Press Releases

April 2012: The Bearded Ladies

March, 2012
Contact: Johnny Van Heest, Public Relations Manager | 215.893.9456 x102


The Wilma Theater presents Beards Are For Shaving: a 007 Cabaret:
The Bearded Ladies take on the music and the man of the James Bond series in their original Cabaret!

April 11 – 15, 2012

Philadelphia – The Bearded Ladies are back in action with Beards Are For Shaving: A 007 Cabaret, an exploration of the world-wide obsession with James Bond at The Wilma Theater, April 11 – 15, 2012. From opera and stage combat to intimate piano bar, Beards Are For Shaving employs a number of performance styles to tease out and complicate the characters of the hyper-gendered world of James Bond.  Praised by The Philadelphia Inquirer in 2011 as “Wildly Entertaining!”, The Beard Ladies will  continue their year-long series at the Wilma in July, 2012 with Marlene and the Machine: A German Expressionist Cabaret, with original arrangements and humorous dialogue.

As they attempt to recreate an entire Bond film using only cardboard and a piano, The Bearded Ladies take the archetype of Bond and his harem of ladies into the heart of gender confusion.  Offering a Bearded Ladies twist to the Bond standards as well as special guest artists Andrew Nelson and Dito Van Reigersberg of Pig Iron and Martha Graham Cracker fame, Beards Are For Shaving will prove an explosive night of cabaret. 

Members of the press are invited to attend the cabaret on April 11, 2011 at 10:30pm. For ticket arrangements, please contact Johnny Van Heest at or 215.89.9456 x102.

Directed by Philadelphia-based actor John Jarboe, The Bearded Ladies Cabaret performed their cabaret No Regrets: A Piaf Affair to sold-out houses during The Wilma Theater’s 2010/ 2011 Season and began a season-long series with a sold-out run of Wide Awake: A Civil War Cabaret in November, 2011 for the theater’s 2011/2012 Season. The Bearded Ladies are also acclaimed for their summer production during Philadelphia’s 2011 Bastille Day Celebration at the historic Eastern State Penitentiary. John Jarboe, as Edith Piaf, served as guest emcee and rallied the crowd to overthrow the infamous Marie Antoinette impersonator. The troupe has been asked to return as the festival’s main entertainment for the July, 2012 Bastille Day.

Tickets start at $20 and are available at the Wilma Box Office at 215.546.7824 or on sale at the door. Tickets purchase includes admission to the show and all-you-can-shake “Martinis.”

Show Dates and Times:
Wednesday, April 11: doors open at 9:30pm
Thursday, April 12: doors open at 9:30pm
Friday, April 13: doors open at 10:30pm
Saturday, April 14: doors open at 10:30pm
Sunday, April 15 (2 SHOWS): SHOW 1: doors open at 5pm; SHOW 2: doors open at 8pm

Collaboratively Created and Performed by The Bearded Ladies:
Heath Allen
, Kristen Bailey, Liz Filios, John Jarboe, and Mary Tuomanen
With Special guest artists Andrew Nelson as M and Dito Van Reigersberg as Miss Moneypenny,

Co-Directed by John Jarboe and Jenna Horton
Music Direction by Heath Allen

Mission Statement

The Wilma Theater creates living, adventurous art. We engage artists and audiences in imaginative reflection on the complexities of contemporary life. We present bold, original, well-crafted productions that represent a range of voices, viewpoints and styles.