Martha, the band, and the leader of the electrifying, 10–piece absurdist soul outfit Johnny Showcase & The Mystic Ticket.
The world’s tallest and hairiest drag queen returns with her band to FringeArts for an unforgettable evening of stories, live music, and special guests.
Martha Graham Cracker is played by Pig Iron Theatre Company co-founder Dito van Reigersberg and has been performing in Philadelphia for more than 14 years. She’s also played to sold out rooms in Austin, New York, Washington D.C., California, Las Vegas and Europe.
Forget everything you think you know about drag and come party with Miss Martha Graham Cracker. No two shows are ever the same.
$15 students & 25-and-under
$2 FringeACCESS member
Member Discounts Available
About Johnny Showcase & The Mystic Ticket
Johnny Showcase is an electrifying experience. A 10–piece absurdist soul outfit based in Philadelphia, it is an innovative, joyful tour-de-force that blissfully toes the line between performance art and a psychedelic soul revival. Carrying the torch of funk-rock pioneers like Funkadelic and Frank Zappa, they have gained a massive following and propelled Johnny to something that of a funky Philly folk hero legend.
The brain-child of theater artist/musician David Sweeny, Johnny Showcase is a sweaty, charismatic showman from Rhode Island who is equal parts Andy Kaufman and Prince. Surrounding him is a rag tag group of performers, including a spiritual adviser named Rumi Kitchen, two vacuous vocalists collectively called The Truth, and the knife sharp backing band the Mystic Ticket.
In 2009, they staged a sold-out run of a fantastical, unauthorized Prince inspired odyssey- Purr, Pull, Reign-as part of the 2009 Philadelphia Fringe Festival. 2011 saw the release of their debut album Love is the Message, co-produced with Henry Hirsch (Lenny Kravitz, Mick Jagger), followed up in 2012 with the self-produced EP Mystic Ticket I: The Pump Fake.
Their 2015 follow-up album THE OCTOPUS! was hailed by Philadelphia Magazine as a “thick, sweaty psychedelic masterpiece”.