The 23rd Annual HOT!, NYC Celebration of Queer Culture to Play Dixon Place, 7/5-8/2

The 23rd Annual HOT!, NYC Celebration of Queer Culture to Play Dixon Place, 7/5-8/2

Dixon Place (Ellie Covan, Artistic Director) presents the 23rd Annual HOT!, the NYC Celebration of Queer Culture. The world's longest-running LGBTQ Performance Festival, HOT! offers theater, music, dance, puppetry, performance art and homoeroticism for the whole family! HOT! is the pioneering festival of queer performance and culture - and the oldest annual festival of its kind in the world. Dixon Place is proud the HOT! serves as the model for other queer festivals across the globe and has become a performance destination for emerging talent in the LGBTQ community. This year's HOT!, featuring hundreds of participating artists presenting their newest creations, will run July 5th through August 2nd at Dixon Place, located at 161A Chrystie Street in New York City. For tickets for all performances, call 212.219.0736 or go to

The following is a sample list of offerings and artists that will take place in this year's HOT! FESTIVAL (go to for a complete list, which will continue to be updated in the coming weeks):

Saturday, July 5 at 9pm

The Birthing of Enid Ellen

By David Mramor, a.k.a. Enid Ellen

Genre: Theater, Music

Price: $12 in advance, $15 at the door, $10 students / seniors

David Mramor is Enid Ellen, a channeler of Mother Nature. With dreaded hair and hooker boots, she was brought to the Earth by way of a beached whale. Baptized and named from a seagull, she travels the universe with her pianist, Greg Potter, to spread the word of NATURE. This is her creation story.

David Mramor has performed poetry-inspired words set to piano melodies with collaborator Greg Potter across NYC at Joe's Pub, the Kitchen, and Pussy Faggot. The team also released their debut album "Cannibal Disease" with a music video for "White Snake" in 2010.

Monday, July 7 at 7:30pm

Bindlestiff Open Stage Variety Show

A First Look at NYC's Finest Emerging Variety Talents

Hosted by Keith "Bindlestiff" Nelson

Genres: Circus * Sideshow * Vaudeville * Burlesque * Dance * Music

Price: $10 suggested donation

Bindlestiff Open Stage Variety Show is a non-stop variety show experience that may include world famous magicians, gender bending jugglers, circus legends, trained rats, clown bands, aerial artists, wire walkers, sideshow performers, stripping clowns, living cartoons, physical comedy, contortionists, performance artists, emerging burlesque starlets, and more. Hosted by Keith "Bindlestiff" Nelson, the show celebrates works in progress, emerging artists, and professionals trying something new, this night promises many surprises.

Tuesday, July 8 at 7:30pm

Honey, I'm Home

Genre: Theater, Comedy

Artist: Nora Burns

Estimated runtime: 50 minutes

Price: $12 in advance, $15 at the door, $10 students / seniors

Honey, I'm Home is writer/performer/faghag Nora Burns' take on life, starring: junkies, jerks, hookers, Hawaii, poseurs, parents and New York City, delivered dangling naked from a trapeze! Or not.

Nora Burns is a founding member of the comedy groups Unitard and the Nellie Olesons. She has also performed at the Aspen Comedy Festival, Just for Laughs in Montreal and We're Funny That Way in Toronto. She has performed her solo show, Honey, I'm Home at Dixon Place, Stonewall Inn in NYC and Casita del Campo in LA. Her slender celluloid bio includes excruciatingly minor appearances in films like Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist, and Broken Hearts Club. Television appearances include "The Sandra Bernhard Experience" and Logo's "Wisecrack Comedy Show."

Wednesday, July 9 at 7:30pm

Split Bill:

Breton Tyner-Bryan's SELF with Máximo Villagómez's Fight for Freedom, and more

Genres: Dance, Aerial, Theater


Breton Tyner-Bryan -- Choreographer, Director, Performer of SELF

Máximo Villagómez -- creator of Fight for Freedom

Price: $12 in advance, $15 at the door, $10 students / seniors

SELF dives into a satirical expression of the pretense and current obsession with image in the world that reinforces a false celebration of "SELF".

Presented with -

Fight for Freedom

Until what point you consider yourself free? In this piece the internal fight for one's own freedom - needed to fight for the freedom of others -- is explored through art and movement.

Collaborators: Astrid Medina, Manuel Aceves and Vanessa Zamora


Breton Tyner-Bryan is an American Born Dancer, Choreographer, Actress, and Photographer. She holds a BFA in Ballet Performance from the University of Utah, and received her training at the School of the Hartford Ballet. Breton teaches regularly at Peridance, Broadway Dance Center, Mark Morris Dance, NYU Tisch Dance Dept, and Google while performing in her own choreographic works and film collaborations. Breton has been featured in Pointe Magazine, Huffington Post, New York Times, Broadway World, and Dance Informa magazine. As a photographer her work has appeared regularly in the San Francisco Chronicle, Bay Area Guardian, and San Jose Mercury News. She is currently photographing for dance and theater productions in New York City.

Máximo Villagómez is a gay performing arts student, born and raised in México City, who recently appeared as a special guest in LAVA's Tracks at Dixon Place.

Friday, July 11 at 7:30pm

Dandy Darkly's Pussy Panic!

Written and Performed by Dandy Darkly

Directed by Ian Bjorklund

Genre: Theater

In the Lounge

Price: FREE

Dandy Darkly (Neil Arthur James) is a critically acclaimed, alternative-cabaret storyteller and producer of variety shows at such esteemed venues as The Slipper Room, Dixon Place and the Celebration of Whimsy Theater. In 2013 he made his international debut at the Edinburgh Fringe in his solo show Dandy Darkly's Gory Hole!

Friday, July 11 at 7:30pm

Split Bill:

Hearsay & Hyperbole's Thank You For Calling -- and a new work by Laryssa Husiak

Genres: Theater, Performance Art

Price: $12 in advance, $15 at the door, $10 students / seniors

Thank You For Calling, a Hearsay & Hyperbole production created by Jessica Asch, Prentiss Benjamin, and Alexis Powell, is a performance piece set in Customer Service purgatory. Come sit in looped discomfort with us and let your transference run rampant . . . We'd be happy to help you with that.

Saturday, July 12 at 7:30pm

Title: What the Tide Brought In

Written, Performed, and Directed by Carisa Bledsoe

Genres: Theatre, Dance, Performance Art

In the Lounge

Price: Free

With costumes, music, movement, and voiceovers, this performance tells an autobiographical story about a young black woman who likes other women. Inspired by artists like Josephine Baker, Louis Armstrong, and Hughie Lee Smith, the artist creates a live collage that sheds light on the trite instinct of human nature to simplify identity.

Carisa Bledsoe's work has been installed and performed in places like Links Hall, the Heidelberg Project, the Brooklyn International Performance Art Festival, and the CUNY Grad Center. She has worked with other performance artists at the New Museum, the Streb Lab for Action Mechanics, and in Bushwick Open Studios. She currently lives and works in Brookyln.

Saturday, July 12 at 7:30pm

Split Bill:

Danielle Abrams' Bounce Pinky Bounce -- and a new work by Laryssa Husiak

Genre: Theater

Price: $12 in advance, $15 at the door, $10 students / seniors

Bounce Pinky Bounce

Written and performed by Danielle Abrams

Directed by Ryn Hodes

Stories of a flat-footed, a robust hybrid child coming up in the cultural vortex of New York in the 1980s.

Danielle Abrams has performed for over 20 years at a wide range of spaces including Detroit Institute of the Arts, The Jewish Museum, The Queens Museum, WOW Performance Café, The Kitchen, and at Annie Sprinkle's and Beth Stephens' Green Wedding. Past performances include "Quadroon" in which she performed as a Jewish bubbie, black grandmother, butch dyke who runs a meal plan service, and biracial teenager who "passes" as Greek; "Routine", in which she cleansed Catskill's comedy of its racist legacy by bathing in a tub of borscht; and "After Before the Revolution", in which she recasts Eleanor Antin(ova)'s rebellion with members of the Black Panther party. Abrams' work has been awarded by NYFA, the Franklin Furnace, and Urban Artists' Initiative.

Tuesday, July 15 at 7:30pm


Genre: Literature

In the Lounge

Reading Series

Curated by Philip J. Ammonds

Price: Free

Queer Text Reading Series is a poetic and cultural journey, exploring the rich lives of LGBTQ people.

Tuesday, July 15 at 7:30pm

Split Bill:

Michael Cross Burke's Michael Jackson was innocent and I didn't kill Jonbenet Ramsey... But I was there the night she died


Alex Zehetbauer's MEDICINA

Genre: Theater, Performance Art

Price: $12 in advance, $15 at the door, $10 students / seniors

Michael Jackson was innocent and I didn't kill Jonbenet Ramsey... But I was there the night she died

Written & performed by Michael Cross Burke

Direction and Production Design by Gian Marco Lo Forte

A sexy, edgy and bizarrely humorous queer journey into corruption in the U.S. Court system, wealth, tabloid culture, deceit, celebrity and Burke's obsession with the murder of Jackson and Jonbenet. Note: contains, full frontal nudity, dancing robotic dolls, and no real children.

Michael Cross Burke is a NYC-based queer performance artist, dancer, professor and husband. His acclaimed solo works have been presented nationally, internationally and throughout NYC at venues including Dixon Place, La MaMa, HERE Arts Center, The National Gay & Lesbian Theater Festival, BAAD, Highways Performance Space (LA) New Dance Alliance's Performance Mix/Joyce Soho, The Single File Festival (Chicago, IL), Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Pulse Ensemble Theater, The Philadelphia Live Arts Festival, Charter Oak Cultural Center (Hartford, CT), The Fresh Fruit Festival, Austin Arts Center, Ragged Blade Production (St. Louis, MO), Chashama, Theatre Offensive, The Fresh Fruit Festival, SEEN + HEARD Festival (Atlanta, GA), Buddies in Bad Times Theater (Toronto), Austin Arts Center, among many others as well as extensive colleges/university tours. Burke performed in the Penny Arcades' BITCH! DYKE! FAGHAG! WHORE!!! in its 2009 Spiegel Tent revival, Holly Hughes' 1998 NYC premiere of Preaching to the Perverted, and many collaborations with Tim Miller. More traditional theater credits include multiple productions with the "Obie" award-winning Peculiar Works Project, The Ordinary Theatre Company, and two seasons with CT Shakespeare Festival. Film credits include leading roles in eighy films by controversial/acclaimed director Todd Verow including Bulldog in the White House (Water Bearer Films) XX: Where Your Heart Should Be, and Vacationland. Burke had the honor of playing the title character in Vortex by legendary filmmaker Mike Kuchar. He has appeared as himself on MTV News and the documentary "This is who I am." Michael Cross Burke is the Director of the Trinity/La MaMa Performing Arts Program in NYC and been a Professor in the Theater & Dance Department at Trinity College since 2001. He's also taught at NYU, Wesleyan University, UCLA, Wake Forest University, Brown and Ithaca College among others.

Thursday, July 17 at 7:30pm

One Night Only: An Evening of Songs With Melissa Gordon

Genre: Music, Theater

In the Lounge

Price: Free

Melissa Gordon tells you about all of her relationships through the magic of story and song. Get ready to listen to the ups and downs, the trials and tribulations, and the infatuations and heartbreaks of her early twenties. A slew of original songs that cover topics such as love in the zombie apocalypse, lesbian sex, and traveling to the land of Bushwick. Melissa will reveal the (possibly) deep, (potentially) dark, and (hopefully) funny meanings behind each one.

Melissa Gordon is a performer, creator, funny lady, and teaching artist in New York City. She performs musical improv, sketch, characters, and music all around town. Melissa is most frequently seen at The People's Improv Theatre, the Magnet Theater, and UCB. She has taught/teaches with the McCarter Theatre, Making Books Sing, Queens Theatre in the Park, Story Pirates, The People's Improv Theatre, and the Del E. Webb Performing Arts Center. Melissa has voiced animated characters for various iPad apps and she also makes videos. Check them out at

Thursday, July 17 at 7:30pm

Revenge of the Popinjay

Presented by AnimalParts

Written and performed by Anthony Johnston

Co-created and directed by Nathan Schwartz

Genre: Theater, Music

Price: $12 in advance, $15 at the door, $10 students / seniors

As a mysterious killer targets NYC's heterosexuals, a young gay man rises to fame in underground rap clubs. WARNING: Adult content, extreme violence, and graphic heterophobia.

A follow-up to AnimalParts' 'avant-garde autobiography' Tenderpits -- Revenge of the Popinjay is an experimental rap-horror show in which Anthony struggles to cope with the loss of his sister while uncovering a frightening link between himself, his lover, and an elusive gay rap star/serial killer targeting heterosexuals.

Revenge of the Popinjay combines storytelling, stand-up, physical theatre, performance art and original live rap music to create a one-of-a-kind theatrical event. Popinjay satirizes the clichés of homophobic culture and questions the capacity for evil in all of us.

AnimalParts is a genre-destroying bi-national (US/Canada), bisexual (gay/straight) performance company dedicated to creating unique and vibrant new work rooted in humor, heart, and innovation. For AnimalParts, Anthony Johnston & Nathan Schwartz have presented Revenge of the Popinjay at Videofag (Toronto), Tenderpits at the Underbelly (Edinburgh Festival Fringe), United Solo Festival and 59E59 (NYC), Miranda Huba's Dirty Little Machine (The Red Room/Horse Trade, NYC) and Art's Heart at FringeNYC.

Thursday, July 17 at 10:00pm

Fresh Off the Banana Boat

Written and performed by Jes Tom

Directed by Christopher Gabriel Nuñez

Genre: Comedy, Theater

Price: $12 in advance, $15 at the door, $10 students / seniors

Jes Tom is a comedian and actor based in New York City. Jes is a new voice in standup comedy, gleefully providing the genderqueer Asian American radical separatist perspective that everyone never knew they wanted. A San Francisco native, Jes has performed alongside prominent West Coast personalities Marga Gomez, D'Lo, and The Zodiac Killer (he was never caught, so this might be true). Jes's work has been featured at the Five College Queer Gender & Sexuality Conference, Queens Council on the Arts, Bowery Poetry Club, the Smith College Theatre Dept. New Playreading Series, and Dixon Place Theater.

Friday, July 18 at 7:30pm

I Dream of MAN-ee: MargOH! and MAN-ee, The 20th Anniversary Party

Starring MargOH! Channing and MAN-ee Champagne

With Tracy Stark on Piano

Genre: Theater, Variety arts

In the Lounge

Price: Free

The "Boozy Chanteuse" MargOH! Channing and her MAN-ee Champagne have been making art and whoopee for 20 years now. Come out and party with them as they throw shade at each other and give tips and on how to be in a successful long term re-GAY-tionship. They'll be performing their classic hits like "I'm Not a Drunk" and "MargOH! on the Rocks" plus all new material. Featuring surprise special guests that'll make you want to celebrate the love... It'll be a gay ole time!

MargOH! Channing, 2014 MAC Award Nominee, and MAN-ee Champagne have been collaborating for over 20 years. They created a highly popular TV Show "The MargOH! Channing Show" on MNN (2003-2006). In 2007 they started producing live cabaret and theater pieces that include Mama MargOH!'s All Soul Burlesque Revue (Don Hills) the critically acclaimed MargOH! Channing is Tipsy (Dixon Place) and the MAC Award nominated show MargOH! Sings The Booze (Dixon Place and Duplex). You can also find them performing at various burlesque shows and cabarets throughout New York on a monthly basis. The duo will be taking their show on the road to perform at the 2014 Edinburgh Fringe Festival in July.

Saturday, July 19 at 7:30pm

Salon Lounge at Dixon Place

International Women's Artists Salon

Genre: Variety performance

Price: Free

The International Women Artists' Salon is a cross-disciplinary, cross-cultural organization of women making art in the world today. Our aim is to bring art by women to the fore of the art world and local communities through exhibitions and events, exchanges, regular salon style gatherings, and an online forum for members and interested parties.

Individual membership to IWAS is free and open to women artists around the world of all disciplines including but not limited to music, theater, dance, video, film, fiber arts, traditional arts & crafts, visual arts, digital, writing, comedy, and installation. Join us as member, fan, partner, or sponsor!

Visit:, twitter @womenartsalon,

Saturday, July 19 at 7:30pm

Split Bill:

Diaghilesque, presented by KineticArchitecture, and a new work by James Gardella

Genre: Dance

Price: $12 in advance, $15 at the door, $10 students / seniors

The lavish and profound gems of Diaghilev's Ballet Russe are re-imagined by KineticArchitecture.

Choreographer: Faux Pas le Fae

Company: KineticArchitecture (Artistic Director: Faux Pas le Fae)

Dancers: Koryn Wicks, Lisa Clementi, Diane Skerbec, Meghann Bronson, Amy Thurmond & Dara Swisher

Videographer: Juliet Jaske

Costume Designer: Lori Gassi

Artistic Director Faux Pas le Fae is a Dancer, Choreographer, and Transgender Performance Artist. Faux plays the role of tour guide weaving the viewer through an array of petit ballets which explore feminism, trans issues, abuse primal sensuality. The show features Faux's Les Sylphides in which the Sylph is the manhandled rape victim of a patriarchal kingdom. Other highlights are a new Le Spectre de la Rose with an original dance film by Juliet Jeske and a cast of intoxicated ball goers which lose all inhibition.

Arrie Davidson/Faux Pas le Fae is Co-founder/Artistic Director of KineticArchitecture and has studied on scholarship at The Rock School of the Pennsylvania Ballet and Gus Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago. Major performance credits include the Sean Curran Company, International Jazz Dance World Congress, London Tour of the Musical Drama "TEXAS," New York Engagement of Ballet Preljocaj's "Paysage apres la bataille," Justin Bond's House of Whimsey and The Box-NYC.

Wednesday, July 23 at 7:30pm


Written by Vincent Caruso

Directed by John Henry McMahon

Starring Vincent Caruso and John Henry McMahon.

Genre: Theater

In the Lounge

Preice: Free

Clueless is a dark comedy pushing a gay man's buttons, to help secure and justify another person's homophobia. Introducing: Billy O'Kiernan, a young sensitive fun loving quirky gay man; and Mario, married to Rhonda who happens to be Billy's best friend. What takes place in Clueless peels away Billy's view of his friend's marriage. Clueless introduces a common occurrence in a "straight" world that pushes boundaries, forcing a straight man and a gay man to battle for a sense of integrity and self-worth.

Vincent Caruso's book "The Space," is based on his first full length play which premiered at the New York International Fringe Festival. His two other full length plays, Countdown, and Leftovers, was presented at the Midtown International Theater Festival. His other work has been performed at the LGBT center, the Wings Theater, the Samuel French Short Playwriting Festival, Brooklyn Cable Access Television, the Duplex Cabaret, and Dixon's Place 2012 Hot Festival. Vincent is a graduate of William Esper Studios, having studied with Maggie Flanigan.

Thursday, July 24 at 7:30pm


SAWTOOTH dancers

Genre: Dance

Price: $12 in advance, $15 at the door, $10 students / seniors

Inspired by Dante's Paradiso and Plato's Cave, Ombra is a multimedia dance performance embedded within a dance party. Drawing in part from a hypnotic, Butoh-inspired physicality, the dance performance emerges as episodic dreamscapes within a clubbing experience and a live cabaret. Sound artist Michael Feld orchestrates an eclectic sound score that moves between live percussion, electronic sound art, and 90s dance hits. Ombra asserts that liberation is created, not revealed. With humor, Ombra (Italian for "shadow") is a piece that hopes to offer a re-evaluation of the dark, and it seeks to relocate the site of true human ascendance within the shadows and the shadows we make.

Performers: Cristina Jasen and Anahita Sarabhai, with Chelsea Rodriguez, Elaine Ruscetta, and cabaret performer, Arla Berman

SAWTOOTH dancers (Artistic Director: Cristina Jasen) debuted in NYC at The Tank in 2009. SAWTOOTH has performed at BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Dixon Place, Fourth Arts Block FAB! Festival, and was presented in the New York Foundation for the Arts Bootstrap Arts Festival at Joyce SoHo. SAWTOOTH has received funding from the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, administered by Brooklyn Arts Council, and supported by the 92Y Harkness Space Grant Program, The Field's Artward Bound Residency, and New York Foundation for the Arts. Cristina is a native of Buffalo, NY and a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College.

Saturday, July 26 at 7:30pm

Village Voices

Presented by Frack Theatre

In the Lounge

Price: Free

Oscar Lopez - Director; Sam Clark, Lindsay Morris - Producers; Fiona Molloy - Designer

Told through intimate interviews with real-life characters in New York's West Village, this piece compares and contrasts LGBT histories with contemporary voices. Examining events including the Stonewall riots and the HIV/AIDS epidemic, the work explores the history of the LGBT movement as well as its modern day relevance. Inspired by the 2013 murder of Mark Carson in the West Village, this work seeks to uncover the stories of people living in the New York LGBT community. These interviews bring to life an unknown world . . . These are stories of hope and triumph in the face of overwhelming odds.

Frack Theatre is a New York theatre company founded on the principle of utilizing theatre as a means of community empowerment: the storytelling process becomes empowering both in the interview process and, in performance, legitimizes marginalized narratives. Using techniques of verbatim and documentary theatre, Frack Theatre aims to use storytelling as a means of investigation. Our theatre is one that digs deep, that puts pressure on the dominant discourse and exposes its cracks and fault lines. Underneath the thick crust of a homogenized society lie the deep, profound and moving stories that so often remain untold.

Saturday, July 26 at 7:30pm


A theatrical concert and play with music

Music by Anna/Kate

Text by Kate Foster and Anna Gothard

Genre: Theater, Music

Price: $12 in advance, $15 at the door, $10 students / seniors

Songs, stories, NYC spells and NOLA seances... by Queer folk-pop band Anna/Kate, creators of bewitching harmonies.

Anna/Kate are a folk-pop band helmed by, well, Anna--a teacher, solo artist and red-nose clown--and Kate, playwright, activist and jazz singer. Together they perform for music festivals, theater companies, pop-up performance parties and protests. Their song-cycles have been produced by Culture Project/Women CenterStage Festival, Dixon Place, Poetic Theater Productions/Poetic License Festival, and Judson Church/Magic Time and BailOut All-Stars, and college theater/queer organizations. They have developed original content for LaMama, NYC Poetry Festival, Bowery Poetry Club, the Bureau of Queer Services- General Division, the Duplex, and multiple music venues throughout NYC. See for info on upcoming concerts and their debut EP, released Summer '14!

Monday, July 28 at 7:30pm

Chicken-Fried Ciccone: A Twangy True Tale Of Transformation

Written and performed by J. Stephen Brantley

Directed by David Drake

Genre: Theater, Music

In the Lounge

Price: Free

Armed with an acoustic guitar, actor-playwright J.Stephen Brantley reveals how he got from junkie to functional with a little help from the queen of reinvention. Chicken-Fried Ciccone is one man's journey to heroin and back, set to countrified versions of new and classic Madge. Obie-winning master of the one man show David Drake directs this funny and poignant quasi-cabaret about recovery and reconnection.

J.Stephen Brantley received the Micheál MacLiammóir Award for Best Actor at the 2013 International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival and a 2013 NYIT Award nomination. His plays have been performed across the US, in Ireland, and Canada. Brantley has performed with Big Dance Theatre, CapsLock, Cucaracha, The Directors Company, Horse Trade, Jewish Plays Project, Neo-Political Cowgirls, and Theatre 167, and at venues including 59E59, HERE, Queens Theatre, Metropolitan Playhouse, P.S.122, Soho Rep, Guild Hall, and Provincetown Theater. He is a graduate of NYU's Experimental Theatre Wing and an Indie Theatre Now 2013 Person of the Year.

Tuesday, July 29 at 7:30pm

When the Baba Yaga Eats You Alive

Written and performed by Morgan Bassichis

Genre: Theater

Price: Free

Inspired by Slavic and Yiddish folktales, When the Baba Yaga Eats You Alive is a new solo play about anxious stepsisters, depressed goats, two-faced beauty queens, and drunken angels trying not to become someone else's dinner.

Morgan Bassichis is a writer and performer living in Brooklyn by way of San Francisco. Morgan's play, THE WITCH HOUSE, premiered at The Garage in January 2013. Morgan has performed at the MIX Festival, Recess, and The Wild Project.

Thursday, July 31 at 7:30pm

Puppet BloK! HOT! Edition

Genre: Puppetry, theater

Price: $12 in advance, $15 at the door, $10 students / seniors

Puppet BloK! Is Dixon Place's series of ground-breaking new works of puppetry, animation, music, film & other innovative forms of storytelling, curated by Leslie Strongwater.

This special HOT! Edition of Puppet BloK! will feature new work by Randy Ginsburg (The 1,001 Tails of Boris, the Peacock), Elliott Jenetopulos, and Lindsay Abromaitis-Smith.

Dixon Place, an incubator for performing and literary artists since 1986, is a non-profit organization committed to supporting the creative process by presenting original works of dance, theater, music, puppetry, literature, performance and visual art at all stages of development. Presenting over 700 artists each year, this local haven inspires and encourages diverse artists of all stripes and callings to take risks and push personal and professional limits. Dixon Place's foremost priorities are to serve as a safety net for artists, and to provide vivid experiences for audiences. Many artists, such as Deb Margolin, Blue Man Group, John Leguizamo, Lisa Kron, David Cale, Penny Arcade, and Reno began their careers at Dixon Place. In addition to emerging artists, Dixon Place has also been privileged to present evenings of new and experimental work by more established artists, such as -- Theater/Performance: Justin Vivian Bond, Taylor Mac, Lily Tomlin, Wallace Shawn, Craig Lucas, BD Wong, John Fleck, Kate Bornstein, Ethyl Eichelberger, Holly Hughes, Karen Finley, Kate Clinton, Peggy Shaw, Alan Cumming, Big Art Group; Literary: A.M. Homes, Rick Moody, and Oscar Huelos; Dance: Mark Dendy, Jane Comfort, Douglas Dunn, and Yoshiko Chuma; Music: Vernon Reid, Rodney Crowell, Diamanda Galas, Martha Wainwright, Loudon Wainwright, Lucy Wainwright Roche, Suzzy Roche, Maggie Roche, Rodney Crowell, Cyndi Lauper, and They Might Be Giants.

In 1989, Ellie Covan, founding director, was a recipient of a Bessie, a New York Dance and Performance Award, for her service to the community; and Dixon Place received a Village Voice Obie Grant Award in 1990 and 1999. Additionally, in 1999, Dixon Place was awarded an Edwin Booth Award for Excellence in Theater.

Dixon Place is located at 161a Chrystie Street, New York City 10002-2885. For tickets and information for all shows, call 212.219.0736 or go to

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