Renegade Style: Renegade Cabaret's Return to the Stage

Patty Heffley, along with the original members of the fire escape series Renegade Cabaret, returned to the makeshift stage on May 26 to entertain hundreds of High Line visitors and dedicated fans in the first performance of Friends of the High Line's series Out of Line. While an aerial scissor lift placed at West 14th Street mimicked Heffley's loft fire escape in Chelsea, her dry wit and improvised set were downright original.

Beginning at 9:00 PM, Heffley reunited with Elizabeth Soychak (The Lady in the Green Dress), Mary Foster Conklin (The Lady in the Red Dress), Roger Manning (Barefoot Roger), John DiPinto (The Man in the Hat), and Amber the Poet for a night of music and comedy on the High Line.

A group of onlookers engrossed in the performance.

Patty Heffley and Billy "The Science Guy" shared a couple of jokes with the crowd.
Soychak serenaded the crowd with a few solo jazz standards while Amber the Poet threw "caution to the wind" with a few poems that made the crowd chuckle. Conklin and DiPinto joined together for an intimate selection of duets as music bellowed from DiPinto's classic accordion. Manning provided a musical account of a special lady that he used to know, while Billy "The Science Guy" linked with Heffley to give a humorous take on the science behind the scissor lift.

John DiPinto's accordion serenaded the audience.
Mary Foster Conklin wooed visitors with her sultry voice.
A young admirer provided additional lighting to the dimly lit setting.
Check below for more photos from last Thursday's event and be sure to mark your calendars for the next performance in the Out of Line series: The Illustrious Blacks on June 23.

Elizabeth Soychak dazzled the crowd with a few jazz standards.

Amber the Poet shared a few stanzas from her poem about arugula.
Roger Manning brought the cool to Friends of the High Line's first Out of Line performance.
A group shot of the original members of Renegade Cabaret.
Photos by Matthew Eisman.
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