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We are in urgent need of your support.

Please click here for video, a photo archive, and more on our capital campaign!

Weds, April 1, 2015, 8pm

$10-30 sliding scale
Join some of NYC's hottest talent as we have fun on April fools day and raise money for FIERCE!

Micia Mosely, Comedian, Jai Dulani, Writer Filmmaker, Ria Boss, Singer, Robin Cloud, Comedian, Desiree Marshall.poet.barber.organizer., Onliest, Rock/Soul, and more.....

more info at facebook

Art LovHer
Fri, April 3, 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, April 4, 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 HyperDoula - bringing forth our 8th year anniversary!

Hosted by the legendary JZ Bich eccentric Jean va Gin, wise Mercedes Matilda, and the adorable Kinda Lim.

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

Dark. Nude. Storytellers.
Sun, April 5, 2015
doors 7:30pm, show 8:00pm

$20 at the door, cash or credit
$15 advance tickets


The monthly show curated by The Incredible, Edible, Akynos celebrates Easter, Baptism, Catholicism, Christianity, Muslimhood and so many other religious doctrines in the nude with Religulous!

No better way to explore the various beliefs systems that have shaped the minds of many than with nude storytelling. In one of the last few editions of this showcase, the artists will tackle the dogmatic principles shaped by religion, covering topics from circumcision to sexual oppression. It's a show you don't want to miss, especially if you hold your bible and other religious ideals close to your heart.

Dark. Nude. Storytellers. was created to give voice to the stories of bodies of color in an educational, often times whimsical to offensive fashion that pays homage to the oral history tradition. Mainstream culture too often rewrites and excludes the lives, experiences, and history of bodies of color. The inequalities within society presents power structures that can silence the less privileged; leaving their stories to be told by those who may not truly understand it. Dark. Nude. Storytellers. puts the power back into the hands of the people who live them, by giving them an opportunity to speak their truth.

more at facebook

The Solstice Singers:
A Western Hemisphere Miscellany
Weds, April 8, 2015, 7pm

$10 Advance tickets
$12 at the door

The Solstice Singers are Sylvia Sterling, Sonnyia Stephens, Eric Benjamin Gordon, Sig Rosen, and Miriam Esuebo, led and joined by William Lyon Lee.

The Solstice Singers present A Western Hemisphere Miscellany: choral music, duos and solos, most having something to do with South America, but some from North America. "Sanctus" by Hector Via-Lobos, several pieces by Marlos Nobre, "Mu-cha-cha" by Julie Stein, "Moonfall" by Rupert Holmes, "El Condor Pasa" by Daniel Robles, "Fernando" by Abba, "Cancion al Arbol del Olvido" by Alberto Ginastero, "Psalm 150" by Ernani Aguilar, and "Stormy Weather" by Arlen and Koehler.

Thurs, April 9, 2015, 9pm
[NOTE date change]
$25 credit or cash at the door
Advance tickets:
$20/adv general admission
$30 for 2 ($15 each)
$48 for 4 ($12 each)

Thick: A Zaftig Revue: The monthly show curated by The Incredible, Edible, Akynos is an explosive array of thick voluptuously toned and earthen hued bodies, ready to bare their souls on stage. This is artistry in motion, celebrating the full figured body that's transformative and daring.

NOTE Date Change: was April 2nd, now will be April 9th.

The April show closes out the first season until a possible fall return. Don't miss the superstar cast which delights you with sultry burlesque and music. Stripteasers include from DC miss Syxx DeLeone, and NY stars Viktor Devonne, Delysia LaChatte II, Dottie Dynamo, Elene Bean. Hosted by Jeez Loueez - The Powerhouse of the Midwest!
with DJ Administer aka Mr. Speaker on the one and twos. This speakeasy dance party and performance ensemble often has surprise guests that will blow your mind. Space is limited so attendees are urged to purchase tickets in advance or RSVP through the website for a good time!

Doors at 8pm with drink specials, and the show promptly begins at 9pm. More at facebook

Shades of Burlesque
Fri, April 24, 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 April 24th at the historic WOW Cafe Theatre, 9:30pm. Get ready for a steamy night of Sultry & Titillating Burlesque!

Performances by Essence Revealed, Delysia La Chatte, Genie Adagio, Miss Poison Ivory, The Incredible, Edible Akynos, Voodoo Onyx, & Sweet Lorraine with Stage kitten extraordinaire BC Love!

Hosted by the Hilarious & Brilliant Ashley D. Brockington!

21+, More at facebook

1001 Nights: Love Stories on Death Row
(A Rock Ballet)
Fri & Sat, May 15 & 16, 2015,
Doors 7:30pm
, $15-$18 suggested donation

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´┐Żs 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

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, NY, 10003, USA.

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

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