QueerCab: Call for Submissions

i’m inspired most by the people in my life who say out of pocket shit, yes, this is a cabaret, and yes, this is a curated event, and yes, no one is asking any of these questions and yet i’m still answering them, nonetheless, this is my motivation for saying i want out of pocket responses to our out of pocket themes because broadly speaking, theatre now feels highly processed, not to say we’re not making good theatre but it’s clear to me that we’re constantly writing, deleting, rewriting, reworking, workshopping our words, how much do we get to say things in the moment? 

— Julie Phan 潘家雯, Artistic Producer Intern

We’re looking for first impulses, uninhibited thoughts, the weirder the better. Take these themes as far and as literally as you need to, and be celebrated in your roughest, unedited thoughts and feelings. Whether you’re an emerging creator looking to perform something for the first time or you’re a seasoned professional who’s tired of aspiring to a level of perfection that feels unattainable, this evening is for you! 

Each piece will be 5-10 minutes long. Artists will each be provided with $150 honorarium. For any inquiries or if you require any assistance on submitting, please reach out to julie@buddiesinbadtimes.com.

Read on to find about more about this year’s QueerCab series, and submit for our January edition by November 28.


Breaking the Hays Code 

January 18, 2023 
Submit by: November 28, 2022 

Calling all dames and goons! Cats and aces, for our first QueerCab of this season, we’re looking to get decked out in our best early Hollywood wear and break as many Hays Code rules as possible. Exposed bosoms and sexual preversions abound, we want work that can joyfully and inclusively celebrate an era that is gone. Short works can range from theatre, dance, performance art, poetry, music, drag, and multimedia. 


Crime and Punishment – Inspired by the Life and Works of Fyodor Dostoyevsky

March 8, 2023 
Submit by: January 23, 2023 

From themes of isolation and exile, to exploring human nature in everyday life and chaotic socio-political structures in 19th Century Russia, this iteration of QueerCab looks to filter Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s unique style and perspectives through a 21st Century queer lens. We’re looking at work to “introduce the extraordinary into the very thick of the commonplace, to fuse… the sublime with the grotesque, and push images and phenomena of everyday reality to the limits of the fantastic.” 


To be announced in 2023.