Between Two Worlds

In “Between Two Worlds: Who Loved You Before You Were Mine“, five deviant queers, their mythical beast secret identities, and all of their ghosts walk into a cabaret… The result is a show about yearning for ancestors, the empty spaces left by the first generation of AIDS deaths in queer communities and the way the next generation is called to fill those spaces.

In this re-interpretation of Yiddish theater classic The Dybbuk, the consensual possession of a lover by the ghost of their beloved is a model for acknowledging the collective loss we hold and reflect in our queer bodies. The cabaret is a love letter to the ghosts among us.

Performance Dates:

  • Dixon Place HOT! Festival Premier, August 4th, 2009 – SOLD OUT!
  • Fire Island, August 2009
  • Short Mountain Sanctuary Fall Gathering, Liberty TN, Sept 2009
  • January 7-10, 2010 Red Lotus Room, Brooklyn


“This show is so moving and powerful. I wish that everyone I know could see it.” — Justin Vivian Bond


Creative Team

Play by Ezra Nepon (aka Killer Sideburns)
Collaboratively written, directed, and designed with J. Dellecave & Daniel Lang/Levitsky
Performers: Avory Agony, Bryn Kelly, Daniel Lang/Levitsky, E. Nepon, Irma
Preikschat, Zachary Wager Scholl
Projection by Niknaz Tavakolian
Original Accordion Music Written and Performed by Patrick Farrell (& one night by Max Fass)
Stage Managers: Casey Llewellyn, Jamila Ruya Khan



In 2007, I received a Leeway Foundation Art and Change Grant towards this play, which provided funding to spend two months  researching in Eastern Europe including studying Yiddish in Vilnius Lithuania.