Burlesque and WHY: The Naked Truth

August 4, 2013 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Stage Werx
446 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
The Cast of Burlesque and WHY

Photo by Freak the Mighty

The average American conjectures many reasons why a woman takes her clothes off on stage, but rarely gets the opportunity to ask her. In Red Hots Burlesque’s first stage show Burlesque and Why!, an intimate cast of Red Hots’ star performers will get even closer to you with a behind-the-curtain storytelling stage show. Over the first weekend in August this cast of diverse women will bare their stories, addressing the gamut of sex work, body image, sexualization and more.

“Burlesque and WHY is finally sharing what I go through that I never talk about. Ever,” says performer Alexa Von Kickinface, a five foot tall performer who developed breasts very early. “I never talk about my boobs and what it’s like or how I feel about them… I almost feel like they’re my fault so why should I complain about them? Alexa Von Kickinface is not just a surface person. I’m also someone who thinks about the existential questions we all think about.”

“Burlesque and WHY is a way that I can tell my story to other women who have shame surrounding their body regarding their size… You don’t have to treat your body like a cage,” says fat performer Magnoliah Black.

“We are more than what exists right now. We are all the people that have come before and all the people that we’re representing, their struggles are a thing,” says the Lady Ms. Vagina Jenkins.

For more than 10 years Red Hots Burlesque has brought New York City and San Francisco a home for some of the world’s biggest marqueed burlesque stars and local talents to your dive bars and community spaces. Red Hots Burlesque has been featured in many publications, such as The San Francisco Bay Guardian, The New York Times, and the San Francisco Weekly. Some of these performers are stepping out from the costumes and big hair and makeup to shed a stark light on their stories, with humor, grace, and, yes, tease.

This all-star cast includes legend Ellion Ness, Red Hots Burlesque producer Dottie Lux, the Lady Ms. Vagina Jenkins, Magnoliah Black, Lay-Si Luna, and Alexa Von Kickinface.