Merril Mushroom’s Bar Dykes
Behind a nondescript door you’ll find a very distinct clientele where you get to immerse yourself into the world of butches and femmes, flirting, smoking and dancing. Playwright Mushroom, drawing on her experiences as a lesbian in the Deep South and New York City in the pre-Stonewall era, transports us into the hidden subculture of lesbian society in mid-century America, and into the women and their relationships in a precarious time. Follow 11 bar dykes as they drink, dance, date, duke it out, and grab a few undisturbed moments. BAR DYKES will be an immersive staging, so the audience can experience and eavesdrop on a girls’ night out captured in time, as it once was.
Director: Virginia Baeta and Mark Finley
Costumes: Ben Philipp
Stage Manager: Bree Williams-Mossiah
House Manager: Robin Kaufman
PR and Management: Michele Karlsberg, Thornell Jones
Best for ages 14 and up.
*All tickets include an additional $2 Theater Restoration Fee, which keeps the lights on in our new digs.
TOSOS (The Other Side of Silence) is New York City’s oldest professional LGBTQ+ theater. In 1974, Off-Off Broadway veteran Doric Wilson (1939-2011), cabaret star Billy Blackwell and director Peter dell Valle, started the first professional gay theatre company in NYC. It was called The Other Side of Silence; TOSOS for short. In 2002, directors Mark Finley and Barry Childs and playwright Wilson resurrected TOSOS. The company has produced over 30 mainstage shows and so many readings of new plays and works in progress we have trouble counting them all. www.tososnyc.org