SEPTEMBER 26 - 29, 2019


Tuesday November 12
7:30 pm
Special Benefit Performance
with Post-Show New Orleans Jazz Party

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Mink Stole and Penny Arcade in SLAPSTICK TRAGEDY - THE MUTILATED photo by Josh Andrus

Slapstick Tragedy: The Mutilated Benefit

by Tennessee Williams
This is your chance to meet John Waters cult film legend Mink Stole and Andy Warhol superstar Penny Arcade. They were born to play these outrageous roles in a rarely seen Williams farce, just back from a sold-out run in Provincetown!

All proceeds benefit the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival
directed by Cosmin Chivu

starring Mink Stole & Penny Arcade

Beth Bartley Productions
Thomas Keith | New Ohio Theatre

New York, NY

Seats are extremely limited!


Past Festivals


Revived under Cosmin Chivu’s direction... the production was nothing short of brilliant.
- Robert Israel, EDGE Boston


Mink Stole in THE MUTILATED - photo by Josh AndrusIt’s Christmas Eve in New Orleans and a Texan Oil heiress, Trinket Dugan (Mink Stole), is hiding a secret from the world in her SRO hotel in the French Quarter. Prostitute, drunk and derelict, Celeste Delacroix Griffin (Penny Arcade), Trinket’s frenemy for decades, waits on the flophouse couch hoping to bury the hatchet with Trinket after another of their legendary squabbles.

This rarely seen farce – with Christmas carols! – written by Williams in 1966, is graced by veteran stars of the avant garde, and features a 4-piece New Orleans Jazz band.



About the Benefit

Penny Arcade in THE MUTILATED - Photo by Josh AndrusThis is your chance to meet a cult screen star, Mink Stole, and a the legendary downtown icon, Penny Arcade

Two gifted performers who were born to play these strange, crazed roles in one of Tennessee Williams least understood plays. They wowed audiences in Provincetown, under the direction of Romanian-born director Cosmin Chivu, who will also be on hand with the rest of the cast. 

After the uproarious and touching performance of The Mutilated, join us afterward for a New Orleans Jazz party, featuring wine, beer, bubbly, hors d'oeurves and first-class schmoozing.



Tin Pan Band in THE MUTILATED - photo by Josh AndrusLive music, courtesy of the sultry Tin Pan Band -- featuring trumpeter, composer and singer, Jesse Selengut... "like Ray Charles and Tom Waits hanging out on Bourbon Street."

You'll also meet the Executive Director of the Festival, Jef Hall-Flavin and Festival curator David Kaplan, who will give us a sneak preview of what's to come in 2014! 

You can also grab a pass for the 2014 Festival (...before we raise the price!) Those who purchase a benefactor ticket can receive up to $50 off.

All proceeds benefit the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival.


Penny Arcade, Mink Stole & John Waters on The Mutilated


About the Creative Team


Mink Stole in THE MUTILATED photo by Josh Andrus As an original Dreamlander working with John Waters, Mink Stole has portrayed some of the more outrageous characters in independent film history, including Connie Marble in Pink Flamingos, Taffy Davenport in Female Trouble, Peggy Gravel in Desperate Living, and Dottie Hinkle in Serial Mom. Stole has often played “mother/aunt of the ‘gay’” as in such films as Jamie Babbitt’s But I’m A Cheerleader, Lee Friedlander’s Girl Play and Out at the Wedding, and the second, third, fourth and fifth installments of Ariztical’s Eating Out series. In 2009, Stole appeared as Esther in Steve Balderson’s filmed-in-Macon women-in-prison film Stuck!, and she is also carving out a place for herself in the horror genre, with major roles in Michael Frost’s unusual still-photographed 3 Faces of Evil, Robert A. Masciantonio’s Neighbor and Joshua Grannell’s recently released bloody homage to the single-screen theater All About Evil. She is currently featured in Jeffrey Schwarz’s lovely documentary I Am Divine as herself. 

On stage, Stole has worked with director John Vaccaro, as well as the late, great Charles Ludlam. She performed the role of Autolycus in the L.A. Women’s Shakespeare Company’s production of The Winter’s Tale. In 2011, she appeared as Madge in the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Festival production of Now the Cats with Jewelled Claws, which also opened La Mama’s 50th Anniversary season in New York. 

For the last few years, both in Los Angeles and Baltimore, Stole has been producing and performing her one-woman show Do Re MiNK with her Wonderful Band, which is also the title of her recently released CD. Visit to learn more.



Penny Arcade in THE MUTILATED photo by Josh AndrusBorn Susana Carmen Ventura to an immigrant Italian family in the small factory town of New Britain, CT, she became Penny Arcade at age 17 while on LSD in an effort to amuse her mentor and patron, openly gay photographer/artist Jaimie Andrews. It was Andrews, a member of The Playhouse of the Ridiculous, who introduced the young Arcade to legendary director John Vaccaro. Vaccaro, then directing Kenneth Bernard's potent play The Moke Eater, subsequently gave Penny her theatrical debut in the groundbreaking production. Soon after, Arcade became a teenage superstar for Andy Warhol's Factory with a featured role in the Morrissey/Warhol film Women In Revolt but quickly found the life of an upcoming pop tart too one dimensional and fled to Amsterdam.

In 1980, La MaMa’s Ellen Stewart and Vaccaro invited her to recreate her 1970 New York role in Ken Bernard’s play Nite Club. She returned to New York after nearly a decade of globe hopping and international intrigue to resume her apprenticeship with many of the greats of American experimental theatre including Jack Smith, Jackie Curtis and Charles Ludlam. In 1985, Arcade began creating her own improvisational and unscripted solo work. In 1989 she began to create group work, beginning with her commission from Engarde Arts for whom she created A Quiet Night for Sid and Nancy at the Chelsea Hotel.

1990-91 was a prolific period for Arcade during which she wrote four full length shows, including the core of her autobiographical trilogy: Based on A True StoryInvitation to The Beginning Of The End Of The World and La Miseria. It was also in 1990 that she created her most famous work, her sex and censorship show, BITCH!DYKE!FAGHAG!WHORE! A blend of political humanism, freedom of expression and erotic dancing, BITCH!DYKE!FAGHAG!WHORE! toured the world twice both as an international festival as well as a commercial hit in 20 cities around the world.

In the time since BITCH!DYKE!FAGHAG!WHORE!, Arcade premiered Bad Reputation, her all girl show (with a few gay men who wanted their own dance number!) at PS122 in 1999 and later in Manchester and Glasgow. New York Values, an autopsy on the death of Bohemia and the commodification of rebellion, premiered at PS 122 in 2002 as a group show and has been performed as a solo show in Los Angeles, Austin, Frankfurt, Heldelberg and the Royal Festival Hall in London. Visit to learn more.

About Cosmin Chivu

Cosmin Chivu is a Romanian born theater artist, currently based in New York City, with an international career of award-winning productions. He has directed over 50 professional and university productions in America, Austria, England, Germany, Greece, Italy, Romania and Thailand. His most recent projects includeBeautiful Province by Clarence Coo (LCT3), winner of the 2012 Yale New Drama Series, Something Cloudy Something Clear by Tennessee Williams at The Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival and a stage adaptation of Williams’s A Recluse and His Guest as part of the Drama League’s New Directors New Works. Chivu has directed over 30 plays in New York City, Massachusetts, California and New Jersey. He is a lifetime member of the Actors Studio, a member of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab, an alumnus of the Old Globe's Jack O’Brien fellowship and the founder of InterArt Theatre Group. Chivu is currently the Head of B.A. Acting/Directing Program, International Performance Ensemble at Pace University Performing Arts in New York City. He holds a Masters in Theatre Directing from the Actors Studio Drama School, New School University, NYC and a B.A. in Acting from the G. Enescu Art Academy, Romania. Visit to learn more.


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