14Y Theater Programs

#Nasty Women: New Variant

14th Street Y Theater
Monday, May 9, 2022 at 7:30 PM

Intro: Laura Beatrix Newmark, Producer

Host: Heather Litteer 

#NastyWomen – A Night of Female Resistance Comedy arose from a genuine interest in the Educational Alliance community to utilize comedy as both a uniting tool and a resistance tool, and was inaugurated on January 18, 2018—a few days ahead of the Women’s March. In light of the explosive #MeToo and Time’s Up movements, we generated a forum that empowers women and men through laughter, camaraderie, and activism.

#NastyWomen – Newest Variation is the 12th show in the series. 

COMEDIANS

Jessica Delfino
Jessica Delfino is a mom, host/creator of the weekly Mom Report on Pocono 96.7 FM and a writer for The New York Times and other publications by day, but at night, she is a delightfully twisted comedic musician who sings original comedic songs along with “mutilated classic rock covers”. In 2006, she had a big viral YouTube pop song about the feminine body, mystique and magic, and has been paving the way for feminist anthems to follow, ever since. She spends most of her time between NYC and the Poconos, and online at @JessicaDelfino on Instagram and Twitter.

Kendra Cunningham
Kendra Cunningham is a Stand Up Comedian, Actress and award-winning screenwriter. As a comedian, you’ve seen her on Last Comic Standing, at Just For Laughs, and her Dry Bar Special. She starred in and wrote several web-series and she has won best comedy screenplay and best comedy short. Her collection of short films have been accepted into and screened in over a dozen festivals.

Jill Pangallo
Jill Pangallo’s nuanced character work has graced the downtown New York City Alternative Cabaret stages for over two decades. She plays Joyce Nawman for global fashion brand JW Anderson and recently released her DIY special “Low Vibrations,” a dramedic response to unexpectedly finding a biological family match on Ancestry.com during the pandemic. AND THEN ADD THIS IF YOU WANT TO TEASE TWWW… She is thrilled to be collaborating with

#NastyWomen this September on a very special Bat Mitzvah edition of her performance series, The Way We Were.

Caitlin Peluffo
Caitlin Peluffo is a comedian currently living in Brooklyn, NY. After a brief six year stint in art school where she studied performative video art (no, really…that’s a thing) she has expanded her talents to the stage. Peluffo has opened for comedians like Maria Bamford, Gilbert Gottfried, Gary Gulman, Colin Quinn, and the late Kevin Meany. She’s been featured everywhere from New York Comedy Club in the Big Apple to clubs nationwide talking about how she came to be such a lovable loose cannon. She co-produces a monthly comedy show in Brooklyn with Emily Winter at Precious Metal Bar called Karen. She also recently participated in The Breakout Artist Series for Carolines on Broadway.

HOST – Heather Litteer
Heather Litteer is an actress, writer, performance artist from NYC. Ms.Litteer was awarded fellowships with HOWL! ARTS; Fox Foundation and TCG Fellowship with La MaMa ETC and Playwrights Symposium in Umbria Italy. Heather wrote and world-premiered her one woman show Lemonade at La MaMa in 2016 where she is a resident actor. Lemonade went on to several festivals including Afterglow Festival (Provincetown, MA), SFX Festival (NYC), Assembly Rooms at Edinburgh Fringe, London’s Kings Head Theatre “An intelligent,intuitive performance in a one-women play”-The Stage U.K. Her film career includes daring roles in major motion pictures, working with an array of distinctive directors such as Jane Campion, Mary Harron and Darren Aronofsky. Currently she hosts her own variety show, Pleasure Seekers LIVE! featuring a rotating cast of lively denizens and her women’s reading series W.O.(e).R.D (Womens of Experience Read Downtown). She is a long time member of her beloved international touring company Big Art Group the BIG company will be back on the road taking Broke House over the seas this summer for a EU premiere. She is a longtime member of the legendary nightlife producers The Jackie Factory, where she earned and performs under the moniker, Rabbit.

PRODUCER – Laura Beatrix Newmark
Laura Beatrix Newmark is the Director of LABA NY and Producer of #NastyWomen:A Night of Female Resistance Comedy. She quoted a young stand-up named Jay Leno at her bat mitzvah, watched every episode of The Jon Stewart Show and then snuck into a comedy club to tell him she was Jewish, and eventually managed a roster of stand-ups and improv artists. Laura has recently been Momager to her 7-year-old artist son Milo and his series Portraits by Milo which raises money for grassroots political and non-profit organizations. Laura holds a BA from Barnard College (go women’s colleges!) and lives in Brooklyn with sons Elias Pablo and aforementioned Milo Liev (both 14th Street Y graduates), and husband Matt, a lapsed professional juggler.

SPECIAL THANKS

Many thanks to the Educational Alliance’s Anya Hoerburger, the 14th Street Y’s Jordan Brackett, Becky Skoff, Kryssy Wright, Ronit Muszkatblit, Jaci Hirschfeld, Brianna Collins, Erin Hiatt, Josh Lookatch, Gordon Haber, and of course, all of you for your extraordinary support and enthusiasm.


Arts + Culture + LABA + Theater Staff

Ronit Muszkatblit, Senior Director of Arts + Culture + LABA Global

Kryssy Wright, Theater + Technical Director

Laura Beatrix Newmark, Director of LABA NY

About the 14th Street Y

The 14th street Y is a vibrant community center grounded in the belief that contemporary Jewish sensibilities can be a source of inspiration, connection, and learning for the individuals and families we serve throughout downtown Manhattan. We focus on health and fitness, education and enrichment programs, and innovative arts and cultural programming.

We are committed to the development of the whole person and bettering people’s lives and strengthening individual and family connections by building an inclusive and sustainable community.

The 14th Street Y is part of Educational Alliance’s network of community centers in Lower Manhattan. We believe strong communities can transform lives. Our programs turn strangers into neighbors and provide New Yorkers access to quality education, health and wellness services, arts and culture, and civic engagement opportunities.

About the 14Y Theater

The Theater at the 14th Street Y’s mission focuses on social awareness and change through big picture narrative. Inspired by works that welcome artists of all backgrounds, we place artists as the heart of our community and seek to create an inclusive cultural experience for all.