Curtain up, light the lights, and buckle up for a rollicking night of "divas" bearing their claws!  This multimedia cabaret is full of impersonation, tribute and "so many impersonations that it doesn’t seemright to call it a one-person show" (Phindine.com). Acclaimed for her characterizations, stellar vocals, and fearless comedy, Agnew recreates the magic of iconic Broadway performers through dead-on impersonations, brilliantly blends her original parody lyrics set to popular show tunes, and offers a feminist twist to the queer cultural phenomenon of drag. 

 

Performing as Broadway legends - among them Judy Garland, Patti LuPone, Ethel Merman, Julie Andrews, Liza Minnelli, Idina Menzel, Bernadette Peters, Billie Holiday and Barbra Streisand - Agnew delivers a brilliant show.  Agnew's electric presence and fearless wit brilliantly blend and have earned her stellar reviews, even though she is not a Drag Queen.  The show has expereinced successful runs at The Duplex Cabaret, NYC, Quince Productions, and as part of The Philadelphia Fringe Arts Festival.

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REVIEWS

"Keep an eye (and an ear) out for Shannon Agnew.
Her new show, IF I WERE A DRAG QUEEN, I WOULD
BE FAMOUS, is a multimedia cabaret filled to the
brim with loving recreations of major divas. She is
funny as hell, manages some fantastic singing, and
pulls off so many impersonations that it doesn’t seem
right to call it a one-person show. She nails the burbly
banter of Judy Garland, even while ad-libbing banter
with the crowd. And her Bernadette Peters seems to come out of nowhere to take over the show...her irreverent wit and undeniable talent earn a standing ovation. She’s not famous, not yet, but give her some time."

 - Phindie

"You should hear her Judy Garland!...Shannon’s fast paced, one-woman cabaret-style “If I Were a Drag Queen” brings all the prime suspects you’d see in a drag show — parody, live performance, costumes — but also live performance of song, original lyrics, standup comedy, video vignettes and interaction...Look for impersonations of Broadway legends and parody of Broadway today."

- Chestnut Hill Local

"Liza Minnelli, in particular, is so spot-on as to be almost eerie. Agnew harnesses her powers of impersonation to skewer and celebrate a host of famous performers and the productions that won them Tonys. I laughed hard enough at points to be in danger of knocking over the cabaret-esque table at which I was seated. I’ll be humming her Liza rendition of “New York, New York” for the forseeable future."

- Philadelphia City Paper

"We could never learn to be brave and patient if there were only joys in the world"

- Hellen Keller

 

 

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The dark comedy, Transparent Summer, explores the early stages of a female to male transgender man's transition. The announced transition is framed by the story of the women closest to him who are questioned to redefine their values as their loved one redefines his gender. The transition throws his family into a passionate debate, forcing his Mother and lover to confront her own prejudices and insecurities.  Unforeseen bigotry, unexpected tragedy and unconditional love take hold of the lives of all involved as they forgive their pasts, embrace their future, and find their own answer to the question what makes someone a man. 

 

The one woman show, performed by playwright and performer Shannon Agnew at GayFest 2012, Transparent Summer has since been seen around Philadelphia, most notably at the 2014 Philly Trans Health Conference as a part of Blender! Performance. 

Transparent summer

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Commissioned for The Millbrook Playhouse in 2015, this original musical enchants audiences with a fresh, funny, feminist retelling of the beloved story. Join the wizards and fairies of the kingdom, the King and Queen, as well as Princess Beauty and her best friend Freya on a magical adventure. Come help Beauty and her best friends save their kingdom from an evil curse while learning about the power of imagination, self reliance, kindness, and friendship! 

Robin Hood

a four person feminist theater for young audience play

Robin Hood

a four person feminist theater for young audience play

Robin Hood

a four person feminist theater for young audience play

Based in the traditional English roots of May Day plays about Robin Hood, this wild spin on the beloved adventures will have you on the edge of your seats, and possibly onstage! Join Robin, a young girl off on a quest to save her farm. Based on the classic folklore of Robin Hood, join Robin as she outsmarts the Sheriff of Nottingham, escapes from King John, and joins together with her merry band of friends to make England a better place. This script is designed for second grade and up, and is full of opportunities for audience participation. 

The Show

Commissioned for The Millbrook Playhouse in 2015, this original musical enchants audiences with a fresh, funny, feminist retelling of the beloved story. Join the wizards and fairies of the kingdom, the King and Queen, as well as Princess Beauty and her best friend Freya on a magical adventure. Come help Beauty and her best friends save their kingdom from an evil curse while learning about the power of imagination, self reliance, kindness, and friendship! 

Sleeping Beauty

a feminist theater for young audience musical