Press Release - Cotuit Center For The Arts

For Immediate Release:
Contact: David Kuehn, Executive Director
Cotuit Center for the Arts
Phone: (508) 428-0669
Email: [email protected]
Brazen Belles Burlesque Presents Brazen Saddles at Cotuit Center for the Arts
The Brazen Belles bring their show, “Brazen Belles Burlesque: Brazen Saddles,” to Cotuit Center for
the Arts Wednesday, August 12, through Saturday, August 15. Performances are every night at 7:30
PM, plus a matinee performance Saturday at 3 PM.
In a show inspired by Mel Brooks’s movie, “Blazing Saddles,” the Brazen Belles leave their home on
Cape Cod for the Wild West, where they hope to spread the word about the fun of burlesque. “We’re
on a burlesque mission,” said Aanjes Hershfield of Woods Hole, who performs in the troupe as
Pepper Grinds.
“We’ve been wanting to do a Wild West-themed show for a while now,” said Hershfield. “The show
includes a little bit of dialogue that people might remember from ‘Blazing Saddles’ and the same
absurd humor, plus a whole lot more. It is a multimedia show with singing and dancing, skits, and
some really awesome video shot by Brian Switzer with a drone camera.”
Flirty, rowdy, sultry, and outrageous, the Belles perform in the style of old-time vaudeville shows,
offering an array singing, dancing, acting, good humor, sass, and seduction. Their racy costumes—
corsets, teddies, and eye-catching lingerie—attract attention, but the women’s chorus line kicks,
slapstick antics, physical comedy skits, and sultry dance moves keep the audience laughing and
The troupe was founded in 2011 by Hershfield and has performed all over the Cape and in
neighboring states. It includes Katie Meyer as Sundown Shenanigans, Jodi Edwards as Bobbi Pins, and
other cast member with flirty stage names like Savannah Boudreaux, Roxy Roll, Lacy Stiletto, Ophelia
Love, Ginger St. Stephens, and Rita Men Weep. Featured in the show is belly dancer Ela Rogers and
longtime host Curtis Suede.
For Hershfield, it is the strength and power of women, not their exploitation, that is at the heart of
the Brazen Belles. “For me, the Brazen Belles bring a sense of body positivity, sex positivity,
empowerment, and just feeling comfortable,” she said. “We have a great sense of camaraderie, and
it’s a place where I can express myself creatively, while promoting a healthy sense of self and body
image. We have full-sized women, trim women, buxom women, girls with booties. We communicate
the message that all women can be alluring.
“You can’t put burlesque into a box,” Hershfield said. “There is no prescribed format. You can
basically do whatever you want—singing, acting, dancing, parody, all these things. That’s what drew
me to Burlesque. It feels good to be able to take your clothes off and say, ‘this is who I am, this is
me,’ to do it in a funny way, in an empowering way. It is really just a lot of fun.”
Tickets are $25, $22 for seniors, and $20 for members, and may be purchased by calling 508-4280669 or visiting
The arts center is at 4404 Route 28 in Cotuit. For more information, call 508-428-0669 or visit
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Brazen Belles Burlesque: Brazen Saddles
Cotuit Center for the Arts, 4404 Route 28, Cotuit
Wednesday, August 12, through Saturday, August 15, 7:30 PM, plus 3 PM matinee on Saturday
$25, $22 for seniors, $20 for members
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