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Theater & Shows

The Poetry Brothel: Washington D.C

Themed costumes and/or formalwear are encouraged but not required.

This event is 21+.

We won't blow you, but we will blow your mind.

The Poetry Brothel is a unique and immersive poetry event that takes poetry outside classrooms and lecture halls and places it in the lush interiors of a bordello. The Poetry Brothel presents a rotating cast of both male and female poets as “whores,” each operating within a carefully crafted character, who impart their work in public readings, spontaneous eruptions of poetry, and most distinctly, as purveyors of private poetry readings on beds, chaise lounges and in private rooms. For a small fee, all of the “poetry whores” are available for these sequestered readings at any time during the event.

Of course, any true brothel need a good cover; The Poetry Brothel’s is an immersive cabaret, offering a full bar, live jazz, burlesque, vaudeville, painters, actors, and fortune-tellers, with newly integrated themes, performances and installations at each event.

The Poetry Brothel's Washington, DC premiere will feature house band The Bitter Dose Combo, burlesque artists, Diva Darling and Mademoiselle Estelle, a gaggle of local poets, including K. Lorraine Graham, K. Tyler Christenson, Ben Herron, Buck Downs, Christine Beasley, and of course, your hosts, The Madame, Tennessee Pink, and Mister Charley.