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 (2009)
  • Fire Island (2009)
  • Short Mountain Sanctuary Fall Gathering, Tennessee (2009)
  • Red Lotus Room, Brooklyn (2010)

“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 & Rosza Daniel Lang/Levitsky
Performers: Avory Agony, Bryn Kelly, Rosza Daniel Lang/Levitsky, Ezra 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 development of this play, which provided funding to spend two months researching in Eastern Europe including studying Yiddish in Vilnius Lithuania.