The Nefarious Laboratory presents ORIGIN STORIES Presented by Gotham Storytelling Festival



The Nefarious Laboratory presents
Presented by Gotham Storytelling Festival (Nov. 1-6 @ UNDER St. Marks)

UNDER St.Marks
94 St. Marks Place
Between 1st Ave and Ave A

Sunday Nov. 3rd – Show Time: 7:00 – 8:30
Tickets ($15/$12 students & seniors)
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or by calling Smarttix at 212-868-4444.

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Origin Stories
An evening of some of New York’s premier burlesque performers telling you how and why they went from mild mannered citizen to super powered strip artiste and then performing some of their favorite acts. Hosted by Handsome Brad Lawrence, and featuring performances by Cherry Pitz, Nasty Canasta, Mary Cyn, Little Mowtown & Big Heath

About Nefarious Laboratory
Brad Lawrence and Cyndi Freeman (AKA: Handsome Brad and Cherry Pitz) present experimental ideas and general coolness on stage with the help of the best and brightest performers from the storytelling, burlesque, and sideshow scenes of New York and beyond.

About the Gotham Story Telling Festival
From November 1st to the 6th, dozens of storytelling shows take place at big and small theaters around the city every month, Horse Trade Theater Group is proud to present the Gotham Storytelling Festival, collecting some of the best of these shows, and bringing them to you all in one place. Last year the festival was so hot even Sandy could not resist showing up. The festival is curated by Heidi Grumelot, Peter Aguero, and Adam Wade.


Nafarious Laboratory Hosts / Producers

Brad Lawrence: Performer / Producer Brad Lawrence is the host of Best In Show. He has also hosted And I Am Not Lying and The Moth StorySLAMS. He was the first storyteller to win back-to back Moth GrandSLAMS. He is both a member and featured storyteller with the BTK Band and a regular at such shows as The Liar Show, Adam Wade’s Super Stories, Seth Lind’s Told, The Soundtrack Series, The Risk Podcast and How I Learned. In addition, his solo show, “Monsters In The Wood,” was presented in the 2008 New York International Fringe Festival to critical acclaim. He performs burlesque as Handsome Brad and works in burlesque productions throughout NYC including Epic Win Burlesque, Hotsy Totsy Burlesque and Kitty Nights Burlesque. He has co-produced and performed in storytelling and variety shows at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, South By Southwest Interactive, and in conjunction with WBUR, USA Network, and Grant’s Whiskey.

Cyndi Freeman (AKA Cherry Pitz) – Performer / Producer
Cyndi Freeman is a two-time FringeNYC award winning performer, playwright, theatrical producer and a Moth Slam winning storyteller. She has created and produced several solo shows which have toured internationally, and is a recipient of a grand prize playwriting fellowship award from the Massachusetts Cultural Council (with collaborator Ellen Groves). Her storytelling credits include Seth Lind’s Told, The Liar Show, Stripped Stories, Story Collider, Risk, And I Am Not Lying and The BTK band. Ms. Freeman is also a teacher for The Moth in their outreach program MothSHOP. Other credits include HBO, Comedy Central and Showtime.

As her alter ego Cherry Pitz, she is the host and producer (with Joe The Shark) of HOTSY TOTSY BURLESQUE New York’s only ongoing monthly burlesque soap opera. Each month (every 3rd Tuesday at R-Bar), in other burlesque credits include: The New York Burlesque Festival, Slipper Room, And I Am Not Lying, Kitty Nights, Bedlam Burlesque, Sharkbite Side Show and upcoming, Naked Girls Reading with Nasty Canasta.

Featured Guest Performers

Little Mowtown
Hailing from Detroit, the “heatwave lighting up the night,” Little Motown, began bumping and grinding as soon as she reached the Big Apple in 2011. She quickly won over the hearts and groins of fans and fellow performers in NYC and around the country, performing both neo and classical burlesque.

She’s known for her ass and antics, which have delighted audiences at The Slipper room, Coney Island, Webster Hall and other NYC hotspots. She’s performed at the New York Burlesque Festival and the Burlesque Hall of Fame in Las Vegas.

She’s half of the hot new duo, Lil Bunz, grabbing NYC by the balls since September 2012. They’re silly, super hot and a little mischievous. Their tagline says it best; “we’ll fuck with you.

Nasty Canasta
Internationally-renowned neo-ecdysiast Nasty Canasta is frequently hailed as a genius of the contemporary burlesque scene. A “burlesque queen” (The NY Times) and Runner Up at the 2010 Miss Exotic World Pageant, Nasty is host and producer of Naked Girls Reading NYC, a regular performer with Wasabassco, and was an original co-creator of Pinchbottom Burlesque. She spent the summer of 2010 as a snake charmer and contortionist with the world-famous Coney Island Circus Sideshow in Brooklyn, NY.

A full-time burlesque performer, producer and costumer since 2004, Nasty draws on her years of experience in theatre to create acts and shows that combine tease, humor, and spectacle. Best known for her ‘burlesques on burlesque’ – subtle and surprising twists on classic striptease – and equally at home with classic tease and contemporary pop culture, her numbers range from the sublime to the silly, and have been a favorite with audiences around the world.

Mary Cyn
Miss Mary Cyn is a classically trained actor who takes off her clothes in bars. Sexy and nerdy, creative and wacky, Miss Mary Cyn is known for doings acts that surprise, inspire and arouse. She is the founder and co-producer of Original Cyn, New York’s craziest burlesque show. She’s also a founding member and former co-producer of Epic Win Burlesque. Her production company, The Cyn Factory, is bringing New York City a fun blend of theatre, burlesque, art, and partying.

Big Heath
Heath has appreciated live performances all his life. Big Heath became a member of New York’s burlesque community in 2005 and has attended many hundred neo-burlesque shows since. Considered a connoisseur of the art form by some, Big Heath’s insight has been sought by both performers and producers. During daylight hours Heath can be found overeating, perusing the city’s various art museums, and occasionally at his job as a Project Engineer in Northern New Jersey, this is his debut as a storyteller.

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