40th Anniversary Series

40 years of queer… and we’re just getting started.

To mark our 40th anniversary, we’re hosting a series of special events, performances, discussions, and – of course – a big party.

We invite you to come celebrate the past as some of our greatest hits come back for one-night-only readings. Or, you can join us in imagining the possibilities for the future at a series of community conversations where we’ll ask hard questions about where we have been, where we are going, and what’s next for the world’s largest and longest-running queer theatre.

It all culminates in a big party at the start of our Pride month celebrations in June, where our communities will come together to kick off the next 40 years at Buddies.

photo by Tanja-Tiziana

Dyke City

Friday, January 18
Doors at 7:30PM
Reading starts at 8PM

A marathon reading of Sonny Mills‘ iconic plays Dyke City  a hit stage series, with a total of nine episodes at Buddies between 1996 and 2002. As part of our 40th anniversary series we’re presenting a reading of the first episode with the original performers, and the third with a new-generation cast.

Dyke City

directed by Kirsten Johnson
featuring Sarah Garton Stanley, Kathryn Haggis, and Moynan King

Dyke City 3: Climb Every Woman

directed by Mel Hague
featuring Monica Garrido, Natalie Liconti, Emerjade Simms, Elley-Ray Hennessy, and Greg Campbell

Plus, stick around after the readings for DYKE NIGHT, The Dyke City After Party

DJ LL Cool Wei
Host Ashton Cootcher
Burlesque performances by
Ferrera Rose & Zyra Fresh Prince & Dainty Smith of Les Femmes Fatales: Women of Colour Burlesque Troupe

No Cover
Doors at 10pm
Best Jean Jacket contest at Midnight with a PRIZE Pack from Inside Out LGBT Film Festival


November 21, March 6 + May 22

Queer Cab is a curated evening of performance, theatre, music, dance, multimedia, lewks and everything in between that showcases young and emerging 2SLGBTQ+ artists in the community.

Curated by Daniel Carter.


Want to get involved? Fill out this lil’ form:

Projects can involve any of the following forms or mediums: theatre, performance art, music, dance, film/multimedia, photography, live art, installation, writing, singing, poetry, costume/looks/lewks, audience participation, one-on-one performance – and anything in between or not listed here (within reason, of course).

If you want to chat about an idea/ a project/ or a place to start feel free to email: queercabbuddies@gmail.com


All events take place in the Buddies cabaret and are Pay-What-You-Can at the door. If you need to reserve a spot ahead for accessibility reasons, please e-mail access@buddiesinbadtimes.com.

More information on specific events will be posted in the tabs to the left close to the performance date.

Gertrude on Gertrude on Gertrude

Sunday, September 30
An afternoon salon with tea and discussion featuring Gertrude Stein. And Gertrude Stein. And Gertrude Stein. And Gertrude Stein. And Gertrude Stein.

Trans Meditations and Other Collaborative Queeries

Friday, October 19
A poetry/variety show of queer, quirky, and queenly proportions, from Patricia Wilson and David Bateman.

Dyke City

Friday, January 18
A marathon reading of Sonny Mills‘ iconic plays, featuring the original cast alongside a new generation.

Community Meal & Conversation

Monday, May 13
A gaybourhood gathering hosted by Evalyn Parry.

Buddies 40th Birthday Bash

Friday, May 31
We’re gonna party like it’s 1979.


Wednesday, November 21, March 6 + May 22
A curated evening of performance, theatre, music, dance, multimedia, lewks, and everything in between that showcases young and emerging artists in the community.