, Charlotte Cassidy, Molly Tellekson, Phoebe Wright, Gina Marie Russell, Rhiannon Lattimer, Kisha Peart, Kaitlyn Farley, and Katie Osborn.

More at facebook, the Martyr'd Signs site, and Twitter and Instagram @HudsonShakes

Their Eyes Were Watching God
May 12-29, 2016
Thurs-Sat, 8pm, Sun, 2pm

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 in May 2016.

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.

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

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, NY, 10003, USA.

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