My second year at the Edinburgh Fringe was an absolute smash. Dandy Darkly's Pussy Panic! was critically lauded among several of the top festival publications.
"Bedazzling talent. A celebration of our campest, creepiest selves." ★★★★★ Scotsgay Magazine
"Voguing and zombie dancing. Cattiness, absurdity and gore." ★★★★★ The Edinburgh Reporter
"Gruesomely compelling. Deliciously diverse. Political potency makes it a feminist fiesta." ★★★★ The Scotsman
"Nightmare inducing, surrealist camp fantasies. A searing critique of queer culture. A vagina détente." ★★★★ The List Magazine
Prior to the start of the Edinburgh Fringe, I'd been invited to write a guest essay on why my Pussy Panic! isn't misogynistic. My personal take on satire and misogyny published on Out.com can be found here.
I even landed on a lousy, low-budget talk show with "comedian" Tom Stade. This guy is a fucking piece of work. If he has the audacity to invite me back next year -- I'll accept immediately and thank him profusely. Lovely to meet you, Mr. Stade! (Do watch them all. They're hilarious.)
In addition to twenty one performances of Dandy Darkly's Pussy Panic!, I also did a handful of performances at The Best of Burlesque at the Assembly Bosco Tent and hosted a swanky donor gala on behalf of the Edinburgh Fringe Society (which featured the talents of the hilarious Chelsea Manders and enchanting chanteuse Lady Rizo -- London friends go see her now!)
I even managed to enjoy twenty five other shows -- among them the ghastly darlings The Twins Macabre and Apphia Campbell's Black Is The Color of My Voice and the amazing Miss Hope Springs. Download her CD Welcome to the Carnival.
I had such a wonderful time, but I'm thrilled to be back home at 13 Gay Street.
Pussy Panic! is hitting the road ladies and gentlemen. I've secured a three night victory lap at the Celebration of Whimsy theatre in New York City October 9th to the 11th and then I'm off to the New Orleans Fringe Festival with five shows November 19th to the 23rd!
Thank you to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival organizers and staff for their work making the largest arts festival in the world happen year after year. It is thankless, grueling work, but your tireless efforts help make it possible for someone such as myself to express my strange, strange point of view.
I really appreciate it.
And thank you especially to the incredible musicians who give sound to my words. Adam Tendler, Rachel Blumberg and Bryce Edwards. You guys and gal literally rock. And thanks Ian Bjorklund for the honest feedback and suggestions that "It's shit. Do it again."
I appreciate that too.
And thank you to all the people who came to see the show and continue to come out to hear what I have to say. Without you I'm just face paint and feathers in an empty room. Thanks again!
If you are a theatre manager, event producer or festival organizer and interested in booking Dandy Darkly's Pussy Panic! email me at email@example.com and let's discuss!