Mike Albo's THE JUNKET to Open 11/1 at Dixon Place
Dixon Place presents The Junket, written and performed by Mike Albo. One Gift Bag Can Change Your Life...Forever! The show will run November 1 & 2 at 7:30pm and November 8-9 & 15-16 at 10pm.
What's it like to be a scapegoat? Writer/performer/comedian Mike Albo premieres his newest solo show The Junket, about what happens when your freelance job turns out to be your worst enemy. In this hilarious, harrowing, thinly-veiled tale, a struggling writer (named, um, Mike Albo) gets a freelance gig to pen a column for the country's most influential newspaper. It's a dream come true, and after years of low pay, Albo thinks he may finally be able to afford NYC's new luxury loft lifestyle (he even gets a new stylish boyfriend). But after he goes on an over-the-top, ill-fated press junket, he becomes a gossip item on the city's snarkiest, meanest blog, and is thrown into an acrimonious war between Old and New Media. The Junket is a much-needed investigation into the compromised state of modern journalism, provoking questions about how we get our news and who gives it to us.
Helmed by acclaimed theater director David Schweizer and with video effects by Larry Shea, this is a wildly funny but emotionally painful account of New York's back-biting media scene, the inner workings of the fashion industry, 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."
Showtimes are 7:30pm on November 1 and 2, and then 10pm on November 8, 9, 15 and 16th. Dixon Place is located 161A Chrystie Street, New York City (between Delancey/Rivington. Tickets ar $15 advance / $20 at door. 212 219-0736 - dixonplace.org.
MIKE ALBO is a writer and performer whose acclaimed comedic solo shows include Spray, Please Everything Burst, and My Price Point (directed by David Schweizer). He has written for several magazines and newspapers, and is the author of the novels Hornito and The Underminer: The Best Friend Who Casually Destroys Your Life (co-written with Virginia Heffernan), as well as the novella, The Junket. He is also a founding member of the legendary downtown dance troupe, The Dazzle Dancers, the comedy trio, Unitard; and the comedy collective, Show Show. Twitter: @albomike
David Schweizer (Director) has worked with Mr Albo for some years now, most notably on their acclaimed show My Price Point at PS 122. He has directed solo and performance work with such distinctive artists as Ann Magnuson, John Fleck, Sandra Tsing Loh and Marga Gomez as well as new theater and opera work nationally and internationally for many decades now. His collaboration with Rinde Eckert has yielded such award-winning events as Horizon at New York Theater Workshop and the OBIE award winning And God Created Great Whales in New York and touring worldwide. Recent regional theater and opera work include Tobacco Road La Jolla Playhouse, The Rivals at Center Stage Baltimore, Peer Gynt Kansas City Rep, Verdi's Macbetto Boston Lyric Opera, The Man Mistook His Wife For a Hat Long Beach Opera. Last season he directed the world premiere of Tennessee Williams last lost full-length play In Masks Outrageous And Austere off Broadway at the Culture Project. Upcoming, Verdi's Joan of Arc at Chicago Opera Theater.
LARRY SHEA (Video Designer) has created stage effects and environments for several of Mike Albo's performances, and has exhibited his short experimental videos, interactive environments and kinetic sculptures at national and international venues. He worked with artist Julia Scher on many of her surveillance-art installations including SecurityWorld (1996 at Galerie Hussenot, Paris); Wonderland (1998 Andrea Rosen Gallery, NY, and several European venues); and Predictive Engineering 2 (1999 at SFMOMA). He was the Technical Designer for Mary Ellen Strom and Ann Carlson's large-scale outdoor video projection and performance extravaganza Geyserland, taking place on an observation-car train trip from Bozeman to Livingston, Montana in 2003. Larry is currently Associate Professor of Video and Media Design in the Drama Department at Carnegie Mellon University. His work can be seen at www.lshea.org.