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Rose: You Are Who You Eat

John Jarboe

Theater, Music


Produced by The Bearded Ladies Cabaret with Emily Schreiner
Rolling World Premiere with Woolly Mammoth, CulturalDC, & La MaMa ETC
From a commission by Works & Process at the Guggenheim

A true story of gender cannibalism set to music.

Once upon a vine, John Jarboe’s aunt revealed that John not only had a twin sister in the womb, but that John consumed her: “You ate her. That’s why you are the way you are.” This was a lot for John to swallow! In this musical shrine to the consumed twin, named Rose, John welcomes guests into a feast of gender through song, storytelling, and a full plate of wordplay. Featuring all original music written in collaboration with Emily Bate, Daniel de Jesús, Pax Ressler, and Be Steadwell.

Run Time: 75 mins
Ticket Price: $35
Venue: FringeArts

Dates: September 14, 2023 - September 23, 2023

September 14, 2023 7.00pm

140 N Christopher Columbus Blvd

General Admission: $35

September 16, 2023 7.00pm

140 N Christopher Columbus Blvd

General Admission: $35

September 17, 2023 1.00pm

Masks will be mandatory during this performance.

140 N Christopher Columbus Blvd

General Admission: $35

September 20, 2023 7.00pm

140 N Christopher Columbus Blvd

General Admission: $35

September 22, 2023 7.00pm

140 N Christopher Columbus Blvd

General Admission: $35

September 23, 2023 1.00pm

140 N Christopher Columbus Blvd

General Admission: $35

About the Artist

John Jarboe (she/her) is a director, singer, writer, producer and host serving you revolution, herstory, queer community making, and a whole lot of glitter. She is the founding artistic director of The Bearded Ladies Cabaret, a Philadelphia-based company, now thirteen years old.
She has directed and written original work performed at La Mama ETC, Joe’s Pub, and for Opera Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Wilma Theater, Guggenheim’s Works & Process, and Lincoln Center's American Songbook Series. As a director Jarboe has directed and helped create shows for Cookie Diorio, legendary Mezzo Stephanie Blythe, and for Countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo. As a writer and performer Jarboe has toured to Paris, Poland, New Zealand. Find more of her work with The Bearded Ladies @beardedladiescabaret or

  • Arthur KaplanFestival Star Producer
  • Larry & Ann Rosen SpectorFestival Producers
  • Duane PerryFestival Star Producer
  • Marty MaynardFestival Co-Producer
  • Tony ForteFestival Co-Producer
  • Ryan HummelFestival Co-Producer
  • Shelley GreenFestival Co-Producer
  • Michael GoldenFestival Co-Producer
  • MK TuomanenDirector
  • Emily SchreinerProducer
  • Jecca BarryProducer
  • Heath AllenArranger
  • Christopher AshScenic and Video Designer
  • Rebecca KanachCostume Designer
  • Kate McGeeLighting Design
  • Emily BateMusic Director
  • Composer
  • Arranger
  • Musician (Guitar)
  • Taylor JedlinskiOriginal Sound Designer
  • Damien FiguerasSound Designer
  • Calvin AndersonProduction Manager
  • Nic Labadie-BartzStage Manager
  • Sally OlloveAdditional Dramaturgical Support
  • John JarboeComposer
  • Be SteadwellComposer
  • Arranger
  • Pax ResslerComposer
  • Arranger
  • Musician (Keys)
  • Daniel de JesúsComposer
  • Arranger
  • Musician (Cello)
  • Mel RegnMusician (Drums)

Accessibility & Content Considerations

Contact the Fringe Festival Box Office for up to date accessibility information.

This event is appropriate for ages 13+

Strobe/Flashing Lights

Content warnings include: themes of fetal mortality and growing up queer in Michigan in the 90s, graphic eating imagery, and cannibal humor. Flashing lights will be used briefly, 40 minutes into the show.

Covid-19 Safety policy

This event does not require proof of vaccination to attend or masks to be worn


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