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WOMB! There it is combines video, movement, poetry, and an original score to tell a multifaceted story of Black queer existence from womb to tomb and beyond.

As a grand finale to ANT Fest, Chris Murphy hosts our untamed variety show-meets party, introducing us to the who’s-who of the weird and wonderful — from comedy to burlesque and everything (and anything) in between.

In Tía Talk, two Latinas, Karen and Amelia, try to prove their Latinidad to themselves and the audience by embodying every stereotype they have been fed by the media, their peers, and even their families. By using the structure of a talk show, they invite the audience to participate in their exploration of identity by building interactive segments, offering advice, and posing unanswerable questions (e.g. how can we acknowledge the inherent racism and settler-colonial status quo of pan-Latinoism while also holding joy and pride in our heritage?). Additionally the performers unabashedly experience joy and pride of their own culture, delving into reggaeton, food and hoops. Drawing from their own unique experiences, as well as the influence of Latiné icons such as Selena Quintanilla-Pérez, Shakira, and Walter Mercado, Karen and Amelia explore issues of identity, including body image, fetishization and assimilation, and attempt to make sense of their place in the world. While they do not find a concrete or simple answer (how could anyone?), they do find connection with each other, and acceptance of the fact that identity is a journey, not a destination.

As a grand finale to ANT Fest, Chris Murphy hosts our untamed variety show-meets party, introducing us to the who’s-who of the weird and wonderful — from comedy to burlesque and everything (and anything) in between.

HYPERFANTASIA is a sci-fi fantasy drag cabaret about the proliferation of matter in the universe and life on planet Earth. Featuring original music and projections, this miniature epic draws on new evolutionary theories and ancient queer wisdom to dismantle the survival-of-the-fittest paradigm toward an ethic of abundance and extravagance. Hosted by Tiresias, the blind prophet of the Underworld, HYPERFANTASIA includes a reenactment of the Big Bang as a celestial orgasm, a heartfelt ode to our prehistoric unicellular bacterial ancestors, and a dance choreographed using movements of birds-of-paradise during mating rituals.

This is a two-person show performed by two butch actors. One plays Diana. The other, in drag, plays Nelu and a host of other characters from his life. Both actors wear identical Adidas tracksuits. My Cousin Nelu Is Not Gay features musings on the immigrant experience, an intimate dance with a disco ball, musings on the lesbian experience, two two-hundred-pound dogs, musings on the butch experience, and an epic yet disappointing cousin vs. cousin showdown in the space created at the ~threshold of revelation~. This is an absurdist comedy butting up against a confessional monologue. This is a bilingual play in which English clashes with Romanian and the gays wrestle the straights to take control of the stage. This is what happens when factual family history meets the stories we tell ourselves about how we grew up, or how we wish we had.

Characters & narrative rise from a garbage heap of recycled icons and pitch-shifted glitch-pop. New lovers & lingering villains converge in the vortex of an Anything But Clothes party. A staged concept album erupts out of my bedroom floor.

sixteen-year-old Zavier finds an online community that could quell his longing for intimacy; the platonic, the romantic, the sexual.

or not.

a play about

love,

fetishization,

loneliness,

and the conundrum of dating yourself while hating yourself.

Rip Her to Shreds is a funny-terrifying roller coaster ride through girlhood; with all its ups and downs, twists and turns; alliances always shifting, and personalities revealing themselves more and more each second. A dark comedy that combines modern language, witchcraft folklore and sound-scape to explore femme friendships, consent, bullying and inherited trauma.

A playful send up of your local indie softboi and a reflection on the effects of the social internet and digital culture for us all. Butoh and gestural dance meets Taylor Swift and our iCloud archives. Through an increasingly scrambled collage format of precise choreography and found text, we attempt to re/deconstruct what it means that the thing we wrote over Messenger 10 years ago can still be accessed in about 10 seconds.

This play is about the apostles Peter and John. It takes place in the Bible.

There are three songs. We hope they lift you up.

Written by William Sydney
Directed by Molly Rose Heller
Composed by Xander Browne

There’s Johnson #1’s feast at 2pm and Johnson #2’s daily prayer at 7am. There’s Johnson #1’s hour-long vomit and there’s Johnson #2’s hour-long jog. There’s Johnson #1’s 5 hours of restless sleep and there’s Johnson #2’s 3 hours of contaminated brainspace. deadbodydeadbodydeadbody is an invitation to voyeur into two unbeknownst rivals as they see sunrise and sunset… and sunrise and sunset… and sunrise and sunset… deadbodydeadbodydeadbody is the 72 hours before the start of the boxing match of the century, the generational death match, that is Stamps’ Blue Fire Burns the Hottest. Can preparation ever be on point?

Five Jewish nine-year-olds LARP Christianity! Watch as they role-play heterosexual marriage, don flame-throwing mech suits, stab each other to facilitate animal reincarnation and try to cross themselves. I’ll be in my Hanukkah palace is a feverish excursion back into the weirdo dreamscape of queer Jewish childhood.

Black and Blue is a solo show about a Black boy living in a society that doesn’t like it when our Black men show vulnerability, and this sensitive boy learns to bottle up his feelings and internalize his trauma. Over time, his hot pink shirts turn to faded black and his playlist turns from 90s boy bands to the gangsta rap of the early 2000’s. But at the end of this dark tunnel is a light that will lead us back to the path of joy, liberation, and freedom. Like the Backstreet Boys album, our biracial boy realizes it’s ok to be Black and feel Blue.

How can we talk about what matters to us? When a song from a poorly aged anti-abortion beach musical awakens memories of a faraway life, beatnik Sissy questions her current sense of agency. As time passes and culture shifts, how do we make sense of the past? And do we even care anymore?

After discovering she was secretly filmed during her last hookup, Ella Van o’clock must decide: To Post, or Not To Post…the explicit video on OnlyFans. Clinton & Cosby & Eilish & Porter visit the broke, toking drag queen in the 11th hour, hoping to sway her decision with their music, policies & promises.

Catalina La O explores the life of creator khattieQ and of female Puerto Rican singing legends Myrta Silva and Ruth Fernández, among others. In Catalina, the ravages of a storm force her to take shelter in an abandoned studio. None of Catalina’s live audience has arrived, but she broadcasts her show to the millions of viewers she hopes are watching. Catalina is a piece for the queer communities, the colonized body, for Puerto Rico, for anyone who has experienced heartbreak. It is a piece for survivors. It is a piece that speaks to resistance.

Renowned wellness expert, spiritual teacher, and best-selling author Elaine Chrysalis returns to her hometown of Pittsville, New Jersey after twenty years to deliver her famous workshop, Live, Laugh, Love, Learn, Let Go… and Live Again. But as the night progresses, secrets from Elaine’s past float to the surface, threatening to unravel the evening. Join Elaine on this interactive journey that tackles the absurdity of the healing process and dares to ask if a little bit of dark chocolate at the end of the night as a little treat is really enough for any of us.
Journey to the Joniverse! is a voyage to the multiverse of one man’s personality. It will see me hurdling through space and time to find my true identity. Will I finally learn who I am or will I continue to be a lost soul? Join me on an Afro-absurdist exploration of self, full of characters you won’t soon forget!
After being named after 2 white women, growing up in a cultural wasteland (the upper east side), and earning an English Lit degree from a PWI, Sabrina Wang doesn’t really know who she is outside of a white gaze. Following the insight of her therapist that “genuine” is when your “heart,” “mind,” and “energy” align, “Sabrina” does 3 different stand-up sets modeled after each element to find something that feels true and real. Come watch Sabrina try to joke her way out of existential imposter syndrome.
My name’s Sam and I have an obsessive affection with history and facts and the things we aren’t told. This show is my attempt to dispense as much information along with as much comedy as possible. There will be games, there will be jokes, and there will be a fundamental shift in how you view the American education system. It’ll be fun!
Bullshit is an experimental cabaret. Talking shit with performative self care routines. Self soothing with video games and robo-dogs. Aerobics with a restorative Oprah led meditation. All in an active attempt to navigate us out of this endless loop of discomfort we’ve found ourselves in.

A multidisciplinary, variety cocktail sure to heighten your senses, raise your vibrations, and leave you anew.

God, Love, Death, Afterlife, Perversion and Depravity; philosophical subjects that even after 300,000 years of human existence still remain theoretical and controversial- and none better to unpack them then River L. Ramirez through their heightened, experimental comedic style that their mother often calls “disturbing and not for me.” Gathering highbrow and lowbrow authorities alike, from musicians to characters, comedians to writers, this series promises to be an unhinged meeting of minds for the ages.

God, Love, Death, Afterlife, Perversion and Depravity; philosophical subjects that even after 300,000 years of human existence still remain theoretical and controversial- and none better to unpack them then River L. Ramirez through their heightened, experimental comedic style that their mother often calls “disturbing and not for me.” Gathering highbrow and lowbrow authorities alike, from musicians to characters, comedians to writers, this series promises to be an unhinged meeting of minds for the ages.

God, Love, Death, Afterlife, Perversion and Depravity; philosophical subjects that even after 300,000 years of human existence still remain theoretical and controversial- and none better to unpack them then River L. Ramirez through their heightened, experimental comedic style that their mother often calls “disturbing and not for me.” Gathering highbrow and lowbrow authorities alike, from musicians to characters, comedians to writers, this series promises to be an unhinged meeting of minds for the ages.

With dramaturgy as the core of her artistic practice, Jillian is theatermaker as archaeologist. She investigates the processes and workings of time, ritual, identity and structure to unearth the ways theatrical forms can impact the larger cultural landscape. Through her residency at University Musical Society (University of Michigan), she researched her new play, Tignon, and a lecture/performance work, Songs of Speculation, which premiered at JACK in November 2018. Jillian was recently commissioned to create brand-new work for the critically-acclaimed Soho Rep. and holds an MFA in Dramaturgy from Columbia University.

Ars Nova’s beloved holiday tradition returns live and in-person this December! Everyone’s favorite yuletide gay brings his renowned Lonely Christmas special back to the stage in a one-night-only benefit performance to support Ars Nova. Featuring surprise guests, stories, and songs, this year’s event is sure to get you in the holiday spirit.
The cast of Rags Parkland Sings The Songs Of The Future is reuniting for a concert to celebrate the March 2020 release of their original cast recording, released by Broadway Records! The night will feature the whole band, back together for the first time since they recorded the album. Expect songs from the Lortel Award-winning show, other music from the Rags Parkland universe (including cut songs!) and a very exciting announcement! We almost had this concert last year, so we are excited to finally celebrate the past, present, and future of Rags Parkland with you all!
The artists from Ars Nova’s comedy residency takeover our untamed monthly variety show-meets party. Mahayla Laurence and Matt Gehring host this special Showgasm introducing us to the who’s-who comedy creators of CAMP.
The Ramayan is one of India’s most treasured ancient stories. This epic tale of good and evil has been loved and shared for thousands of years, though it has remained largely untold in the West. Shared over the course of three concept albums, all played through live, this re-imagining re-conceives this ancient tale for our modern world, and invites its characters into the temple of American myths.
In celebration of the imminent release of her EP In Front Of Your TV, Laura Galindo and her bandmates come together to play in a venue familiar to them: Ars Nova. They last performed here together in the one-woman-and-her-band musical, Annie Aspen’s Musical Space Spectacular! While then she was singing about a woman lost in space, this time Laura’s singing about the intimate details of her life— though turns out it sounds kinda the same!
When COVID first hit the US, Rodriguez was visiting friends in Vermont and stayed put. Displaced and delving deep into old and new musical influences, she channeled and created music that metabolized the deep uncertainty of this time into joy, pain, pleasure and possibility. Through an emphasis on the cathartic nature of ranchera, bolero and other styles, you’ll hear brand-new songs from a new piece called RAIMUNDA in Rodriguez’s first in-person concert since February of 2020.

In this darkly comic and irreverently silly solo show, Ely Kreimendahl explores the intersection of queer motherhood, pregnancy, sobriety, identity and navigating being both a comedian and a psychotherapist. With storytelling, stand-up, sketches and songs, the question remains: how does that make you feel?

Three Latinx prepubescents sit in a waiting room and need to kill time while their moms are in another cult meeting — thank God they have television! Channel surf away from reality in this earnest, televisual fantasia.