A Queer Day’s Night! A Celebration of Pride

To celebrate Pride month Atlanta Fringe has partnered with Metropolitan Studios to present “A Queer Day’s Night,” a two-day lineup of LGBTQ performances October 8-9. The lineup includes cabaret and burlesque performances, a feel-good TED Talk-style comedy performance celebrating gay history, a panel discussion featuring queer artists, and a virtual drag story time.

Atlanta Fringe Festival veteran artist and Atlanta native Will Nolan will perform “Gay History for Straight People,” where his alter ego Leola, a Kelly Clarkson-obsessed, redneck senior-citizen lesbian, breaks down “the wonderful world of gayness; taking audiences on a guided tour through the alphabet from Anal Beads to Unicorns.” Winner of the 2020 BroadwayWorld Cabaret Award for Best Spoken Word, a 2019 review said of Gay History: “when [audiences] weren’t laughing and spit taking into [their] cosmos [they] were cheering and applauding.”

Metropolitan Studios, home of the Atlanta School of Burlesque and the award-winning burlesque troupe The Candybox Revue, will host “A Big Queer Cabaret!” featuring local and regional burlesque performers Ebony DeLight, Roula Roulette, and Sin Tillating. Drag performances by Ella/Saurus/Rex, Talloolah Love, and Yutoya Avazé León. Spoken word performances by Montañita.

Metropolitan Studios will also play host to “COLORFUL: A Queer Arts Panel” a panel discussion featuring a variety of artists from spoken word to performance art. Artists have led the creative charge for LGBTQ Rights over the years through their shaping of social views, sexual and gender norms and more. This panel discussion will center on the intersection of Queerness and Art and how its impact is far reaching. Panel guests: Montañita, AAARTAddict, Ebony Delight, Will Nolan “Leola”, and moderated by Roula Roulette.

Local comedian and drag performer Brent Star will host a free Drag Storytime virtual event where he’ll read children’s stories live on Facebook for viewers to watch from anywhere. Star hosts his own show at the Laughing Skull comedy club in Atlanta, has won Best Comedian for local magazine GA VOICE for more than 7 years in a row, and was a featured extra in Netflix’s 2018 “Dumplin’.

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Friday, October 8th
Gay History for Straight People

Doors: 6:30 PM, Curtain: 7:00 PM
A Big Queer Cabaret!

Doors: 8:30 PM, Curtain: 9:00 PM
Saturday, October 9th
Virtual Drag Storytime (via Facebook Live on Atlanta Fringe Festival’s Page)

2:00 PM
COLORFUL: A Queer Arts Panel

Doors: 4:30 PM, Curtain: 5:00 PM
Gay History for Straight People

Doors: 6:30 PM, Curtain: 7:00 PM
A Big Queer Cabaret!

Doors: 8:30 PM, Curtain: 9:00 PM

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VIP Combo Pass – $50
VIP front row seating for “A Big Queer Cabaret” and General Admission seating for “Gay History for Straight People”
General Admission (GA) Combo Pass – $45
General Admission seating for “A Big Queer Cabaret” and “Gay History for Straight People”

COLORFUL: A Queer Arts Panel – FREE
Virtual Drag Storytime – FREE via Facebook Live
Gay History for Straight People – GA $25
A Big Queer Cabaret – VIP $35 / GA $30
Post Show Recording of COLORFUL, Gay History for Straight People, and A Big Queer Cabaret (to be received by 10/10/21) – $35

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COVID-19 SAFETY GUIDELINES: We adhere to the public safety recommendations by the CDC.

Proof of Vaccination Required for all attendees. You must have received your 2nd dose no later than 9/24/2021
Attendees/ Performers are required to wear masks unless actively consuming a beverage provided by the event or performing.
Attendees / Performers are subject to hands-free temperature screening, and contact tracing forms.
Attendees /Performers are expected to maintain social distance.
The Atlanta Fringe Festival and Metropolitan Studios reserve the right to have you escorted off the premises should the safety of the patrons or performers become compromised in any way.

Anyone unable or uncomfortable attending in person, will have the opportunity to purchase access to recorded videos of the programs after the event.

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Those interested are encouraged to follow Atlanta Fringe and Metropolitan Studios on Facebook (@AtlantaFringe, @MetropolitanStudios), Instagram (@AtlFringeFest, @metropolitan_studios_) and Twitter (@AtlantaFringe, @metrostudiosatl) to keep up with announcements and more.


  • Date:Friday, October 8, 2021
  • Time:7:00pm - 11:00pm ET
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