The Fly Honey Show

Everybody. No Matter What your Body.

The Fly Honey Show re-imagines the classic cabaret to create an intimate and explosive celebration of body + sex positivity. 

Created and directed by radical choreographer Erin Kilmurray, The Fly Honeys are a fierce group of choreographers, dancers, musicians, actors, designers and performance artists who foster a safe space for advancing gender equality and promoting self-love.

FLY HONEY 8 | AUG 10 - SEPT 2 | THE DEN

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 THE FLY HONEY SHOW 2017

The core creative and production team of The Fly Honey Show 2017 are cultural entrepreneurs who collaborate to create an event that is simultaneously intimate and momentous.  

ERIN KILMURRAY* • Creator//Director//Choreographer | MARY WILLIAMSON* • Writer//Host Trifecta | MISSI DAVIS* • Producer | SHANNON MATESKY* • Writer | JOHN CICORA* • Music Director//Composer | JOSEPH VARISCO + MOLLY BRENNAN • Producing Co-Curators | SAWYER SMITH • Hive Choreographer | ALYSSA GREGORY • Collaborative Honey Choreographer//Honey Captain | KASEY ALFONSO • Collaborative Honey Choreographer//Cast Captain | RYAN TANG • Collaborative Hive Choreographer//Hive Captain | WILL BISHOP • Production Manager | ELLEN WILLETT* • Stage Manager | LIAM MINETTI • Assistant Stage Manager | HEATHER SPARLING • Lighting Designer | SLICK JORGENSEN • Assistant Lighting Designer | JOHN WILSON • Set Designer | BECCA NISBET Master Painter JOE COURT • Sound Designer | SARA JEAN STEVENS + XOTCHILT ALCANTAR • Stylist Coordination | BRANDON MOORHEAD* • Technical Director | MISHA FIKSEL • Music Composition | JEN L'AMOUR DORMAN • Graphic Designer | MEGAN LEE MILLER • Promotional Photographer | ZOE LUBEK + SAM WESTERLING Promotional Videos | JILLIAN ENDEBROCK* • Audience Services Director | LIZ SHARPE Production Assistant | people who care • Marketing Strategy

FLY HONEY 8 cast

ALYSSA GREGORY • BEAR BELLINGER • CHRIS KNOWLTON • DARLING SHEAR • ERIN KILMURRAY* • GINNY COOK • JILLIAN ENDEBROCK* • KASEY ALFONSO • MARTA JEAN EVANS • MOLLY BRENNAN • QUINN TSAN • RYAN TANG • SASHA SMITH • SAWYER SMITH • SYDNEY CHARLES • TIA MONET GREER

FLY HONEY BAND

ANDREW GREEN • ASHLEY HAMER • AYANNA WOODS • BECCA NISBET • DAN MEINHARDT • JOHN CICORA* • JON RARICK • JULIAN CHIN • MAT ROBERTS • MATT KOWALSKI • NATALIE LANDE • RAJIV HALIM

THE FLY HONEYS

Adia Alli // Adrianna Lombardo // Aileen McGroddy // ALEXA GRÆ // Alyssa Gregory // Analisha Santini // Bea Cordelia // Bethany Thomas // Bindu Poroori // Brianna Buckley // Bridgette Hammond // Catherine Miller // Dani Wieder // Darling Shear // Dayleen Marrero-Taylor // Deanna L Myers // Elena Dern // Erin Kilmurray* // Gabrielle Wilson // Ginny Cook // GoldGrrl // Grace Menary-Winefield // Hot Lunch // Isa Arciniegas // Isabella Schaps // Jalyn Greene // Jen L'amour Dorman // Jessica Romanowski // Jillian Endebrock* // Julie Brannen // Jyreika J. Evelyn Guest // Karmen Wettlin // Kasey Alfonso // Katie Palmer // Kristen Kaza // Kyrie Courter // Landree Fleming // Le Aboav // Leea Ayers // Lindsey Lee // Lydia Merrill // Maegan J // Maia Lamport // Marta Jean Evans // Mary Williamson* // McKenzie Gilliam // Megan Chaperon // Megan Lee Miller // Melissa F. DuPrey // Melissa Koops // Mia Vivens // Monet // morgan mcnaught // Nabila Della // Quinn Tsan // Rachel Marie Laporte // Rachel Williams // Rashida KhanBey // Sarah Ellen Miller // Sarah Reed // Sasha Smith // Stephanie Shum // Sydney Charles // Thrisa Hodits // Tia Monet Greer // Tomi Tina // Tribble // Zoe Lubeck

THE HIVE

Abe Elmourabit // Alberto Mendoza // Amanda "Mandyn" Mueller // Andy Slavin // Anthony Kayer // Ben Hertel // Brandon Moorhead* // Brett Schneider // Brian Greenfield // Chris Knowlton // Dalton Rhodes // Dan Riley // Devin Price // Diego Colón // Frankie Leo Bennett // Isaac William // Jason Jackson // Jon Cohen // Malic White // Matt Pospeshil // Michael Gee // Nora Sharp // Parker Guidry // Patrick Stengle // Peter Navarro // Peter Wilde // R. Hall // Robin Lee // Roger Fierro // Royen Kent // Ryan Tang // Santo Scavuzzo III // Sawyer Smith // Scot T. Kokandy // Scott Ray Merchant // TJ Crawford // Zachary Nicol


The Fly Honey Show features a rotating line-up of performance artists each weekend, and one special guest spot that is unique to each night!



WEEKEND ONE • AUGUST 10 - 12

BETHANY THOMAS + LINDSEY CHARLES • MELISSA f. DUPREY • SARAH SHERMAN • BEA CORDELIA WITH ANDY SLAVIN 

8.10. SANTO SCAVUZZO III | 8.11. SHE SPEAKS IN TONGUES | 8.12. JADE


weekend two • AUGUST 17 - 19

shannon noll • leela • maggie kubley + becca brown • elle walker

8.17. HOT LUNCH | 8.18. CARO MACON | 8.19. STEPHANIE PAUL


WEEKEND THREE • august 24 - 26

ADACHI TAIKO • QUINN TSAN + FRIENDS • AJ WARE

8.24 PETER WILDE | 8.25 SONAL AGGARWAL | 8.26 JUJU MINXX


WEEKEND FOUR • august 31 - SEPTEMBER 2

AASIA LASHAY BULLOCK • alexa grÆ + Joseph caruana • mckenzie chinn • MICHA

8.31 morgan mcnaught +  Maggie Mascal  |  9.1 LILY - BE |  9.2 JEEZ LOUEEZ 



weekend one | Aug 10 - 12


Photo by Megan Lee Miller

Photo by Megan Lee Miller

BETHANY THOMAS + LINDSEY CHARLEs ***thick mix*** 


Photo by Megan Lee Miller

Photo by Megan Lee Miller

mELISSA F. DUPREY 

Actor and comic, Melissa DuPrey, is a Chicago native from Humboldt Park and is honored to make her Fly Honeys debut. Her solo shows, SEXomedy and SUSHI-frito, are Chicago Reader Recommended, a Member's Pick, and had a successful debuts Off-Broadway in New York. She was a finalist for the 2014 ABC Diversity Showcase in New York City. She has performed stand-up all over Chicago, as well as New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia, and Los Angeles. She is active in theater, TV, and film here in Chicago. She is also a featured actor on the Emmy-nominated web-series, "Brown Girls" (2017). She is currently an Artistic Associate with Pegasus Theatre Chicago, an Ensemble Member at UrbanTheater Company, and the General Manager of Free Street Theater.


Photo by Ali Lander Schindler

Sarah sherman 

The crypt-keeper of a pee-wee's playhouse of body horror, ooze and slime, Sarah's stand-up incorporates the grotesque, the absurd and sometimes, even bags of her own pubes. Sarah is the founder and host of HELLTRAP NIGHTMARE, a traveling freak show coming to horrify you in a city near you.


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bea cordelia with andy slavin 

Bea Cordelia is a 2017 Windy City Times 30 Under 30 honoree. She’s currently working on forthcoming web series The T with Daniel Kyri & Open TV.

Andy Slavin is an accredited California Arts Scholar and Kristina Isabelle Dance Company member with a BFA in Dancemaking from Columbia College Chicago.

Photo by Megan Lee Miller | Harness by Emma Alamo

Photo by Megan Lee Miller | Harness by Emma Alamo


santoscavuzzo

santo scavuzzo iii • august 10 only

Santo runs an Underground Supper Club. ...WHAT?!?! For more info on how to get a seat at the table, email him at santo.scavuzzo@yahoo.com. He also dances and choreographs and loves burgers.


she speaks in tongues • august 11 only

Voted "Best Feminist Rock n' Roll Exorcism" by the Chicago Reader critics in 2015, she speaks in tonguesis artist/vocalist Kate McCandless, armed with body, voice and looping pedal. Haunting, jarring, and powerful - McCandless weaves together nostalgic music references with her own twists and turns - simultaneously embracing and questioning their authority with a dark, feminist bent. Whether performing solo, or backed by her band/collaborators, she speaks in tongues is a force to be reckoned with.


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jade • august 12 only

Jade is a student at Columbia College Chicago studying Creative Non-Fiction Writing; She is passionately active within causes including Breast Cancer Awareness, Mental Health Awareness, and the Black Queer Lives Matter Movement. Jade loves writing erotic-lesbian poetry and lyrically dancing. She is honored to be in Fly Honey Show!!!


weekend two | Aug 17 - 19


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Shannon noll 

Shannon Noll performs stand up all around Chicago. They are also a producer/host of We Still Like You and a member of Baby Wine (The Annoyance). In the past Shannon has opened for Beth Stelling and Emma Willmann and written for The Koch Brothers Mystery Show (Cards Against Humanity).


Photo by Matthew Gregory Hollis

Photo by Matthew Gregory Hollis

leela 

LEELA formed in 2016 with Akash Dixit, Anagha Sundararajan, and Bindu Poroori, aiming to create cross-disciplinary work that pays homage to - and questions - classical Indian performance traditions and the mythologies behind them.

 


maggie kubley + becca brown 

Maggie Kubley is a multimedia performance artist  and songwriter who enjoys exploring all the weird challenges that come with being human. She lives and works in Chicago.


elle walker 

Elle Walker is a transgender actor, musician, writer, and performance artist. Through her work she aims to empower other trans*/gender non-conforming folks through laughter and the belief in finding strength through forging new paths-- on one's own terms.

 


Pete Olsen Photography

Pete Olsen Photography

hot lunch • august 17 only

Who's hungry for Hot Lunch?  Hot Lunch is a Chicago burlesque performer that glorifies obesity...one rhinestone at a time. Credits include Show Me and Wisconsin Burlesque Fests, Vaudezilla!, The Femme FATales, and more. Happy to be making their Fly Honey debut, it’s Hot Lunch, The Hardest Working FUPA in Show Business.  


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caro macon - august 18 only

Caro Macon is a poet, playwright, feminist, and pie enthusiast from Dallas. She is a Tutterow Fellow at Chicago Dramatists and is the New Works Associate at Lookingglass Theatre. She lives in Lincoln Square with her partner and their Border Collie.


stephpaul

stephanie paul • august 19 only

Choreographer// Director// Educator// Sports enthusiast // Firm believer that all people and all bodies possess sonic, visual and storytelling power.


weekend three | aug 24 - 26


quinntsan

quinn tsan + friends

Quinn Tsan is a songwriter, singer, producer, and organizer, living in Chicago


ajware

aj ware 

AJ is a writer of poetry and essays, a producer of live performance events, and a curious explorer of mediums beyond her ken. Currently, she is a 2017 Chicago Performance Labs resident artist making a documentary film, is curator/producer for The Middle 8 Poetry Series and the Cards Against Humanity Comedy Show.


Photo by Matthew Gregory Hollis

Photo by Matthew Gregory Hollis

adachi taiko 

Adachi Taiko returns to The Fly Honey Show with a new piece and some new performers. Patti Adachi has been practicing Taiko for over 3 decades. She and her niece, Aurora, are thrilled to be creating a new work just for the Hive.


Peter Wilde • august 24 only

Peter is a merry mischief maker and builder of stuff and things. In the spirit of the Hive and fulfilling Peter's life long dream of
being in a boiband-- a pride of DandyLions has been chosen to charm you and melt your hearts a little - and maybe show you a thing or two about communication and expectations and respect and consent and boundaries and nurturing love over obsessive love and..um...makin love
We bring you-ALL DIRECTIONS-the hottest boiband that will ever exist
for one night only-


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sonal aggarwal • august 25 only

Sonal Aggarwal is a world traveling performer. Raised in the southwest suburbs of Chicago, she left the country after college to travel the world. In March of 2015 while living in India as an artist and emcee, her life took a dramatic turn with a motorcycle accident that led her back to Chicago. Now, her infectious energy is on stage all over Chicago. 


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juju minxx • august 26 only

JuJu Minxxx, "America's Leather Clad Sweetheart" is a voluptuous Femme Leather Daddy, kink ambassador,  and dominatrix rapper. She has aroused audiences all over the cuntry with her raunchy brand of rap-hop. Daddy Minxxx aims to make #noiseforqueers that reflects the myriad of ways there are to love and fuck in this world.


weekend four | aug 31 - sept 2


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aasia lashay bullock 

Aasia LaShay Bullock is a Chicago comedian who would rather be an Atlanta rapper. She was most recently spotted in the Emmy- nominated series Brown Girls. Aasia is one-half of comedy duo Bleep that Bleep, along with Dewayne Perkins. Check out their web series Starving Artists at WeAreOpen.tv

Rapper Aasia LaShay Bullock


alexa grae

ALEXA GRÆ + JOSEPH CARUANA

Their mission is to identify moments of pure imagination and innocent creation, harnessing the immediate kinship it creates in order to draw us all toward something divine, something as yet to be defined.

 

 


MICHA

MICHA

MICHA is Puerto Rican singer, songwriter, musical theater composer and actor Michelle J. Rodriguez. Serving soul, wit and sparkle with her folksy Tina Turner and indie Selena vibes, MICHA has captivated audiences at the Hideout, Steppenwolf, Salonathon and now Ars Nova in NYC with her stunning vocals and vulnerability onstage.


Photo by Alexus McLane

Photo by Alexus McLane

mckenzie chinn

McKenzie is a poet, actor, and curator whose work has appeared or is forthcoming in PANK, Crab Fat Magazine, The Fem, Juked, Sundog Lit, and others. She is part of Growing Concerns Poetry Collective with Mykele Deville and Jeff Austin. The collective released its inaugural album, WE HERE: Thank you for Noticing, in August.


maggie mascal + morgan mcnaught • august 31 only

morgan and maggie marry new text with old songs to create magical vibes.  they love old songs and making a church with them. all are welcome in it.  maggie does the things and sings them.  morgan writes the things and says them.  find morgan at @theeternalscout & morganmcnaught.com.  find maggie with a carrier pigeon or talking through treeroots.


Photo by JMI Photography

Photo by JMI Photography

Jeez Loueez • september 2 only

Jeez Loueez is an award-winning performer known as The Honey Badger of Burlesque! A lethal combination of drama, hilarity, and killer kinetics, Jeez Loueez is a powerhouse that’s taken stages across the country by storm. A consummate force that’s become one of the most memorable personalities of modern burlesque, she's been voted into the Top 50 Burlesque Industry Figures since 2010 and is currently ranked as the #3 performer in the world. Jeez also charms as the host/producer of Jeezy’s Juke Joint: A Black Burly-Q Revue in Chicago among many other notable events around the country. Her classes and productions have been featured on Autostraddle, Ebony.com, Windy City Live, and the upcoming second season of the Netflix Original series ‘Easy’.



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