HERE BE SIRENS, COSMICOMICS and More Set for Winter/Spring 2014 at Dixon Place
Exploding into incantation and dance, The Baroness is the Future unfolds the life and works of poetess, found object sculptor, and proto-Dadaist Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven, whom Duchamp called simply, "the future."
The Baroness' cross-dressing, kleptomania, outlandish costumes, found object sculptures, sexual escapades, brawls, and abstract poems shocked, delighted and inspired the greatest names of the Dada movement. However, due in part to her own unwillingness or inability to conform, the Baroness was ultimately excluded from their successes and died alone and penniless in a Parisian garret.
ANIMALS shuffles dance, puppetry, text and video into a unique performance style that irreverently questions the durability of the world around us and the nature of human ability and human play. Founded by Nikki Calonge, Michael De Angelis and Mike Mikos, ANIMALS is the recipient of the 2013 Tom Murrin Performance Award and was named one of Paper Magazine's 2013 Beautiful People.
For more information, visit bearelephantibex.com. 60 mins. Tickets: $12 in advance, $15 at the door, $10 stu/sen.
BASED ON A TRUE MANHATTAN MURDER MYSTERY!
Feb 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, & 22 at 7:30pm
The Mystery of Pearl Street
Set in the mysterious Blue Room, playwright, performer, and journalist Toni Schlesinger pursues the unsolved real-life story of two artists who disappeared in 1997 from their loft near the East River on one of the oldest streets in Manhattan. The three-person play, a double mystery, is a wildly visual, psychological, and philosophical exploration of terror, romance, police procedure, money, real estate, and the city's history, from the ruthless colonists and clipper ships to the booms on Wall Street. Pearl Street is finally a story of love and loss, loss that no one saw coming--the oldest story in the book--and the Valentine's Day dinner when one could not have known what a large and horrific turn life could take.
Toni is the originator of the award-winning Village Voice "Shelter" column that she wrote for eight years, the author of Five Flights Up, and the creator of some 25 original off-off-Broadway plays and monologues.
As a playwright, she has written more than 25 original pieces of theater (full length, short two and three person-plays, monologues, toy theaters) that she designed and most often performed in at off-off-Broadway theaters including Dixon Place, St. Ann's Warehouse, HERE, La Mama, The Metropolitan Playhouse, The Kraine Theater, Galapagos, The Kitchen, Ohio Theater, PS 122, Judson Church, The Vineyard, The Culture Project, Los Kabyitos, Cucaracha, The West Bank Café, Don't Tell Mama, and more.
She was a 2012 semi-finalist for the Eugene O'Neill National Playwright Conference. She has received two Puffin Foundation grants, one in 2012 for Five Flights Up: The Woman Who Lives By The Sea (a Dixon Place presentation that was originally planned to be part of a full-length Five Flights Up puppet work) and a Puffin research grant for Paradise, New Jersey in 2004-2005 for the development of a full-length play inspired by Jersey Homesteads, one of FDR's cooperatives in the 1930s to help people survive the Great Depression. Jersey Homesteads was specifically formed for Yiddish-speaking garment workers from the Bronx and the Lower East Side. Characters include Albert Einstein, architect Louis Kahn, labor leader David Dubinsky, artist Ben Shah, and the people of the time. This play is still very much in progress.
She has also received two Jim Henson Foundation grants (2012 and 2004), stipends from her four years in the St. Ann's Theater Lab, a MacDowell Fellowship in 2007 for The Mystery of Pearl Street non-fiction book, and two fellowships from the Ragdale Foundation (1988 and 1983).
Toni's fiction includes the creation & writing of Kansas O'Flaherty: Secret Agent (a graphic serial on Salon.com with illustrations by longtime collaborator and The New Yorker magazine's illustrator Tom Bachtell.) The book, The Lost Notebooks of Kansas O'Flaherty, is in progress. Her short story "4-Tile"was included in the Significant Objects anthology (Fantagraphics Books). Forthcoming: "Mystery," an essay in a collection, edited by Molly McQuade, including writers Jonathan Franzen and more; Lobster Village, a graphic novel, Shotopress.
For more information, visit http://tonischlesinger.blogspot.com/. Tickets: $16 in advance, $20 at the door, $12 students / seniors.
March 1, 7, 8, 14, & 15 at 7:30pm
Kevin Augustine's LONE WOLF TRIBE
Hobo Grunt Cycle
Challenging war's futility with Lone Wolf Tribe's signature puppets and poetic imagery, Hobo Grunt Cycle is a theatrical circus pantomime compassionately focusing on a path to peace. Forging empathetic links between wounded soldiers and rescued fight dogs, writer/performer/director, Kevin Augustine brings his company's newest commissioned work to Dixon Place for its NYC premiere. Augustine, as a silent tramp, alongside a foam-rubber cast of life-sized Pit Bulls, disabled American veterans and a cadre of competing circus clowns, exposes the post-war legacy of soldiers while raising questions about healing and peace in our daily lives. A guest speaker series in collaboration with Brooklyn for Peace and Veterans for Peace will follow select shows.
KEVIN AUGUSTINE & LONE WOLF TRIBE
Kevin Augustine's Lone Wolf Tribe is a NY-based theatre ensemble creating fearless multidisciplinary work since 1997. Blending history, sociology, and life-sized puppetry with deep compassion and the darkest humor, Lone Wolf Tribe's fantastical work goes to the very edges of theatrical style and human experience while sculpting a new dimension for live performance.
LWT productions have been published, commissioned (HERE, PS122), and performed on four continents at international festivals including Brazil, Africa and the Netherlands. Augustine has written seven full-length Tribe productions, from solo shows to a 15-person cast with woodwind quintet, winning excellence awards including an UNIMA and being lauded a Top 10 Show of 2008, by Time Out New York for BRIDE at PS122. Augustine and company have received 24 grants and fellowships from 9 different arts foundations including NYSCA, MidAtlantic Arts Foundation, and The Jim Henson Foundation. Kevin is a three-time MacDowell Colony fellow and the first National Artist in Residence at the EXIT Theatre in San Francisco. David Cote of Time Out praises, "In the church of puppet artistry, Augustine is divine" and Martin Denton of NYTheatre says, "I don't know anyone who is doing theatre quite like this. The images Augustine creates will haunt you for days."
For more information, visit www.lonewolftribe.com. Tickets: $16 in advance, $20 at the door, $12 students / seniors.
Mar 28 & 29 at 7:30pm
April 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, & 19 at 7:30pm
The New Stage Theatre Company
This world premiere stage adaptation comprises a captivating series of stories in which mathematical formulae and cellular structures recall the evolution of the universe. Though Calvino's characters are non-human, they represent the very essence of our human experience. Narrator Qfwfq takes us on a journey from his childhood -- the great unity before the Big Bang, when everything he loved was packed into a single point--through his life as a mollusk, into the throes of his love affairs, and continuing on to modern times. His tales are funny and poignant ones of obsession, neurosis, love and transformation, played out against a cosmic backdrop.