Curated and Hosted by Ragamuffin
Gibney presents its third annual drag show. Created in collaboration with Ashley R.T Yergens in 2017, this year’s evening will be hosted and curated by Ragamuffin. The show will feature performances by Brenda, C’etait BonTemps, Devo Monique, Junior Mint, and Sweaty Eddie. All proceeds benefit Harvey Milk High School in New York City.
About Harvey Milk High School
Harvey Milk High School (HMHS) is a small transfer NYC public school established to promote a community of successful and independent learners. HMHS strives to create a safe educational environment for all young people. HMHS is a nurturing educational setting that not only challenges and promotes academic success, but it also fosters and supports a diverse, self-respecting, confident community.
ABOUT the artists
Ragamuffin (Jesse Fort White) is a drag artist living in Brooklyn. They are the creator of FAILURE!.. a showcase dedicated to celebrating queer artists through interdisciplinary performance and conversation. A graduate of Bard College, their work has been presented at Gibney Dance, New York Live Arts, Bushwig, Abrons Art Center, Movement Research, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, and the 92nd Street Y. In addition to producing local shows, Raga has performed nationally and internationally with drag artist Thorgy Thor, and in January 2019 launched POZLUCK, a monthly potluck social for queer people living with HIV.
Ragamuffin is a conduit for joyful debauchery and queer thought, political poet, social raccoon, and anything else you might want but don’t need.
Brendan Germain (aka BRENDA) : is a queer performance artist and writer based in Brooklyn, NY. Their current work is predominantly in the NYC drag and nightlife scene, having produced and performed theater and cabaret productions at venues such as Club Cumming, 3 Dollar Bill, The Rosemont, The Brick and La Mama, among others. A graduate of Syracuse University’s Journalism School, their hosting and video work has been featured on LogoTV and Buzzfeed, and they have worked with corporate clients like Fullscreen Media, Plural Co. and Thrillist to produce new social media/video content for the companies’ platforms. They most recently completed a One-Person Show they are taking off-Broadway this Spring.
C’était Bontemps, the Pastel Priestexx of burlesque and drag, is consistently blending gender all around New York! Part of the production duo BonTemps & Lace, they create new and exciting queer works in Nightlife. They continue to bend minds and hearts with their cathartic art!
Devo Monique moved from Richmond Virginia to Brooklyn in 2017. Ever since, she’s established herself as a ubiquitous scene queen, charming fans of exuberant glamour and avant-garde experimentalism with her unique blend of high-energy and emotional drag. Devo brings her extensive training as a hip hop, jazz, and modern dancer to every performance. Devo has become one of the borough’s most active queens, often campaigning for inclusivity and sexual liberation through her expressive and challenging routines. As a host, her flippant and irreverent sense of humor shows off her quick wit and street sensibilities. She regularly performs at beloved venues like The Rosemont, The Vault, and Metropolitan Bar.
Junior Mint is chocolatey in Your mouth and minty going down. She’s the same amazing flavor you love with a trans, black and queer twist. You can find her performing burlesque, drag, stand up, and educating all throughout the city, and you can Venmo her @juniormint.
Sweaty Eddie aka Erma Fiend is an Emmy award-winning producer, multimedia animator, and drag king based in NYC. Fiend brings his work as a special effects animator and GIF loop artist to his embodiment of drag king Sweaty Eddie. Hailed as an inter-dimensional pervert, this tiny flubber man first seeped up through the floorboards and onto the scene in 2017 and has since been nominated for three Brooklyn Nightlife Awards. In and out of drag, Fiend’s work utilizes shape-shifting illusions of time and space, practical effects, and body horror to create delightfully disturbing experiences for stage and screen.
Photos courtesy of the artists.
Gibney 280 Broadway is accessible via elevator from the main entrance at 53A Chambers Street.
We welcome the opportunity to make this event more accessible. Please refrain from wearing scented products, so that people with chemical sensitivities can join us. Please request ASL interpreting, audio description, or open captioning 30 days before the event or submit other requests by completing our Access Requests and Inquiries Form or calling 646.837.6809 (Voice only).