TruDee’s Star-Crossed : Dances For Lovers A Romeo and Juliet for One

TruDee’s Star-Crossed : Dances For Lovers
A Romeo and Juliet for One

SEPTEMBER 27-29 at 7pm
The West End Theater at the Church of St Paul & St Andrew 
263 West 86th Street (at West End)
The one-woman show will be performed by TruDee, the alter ego of dancer/comedian Deborah Lohse, a member of The Bang Group and the dance world’s Carol Burnett. TruDee, pink polyester clad, middle aged, divorced post professional dancer/storyteller, casts herself as Juliet in the famous tale of love and tragedy. TruDee’s dream role is short lived when Romeo fails to show up for the premiere, and she must find a way to keep the show and her dreams of finding true love from being cancelled. There will be ribbon dancing, karaoke, friendly drag show competitions, and more, all this while Melissa Etheridge begs us to “come to her window.”  

Dancer/comedienne DEBORAH LOHSE, described as “Carol Burnett in the body of a classical ballerina,” will appear as the character TruDee, her alter ego, which she describes as “a manifestation of optimism, fearlessness, unconditional love and play.” TruDee, an elusive genre straddler, has shared her dance stories in performances at Joe’s Pub, American Dance Festival, Chicago Contemporary Circus Festival, the beloved West Village drag bars Boots & Saddle and Stonewall In, and more. A favorite with Soaking WET audiences, TruDee returns in her one-woman show as Juliet, faced with keeping the show going when her Romeo fails to show up. Audience members – bring your tiaras. You may end up on stage!

Ape Girl at Coney Island Film Festival

Cris Siquiera is a force of nature- she LOVES sideshow, and she worked for 5 years to make this film about the sideshow attraction known as Girl to Gorilla. It’s huge in her home country of Brazil, and there is known as “Monga” – monkey girl. We love her! 

Tanya Solomon: Truth Assassin

“Tanya Solomon: Truth Assassin”, directed by Corn Mo, is an hour of preposterous magic, including blindfolded targeting with a knife, live fish appearing from nowhere, and things you never knew could be done with creamed corn. Logic and laws of nature guaranteed violated! ALSO: this will be the world premiere of an illusion starring my dog Stormy.
Performances are Fri. 6/22 and Sat. 6/23 at 8:00 pm at Cloud City, 85 N. 1st St. between Berry & Wythe in Williamsburg (L to Bedford). Tickets are $15 at the door or $12 in advance at
The show is all-ages, but it is aimed at adults and may not be suitable for children under 7.
Of course, please feel free to tell friends about it! The info page is

Congratulations to the 2018 First of May Award Winners!

Announcing the winners of Bindlestiff’s 2018 First of May Award!! Since our first award in 2012, decision-making has gotten tougher and tougher. 14 artists, among NYC’s best and brightest, submitted proposals for consideration this year.

In 2018, four prizes, totaling $3,000, were awarded. Matt Roper and Ekaterina Sknarina with “The Mr. Matt and Miss Ekaterina Show” and Shane Miclon with “The Preconceived Notions of Dr. Pellucida” will each receive $1,000. Paris Sirap with as-yet-untitled comedy juggling show, and Christopher Scheer with “(n)Gender” will each receive $500. In addition to this financial award, Bindlestiff offers First of May awardees benefits such as promotional support, production mentorship, and access to NYC’s Materials for the Arts to secure free props and supplies.

The 2018 First of May Award jury panel included former First of May Award recipients Adam Kuchler, Deborah Lohse, and Justin Weber; Playful Productions founder and circus producer Viveca Gardiner; entertainment booker and Bindlestiff Board of Directors member Michael Bongar; entertainment booker, marketing expert and Bindlestiff Advisory Board member Tina Bongar; Big Apple Circus co-founder and Bindlestiff Board of Directors member Paul Binder; and Bindlestiff co-founder Keith Nelson.

The Bindlestiff Family Cirkus salutes the jury panel members and all 14 applicants for their work in the circus and variety community, and in NYC’s cultural life.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Happy World Circus Day!

Happy World Circus Day from the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus! This year, circuses around the globe are celebrating the 250th anniversary of modern circus. Bindlestiff is proud to be part of this tradition, and we’re glad to see growing recognition for our art form and its beauty, skill, and social role. This photo by Maike Schulz was taken at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival last summer, when circus was honored on the National Mall.

Bindlestiff’s next show is coming up at The Cutting Room in NYC, May 23-27!
RSVP for more details and ticket info:
Bindlestiff Family Cirkus Cabaret at the Cutting Room, NYC


Happy Social Circus Day!


Happy Social Circus Day! Bindlestiff Family Cirkus is proud to be creating positivesocial change through our youth circus programs. Participating in circus has been proven to improve social and emotional skills in young people. Circus is a non-competitive activity that promotes healthy self-respect, cooperation with others, creative and positive self-expression, and safe, supported risk taking. In the circus community we are working diligently to empower young people to embrace the circus arts as a part of their lives. #socialcircusday2018

Certificate Program in Therapeutic Clowning at George Brown College, Canada

SPREAD THE WORD: Certificate Program in Therapeutic Clowning at George Brown College, Canada
We are eager to invite a wide range of ages and diverse cultural backgrounds in order to reflect our beautiful multicultural Canada.
Contact: Helen Donnelly

Artistic Director, Foo Productions

Parallel Exit presents The FINAL REEL

Show alert! Our friends in Parallel Exit have a brand new show, and our own Adam Kuchler is performing in it! The FINAL REEL will be at the Voorhees Theater at City Tech College in downtown Brooklyn from March 22-24.

Parallel Exit’s newest show THE FINAL REEL is inspired by the iconic films Sherlock Jr and The purple Rose of Cairo. An eccentric historian discovers the holy grail of silent films – the final reel of a forgotten classic thought to be lost to history. As he presents the film for the first time in a hundred years, his bumbling assistant accidentally steps into the movie and falls in love with the heroine. The two-love birds step back into the modern world and the heroine is left to make a fateful decision.

Così fan tutte brings circus and sideshow to the Metropolitan Opera

It’s a great thing to see circus & sideshow incorporated into “high art” performance forms like opera. Some of our esteemed friends and colleagues are featured in The Metropolitan Opera‘s new production of Mozart’s Così fan tutte.

We’re also pleased to share a special ticket promotion offer with friends and family of Bindlestiff: 15% off tickets to Così fan tutte from March 20 to April 19 with promo code COSI15.

Tix & info:…/2017-18-Season/cosi-fan-tutte-mozart-tickets).

“The quartet of young lovers and two cunning tricksters at the heart of the Così fan tutte story share the Met stage with sword swallowers, fire eaters, and a live boa constrictor. Set in a carnival fairground inspired by 1950s Coney Island, Phelim McDermott’s imaginative vision of Mozart’s opera features Broadway star Kelli O’Hara as Despina, and explores love, temptation, betrayal, and reconciliation amid the spectacle of the sideshow.”