If Cher and SpongeBob can get their own musicals, why can't Margaret Atwood? On January 25, Brooklyn comedians Marcia Belsky and Melissa Stokoski unveil their absurdist parody of Hulu's The Handmaid's Tale—and of its millennial fanbase—at Union Hall.
Belsky and Stokoski have coined a new genre for their hilarious take on the world of Gilead, set in a grim 2027 Brooklyn: "Dystopian camp."
"The Handmaid's Tale is difficult to stomach," Belsky says. "We wanted to write something cathartic that could make us and others laugh, imagining what this dark reality would look like played out among overindulged millennials in Brooklyn. Plus, Trump could decide any day now that all comedy not written by Tim Allen is illegal, so I'm trying to get all of this political stuff out while I still can."
The cast features some of our favorite local comedians, including Belsky as Offred, Stokoski as Rory Gilmore, Matt Rogers as Extremely Hot Nick, Tim Platt as Commander Fred, Greta Titelman as Serena Joy, Sophie Santos as Moira, Karolena Theresa as Jax/OfJax, Arti Gollapudi as OfBrent/Janine the One-Eyed Bitch and Eudora Peterson as Aunt Betsy DeVos.
Handmaid's Tale: The Musical is on Thursday, January 25, at 8pm. Tickets are $5 in advance. Belsky co-hosts the monthly show STEVIE and the podcast Misandry, one of our picks of the best NYC comedy podcasts. You can catch Stokoski at her monthly show Bitchcraft and on John Fugelsang's SiriusXM show Tell Me Everything.