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The Night the Bar Played a Polka Cover of “I’m on Fire” by Bruce Springsteen – A Solo Show by Courtney Taylor


Courtney Taylor

Theatre, Storytelling

Digital Fringe



“The Night the Bar Played a Polka Cover of ‘I’m on Fire’ by Bruce Springsteen” is a 45-min cathartic & comedic solo show about queerness, rape culture, & the weirdest Springsteen cover of all time. This surreal & tender show by Courtney Taylor has been seen prior at Under St. Marks Theater in NYC.


Courtney Taylor is a playwright and performer from Massapequa, NY. Her work has been recognized by the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s National Playwrights Conference (2024 semifinalist, Jenkins: An All-American Outing; 2023 semifinalist, No Entrance), the Lanford Wilson New American Play Festival (2024 & 2023 finalist, No Entrance), the Terrence McNally New Works Incubator (2024 semifinalist, No Entrance), SheNYC Summer Theater Festival (2024 semifinalist, No Entrance), ScreenCraft’s Stage Play Competition (2023 quarterfinalist, The Warren Commission Spectacular), and the J.L. Smith New Play Festival (2022 semifinalist, The Warren Commission Spectacular). Courtney’s one-act play Lights in the Sky has been performed across the U.S., and opened Off-Off-Broadway in 2019.

Courtney is an inaugural Feminism Is for Everbody Fellow at Bechdel Project, a feminist arts incubator. She has developed work at Bechdel Project, Athena Project, First Kiss Theatre Company, Paper Kraine Productions, Imaginarium Theatre Company, and The Apartment Players. Courtney received a 2019 Edward Guiliano Global Travel Fellowship from Stony Brook University to research and develop her play Jenkins: An All-American Outing.

Courtney has also produced offbeat, experimental, and indie theatre projects at All Out Arts’ Fresh Fruit Festival and The Makers’ Ensemble’s Intimate Artist Night series. She works professionally as a speechwriter.

September 6 & 7, 45 min. duration, PWYC $5+


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