Dixon Place, NYC's Laboratory for Performance
"What began in 1985 as a literary reading space, a throwback to Paris salons, is now one of the city's most important and fiercely experimental artists' nests." - The Village Voice
VICTORIA LIBERTORE:No Need for Seduction in May
CLAY MCLEOD CHAPMAN:The Penalty in June
July gets HOT! All things GLBTQ in performance, all month long!
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PLEASE NOTE: Seats are NOT guaranteed if ticket holders arrive after the listed showtime.Peformance, World PremiereFridays and Saturdays, May 10-25 at 7:30pmVictoria LibertoreNo Need for SeductionTickets: $15 (advance), $18 / $12 stu/sen and TDF (door)
"...absolutely fascinating in every respect..."
-- Trav SD, Travalance
Our heroine has finally gotten her act together, or so she thought. When she ends up on the romantic trip of a lifetime in Bali with the woman of her dreams, she is on the
verge of having everything she wants... and she's on the verge of destroying it all. (get more) estimated runtime: 90 minutesTheater/Performance, Literature, Comedy, QueerFriday, May 17 & Saturday, May 18 at 10:00pmMike AlboTHE JUNKETTickets: $12 (advance), $15 / $10 stu/sen & TDF (door)Written and performed by Mike Albo, directed by David Schweizer, technical/video design by Larry Shea. A hilarious, harrowing tale of a writer named Mike Albo who has been living/trapped in New York City for the past 20 years. He starts writing a column for the country's most influential newspaper and thinks he can finally afford his aspirational life. But after he goes on a crazy, over-the-top press junket and becomes a gossip item, he becomes a pawn in the acrimonious war between Old and New Media. Here's a wildly funny, slightly painful account of New York's back-biting media scene, the inner workings of fashion and promotion, and what it takes to survive as a writer in our chattering, challenging, increasingly unaffordable culture.
"I was perilously close to exposing a secret underground economy of promotion: the gift bags and plus ones and galas and banquets that keep the city in motion, and keep underpaid writers at work. Basically, I became the Silkwood of Swag." Mikealbo.com and @albomikeestimated runtime: 70 minutesTheater, Art Revival ServiceeSunday, May 19 at 11:30amCHRIS WELLS & FRIENDSThe Secret CityTickets: $10 suggested donationPart revival, part salon, part show, these monthly services feature performance, visual art, music, food & literature, designed to inspire, excite & invigorate the creative community of NYC. Get more info on their website.estimated runtime: 120 minutesTheater, LGBTQSunday, May 19 at 7:00pmHouses on the Moon Theater CompanyTRANSformation: True stories of transgender youth and their familiesTickets: $40+Houses on the Moon Theater Company presents a benefit performance for Bee's Fund. Bee Winkler Weinstein Fund is the healing action of cofounders Dorothy Calvani & Dava Weinstein when Dava's inheritance was greatly diminished because of her sexual identity. That demeaning inheritance now helps young women discarded by their families. Grants ranged from $35-$1500 covering items such as legal expenses, vocational training and tools, document replacement (not pretty when a family destroys birth certificate, immigration papers, etc.), name change expenses, GED courses, ESL, college application fees. The list goes on and on. stonewallfoundation.orgDance, Burlesque, Circus Arts, Aerial ArtsMonday, MAY 20 at 7:30pmCody Schreger and Friends"No Holds Barred" Variety showTickets: $15 (advance), $18 / $15 stu/sen (door)Curated and hosted by Cody Schreger with performances by amazing talent from the dance, theater and circus communities included cast members from Cirque du Soliel, Fuerza Bruta and more. The phrase "no holds barred" originated with the sport of wrestling and was taken to mean "no restrictions" on wrestling "holds". Come out and see what happens when professionals and students from the aerial, circus, theater and dance worlds give you their art "No Holds Barred!" This variety night is guaranteed to be fun, inspiring, original and perhaps even shocking. For more info check out codyjs.comestimated runtime: 60-80 minutesTheatreThursday, May 23 at 7:30pmClaire Epstein The Beach EagleTickets: $12 (advance), $15 / $10 stu/sen & TDF (door)Claire Epstein, director/playwright; Sophie Traub, assistant director; Aaron Finbloom & Rachel James, sound design; Bob Strock, dramaturgy. Ensemble: Sharon Mashihi, Charlotte Hornsby, Bob Strock, Leigh Hendrix, Irene Siegel, Tim Carmello, Dan Wilson, Kevin Slesinsky, Jesse Ruuttila, Ethan & Rijard Bergeron.
NY Times theater critic Ben Brantley wrote, "I can't remember a year in the theater as crowded with productions of Chekhov's chronicles of lonely lives as 2012 has been."
The Beach Eagle continues the trend with a rewrite of The Seagull that sounds like Mitchell Hurwtiz banged it out while waiting for Arrested Development Season 4 to come out on Netflix.
Sublime and demented, the cast has perfect timing, the set is sparse, the soundscape is a world unto itself. AND - just as in life, nobody's parents care how famous they wanna be. See them on FB.estimated runtime: 70 minutesTheater, Literature, QueerSaturday, May 25 at 10:00pmEd MalinThe Troubadour Struck By LightningTickets: $12 (advance), $15 / $10 stu/sen & TDF (door)Writer: Ed Malin; Director: Bricken Sparacino; starring: James Rieser, Eric Bailey, Glenn Stoops, Emmanuel Elpenord. A racy look at the music, poetry, heretics, and sexual deviance of the South of France circa 1200. A play with music, which asks questions about the origins of today's culture of love. www.temeritytheatre.orgestimated runtime: 60 minutesDanceTuesday, May 28 at 7:30pm James Gardella, Tanya Calamoneri, Alissa Horowitz, Hee Ra Yoo, Cynthia BerkshireCrossing BoundariesTickets: $12 (advance), $15 / $10 stu/sen and TDF (door)This series features work by four choreographers on the last Tuesday of each month. Curator Marcia Monroe mixes different forms of expression and encourages artists to take risks and overcome limitations within their own art form. The boundaries crossed may be cultural with artists coming from South America, Denmark, Germany, India, Israel, Japan and the U.S.; or within disciplines, as "legitimate" local artists travel "downtown" for the first time.
Pictured: Alissa Horowitz, James GardellaPuppetry, Theater / Performance, Music, Literature, Installation ArtFriday, May 31 at 7:30pmSpica Wobbe & Margot FitzsimmonsPuppet BloK!: A CHANCE SHADOWTickets: $12 (advance), $15 / $10 stu/sen (door)Curated by Leslie StrongwaterConcept by Spica Wobbe/ Margot Fitzsimmons; Puppet and Set Designed by Spica Wobbe; Directed by Nancy Smithner; Composed by Yukio Tsuji; Lighting Design by Joyce Liao; Set/ installation consultant: Chris Green; Performed by Spica Wobbe / Margot Fitzsimmons. A poetic play inspired by the Chinese poet Xu Zhimo (1897~1931) and the Spanish poet Federico Garcia Lorca (1898~1936). Xu was one of the first Chinese writers to successfully naturalize Western romantic forms into modern Chinese poetry and Lorca was a social activist who changed the world around him though his unique style of surrealism and theatricality. With their passion for literature, social reform and true love, they changed society.
By using the elements of pop-up art, Shadow Theater, Toy Theater and Object Theater, the show brings the audience into the poets' romantic and historical worlds. doubleimagetheaterlab.comestimated runtime: 70 minutesCircus ArtsMonday, June 3 at 7:30pmBindlestiff Family CirkusBindlestiff Open Stage Variety ShowTickets: $10 suggested donationCelebrating works in progress, emerging artists, and professionals trying something new, the Bindlestiff Open Stage Variety Show is a nonstop variety show experience that may include aerial artists, wire walkers, sword swallowers, physical comedy, Kung Fu juggling, clown bands, trained rats, stripping clowns, living cartoons, a Heavy Metal Magician, a cougar contortionist, and a cowboy from the Bronx. The evening is hosted by Bindlestiff Family Cirkus co-founder Keith Nelson. This night promises many surprises, with a different lineup of emerging artists and professional entertainers every month. To sign up, e-mail Keith with "Open Stage" in the subject line and include a description of your act and the date(s) you are interested in performing.DanceTuesday, June 4 at 7:30pmKai Kleinbard, Kora Radella/boomerang, Chris Masters
Moving MenTickets: $12 (advance); $15 / $10 stu/sen (door) Curated by Douglas Post, the mission of this series is to showcase male dancers performing in solo or ensemble works created by choreographers of either gender.
Featuring Kai Kleinbard, Kora Radella/boomerang (pictured, top), Chris Masters (bottom)Theatre, Movement, DanceSaturday, June 8 at 10:00pmThe ALWBOS Theatre CollectiveCatacombs & HurricanoesTickets: $12 (advance); $15 / $10 stu/sen (door)Garrett Blair, Director; Sara Bashor, Sylvie & Producing Artistic Director; Jessica O'Hara-Baker - Becca; Tyler Gardella - Robert, Shadow; Yasmeen Jawhar - Shadow; Caitlin McInerny - Shadow; Michael Irish - Shadow; Kristin Bellamarie - Shadow. A story of two sisters as they struggle to care for their depression afflicted mother and, at its core, a new form of expression. A movement group, the Shadow Ensemble, gives physical and vocal life to the thoughts, emotions, and intentions, of each character. With each actor surrounded by 4-8 shadows, a conversation between two sisters in their kitchen becomes a startlingly beautiful combination of dance and vocal expression, walking a thin line between harmony and total chaos. "Our brains make the world linear, but it doesn't come in that way. C & H brings to life the very nature of perception, the non-linear processing of the brain." Elena Derkits. Follow us on FB.estimated runtime: 60 minutesPerformance Art, Theater, Dance, Music, Media, RoboticsMONDAY, June 10 AT 7:30PMLITTLE THEATRETickets: $12 (advance), $15 / $10 stu/sen & TDF (door)The OBIE-winning cutting-edge series (theater, dance, music, performance art, media, robotics, animals -- serious fun). Curated by Scott Adkins, Rob Erickson, Jeff Jones, Tina Satter & Normandy Sherwood. Dance, Dance-Theater, Performance, Music, ComedyTuesday, June 11 at 7:30pmLarissa Velez-JacksonDun Dun Duuuhn!Tickets: $12 (advance), $15 / $10 stu/sen (door)Star Crap Method by Larissa Velez-Jackson;Yackez conceived by Jon and Larissa Velez-Jackson; Choreography by Larissa Velez-Jackson in collaboration with the cast; Stage Direction: Larissa Velez-Jackson;Yackez Music Direction: Jon Velez-Jackson;Yackez Costume Design: Larissa Velez-Jackson;Yackez Mascot and Prop Design: Jon Velez-Jackson; Performance by Tyler James Ashley, Talya Epstein, Stephen May, Jon Velez-Jackson, Larissa Velez-Jackson, Stephanie Velez. Catch two amazing works of theater in one evening from LVJ Performance Co.! Star Crap Method: Sketches marking the 100th hr of development on Larissa Velez-Jackson's new full-length dance trio with Larissa Velez-Jackson, Tyler James Ashley and Talya Epstein.Yackez Brings The Fun! A meta-celebration of song and dance between performer and audience, where Yackez (Larissa and Jon Velez-Jackson) creates family-friendly merriment with their queer backup dancers and trusty mascot, Maskez. Cast: Tyler James Ashley, Talya Epstein, Steve May, Jon Velez-Jackson, Larissa Velez-Jackson, Stephanie Velez.larissavelez.com, yackez.comestimated runtime: 60 minutes Photos credits:Column 1: Jesse Ruuttila (Claire Epstein), Spicca Wobbe (artist), Jim R. Moore (Bindlestiff Family Cirkus), Mark Davis (boomerang), Robert Flynt (Chris Masters). LOUNGE Column2: Michael Niederman (Greencard Wedding), JK Scheinberg (Ashton Applewhite), Cecil Burger (Titania D. Grace), Julia Church (Angela Santillo), Brian Hashimoto (Chris Norwood).
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Lounge, Music, American, Folk, Bluegrass, String BandFriday, May 17 at 7:30pmLeah WellsMore Old Traditions/New SongsTickets: Free AdmissionThe Pick Six Bluegrass Band -- Leah Wells on banjo, David McKeon on mandolin, Mary Noecker on bass, Kyle Sandison on guitar, Ethan Joseph on fiddle and Mollie McComb vocals. Come bet on the Pick Six! Taking its name from the most ambitious cross-wagering racetrack bet, The Pick Six Bluegrass Band brings traditional American music to the East Village. Vocal harmonies complement a full bluegrass instrumental line-up: fiddle, banjo, mandolin, guitar and bass. An evenly balanced group of three women and three men produce a rich blend of voices, serving up country standards, traditional ballads, instrumentals and original songs inspired by the oldies. leahwells.com or davemckeon.comestimated runtime: 40 minutesLounge, ComedySaturday, May 18 at 7:30pmJoe Mauricio and Caroline ContilloStars over ParamusTickets: Free AdmissionWhether you're livin' on a prayer or livin' off the Jersey Turnpike, the comedy stylings of native New Jersians Joe Mauricio and Caroline Contillo are gonna be right up your alley. Jokes, stories and songs from the other side of the Hudson will have you pumping your fists.estimated runtime: 45 minutesPuppets, LoungeMonday, May 20 at 7:30pmKate BrehmFireside Puppet ChatsTickets: FREEHosted by Kate Brehm. Fireside Puppet Chats arose from the premise that puppeteers, people obsessed with visuality and performing objects, might have an interesting take on on other topics too! Nestled in the cozy Dixon Place Lounge, chatters have tossed around ideas about horror, robots, outer space, amusement parks, the deep sea, uselessness, the end of the world, and the future. imnotlost.net/fireside.html
INFINITY: beyond, boundless, forever! perpetual freedom? or never reaching a destination? 1 plus infinity. Infinity and beyond. is infinity impossible to imagine? Would you rather be finite or infinite? Infinity, how do we even discuss it? estimated runtime: 45 minutesLounge, Music, Theater, Comedy, International, Dutch/ EnglishTuesday, May 21 at 7:30pmJody Christopherson & Michael de RoosGREENCARD WEDDINGTickets: Free AdmissionThe theatrical Indie Folk Beatbox Rock Band experience returns to DP from Nebraska and Amsterdam. Wedding cake, rock, flowers and bubbles included. Come for the music, stay for the fun, leave believing love is possible. greencardwedding.comestimated runtime: 45 minutesLounge, Performance, ComedyWednesday, May 22 at 7:30pmAshton ApplewhiteThis Chair Rocks: How Ageism Warps Our View of Long LifeTickets: Free AdmissionWe may think we know what lies ahead: a grim slide into depression, dementia, and diapers. But that's just the party line, and writer and activist Ashton Applewhite debunks it in spades. Part monologue, part consciousness-raiser, This Chair Rocks dispels myth after myth about late life and exposes the ageism that underlies all the hand-wringing. The talk is as funny as it is fierce, and it just might change the way you envision the rest of your life. thischairrocks.com, yoisthisageist.comestimated runtime: 40 minutesLounge, LiteraryThursday, May 23 at 7:30pmRob Williams and FriendsMr. Beller's Neighborhood Reading SeriesTickets: Free AdmissionHosted by Rob Williams with new readers every month. Each month, this reading series invites writers and other New Yorkers from all walks of life to tell us a story. Some will be funny, some harrowing, some downright bizarre, just like the city that inspired them. Mr. Beller's Neighborhood was created in 2000 by author and Open City founding editor Thomas Beller, and a collection from the site, Lost and Found, was published in 2009. To read stories, or to submit your own, visit Mr. Beller's Neighborhood on the web.
Friend us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @MBNHood. mrbellersneighborhood.com, itmustbebobby.comestimated runtime: 45 minutesLounge, Theatre, Dramatic ComedyFriday, May 24 at 7:30pmTitania D. GraceThrough the Belly of the Beast and Back to TellTickets: Free AdmissionStarring: Colleen McGloin, Cristina Pitter, Danielle Hodge, Jonathan Randall, K'Sandra Sampson, Marie Josephine Zoumanigui, Portia Lee Rose, Rigoberto Garcia and Vincenzo Vaccaro.
Writer Titania D. Grace and director Dianna Jones bring to you a unique and touching dramatic comedy that presents the harsh reality of the current foster care system. Using her experiences working with foster kids, families, and other social workers, Grace uses this play as an attempt to give a voice to the many foster children, parents and workers that continue to have their voices silenced. While there are heart felt accounts that will remain with you, this play also offers the right dose of comedy to keep you crying out with laughter. Friend us on Facebook.estimated runtime: 45 minutesLounge, Theater/Performance, Dance, Devised Solo ShowTuesday, May 28 at 7:30pmAngela Santillo & Benjamin StuberLove in a Heat Death UniverseTickets: Free AdmissionCo-creator/playwright: Angela Santillo; co-creator/actor: Benjamin Stuber; Director: Randolph Curtis Rand. Forecast: Morning heat wave, afternoon blizzard and evening thunderstorms with chance of hail. So get your best bra, favorite bread and that awesome edition of Arabian Nights. With absolute chaos on the way, the City's singles must frantically search for someone to weather the storm with‚Ä¶or else. Inspired by the lonely and absurd profiles of OkCupid and the second Law of Thermodynamics, this devised solo show examines the hazards of entropy and the personas we create in our mad search for connection.estimated runtime: 45 minutesLounge, MusicWednesday, May 29 at 7:30pmChristopher NorwoodTickets: Free AdmissionThis music is speaking to those people who feel like something is wrong with them. Maybe they wake up feeling like shit and don't know why. Maybe they want to be at the parties, drinking and talking themselves into thinking life is beautiful, but for some unknown, frustrating reason, they can't. You're not crazy. There's nothing wrong with you. I don't have answers for you, but I do have an empty stool next to me and a lot of time on my hands. So let's have a drink. Christophernorwood.netestimated runtime: 45 minutesLounge, TheaterWednesday, May 29 at 9:00pmJaime WrightThe American FamilyTickets: Free AdmissionA new play by Jaime Wright, directed by Joe Faustine; starring Hollis Beck, Nora Boronkay, Greg Bornstein, Danielle Sacks& Eric Swiecinski as JFK; featuring Dirty Chai as "the band." The American Family tracks the rise of John F. Kennedy from sickly bother to future boy king over the course of a single dinner party at the Kennedy Estate in Bronxville, NY. It is a work of absurdist historical fiction with just the right dose of mumblecore melancholy. It is the sweet spot where anachronism folds into essence folds into truth. Live music! Live drinking! And a live lobotomy. Remember: nothing bad every happens to the Kennedys.
allthewaywithjfk.tumblr.comestimated runtime: 75 minutesLounge, Theater, Performance Art, ComedyFriday, May 30 at 7:30pmJason Black & Jill PangalloJason & Jill: CRAFT FOR YOUR LIFE!Tickets: Free AdmissionJason & Jill are the lively hosts of their very own, very special, monthly talk show, CRAFT FOR YOUR LIFE, in the Dixon Place Lounge. In addition to imparting crafting joy and wisdom, J & J feature some of the most talented, entertaining and good looking guests from around the tri-state area. Grab a drink at the bar and join them!estimated runtime: 45 minutesLounge, Theater, Performance, QueerFriday, May 31 at 7:30pmRyan DavidLIFE.OR.DEATH.OR.SOMETHING.: PHASE.DOWN.Tickets: Free AdmissionPHASE.DOWN is the first public iteration of LIFE.OR.DEATH.OR.SOMETHING. and the first presentation of my solo work. The piece began as a deconstruction of Merce Cunningham's SUITE FOR FIVE, under an imagined apprenticeship with Trajal Harrell (etc. etc.)-- in an effort to discover modern structures of performance. PHASE.DOWN seeks to examine the construction and execution of theatre in an effort to further develop a language by experimenting with the deconstruction of traditional ("dramatic") and contemporary ("post-dramatic") acting techniques. Get more on FB.estimated runtime: 30 minutesLounge, Experimental Theater, Ethnography, Performance Art, Feminist Performance,
Queer, Mythology, Narrative, RitualSaturday, June 1 at 7:30pmJessica CalvanicoAvalon: A Play in Four ActsTickets: Free AdmissionWritten and Directed by: Jessica R. Calvanico; Collaborators/Performers: Millie Kapp, Georgia Wall, Annie Maurer, Sarah Ball, Alexis Powell, Susannah Simpson. A collection of ethnographic vignettes, which illustrate the various methods of opening momentary utopian gateways through the ritual practice of “girl-talk,” This performance explores the way linguistic and gestural practices in homosocial space can illuminate moments of belonging and support. It is a collaboration between seven women, which showcases the collective and individual ways of invoking the portals that open the momentary utopia that is Avalon. jessicacalvanico.com estimated runtime: 30 minutesLounge, Theatre/Performance, Solo ShowTuesday, June 4 at 7:30pmAngela Santillo & Lillian MeredithThe Unfelt WonderTickets: Free AdmissionPlaywright and performer: Angela Santillo; director: Lillian Meredith. The doctors are talking, the public is debating and The Unfelt Wonder still wears big black gloves. A twisted dark comedy performed by one, The Unfelt Wonder follows one woman's attempt to escape the lifelong scientific experiment that has denied her physical contact with objects, people and herself. angelasantillo.com and lillianmeredith.comestimated runtime: 40 minutesLounge, Gallery Opening Reception, Wednesday, June 5 at 5:30pm
In the gallery through June 22Joseph CavalieriSTRONG WOMEN BRIGHT Tickets: Free AdmissionJoseph Cavalieri is a New York artist and educator working in the historic techniques of painting and printing on glass with kiln fired enamels. Though this process dates from Medieval times, Joseph's work is unexpected. He may best be know for killing off the Simpson's characters in stained glass, two-headed birds and his collaborations with R. Crumb, founder of the underground comix movement.
His permanent instillations can be seen around the globe and right here at home. The MTA Arts for Transit division chose Joseph to design a permanent installations at the Philipse Manor Train Station in Sleepy Hollow, New York, and his glass work greets visitors in the entrance of Dixon Place.
He is very pleased to exhibit a new series of hand painted and silk screened glass works at the Dixon Place Lounge this June. This sequence of illuminated glass works feature portraits of strong women in Cavalieri's world.Lounge, Queer, Music, Comedy, PerformanceWednesday, June 5 at 9:30pm Liliana Velasquez, Chewy May, & Caitlyn RodgersHail to the V, Sometimes NotTickets: Free AdmissionAn eclectic group of musicians, performance art, & stand up comedy. Liliana, Chewy & Caitlyn, all tired of the negative, degrading view in comedy on women and the vagina, a place we all came out of. We don't care what your into male /female/ male/male, female/female come have fun celebrate life and love or the lack there of.estimated runtime: 90-120 minutesDP NEWSDP / 5K / FBWe've reached 5,000 friends on Facebook so we can't add any more! To receive our FB updates, "Like" our page so we can keep you up-to-date!
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