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THE UNWRITTEN LAW Comes to Dixon Place 7/30

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THE UNWRITTEN LAW Comes to Dixon Place 7/30

Dixon Place (Ellie Covan, Founding & Artistic Director) presents the co-production of world-famous beatboxer and Drama Desk Award recipient Chesney Snow's THE UNWRITTEN LAW opening Sunday, July 30th. Snow comes direct from his run in Broadway's In Transit, where Ben Brantley of the NY Times called him "a one-man sound effects wiz."

Directed and choreographed by Rebecca Arends, with original live music, Snow delivers a brilliant blend of spoken word, dance, and visuals. THE UNWRITTEN LAW, will play six performances only - Sundays July 30th, August 6th & 13th at 6:30pm and Mondays July 31st, August 7th & 14th at 7:30pm - at Dixon Place (161A Chrystie Street). Tickets for THE UNWRITTEN LAW are $22 in advance, $25 at the door, and $18 for students and seniors. For tickets and further information please visit www.dixonplace.org/performances/the-unwritten-law-2/ or call 866-811-4111.
Chesney Snow returns to Dixon Place this summer with THE UNWRITTEN LAW, where the production received its world premiere workshop in January 2017.

Detailing his life's journey from his inherited legacy of incarceration to the responsibilities of fatherhood, homelessness to Harvard, and ultimately starring on the Broadway stage, THE UNWRITTEN LAW is an unforgettable evening of one man's poignant story. Adeptly weaving his inspiring, deeply personal tale with original music, contemporary dance, stunning visual design, and his signature beatboxing skills, Snow brings to light over a century of his family's history in the deep South.

THE UNWRITTEN LAW is co-created by Chesney Snow and Rebecca Arends, who also perform in the show with Maleek Washington and Winston Dynamite Brown. Original music is by AJ Khaw and Varuni Tiruchelvam, who perform on-stage. Lighting design is by Ro-Z, with projection design by Emre Emirgil.

Chesney Snow is an actor, poet, songwriter, and pioneering figure in American beatbox culture, having created and co-founded the World Beatbox Association and the American Beatbox Championships. He starred in and executive produced the award-winning film American Beatboxer, which earned its place in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame archives has garnered over 20 official selections on the independent film festival circuit. Mr. Snow was a Visiting Artists in Residence at Harvard University, where American Beatboxer was presented in conjunction with an artist teaching workshop on the practice and performance of beatboxing. As an actor, select credits include the Broadway and Off-Broadway productions of In Transit, Lanford Wilson's Burn This, To Kiss a Wound (Dixon Place), Clifford Odets' Golden Boy and Back From the Front (NY Fringe).

Rebecca Arends has danced with the Sean Curran Company for nine seasons. She is an adjunct assistant professor and the assistant director of FreshDance at Drexel University and the Resident Jazz & Contemporary Instructor for Sparks Dance Company at the University of Pennsylvania. Most recently, she served as dance captain in Washington National Opera's production of Terence Blanchard's Champion at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Rebecca is the founder of RAREdancework, a non-profit organization, dedicated to the performing arts, and her work has been presented at Dixon Place, Greenspace, and Constellation-Chicago. Ms. Arends earned a B.A. in History and Afro-American Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and attended The Ailey School (Oprah Winfrey Foundation Fellowship Recipient).

The Dixon Place Lounge is open before and after the show. Proceeds from the bar directly support Dixon Place's artists and mission.

Dixon Place is located at 161A Chrystie Street (between Rivington and Delancey), in Manhattan's Lower East Side (By subway: B/D to Grand, F to 2nd Ave, J/Z to Bowery, 6 to Spring St, M to Essex St).

This Dixon Place commission is made possible, in part, with public funds from the National Endowment for the arts, NY State Council on the Arts, with the support of Gov Andrew Cuomo and the NY State Legislature and NYC Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

About Dixon PlaceAn artistic incubator since 1986, Dixon Place is a Bessie and Obie Award-winning non-profit institution committed to supporting the creative process by presenting original works of theater, dance, music, puppetry, circus arts, literature and visual art at all stages of development. Presenting over 1000 creators a year, this local haven inspires and encourages diverse artists of all stripes and callings to take risks, generate new ideas and consummate new practices. Many artists, such as Blue Man Group, John Leguizamo, Lisa Kron, David Cale, David Drake, Deb Margolin and Reno, began their careers at DP. In addition to emerging artists, Dixon Place has been privileged to present established artists such as Mac Wellman, Holly Hughes, Justin Bond, Karen Finley, Kate Clinton and Martha Wainwright.

After spawning a salon in her Paris apartment in 1985, founding Artistic Director Ellie Covan pioneered the institution in her NYC living room for 23 years. Covan was a recipient of a Bessie, a New York Dance and Performance Award and a Bax10 Award for her service to the community. Dixon Place received two Obie Awards, and an Edwin Booth Award for Excellence in Theater. Dixon Place has organically developed and expanded into a leading professional, state-of-the-art facility for artistic expression.


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