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Art LovHer
Fri, May 1, 2015
9:00 pm for a drink & draw style networking hour
10:30 pm open mic

$10 admission
or $7 with RSVP to artlovesher.bk AT

An open co-operative of artists that hold space to highlight, honor, and preserve the work of women artists. Through our monthly open art salons and various art events throughout the country, we build and maintain safe spaces of artistic exchange and community.

Doors open at 8:30pm for a drink & draw reception with complimentary wine and limited art supplies provided.

Open mic begins at 10:30 with a great feature artist!

More info at facebook.

Hypergender Burlesque
Sat, May 2, 2015 , 10pm

$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 the Tarot!

HyperGender has a profound love for the occult, and we don't mind getting our hands dirty. OnMay 2, JZ Bich, Mercedes Matilda, Kinda, and Jean va Gin humbly offer you your future. By the end of the evening you'll be dying to make it come (true).

Join us and witness the unfolding of a dream you had seven years ago, wherein you are building a delicate tapestry of nightmares. The ground is shaky and uncertain underneath your various feet and that's when you finally realize that the message you had been trying all along to decode was no message at all but instead the presence of a quiet, cruel divinity. Now run along.

Starring Franz, Sincerely Yours, Beelzebabe, Viktor Devonne, IR Marin, and Syn Peaks with your very favorite stage unicorn Winter.

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

More at, and follow Hypergender on tumblr

1001 Nights: Love Stories on Death Row
(A Rock Ballet)
Fri & Sat, May 15 & 16, 2015,
Doors 7:30pm

$12 advance tickets
$15-$18 suggested donation at the door

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

1001 Nights is a feast for all five senses featuring stories from the Middle East, North Africa, India, China and Greece and an original musical score consisting of Hip Hop, Rock and World Music.

We will explore what it means to be the "minority" in terms of ethnicity, religion, sex and sexual orientation within Western and Eastern cultures and take a critical look at the American prison-industrial complex. Visit our IndieGogo campaign or at!

Sun, May 17, 2015, 7:00 pm

$15 advance tickets, or day of, cash at the door

12 Actors. 24 Hours. 1 Chance to get it RIGHT!

For Love & Duty Players in conjunction with the WOW Theatre Collective of the Fourth Arts Block (FAB) of NYC's East Village is proud to present its second installment of their Shake-In-A-Day event!

This time we are thrilled to bring to life one of Shakespeare's best beloved comedies - Much Ado About Nothing. This famous comedy features quarreling lovers, misfits, music, a wedding ceremony gone horribly wrong, and pranks and hijinks galore!

Come watch the end result as twelve brave actors and two very determined directors attempt to stage, rehearse, and perform Shakespeare's beloved romantic comedy in just 24 hours! Come witness the hilarity, the insane spur of the moment surprises, and of course you never know what lurks in our Mystery Prop Box! Come play with us.

This event will also feature live music and wine! More on 'For Love & Duty Players' check out our website at, on facebook, and follow us on twitter and Instagram! @forloveandduty

Shades of Burlesque
Fri, May 22, 2015
9:00 pm doors
9:30 pm show

advance tickets : $20
VIP tickets: $30
(Guarantees front row seating & includes 1 Free Drink)
$25 at the door*
*RSVP at for $20 tix at Door.

Sweet Lorraine presents Shades of Burlesque, NYC's Only All Black burlesque revue! Join her along with a bevy of Sun Kissed Beauties, Friday May 22nd at the historic WOW Cafe Theatre, 9:30pm. Get ready for a steamy night of Sultry & Titillating Burlesque!

with Chicava Honeychild, Clementine Dandy, Essence Revealed, Genie Adagio, Joyce LeeAnn, Ooh LaLoba, VooDoo Onyx, Sweet Lorraine, and Stage Kitten extraordinaire BrownCocaine Love! !

21+, More at facebook

Spotlight: A Theatrical Revue
Sat May 23, 2015
7pm Doors Open
8pm Pre-Show
9pm Curtain
$10 admission

Featuring spectacular showstopping performances by:

Lady Jasmine Van Wales * Jennifer Love * Zarria Oz * Elegance Vizcaya * Teddi Elegance Vizcaya* Neo Hall Richards & The legendary Eygptt Labeija.

Your Master of Ceremonies: Jyquan Reede

Executive produced by: Cece Suazo-Augustus

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.

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

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