Cassidy Dawn Graves

Cassidy Dawn Graves is a freelance writer, producer, and multidisciplinary performer based in Brooklyn. She curates and produces two variety shows, a seasonal showcase for women and gender non-conforming creators called Am I Write, Ladies? and a monthly benefit show called Pairs N' Chairs she hosts with performer Jessy Yates. Cassidy has written for PAPER Magazine, Gothamist, Brokelyn, Bedford + Bowery, INTO, HowlRound, and others. Subscribe to her weekly newsletter of upcoming shows, writing, and other goings-on at

Cassidy Dawn

NewCritcriticism & analysis

  • Eating the Rich: Sweeney Todd’s Vicious Capitalism
    Cassidy Dawn Graves writes about the anti-capitalist narrative present in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street and the significance of producing the musical in 2018.
  • Questioning the Casting and the Hump
    Cassidy Dawn Graves writes about Thomas Ostermeier’s production of Richard III and questions why we still see able-bodied actors playing characters with disabilities.
  • Sabine Women, Satire, and What Is Truly “Daring?”
    Is sexual assault a daring subject for satire? Cassidy Dawn Graves considers Michael Yates Crowley’s The Rape of the Sabine Women, by Grace B. Matthias and how satire may be the perfect tone to portray the empowerment of the disempowered.
  • A Sci-Fi B-Movie for the Musical Stage
    Wild Women of Planet Wongo is a cliched tribute to sci-fi and B-movies about worlds without men.