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Dixon Place Presents Tom X. Chao's CALLOUS CAD, Opens 12/4

DIXON PLACE presents a TXC Heavy Industries production of CALLOUS CAD Tom X. Chao's first new full-length show in over two years!

Written by Tom X. Chao, Artist-in-Residence
Featuring Tom X. Chao & Rosalie Purvis
Directed by John Harlacher
Special video appearances by Richard Harrington, Margaret Laney, Mike
Urdaneta, & Ian W. Hill

Tom X. Chao's plays have all concerned loneliness--until now! Chao (Cats Can See the Devil, Can't Get Started) finally gets started, only to learn what really happens when you enter a relationship: A magical being materializes with vodka to help celebrate. But what if it's not love? "Callous Cad" presents a fast-paced and singularly unique investigation into what constitutes a fulfilling relationship. For lovers and non-lovers of all ages (except children). Comic actress Rosalie Purvis co-stars, presenting a startling variety of roles.

Opens Friday, December 4 at 10:00 pm at Dixon Place. Running time: 60 minutes

Friday & Saturday, December 4, 5, 11, 12, 18 & 19 at 10 pm

Dixon Place (new location!) 161A Chrystie Street, New York, NY 10002 Ground floor Between Rivington and Delancey

Tickets: General admission $15.00/Students & seniors $12.00

Warnings: Mature content, language


Tom X. Chao (Writer, "Tom") is a playwright and performance artist based in lower Manhattan. His lengthy association with Dixon Place in 1997, when he presented some of his earliest public performances. Dixon Place then selected him as the feature artist in June, 1998, presenting his signature piece, The Negative Energy Field.

Chao most recently wrote, directed, and appeared in The Alternative Lifestyle Fair in the Ontological Theater's Tiny Theater festival. His initial collaboration with Rosalie Purvis came during The Peculiar Utterance of the Day: Live on Stage, in the 2007 Frigid Festival, a sketch show based
on his audio podcast. In 2006, he presented his two-character comedy, Can't Get Started, at the Edmonton fringe festival. Chao toured with his "greatest hits" show, Freak Out Under the Apple Tree, to the Montreal, Toronto, and Winnipeg fringe festivals in 2005. Chao's comedy Cats Can See The Devil was selected by editor Martin Denton for the print anthology Plays and Playwrights 2004. Chao previously held a residency at the Horse Trade Theatre Group. He has staged original pieces at the invitation of P.S.122, Surf Reality, BRIC Studio, Confluence Theatre Company, and The Brick
Theater, among others. In addition, he's performed comedic monologues and sketches at numerous New York City venues. Several excerpts from his plays have been reprinted in monologue anthologies for actors. In addition to his theatrical works, he has released a CD of original songs, The Only Record, and creates a daily podcast located at Please visit

Rosalie Purvis (The Magical Being) has directed plays and readings, and choreographed dance-theatre pieces, at Manhattan Theatre Source, the Culture Project, New Dramatists, BAX, 78th Street Theatre Lab, Theatre for the New City, and La MaMa, among others. Recently she has directed new works in development by Victoria Libertore, Jacob M. Appel, Matthew Swan, and TD
Mitchel. She has also served as movement choreographer for White Horse Theatre, Prospect Theatre and the New Whirl Order Group. She occasionally performs, and is currently working on a series of burlesque-like numbers and a solo show. She holds a BA in literature and dance from Bard College and an MFA in Theatre Directing from Brooklyn College.

John Harlacher (Director) is an actor and director. Recent acting work includes the indie feature Love Simple, directed by Mark von Sternberg; Off-Broadway's Dog Day Afternoon, adapted by Francisco Solorzano; and the revival of Israel Horovitz's Rats. Both stage productions were produced by The Barefoot Theatre Company, of which he is a member. Directing work includes Cats Can See The Devil, written by Tom X. Chao; the Miami version of Nightmare: Ghost Stories, created by Timothy Haskell; and the feature film Urchin, which he also wrote. Released theatrically and distributed worldwide, Urchin was banned in Malaysia as a "threat to culture."

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