Queen of the Underground

Penny Arcade. Photo by Rick Stachura. August 1, 2018.




“The underground is not about being cool, it’s about being willing.”

–Penny Arcade



Ms. Arcade during a performance of her one woman show The Faghag and Her Friends in the Summer of Love.

She shared that “rejection makes you holy.” If you go through it, you become an “Old Queen,” or “one of the wise.” After all, she said, you must push yourself beyond the barriers of “banality” and “mediocrity” if you want to sit at the Old Queens’ “table.”

Photo by Rick Stachura. Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater. August 1, 2018.



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