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As writer and performer, Adelaide Mestre mines the autobiographic material of her childhood and family history, chronicling the trials and tribulations of growing up in an eccentric family among artists and over the top personalities.

Her latest solo-show, Top Drawer: Stories of Dysfunction and Redemption from Park Avenue to Havana, begins on Manhattan's Upper East Side and follows a fractured journey to Havana to seek out her deceased father’s cherished piano, left behind when her family fled in 1960. The show takes place in both the past and present, as the audience follows her on her quest to reclaim her family's heritage. In flashbacks, she chronicles her life growing up with her mother, a thrice married, opera-singing socialite with impossible top-drawer standards and , and her father, a gay, Cuban, manic-depressive concert pianist. In story and song, she shares about her parents doomed love affair, her father's struggle with his homosexuality, and his eventual tragic suicide. On her journey, she learns of a famous speech her grandfather gave against Castro and recovers old recordings of her father playing the piano with an orchestra in Havana in 1954. With sentiment and humor she spins a tale of dysfunction and redemption and, ultimately shares the discovery that are can be a kind of alchemy that transmutes loss and abandonment into freedom. 

 Upcoming pefromances of Top Drawer:


  East Hampton 

  Back by popular demand - Top Drawer at The Triad! 

  • June 21st & 22nd at 7 p.m.
  • The Triad
  • 158 W. 72nd Street (2nd Fl.)
  • To order online:
  • or purchase by phone at 1-888-596-1027