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Poetry Deathmatch Cabaret at Bootleg Theater

January 12 @ 7:30 pm - January 26 @ 7:30 pm

Booze! Typewriters! Burlesque! Melrose Poetry Bureau returns to the Bootleg Theater with all new extravaganza: the Poetry Deathmatch Cabaret!

Tickets here: https://www.bootlegtheater.org/search/?q=POETRY+DEATHMATCH+CABARET

Our Poets:
Aman Batra (LA Slam Team Member)
James Gangl (Instructor, Second City)
Bobby Gordon (Poetry Lecturer, UCLA)
Nayeli Knudsen (Def Poetry Jam)
Linda Ravenswood (Nominee, Poet Laureate of Los Angeles)
Brian Sonia-Wallace (Writer-in-Residence, Mall of America)

Poetry Deathmatch Cabaret is an all out extravaganza of an evening that pits improvising typewriter poets against each other in the smoky backroom of burlesque, booze, and song.

In a world where prohibition is real and poetry is outlawed, these dueling poets create objects of illicit beauty on the spot to curry your favor and save their skin, all the while being stalked by a burlesque dancer. Beginning with ideas from you, the audience, performers compete in a series of increasingly herculean tasks to see who will be poet laureate of the apocalypse.

The risqué, social critique, and satire live side-by-side in this speakeasy for thirsty souls. Come burn down the night with us.

*11 shows*

FRI Jan. 12 at 7:30PM
SAT Jan. 13 at 7:30PM
SUN Jan. 14 at 2:00PM
THU Jan. 18 at 7:30PM
FRI Jan. 19 at 7:30PM
SAT Jan. 20 at 7:30PM
SUN Jan. 21 at 2:00PM
THU Jan. 25 at 7:30PM
FRI Jan. 26 at 7:30PM
SAT Jan. 27 at 7:30PM
SUN Jan. 28 at 2:00PM

$20 General Admission
$25 at the door
$40 V.I.P. (includes drink ticket, Poetry on The Rocks ice cube, and custom poem mailed to you after the show on the topic of your choice)


Praise for our previous show, Quick Draw Poetry Cabaret:
“…high-spirited demonstration of masterful word play, ticklish nonsense and bawdy humor, which never seems to run out of pleasant surprises.” – Stage Raw
“Be prepared to be riveted by music, sultry dance, breathy orations and defiant provocations. Its ALL about the ‘word‘…you will be energetically revived.” -Gia on the Move
‘…one of the best nights of live performance in town” – ArtsBeatLA


Melrose Poetry Bureau
Melrose Poetry Bureau [MPB] creates live poetry experiences on typewriters. We blur the boundaries between poetry, theatre, and improvisation to create connection through ink in a wired-in world. Our work unmasks the creative process as typewriter-wielding poets create new, original works on-the-spot, based on topics given to them by the public. MPB was founded in 2014 by Nayeli Knudsen and Bobby Gordon, and is represented by Knudsen Productions.

Partnerships have included UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion, Google, LA Library Foundation, LA2050, Highways, Freight and Salvage, and the L.A. Philharmonic, with longer residencies at UCLA, LA’s Natural History Museum, Chandler Center for the Arts (AZ), and Write Club LA at the Bootleg Theatre. We are thrilled to be coming home!


Bootleg Theater
2220 Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles CA 90058


January 12 @ 7:30 pm
January 26 @ 7:30 pm
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Bootleg Theater
2220 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90057 United States
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