The Dead Ladies Show

Red Room

December 7th, 2022 - 7:00 PM

The Twentieth DLS NYC $10 Cover, 2 drink minimum, 21 plus buy tickets here!!!

A sister act (in fact, if you’ve been with us a while, you’ll know it’s our very own Sister Act II), featuring one nun presented and a pair of sisters doing the other two presentations! LOVE IT.

We’ll be regaled with the tales of a nun even the pope couldn’t bar from good works, a groundbreaking American dramatist, and a Black champion of Southern cuisine. Presented by three fascinating and intrepid Women of History(TM).

Are you new? The DEAD LADIES SHOW, which originated in Berlin, consists of a series of entertaining and inspiring presentations on women who achieved amazing things against all odds. Every month(ish), the show hosts three(ish) passionate cheerleaders of too-oft forgotten women, inviting its loyal audience into a sexy séance (of sorts) celebrating these impressive icons, turbulent lives, and deathless legacies.

Any other questions? See FAQs below!


CLARE OF ASSISI (1194–1253), born a noblewoman, is best known for her association with Francis of Assisi. When she was 18, she eluded unwanted marriage, escaped her parental home, and taking a vow of poverty, established a community of lay women under his guidance. She preached and served lepers and the poor—the life Francis had promised her—until a powerful cardinal set about to make her a cloistered nun. Ultimately from behind locked walls, Clare waged a decades-long fight with the papacy, upending some of its plans and blindsiding the pope who thought he had shut her from the world.

SUSAN GLASPELL (1876–1948) is the greatest writer you’ve (probably) never heard of. She flourished during the golden age of the short story, co-founded the first modern American theater company, the Provincetown Players, and earned the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. A path-breaking feminist writer, her play, Trifles, will keep you hanging on the edge of your seat and twist your stomach into knots. It’s a real killer.

EDNA LEWIS (1916–2006) was a self-taught African American chef and champion of Southern food, who trail-blazed the farm-to-table movement in the US—well before the model came to define the work of Chef Alice Waters at Chez Panisse. Born in Freetown, Virginia, Lewis eventually moved to New York City, where she opened Café Nicholson in 1948 with her friend, Johnny Nicholson. As the Midtown restaurant’s chef—rare for a Black woman at the time—she attracted literati, movie stars, and bohemians for decades with a pared down menu of roasted chicken and chocolate soufflé. Her mentorship and four cookbooks, based on a seasonal appreciation for ingredients, challenged America’s perception of the South and elevated its foodways.


Your presenters:

KATHLEEN BRADY is the author of Ida Tarbell: Portrait of A Muckraker, for which she was named a Fellow of the Society of American Historians. She has also written biographies of Lucille Ball and now Francis and Clare of Assisi.

DEBORAH STREAHLE is a historian who writes about health activism, psychedelics, and death in American culture.

DR. KRISTEN STREAHLE is an expert in medieval Sicilian art and architecture. She has also worked in communities around the country to shift policy and urban design toward increasing food accessibility.



Q: I have arrived at the KGB Bar, but I cannot find you! Halp!?

A: Once you’ve gone up the outside stairs of the building, enter and climb two (2) flights of stairs! RED ROOM!

Q: I get so hungry…

A: Me too. There’s no food served at KGB, but you’re welcome to bring outside food to eat there!

Q: Can I bring friends? What if they are not ladies? What if I am not a lady, can I still attend?

A: Yes, feel free to bring friends—they do not need to be ladies! You yourself do not need to be a lady! We welcome one and all.

Q: Will the NYC show be bilingual like the Berlin show? In other words, do I need to speak German?

A: Nope! The NYC show is only in English.

Q: I have a great idea for a Lady but (a) I have never presented anything in public / (b) I am not myself a lady and I fear this puts me out of the running / (c) I know someone else who would be even better at it. What do I do?

A: We would love for you to be involved! And you don’t have to be a lady yourself to present. Send us a message.

Q: I can’t make this round and am devastated. DEVASTATED I SAY. How can I show my undying support of the Dead Ladies Show from the comfort of my own home?

A: Fear not, you can always catch up via the ~podcast~ produced in Berlin by the illustrious Susan Stone: You can also support it on Patreon: