june, 2019

7jun - 16All DayCats, Criminals & Comedians!


Event Details

The Untold Herstory of Feminist Performance Art

FRI, SAT & SUN: June 7th, 8th, 9th & 14th, 15th, 16th

SHOW @ 8 PM / DOORS @ 7 PM

After workshop performances in Chicago and Milwaukee, Cats, Criminals & Comedians! makes its world premiere at the Mercury Theater in Station North. Pushing the form of the PowerPoint presentation to absurd extremes, the show offers an alternative “herstory” of feminist performance through portraits of artists, such as the Wienermobile-driving Sam Frank, “toil artist” Maria Franzini and the political saboteur known as Ann Coulter. Written by comedian Christine Ferrera, with original music by Dan Hanrahan, Cats, Criminals & Comedians! is a one-hour theatrical experience that is both a love letter to the fearless women who have created iconic works of performance, as well as a hilarious satire of the overly competitive and self-serious aspects of the art world. The show features Christine Ferrera (Starbux Diary, She-Devil Comedy Festival), Dan Hanrahan (National Poetry Slam, Amsterdam Fringe), and multi-disciplinary performer Jacob Budenz (Pastel Witcheries, Dreambaby).

Each show will feature an opening act by a rare gem of the local performance scene. Curios and artifacts from the lecture, including a vial of tears, a perfume-soaked thong, a rock and a feminist Jell-O mold, will be shared with the audience. Aromas and edible delights will stimulate the senses, bringing this little-known dream world to life right before your eyes, ears and noses!

Fri, 6/7 – Linda Campbell Franklin
Sat, 6/8 – OLGA (Jen Diamond & Pam Hugi)
Sun, 6/9 – Natalie McGill
Fri, 6/14 – Suzie Doogan & Michelle Luong
Sat, 6/15 – Chelsea Shorte
Sun, 6/16 – Olu Butterfly

by Sarah Magida

Showtimes are Fri, Sat & Sun at 8PM / Doors open at 7:30pm
at the Mercury Theater, 1823 Charles St. Baltimore, MD 21201

Tickets are $15, with discounts for artists, students, seniors & military and pay-what-you-can options


by Alex Fine


CHRISTINE FERRERA (co-director, writer & performer)
Christine Ferrera is a performance artist and comedian. Her work has appeared on NPR’s The Story, WYPR’s The Signal, and The Confessional podcast. She has been honored to perform at festivals and museums including, the Amsterdam Fringe, Baltimore’s Contemporary Museum, Creative Alliance and Defibrillator Space (Chicago), among many others. Ferrera’s self-published book, Starbux Diary, was included in City Paper’s Top Ten Baltimore Books of 2015 and described as, “Hilariously personal.” She lives and works and eats and prays and loves in Baltimore, USA.

DAN HANRAHAN (co-writer, musician & performer)
Dan Hanrahan is a writer, musician, performer and National Poetry Slam finalist. He has presented his work at venues internationally, including Beyond Baroque (Los Angeles), the Milwaukee Art Museum, Center Portion & Teatro Aguijón (Chicago), Theater X (Milwaukee) and the Amsterdam Fringe Festival. His essays have appeared at counterpunch.org, El Beisman, The Mantle, Op-Ed News and Bmore Art. Dan released the album, Three Waves in 2015 and the album of protest songs, Radical Songs for Rough Times, in 2019.

JACOB BUDENZ (co-director & performer)
Jacob Budenz is a writer and multi-disciplinary performer with an MFA from University of New Orleans and a BA from Johns Hopkins. As a musician and performer, Jacob has performed all over Baltimore and New Orleans, as well as New York, Philadelphia, DC, and Spain. As a theater artist, he has been involved in several acclaimed productions, including his original adaptation of The Master and Margarita which appeared on Baltimore City Paper’s Top Ten Staged Productions of 2016, and Best of Baltimore winners Marat/Sade and The Cook, the Thief, His Wife, and Her Lover. His poetry chapbook, Pastel Witcheries, debuted in 2018 with Seven Kitchens Press, and an extended edition called Spellwork for the Modern Pastel Witch was one of the winners of the Hard to Swallow Chapbook Contest at Birds Piled Loosely Press.

Linda Campbell Franklin, old showoff who loves to wear costumes, write, draw and celebrate dust, will bring with her part of her teenage persona, complete with big feet and flat bosom. Linda’s graphic novel, Rowena Sunder, Artist in New York, 1965-1970, reflects autobiographically on the highlights of her early self, and will be for sale.

OLGA is a Baltimore-based indie comedy duo comprised of Jen Diamond and Pam Hugi. Formed in 2014, OLGA performs long-form improv, original sketches, and duo-stand up. The girls have performed in Baltimore, DC, Philadelphia, Delaware, and NYC. OLGA offers corporate and private workshops, as well as improv coaching sessions. They both love their moms a lot. www.olgacomedy.com

Natalie McGill is a D.C.-based stand up comic who is an on-air correspondent and writer for the political satire show Redacted Tonight on RT America. She has opened for comics such as Judah Friedlander, Sasheer Zamata and Gilbert Gottfried, and has performed for the 2 Dope Queens podcast, Bentzen Ball Comedy Festival and the Kennedy Center’s District of Comedy Festival. Her writing has also been featured on the sports humor website, CrookedScoreboard.com.

Suzie Doogan and Michelle Luong met one another through an education program and talked until they were both very faint and really needed to use the bathroom. In their collaborative performances they explore intuitive communication, language, and polyrhythms. Like most conversations, their work modulates between structure and free improvisation.

Chelsea Shorte describes herself as a comedian, storyteller, writer, and “regular gay”. Originally from Richmond, VA, Chelsea discovered comedy as a way to stave off the boredom of being a beautiful twenty-something. Since first taking the stage as a stand up in early 2011, she has flourished and has further applied her creative drive to storytelling, podcasting, sketch writing, acting, and drag performance. She has had the privilege of performing at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington DC’s historic Howard Theater, as well as multiple colleges and comedy venues across the country. Her stand up material ranges from riffs on the low bar for allyship to dating or even pythons in the Everglades.

Olu Butterfly Woods is a working artist and mother living in Baltimore. With a degree in mechanical engineering, she has revolved to an original calling of creating thoughtful art that has led to her land in Baltimore as a base for her travels. In her time in Baltimore, she has worked as an innovative artist and writer, bringing international perspective and an authentic dynamism to the communities with which she has been involved. Projects past and present include Poetry for the People Baltimore (P4PB), a poetry community-service organization, open-mic/jam session, Organic Soul Tuesdays, youth workshops, and tours both collaboratively and independently, including with the Sankofa Dance Theater and band Fertile Ground.

Thank you MSAC!
To discover more about the Maryland State Arts Council and how they impact Maryland, visit msac.org


june 7 (Friday) - 16 (Sunday)


The Mercury Theater

1823 North Charles Street, Baltimore MD 21201