SUBMERGE AT BAX: The Miss Krayola Newcomer Pageant

Curated by Zachary Frater

Saturday, November 22 @ 8:00pm

Aja & Banjela Davis

Detoxx Bústi-ae, Leo Gugu, Janelle Killz & Sparklez



PRINCESS DIVISION : Executive (Runway/Presentation), Sweet 16 (Runway), Fantasy (Runway/Q&A)

QUEEN DIVISION : Rainbow Road (Runway/Presentation), Prism Power (Talent), You’re Showing Your Color (Q&A)

Pay What You Will, $16 Suggested Donation (available at the door)

Music By Momo Shade

Qhoiyn Bella Donna Allure


$3 beer, wine, and mixed drinks

The Inaugural Miss Krayola Newcomer Pageant gathers together four female figures who have little to no experience in the drag arts, but who have long awaited to legitimately, in the words of Marlon Riggs, “unleash the Queen.” Trust–each of these young monarchs has dreamt vividly and incessantly of adoration. In the weeks leading up to the pageant. Their raw talent and creativity will be coached, contoured, and cuntified by some of today’s burgeoning drag legends.

At Miss Krayola, our contestants will endure three rounds of judging: a classic Runway category, a rousing Q&A session from our judges and hosts, and an original Performance of their own design.

Enter our judges & drag mentors: Misses Detoxx Bústi-ae, Leo Gugu, Janelle Killz, and the illustrious Sparklez.

Hosting the evening are two dissimilar Queens, both with various degrees of notoriety. One is our reigning Mr(s). Williamsburg, Bushwick’s very own Aja. The other, her crime-fighting cohort (and baby drag herself), Miss Banjela Davis.

Somewhere in Park Slope, three promising talents will share a stage to compete for our love/their glory. Come and witness the ingenuity, grace, and unbridled zeal of these Queens as they transcend the material constraints of maleness to bring us something divinely feminine. Soon wigs will fly and we will see who really deserves to be called the cuntiest crayon in the box! Arise, Miss Krayola!!!


Zachary Frater

Zachary FraterZachary Frater (Curator) is a low femme super-shero-in-training from NYC. His hobbies include beasting as Anna Williams in Tekken, watching vogue compilations on Youtube, and eating egg foo young. Zachary curated Honest Bodies, featuring visuals, texts, and performances by NY-based artists that center the queer body in their work. The show began at City College in Harlem and then traveled to Project Reach and BAAD! in LES and the Bronx respectively. Zachary has also been involved substantiallly with the nonprofit Visual AIDS over the past two years, first as an intern and volunteer, and most recently as a coordinator for Deviant Plays, a roundtable discussion on the role of art in raising consciousness. Zachary has curated performances and exhibitions for queer creators of color in LES, Bronx, Harlem, and now in his middle school haunt, Park Slope.


l.n. Hafezi

l.n. Hafezi (Associate Producer) is an undergraduate student of performance and Critical Theories of the Body at Eugene Lang College. Most recently they have performed collaboratively with Katy Pyle and Miguel Gutierrez, and have shared their own work in radical intentional qtpoc community spaces throughout New York City. They are a community organizer as well as a student organizer on their campus with The New School Feminist Collective and Students for Justice in Palestine. Some of their performance criticism can be found at

The Helix Queer Performance Network

The Helix Queer Performance Network is a collaboration between La MaMa Experimental Theater Club, The Hemispheric Institute of Performance & Politics and BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange, seeking to empower queer performers, unite diverse communities and celebrate the legacy and lineage of queer performance in New York City.

This work was supported by an Exploration Grant from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation to Brooklyn Arts Exchange Inc. for the Building Demand for the Performing Arts Program.

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