The Poetry Brothel is performed in Cities all over the world. Our Kingston version of costumed performance poets and their companion musicians, singers and dancers, brings a unique evening of entertainment to you within the confines of BSP Lounge on Saturday, September 17 at 7:30.
Poetry comes into the performance space with each poet a character in purveying and portraying her words This Kingston version of the phenomena sells intelligence, wit and life. Not only are we avoiding the mindset that brothels embodied, but we are seeking to overturn it.
Come see poetry in a new guise and partake in a night out of artistry, intelligence and fun.
Poetry Brothel of Kingston: Fallen Leaves
Troupe members performing:
Andrea Pacione as Cat Aclysm
David Gonzalez as M’Orpheus
Dennis Doherty as The Fugitive
Francine Glasser as Serena – T
Gary Siegel as Che La Vie
Jacqueline Ahl as Miss Anthropy
Maura McMahon O’Meara as Sheila Nagig
Phillip X Levine as Spill DeBeans
Richard Treitner as Lucky Pierre
Jennifer Lewis Bennett as Jazzabelle de la Faire
Gabriel Dresdale as Pierre de La Mer
Donna Barrett as Donna
Lisa Quatrocchi as Lady Ayleeza
Band – “The Toes”
Eleni Reyes – voice, violin
Mike Colletti – standup bass, electric bass
Peter Wetzler – keys
Stephen Johnson – strings, vocals
Pablo Shine – congas, percussion
The “Poetry Brothel,” a uniquely immersive experience that takes poetry outside classrooms and reinvents the brothel model by replacing the traditional “wares” with words, presents a bi-annual evening of performance poetry supported by music, dance, and art with attitude.
Conceived by the Poetry Society of New York, The Poetry Brothel has been successful in NYC, Barcelona, Los Angeles, Chicago and many other cities. It presents poets as high courtesans who impart their work in performance-based readings, but most distinctly, private poetry readings on premises. In this brothel of course, the goods are poetic and intellectual, not carnal – and these goods can be had for a small fee. For $3, an audience member can select a poet for a 3 minute private reading. For many, this intensified experience of poetry is quite personal, meaningful, and memorable.
Central to this experience is the creation of character, which– for poet and audience– functions as both disguise and freeing device, enabling The Poetry Brothel to be a place of uninhibited creative expression.
In addition to this roving band of costumed poets, a variety of dancers, musicians, and various roustabouts help create the celebratory atmosphere and enrich the evening’s experience.
Tickets to Poetry Brothel events cost $10 and are available at the door. Tokens for private readings from troupe members (available throughout the evening) are $3.
A portion of the proceeds are donated to the Blue Butterfly Foundation, supporting rescue and educational efforts for victims of human trafficking in Nepal, teaching young women that their voices are indeed valuable. Your support assists their efforts toward liberty and literacy.