Bearded Ladies Cabaret Takes Queer Live Performance on the Road in Philadelphia

The City of Brotherly Love gets a colorful new pop-up cabaret venue with The Beardmobile, a love letter to the city's neighborhoods with performances by local artists this April.

The Beardmobile. Credit: Plate 3 Photography

A year into the lockdown, and people are still finding ways to make live performances live.

After months of Zoom readings and other eager beaver attempts at recreating the magic, the Bearded Ladies Cabaret Company has announced the Beardmobile, a 15-foot box truck that serves as a stage, will bring four weeks of roving performances in Philadelphia this April.

The Philadelphia-based troupe of artists use the cabaret form to “tackle the politics of gender, identity, and artistic invention with sparkle and wit,” according to a press release. Adhering to safety protocols, the truck will bring a splash of color and flair to its socially-distanced performances this spring.

“The pandemic left so many artists underemployed and so many organizations on shaky ground,” says John Jarboe (she/her), artistic director of The Beards. “We designed the Beardmobile not only to showcase Bearded Ladies artists but also to be a resource for performing arts and social justice organizations in Philadelphia.”

In that vein, the Beardmobile serves as a love letter to the troupe’s hometown, showcasing local organizations, artists, and community members.

Partners for the performances include Asian Arts Initiative, Vox Populi and The Moon Baby, Modero and Co., PARC, East Passyunk Avenue Business Improvement District, The Wilma, ILL DOOTS, Philadelphia Contemporary, LaNeshe Miller White, Dain Saint, Spiral Q, and Applied Mechanics, For more information and tickets, visit

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