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Philly Fringe Arts Festival, September 7-23, 2017

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Come out to see this year’s Fringe Festival of theater and performance art; there are hundreds to choose from. Below are 19 shows with gay characters or content, or just of potential interest to the LGBT community, sorted by genre.  It’s Fringe, so some shows are in smaller venues outside of Center City; put on your adventure hat and go explore!  Plus, check out the main site for other shows too.  In the lefthand column, you can filter by genre, date, neighborhood, or “features” like free, dark, outdoors, live music, and yes, LGBT.  There’s something for everyone.

Theater – Gay characters

  • Last Ditch Playlist, Sept. 12, 13, 15. Brad Baron.
    Memories of a rocky gay romance dance through his head like a playlist.
  • Doppelbanger, Sept. 21-23. Nick Jonczak.
    Do I want to be him, or do I want to be with him? Physical theater.
  • Fishtown: A Hipster Noir, Sept. 8-11, 14-18, 21-23, Tribe of Fools
    A private eye investigates an app allowing you to live out your wildest fantasy, at a cost.


  • Kink Haüs Sept. 5-10, 13-18, 20-24, Gunnar Montana
    Dance. Fantasy, fetish and carnal desire are all in fashion.
  • …strand…  Sept. 7-10, 13-17, 20-23,  Brian Sander’s JUNK
    Dance. Self-guided outdoor adventure through the urban wilds with this sexy dance troupe.

Theater – Drag & Transgender

  • Joan Crawford in Her Own Words  Sept. 7, 9, 10, 14, 16, 17, 21, 23, 24, JCProductions
    Comedy/drama dishing on Hollywood, motherhood and famous feuds.
  • A List of Common Misconceptions  Sept. 13, 15, 17. SEXx Ineractive & Polyglamorous Comedy.
    After-school sex education parody. Drag, burlesque, live music, and muppets.
  • Aunty Ben  Sept. 15-18. ReNew Theatre Company
    Story of a 9-year-old girl and her drag queen uncle.
  • Perspectives Sept. 22-24, AIM Academy Drama
    Perspectives on body shaming, gender identity, anxiety, online personas, loss and ADHD.

Drag Cabaret

  • Art of the Heel Sept. 8, 16, & 23, Cookie Diorio
    Drag cabaret for a cause, or philanthropic frivolity! 3 beneficiaries.
  • Get Pegged Cabaret Fri. Sept. 15, John Jarboe & Dieter Rita Scholl
    Drag cabaret with lead of Bearded Ladies Cabaret and a visiting German actor.


  • Pride Parade!  Sept. 8-10, 16-17. Wesley Flash
    Interactive walking tour of LGBT history with dance, singing and chants.
  • Andean Mountains Sept. 7-9, 14-15. Carlos Roa
    A displaced Columbian* bear explores personal geography and cultural loss.

Theater – Not strictly gay, but…

Lesbian – Dance & Music

  • Life Lines? Sept. 6-9. Tangle Movement Arts
    Seven women perform in an acrobatic circus theater show.


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