In the world of the fairies, love moves toward love…

Athens is a world ruled by law, but deep in the woods, the only law is attraction. Four young lovers get caught up in the kinky follies of a warring Faerie King and Queen, and find themselves suddenly much more sexually free than they were before. Love moves toward love in Sinner Saint Burlesque’s new interpretation of Shakespeare’s classic. Pairing a queer twist using Shakespeare’s text with spectacular costuming and ecdysiastic pageantry, you too will fall under the spell of this erotic lucid dream.

As fondly as we all recall it, the truth is that Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a classic comedy mired in patriarchal, sex-negative, heteronormative, and racist values. Sinner Saint’s progressive mission is to create work which serves to model a world in which old systems of power are replaced by body-positivity, sexual freedom, and gender justice. Reclaiming this story as one that adopts the values and humor of a modern feminist dance collective breaks through foundational artistic institutions. This production is groundbreaking in it’s treatment of the script as the lovers’ plot is rearranged to allow for a wider breadth of sexuality.

Photos by Greg Holloway

All the characters you know and love, with a twist!

Puck

Diva le Deviant will be adding her own twist to the mischievous fairy, Puck. Enchanting and spirited, Puck pervades the atmosphere, and her antics are responsible for many of the complications and chaos within the group of young lovers.

Oberon

The international gender-blending queer lady boylesque performance-art stripping sensation Waxie Moon will be our King of the fairies! Oberon’s argument with Titania leads him to send Puck to obtain the love-potion flower that creates much of the play’s confusion and farce.

Titania

The Queen of the Fairies will be played by none other than Dona dei Cuori. Her lover’s quarrel with Oberon ignites a series of libidinous entanglements.

Lysander

Apollo Vidra, Resident Boylesquer/Otter at The Haus of Glitterbeast, lights up the stage as Lysander. Initially set to run away with Hermia, Lysander discovers satisfaction in more ways than one.

Helena

Songbird and rave Sara Dipity is shining as Helena. Demetrius and Helena were once betrothed, but when Demetrius met Helena’s childhood friend Hermia, their relationship gets more… complicated… as hidden sexual chemistry is revealed.

Demetrius

Willy Nilly is bringing a whole new flavor to the classic Demetrius. This playboy learns about the twists and turns love takes while following the runaways into the forest.

Hermia

Lulu la Lune is back on the Sinner Saint stage again! Hermia starts off in love with Lysander, but the magic fairy woods give way to unbridling her fondness and passions for life… and sex.

Flower

A flower by any other name would smell so sweet. Our stimulating flower will be played by Nikola Tease-la. The intoxicating catalyst for the characters’ transformation. Is she a poison, or is she the antidote?

Nick Bottom

Our very own Wild Child, Evilyn sin Claire will be playing Nick Bottom. True to form, Bottom will be going through a transformation and reveling her assets to Titania and our eager fans.

The Faeries and The Mechanicals

‘Rude Mechanicals’ isn’t just a cool name for a band. In fact, the phrase refers to a specific group of characters in Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The rude mechanicals are skilled laborers, or craftsmen, from Athens who want to put on a play for the city’s royalty. In Sinner Saint’s rendition, we’ve turned them into a burlesque troupe!

Peter Quince (The Moon) – Ruby Darling
Francis Flute (Thisbe)/Fairy – Fosse Jack
Snug (Lion)/Fairy – Trixie Paprika

Snout (Wall)/Fairy – Kesan Holt
Fairy – Darling Divine
Fairy – Luny
Sex Pet – Gypsy Leo

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