Cabaret Red Light ( was a 30+ member troupe of Philadelphia’s most talented vaudeville performers, combining Brechtian agitprop with original live music, dark comedy, puppet theatre, dance and burlesque in the spirit of the decadent 1920s cabarets and speakeasies. Under co-artistic director Peter Gaffney, the troupe created more than 20 original productions and performed to sold out audiences at Painted Bride Art Center, Adrienne Theater, Plays and Players Theater, L’Etage, Chaplin’s Music Café, the Palace of Wonders in Washington D.C. and PortSide New York. In their three seasons, they were listed three times by Philadelphia’s City Paper as “Agenda Pick of the Week,” by TimeOut New York‘s online entertainment guide as “must-see,” and were the subject of an article in the New York Times ( and one-hour radio special on National Public Radio affiliated WHYY ( Cabaret Red Light closed its doors at the end of its 2011 season, following a run of seven consecutive sold-out performances of its cabaret adaptation of Nutcracker (more than 1400 tickets were sold). Co-founding the company in 2008 with Anna Frangiosa, Peter Gaffney was head writer, composer and music director for the troupe, and also created publicity, graphic design, set pieces, props and masks.