Jody Kuehner/Cherdonna Shinatra

Kissing Like Babies: Part III of one great, bright, brittle alltogetherness
Oct 12 - 15, 2017

$23 | $30 WEEK OF • BUY TICKETS Merrill Wright Mainstage

The Saturday (10/14) performance of Kissing Like Babies is sold out. A waiting list will be started by the Lobby Box Office at 7 pm; must be present in person to sign up.


Explore the infantilization of the feminine. Embroil in the conundrum of being. Gape at the amazing circumstances within which we exist. Trace the ties from birth to death and back again with the help of drag queen Cherdonna, a chorus of adult toddlers, and a seven-piece brass marching band. Jody Kuehner is a queer, fem, female, professionally trained contemporary dancer who uses dance traditions, clowning, drag, theater, comedy, performance art, camp, pop culture, feminism, absurdity, and subversive commentary to make art.  

Jody Kuehner is a Seattle-based dance artist, director, and drag queen Cherdonna Shinatra. She is a 2015 Stranger Genius Award winner, a Henry Art Gallery 2017 Artist-in-Residence, Velocity Dance Center’s 2014 Artist-in-Residence, and a 2010 Spotlight Award winner. Her choreography has been presented by every major contemporary dance venue in Seattle and her current project is touring nationally. Jody was Dayna Hanson’s Production Coordinator and Assistant Director for various projects from 2010-2015. She danced with Pat Graney Company from 2007-2016, including assisting with Graney’s KTF Prison Project. As Cherdonna, she performs with award-winning international sensations Kitten N’ Lou and BenDeLaCreme (RuPaul’s Drag Race). 


Kissing Like Babies is partially funded by the New England Foundation for the Arts National Dance Project Presentation Grant and the National Endowment for the Arts. It was developed at On the Boards through the Performance Production Program, made possible by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.