From left to right (back row): Tapitha Kix, Mourna Handful, Stanley Bothered, Bal'd Lightning, Sunny Sighed,  Cherie Nuit, Shortstaxx, Abigail Parrish; (front row): stage kittens Smitten Kitten and Cheeki Ho.  Photo by David A. Wright

From left to right (back row): Tapitha Kix, Mourna Handful, Stanley Bothered, Bal’d Lightning, Sunny Sighed,
Cherie Nuit, Shortstaxx, Abigail Parrish; (front row): stage kittens Smitten Kitten and Cheeki Ho.
Photo by David A. Wright

I had an absolutely fantastic time performing during the fundraiser for Workin’ the Tease: The Art of Baltimore Burlesque at Area 405 this past Saturday. The venue was total industrial coolness, the audience turnout was amazing, and I had a blast sharing the stage with some of my fellow Workin’ the Tease performers: Cherie Nuit, Tapitha Kix, Short Staxx, Sunny Sighed and Bal’d Lightning, and Hot and Bothered.

Read more about the fundraiser in the Baltimore Post Examiner article featuring a headline image of my Ugly Duckling fan dance!

Photo by Justus Heger

Photo by Justus Heger

Mourna Handful, The Sweetheart of Dark A delectable dichotomy of sweet and spice, Mourna Handful is a DC/MD/VA-based burlesque performer and a co-founder of Black Tassel Boolesque, who produce shows from the dark and decadent to the creepy and campy. She focuses on character and narration to create storytelling striptease that will make you scream with delight. Mourna made her way from wide-eyed audience member to onstage ecdysiast by way of Trixie Littleā€™s Burlesque Bootcamp. Since then she has performed up and down the East Coast and has appeared in the Jim Thorpe Burlesque Festival, the Pennsylvania Burlesque Festival, and ABSfest. She has been a three-time guest performer for Queen of Burlesque Angie Pontani's Burlesque-a-Pades and has shared the stage with 2012 King of Boylesque Russell Bruner and the incomparable compere Armitage Shanks, as well as musical acts Voltaire, Hellblinki, and This Way to the Egress. When you see this buxom contradiction of naughty and nice, be prepared to be whisked away to a storyland in another time and another place, and where the inhabitants are slightly naked.