Dixon and Wintersteller Chew 'Scenery' in MI, 8/25-9/10
Scenery is a
"broadsided salute to the triumphs and heartbreaks of working in the
theatre as seen through the eyes of 'The Crains,' an aging pair
of married actors on the disastrous opening night of a new Broadway
show," according to notes on the show.
"I wrote Scenery,"
said Dixon, "because I have always wanted to do a backstage play.
I chose the device of a theatrical couple, like Lunt and Fontanne, to illustrate
the kind of lives they had, but with a modern sensibility. Everyone
knew they had colorful lives, but the mores of the day prevented tales
from being told 'out of school.' I've also seen some really
bad behavior over the years... Scenery tries to let every
cat out of every bag of what it's really like to spend a lifetime
in the legitimate theater."
Ed Dixon is also the
author and composer of the off-Broadway productions of Fanny Hill,
Richard Cory and Shylock. Dixon has appeared
on Broadway in The Best Man, The Iceman Cometh, The Scarlet Pimpernel,
Cyrano, Les Miserables, The Three Musketeers, and No, No, Nanette.
starred in the Broadway and national tour productions of Annie
as Grace Farrell and in the Tony-nominated A Grand Night For Singing.
Off-Broadway appearances include Richard Cory
(NYMF Best Actress Award), The Mistress Cycle, I Sent a Letter to
My Love and Closer Than Ever.
James Morgan, Artistic
Director of the York Theatre, has designed the sets and resident MSW
designers Darlene Christopher (costumes) and Jennifer Kules (lighting)
are also onboard for this premiere.
(An earlier iteration
seen at the John Drew Theatre in 2001 - the MSW premiere has been completely
rewritten and bears little resemblance to the former production other
than the title).
Mason Street Warehouse
(Kurt Stamm, Artistic Producing Director and Ricki L. Levine, Managing
Director) was founded in 2002 and is enjoying its most successful season
to date. Past productions include
The Great American Trailer Park Musical
and Cabaret. The Stamm-helmed Hunka, Hunka Burnin' Love
received its regional premiere as the 2006 season opener and will be
making a transfer to Florida's Caldwell Theatre in October.
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