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‘Midnight Coleslaw’s Tales from Beyond The Closet!!!’ Premieres for Pride

And you thought being in the closet was scary?  Well be prepared to be knocked off your pumps with fear and delight by what’s on the other side at Midnight Coleslaw’s Tales from Beyond The Closet!!! .  The campy and terrifying evening of one-acts by Joey Merlo, in a co-production with The Tank, is set to run during Pride Month May 31 – June 23, 2024, at The Tank (312 West 36th St). Tickets are now on sale at

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“Merlo is one of the most exciting and original voices writing for the New York stage at the moment.” – Zachary Stewart, Theatermania

Join drag-vamp, Midnight Coleslaw (and her talking-skull-sidekick, Boner) as she hosts a campy and titillating evening of queer horror-comedy. Audiences will marvel at a chair made out of skin that turns into a humanoid third-wheel in a couple’s relationship, a father back from the dead to make sure his little (unbeknownst to him lesbian) girl is thriving, and an aging queen’s party of disappearing guests. Exit the closet and enter the theater—if you dare!!!


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OUT100’s 2019 Showgirl of the Year, Charlene Incarnate stars as Midnight Coleslaw with an eclectic cast that includes Priscilla Flores, Curtis Gillen (co-composer for Water for Elephants), six-time Obie winner David Greenspan, Amando Houser (Snatch Adams), Obie-winner Jan Leslie Harding, Rebecca Robertson (Sleep No More), and John William Watkins. Academy Award-nominee Haley Joel Osment (The Sixth Sense) will take over for Gillen from June 20-23.

Joey Merlo, photo: Peter_Bellamy

“Camp is part of my identity as a queer person,” says playwright Joey Merlo. “To me, camp is a kind of secret language that we as queer folks have. Horror keeps me present. I hope audiences will walk away feeling refreshed and exhilarated after having been taken on a bizarre, funny, and scary journey through three unique stories, while also having been entertained by the musical drag and comedy numbers in between each one-act.”

Midnight Coleslaw’s Tales from Beyond The Closet!!!

May 31 – June 23, 2024

The Tank, located at 312 West 36th Street in Manhattan,

Performances are Thursdays–Sundays at 7pm with the following exceptions: June 10 at 7pm, June 7 and 21 at 10:30pm, and June 9, 16, and 22 at 3pm.

General admission tickets are $50 with Donor tickets at $75. A limited number of “Under 40” tickets are available at $25 for every performance to audience members aged 40 and under (ID required). All tickets can be purchased at

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