CHICAGO – Following the Chicago Reader-recommended run of Grace, or the Art of Clinging, Brown Paper Box Co., “one of the most vital storefront theater groups in Chicago,” (HollywoodChicago.com) returns to Mary’s Attic for the 5th time to host their new musical fundraiser – Come Rain or Come Shine: A Judy Garland Cabaret. This celebration brings together BPBCo. members, past performance participants, friends of the company, and a few special guests for 2 nights of song and community on September 20 and 21, 2019 above Hamburger Mary’s (5400 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640) in Chicago’s Andersonville neighborhood.
It’s been 50 years since the world lost the one & only Judy Garland, and 50 years since the modern gay liberation movement began at the Stonewall Inn in New York’s Greenwich Village. Come Rain or Come Shine: A Judy Garland Cabaret is a celebration of an international icon, a queer movement, and exactly how far the LGBTQIA+ community has come over the past 50 years. Join Brown Paper Box Co. as we travel down a yellow brick road of joy, heartbreak, drag queens, herstory, and song. Bring your best Judy and sing along to Ms. Garland’s biggest hits and discover where our performers fit within or around the LGBTQIA+ community.
Full service bar & delicious dining options available throughout the night thanks to our friends at Hamburger Mary’s. Admission $30 presale Reserved Prime Seating (limited availability), $15 presale General Admission, or $20 at the door General Seating. For more information and tickets, please visit www.BrownPaperBox.org.
The cast for Come Rain or Come Shine: A Judy Garland Cabaret features: Chicago drag queen Alexis Bevels (season 1 winner of Camp Wannakiki, now on YouTube!; weekly charity bingo game host downstairs at Hamburger Mary’s every Sunday & Wednesday; she/her in drag or they/them if you like), Erin Shea Brady* (BPBCo.’s EVERYBODY and Grace, or the Art of Climbing director; she/her/hers), Chicago drag queen Shalita Cake (Jackhammer’s Best Worst drag show every Monday; performing randomly around the city!; she/her/hers), Chicago drag queen Dixie Lynn Cartwright (Dixie Wins a Talent Show *…While Alexis Bevels Stage Manages; hostess at Sidetrack Bar Chicago; she/her/hers), Megan Ensley (BPBCo.’s Godspell; that one Cracker Barrel digital commercial; singer with The Mashed Potatoes; loyal Real Housewives viewer; she/her/hers), Dwayne Everett (BPBCo.’s Little Women the Musical; Boho’s Bright Star; Haven Theatre’s Total Bent; he/him/his), Samantha Gatwood* (BPBCo.’s Holding On: A Community Cabaret; she/her/hers), Lynnette Li (BPBCo’s Grace, or the Art of Climbing; The Comrades’ Dead Man’s Cellphone; she/her/hers), Andrew Principe (Company Member of 粟津おすえべ花吹雪 [Awazu Osuebe Hanafubuki] in Japan; Company Member of Susurros in Cáceres, Spain; he/him/his), Andi Sharavsky (BPBCo.’s Little Women the Musical; iO Chicago’s The Deltones and The Musical Armando; she/her/hers), Kristi Szczepanek* (BPBCo. Artistic Director; she/her/hers), Matt Sergot (Hell in a Handbag’s Rudolph the Red Hosed Reindeer; former BPBCo. Front of House Manager; he/him/his), and Tyler Anthony Smith (BPBCo.’s EVERYBODY; Hell in a Handbag’s The Drag Seed; Eclipse Theatre’s Baby with the Bathwater; he/him/his), with Kimi Arquines (Event Music Director and Coordinator; music director for Annoyance Theater’s Boyband: The Musical; composer for Open Television’s “For Better” anthology series; she/her/hers) and M. William Panek* (Event Host and Coordinator; BPBCo.’s Little Women the Musical, Now. Here. This., & [title of show] director; he/him/his).
About Brown Paper Box Co.
Based in Chicago, Brown Paper Box Co. produces theatre that connects audiences to the heart of the story and to our shared human experience. By combining smart, simple design with clear storytelling, we make traditional pieces relevant and new work accessible. * denotes BPBCo. members
Who: Brown Paper Box Co.
What: Come Rain or Come Shine: A Judy Garland Cabaret
When: Friday, September 20 and Saturday, September 21, 2019
Where: Mary’s Attic above Hamburger Mary’s in Andersonville
5400 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640
Tickets: On sale NOW at www.BrownPaperBox.org
Admission: $30 presale Reserved Prime Seating (limited availability), $15 presale General Seating, and $20 at the door General Seating.