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We are in urgent need of your support.

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1001 Nights: A Rock Opera
(Love Stories on Death Row)

Fri & Sat, August 22, 23, 29 & 30, 2014 8pm
$18 General Admission at the door*
$15 Students, Seniors, Poor Artists at the door
$10 via the "donate" button on our website, **

Scheherazade is no longer a Queen staving off execution by her cruel husband but a woman condemned to death by the criminal justice system.

Re-imagined by The Kandake, Dance Theater for Social Change, 1001 Nights: A Rock Opera is a feast for all five senses featuring stories from the Middle East, North Africa, India, China and Greece and a live and recorded musical score consisting of Hip Hop, Rock and World Music.

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* No one will be turned away for lack of funds but please try to support our artists and the theatre!!!
** If you cannot attend the show but would still like to support it, please visit the homepage of for details!

Hypergender Burlesque
Sat, Sept 6, 2014

$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: Shakespeare in the Nude, 2.0

This September, JZ Bich, Jean va Gin, and Kinda bring you a back to school special!

Starring Sweet Lorraine, Mikey Mouse, Winter, Iris Explosion, Miss Eliza Dee, and from Detroit we bring you the Incredible O and from Helsinki, Bettie Blackheart!

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

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Hamlet Isn't Dead Presents:
Henry VI - Parts 1, 2, & 3

Save the Dates!
Sept 3 - 20, 2014

Hamlet Isn't Dead Presents Shakespeare's first trio of histories, Henry VI - parts 1, 2, & 3, exploring some of the most powerful women in Shakespeare's canon. Come see the passion of Joan la Pucelle, Queen Margaret, and a host of kings and soldiers in the thick of The War of the Roses.

The cast has been adapted from the original roles to employ a more evenly-balanced company of women and men. It's Shakespeare for all!

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.

We now have a 24/7 available elevator for our building!

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