Plants dance, sing in Museum’s sculpture garden cabaret



Singing and dancing flowers, ferns, vegetables and even weeds form the cast of a cabaret show that addresses what life is like for our plant brethren.

Bitter Homes & Gardens” will be presented by The Bearded Ladies, an experimental cabaret company from Philadelphia, at the Delaware Art Museum, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, August 18, 2016. This outdoor botanical spectacle is inspired by the Michael Pollan’s “The Intelligent Plant,” which suggests that humans treat plants as “protagonists in their own dramas” and related articles from the The New Yorker.

There will be “talking plants and talking about plants,” says Saralyn Rosenfield, the Museum’s Interim Director of Education. The latter will come partly from a post-show talk on satire by The Bearded Ladies, who believe art can be both intellectual and accessible. Humor in the arts is exemplified in Edward Koren: The Capricious Line, an exhibition of work by the famed New Yorker cartoonist at the Museum through September 18, 2016. Additionally, guests can learn about local horticulture with The Delaware Center for Horticulture who will be onsite to share information.

The cabaret is led by Jebediah Eatin-Good, a friendly ear of corn, with music from Bill Withers, Bob Dylan, Tom Waits, RaeLynn, Faith Hill, and Heath Allen, the troupe’s resident composer.

The cabaret, by bringing together people to laugh, think, and join in the hoedown finale, shows that art can be filled with humor and become a fun and social experience. “Whether it is deciding how we feel about genetically modified food or wondering how animals feel about their existence, humor is a powerful tool of revelation. It helps us think through disparate aspects of life and plays a big role in the arts,” explains Rosenfield.

The performance will take place in the Copeland Sculpture Garden (indoors if inclement weather), where the sculptures and the plantings will engage audience members before and after the show. The show contains adult humor, but families are welcome, and young kids will enjoy the colorful costumes, music, and participatory moments. Audience members should bring lawn chairs and/or blankets. Food and drinks will be available for purchase in the Thronson Café, featuring Toscana. Guests can pre-order meals online for $15.

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Admission to the event is $5 for Members and $10 for Non-Members. Guests will have time before the show to explore Edward Koren: The Capricious Line and the Copeland Sculpture Garden. Admission to the Museum is free starting at 4:00 p.m., and it is open until 8:00 p.m.


This program is made possible by the Mary Page and Tom Evans Fund. Support is provided by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. The Division promotes Delaware arts events on Out & About Magazine is a media sponsor.


Founded in 1912, the Delaware Art Museum is best known for its large collection of works by Wilmington native Howard Pyle and fellow American illustrators, a major collection of British Pre-Raphaelite art, urban landscapes by John Sloan and his circle, and a survey of American art from early 19th century through the present. Visitors can also enjoy the outdoor Copeland Sculpture Garden and a number of special exhibitions throughout the year.

The Delaware Art Museum is at 2301 Kentmere Parkway, Wilmington, DE 19806. Open Wednesday: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Thursday: 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., and Friday – Sunday: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Monday and Tuesday: Closed. Admission fees are charged as follows: Adults (19-59) $12, Seniors (60+) $10, Students (with valid ID) $6, Youth (7-18) $6, and Children (6 and under) free. Admission fees are waived Thursdays 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. and Sundays 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. thanks to support from generous individuals. For more information, call 302-571-9590 or 866-232-3714 (toll free), or visit

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