Shakina Nayfack's One Woman Show, With Songs by Joe Iconis, Sam Salmond and More, Plays 54 Below Feb. 20

One Woman Show: A Work in Progress, written by and starring theatre director, producer and transgender performance artist Shakina Nayfack, is offered Feb. 20 at 54 Below. 

Shakina Nayfack
Shakina Nayfack

The 9:30 PM concert follows a sold-out premiere at Joe's Pub in December 2013 and celebrates her "KickStartHer" campaign to complete the world's first crowd-funded sex change.

According to press notes, "Shakina makes her 54 Below debut with One Woman Show: A Work In Progress, recounting in song and story the exploits and misadventures that led to her gender transition. A story of surviving the 90s and creating a new life in a new millennium, One Woman Show is a benefit for Shakina's high profile KickStartHer campaign to raise funds for gender confirmation surgery. Shakina's public approach to her gender transition is living performance art with a dark, funny, and powerful cabaret edge."

Written and performed by Nayfack with music direction by Jeremy Robin Lyons, the evening features classic covers and original songs by Julianne Wick Davis ( Southern Comfort), Sam Salmond ( Mormons, Mothers, and Monsters) and Nikko Benson ( Nikola Tesla Drops the Beat) as well as a world-premiere song written for the show by Joe Iconis ( The Black Suits). 

The band features Mike Rosengarten on guitar, Joseph Wallace on bass and Jeff Roberts on drums.

A KickStartHer after party, hosted by Nayfack, follows the concert and features performances by Kate Loprest ( First Date), Leslie McDonel ( American Idiot, Hairspray), Anastacia McCleskey ( Hair, The Book of Mormon), Sheri Sanders, Natalie Wachen (Off-Broadway's  Rent), Mary Kate Morrissey ( Hair national tour), Rachel Lee, Amanda Savan, Lauren Marcus and Bonnie Milligan. Nayfack is currently developing Junk: A Rock Opera with the Swedish pop band Brainpool, Jahn Sood's new folk opera The Disappearing Man and The Craft - the Musical with composer Kevin Michael Jones.

54 Below is located at 254 W. 54th Street. For more information, visit