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Starling Cabaret – Benefit for DVAA

Friday, May 19, 2023

Improvised Cabaret Benefit for DVAA

Starling Cabaret, Friday, May 19th, 7 PM

Delaware Valley Arts Alliance invites you to join us for an evening of fabulous fun and entertainment for the STARLING CABARET, a one-night-only Improvised Cabaret Benefit for DVAA. 

On Friday, May 19th, at 7 PM, the Starling at Pond Eddy will transform into a DAZZLING SPEAKEASY where society swells and classy dames gather to hear some of NYC’s finest improvisers. 

From the stars of Broadway’s Next H!T Musical, we bring you CLUB STARLING, a totally improvised cabaret. Inspired by AUDIENCE SUGGESTIONS, the performers will create a spontaneous evening of music, comedy, and a ton of laughs! Totally off the cuff —and off the wall!

Join our host and emcee, GREG TRIGGS, as he introduces us to star performers DEB RABBAI, DANIEL TEPPER, and KATIE HAMMOND, accompanied by the incredibly talented GARY ALDER on piano! 

Come out to support the work of DVAA and the thriving arts scene in Sullivan County with a hilarious evening of song and laughter. This BENEFIT PERFORMANCE will be a night to remember. 

 Tickets: $75 per person

DVAA is a 501(c)(3) multi-arts presenting organization in Sullivan County, NY. Contributions are fully tax deductible.


“A spontaneity, wit and inventiveness that must be seen to be believed!” ~ New York Post

“Hilarious!” ~ The New York Times

“An evening of fitful laughter & side-splitting fun”  ~ BroadwayWorld

 * Reviews of Broadway’s Next H!T Musical

 DEB RABBAI (Singer) is an original member and co-creator of Broadway’s Next Hit Musical. A native New Yorker, Deb has worked as an actor, improviser, singer, and voiceover artist for the last twenty-five years with Freestyle Repertory Theatre (TheatreSports New York), ComedySportz NY, and the Chicago City Limits national touring company, among others. 

 Notable local personality GREG TRIGGS (Host) has performed with Disney’s Comedy Warehouse, the Brave New Workshop & Chicago City Limits. His resume boasts impressive writing, directing, and acting credits. Greg is a member of the Tusten Town Board, and his radio show, Travels with Triggs, can be heard on New York Public Radio (archives on WJFF). 

 GARY ADLER (Pianist) was musical director for Broadway’s Avenue Q for its entire six-year run. Gary’s conducting credits extend to Radio City Christmas SpectacularKinky BootsThe Fantasticks, and Next to Normal. He co-wrote the musical Altar Boyz and wrote and arranged for Disney Channel’s “Johnny and the Sprites” starring John Tartagila. He has been playing improv piano longer than he would care to admit. 

DANIEL TEPPER is an actor and musical comedian based in New York City, performing in shows including Baby Wants CandyShamilton, and Broadway’s Next Hit Musical.

KATIE HAMMOND hails from Michigan and boasts improv credits from Second City, Walt Disney World, The People’s Improv Theatre, Story Pirates, and ComedySportzNY. She has toured internationally, making up musicals with Broadway’s Next Hit Musical and This is Your Life, The Musical.


In addition to supporting DVAA by purchasing tickets to this one-of-a-kind performance, guests will be able to bid on a curated selection of cultural offerings including gift certificates to some of the best restaurants in our area and passes to amazing local events such as Forestburgh Playhouse, DVAA’s Big Eddy Film Festival, and more.


The Starling at Pond Eddy is a historic RIVERHOUSE overlooking the Delaware River, 10 minutes from Barryville. Built in 1883, The Starling is reported to be one of the last known buildings to have been constructed along the Historic Delaware and Hudson Canal. Our Cabaret will take place on the ground floor, originally a general store, with much of the original character intact— perfect for a vintage-themed speakeasy event.


Since 1976, the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA), a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, has been the cornerstone for the cultural community of the Sullivan Catskills and Upper Delaware Valley Region.  

DVAA serves as a cultural home, providing artists with platforms to share their voices with audiences in our galleries, on our stages, and at our festivals. Additionally, DVAA funds local creatives and cultural organizations through our role as the Arts Council of Sullivan County.  

In 2023, DVAA will present over a dozen exhibitions featuring new and emerging visual artists from around our region as well as new works from accomplished mid-career artists. The year will close out with the 19th annual Art in Sixes – an exhibition that celebrates our community’s vast and diverse talent. 

Over two dozen live performances will take place at the Tusten Theatre and in Krause Recital Hall featuring new productions in theater, music, dance and more! 

DVAA’s community arts programming features events like Riverfest, now in its 33rd year (Sunday, July 23, 2023) and the 12th annual Big Eddy Film Festival (September 28 – October 1). Produced by DVAA, these events create unique access to the arts for the entire public to enjoy in unique and intimate settings. Launching this fall, DVAA will host a series of afterschool offerings in art making and performance to be announced in late spring! 

DVAA’s commitment to strengthening the Arts in Sullivan County through our longstanding regrant programs has never been greater – with over $90,000 in regrant funds and scholarships to be distributed to artists and arts organizations in Sullivan County through partnerships with the New York State Council on the Arts and the Sullivan County Legislature. Those funds support community-based arts activities that will engage over 20,000 people in 2023! In addition, DVAA’s community arts calendar and weekly arts happenings email promotes the diverse cultural activities throughout the area.   

  • Organizer Name: DVAA
  • Phone: 845-252-7576
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  • Type: Performance,Special Event
  • Time: May 19, 2023 - 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Venue:The Starling at Pond Eddy, Rt. 97, Pond Eddy, NY

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