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This project is funded by the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, through the generous support of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

+ About the Performance
This program was recorded 09/14/2011 at Symphony Space.

The Tony-nominated cabaret legend performs songs and speaks candidly with writer and performer Mike Albo about the novella-length memoir Tango: My Childhood, Backwards and in High Heels. With simplicity, humor, and compassion Bond raises issues about LGBTQ adolescence, homophobia, parenting, and sexuality, while being utterly entertaining. With an introduction by BD Wong.

"Bond's fabulosity is matched by a trenchant wit, and [V's] over-the-top stories are smartly edged with politics, sexual or otherwise." -The New York Times

"The greatest cabaret artist of [V's] generation" -The New Yorker


+ About the Artists

Mike Albo is a writer and performer who has taken his comedic monologues to venues all over the country and abroad.  As a writer he has written for many publications including The New York Times, The New York Observer,, Out Magazine, New York Magazine, The Village Voice, Tin House, and Blackbook Magazine. He is the author of three books, Hornito: My Lie to Life, The Junket, and The Underminer: The Best Friend Who Casually Destroys Your Life (co-written with Virginia Heffernan), as well as two plays, Sextheque and Three Women in Indecision.  As a monologist and performer, Albo has completed four solo shows: Mike Albo, Spray, Please Everything Burst, and most recently My Price Point.  In addition he is a frequent contributor to This American Life, a founding member of the legendary downtown dance troupe, The Dazzle Dancers; and currently appears as the tortured bisexual Santeria priest Arcadio in Viva Ruiz's continuing comedic telenovela "Rosa Negra."

Justin Vivian Bond is a singer, songwriter, and Tony-nominated performer who has been writing, starring in, and producing theatrical, cabaret, and art events internationally for over twenty years.  V is an Obie, Bessie, and Ethyl Eichelberger Award winner, and in 2007 was nominated for a Tony award.  As one-half of the Performance duo Kiki and Herb, Bond has toured the world headlining at Carnegie Hall, The Sydney Opera House, London's Queen Elizabeth Hall and has starred in a Tony-nominated run on Broadway, Kiki and Herb Alive on Broadway (The Helen Hayes Theatre) and Off-Broadway in Coup de Theatre (The Cherry Lane Theatre). Kiki and Herb have released two CDs: Do You Hear What We Hear?, Kiki and Herb Will Die For You at Carnegie Hall and the DVD Kiki and Herb Live at the Knitting Factory. Other notable endeavors include touring with the avant-garde performance troupe the Big Art Group and Justin Bond is Close to You, a reinterpretation of the Carpenters' classic album Close To You performed in its entirety in Central Park. Film credits include a starring role in John Cameron Mitchell's feature Shortbus, Charles Hermann-Wurmfeld's Fancy's Persuasion as well as Imaginary Heroes. Television appearances include Ugly Betty and Late Night with Conan O'Brian. Bond recently released a record, Dendrophile, and is currently writing a play with Sandra Bernhard.

Nath Ann Carrera sings original and cover song cycles in the thrall of cultish lesbian separatist murder ballads, gender variant black masses, and historic and contemporary anti-assimilationist queer depravity! Nath Ann has previously performed in Mx. Justin Vivian Bond's Re:Galli Blonde (A Sissy Fix), Lustre, and Christmas Spells, Amber Martin's Amber Alert, Dave End's F.A.G.G.O.T.S.: The Musical, Emily Nepon's Between Two Worlds, and Big Art Group's The Imitation.

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