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World Premiere Of NEPTUNE By Timothy DuWhite Opens Today.

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World Premiere Of NEPTUNE By Timothy DuWhite Opens Today. Dixon Place (Ellie Covan, Founder/Artistic Director) presents the world premiere of Timothy DuWhite's Neptune, opening Friday, July 13th at 7:30 PM and running for three weeks (July 13, 14, 21, & 28 at 7:30 pm, and July 20 & 27 at 10:00 pm), at Dixon Place (161A Chrystie Street). Advance tickets are $18 general admission, $15 for seniors and students; at the door $21 and $18, respectively. $15 early bird tickets are available until June 20th. Tickets can be purchased at www.dixonplace.org or by calling 866-811-4111. The Dixon Place Lounge is open before and after the show, with proceeds directly supporting the organization's artists and mission.

Written and performed by Timothy DuWhite, and directed by Zhailon Levingston, Neptune is the sexy bedtime story of a young, black, queer, HIV positive boy exploring what it means to be "hard to love." Our protagonist is lost on his way to a date, but with whom? His father? The cute guy at Popeyes? God? A poetic, contemporary spin on the fairy tale tradition, Neptune takes us on a journey through our shared complexities and imagines a space created for all who feel too traumatized, hurt, and fearful to be loved.

Neptune is the highlight of HOT! The NYC Celebration of Queer Culture, an annual Festival presenting over 100 LGBTQ+ artists in theatre, music, dance, puppetry, literature and visual arts. A benchmark for other queer festivals around the globe, the 27th annual HOT! Festival runs July 2 to 28, 2018.

ABOUT TIMOTHY DUWHITE (Writer / Performer)

Writer, poet, and performer Timothy DuWhite's work explores the experience of being black, queer, HIV positive and having to either navigate or evade varying state apparatuses to remain alive, and has been featured at the United Nations/UNICEF, Apollo Theater, Dixon Place, Nuyorican Poet's Cafe, and La Mama ETC. Tim's work has garnered him appearances/keynote speeches at institutions such as San Diego State University, Columbia University, Oregon State University and Columbia College Chicago. DuWhite is the Program Manager at New York Writers Coalition and served as Program Coordinator at Urban Word NYC.

ABOUT Zhailon Levingston (Director)

Zhailon Levingston is a New York-based multi-disciplinary artist. Directing credits include: The Exonerated (Columbia University), Primer for a Failed Superpower(associate director, The Team), and Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Director/choreographer, Stage Center). He is the founder and Artistic Director of WORDS ON WHITE.

ABOUT DIXON PLACE AND THE HOT! FESTIVAL

An 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 1,000 creators a year, this local haven that has received two Obie Awards and an Edwin Booth Award for Excellence in Theater, inspires and encourages diverse artists of all stripes and callings to take risks, generate new ideas and consummate new practices. Artists including Blue Man Group, John Leguizamo, Lisa Kron, David Cale, David Drake, Deb Margolin and Reno began their careers at Dixon Place that also presents established artists like Mac Wellman, Holly Hughes, Justin Bond, Karen Finley, Kate Clinton and Martha Wainwright. Founder / Artistic Director, Ellie Covan is a recipient of a Bessie, a New York Dance and Performance Award, and a Bax10 Award for her service to the community. Dixon Place has expanded into a leading professional, state-of-the-art facility for artistic expression.

Hailed as "The best LBGTQ Theater Festival in New York" by The Village Voice, HOT! returns to Dixon Place for its 27th annual celebration of queer culture. The oldest festival of its kind in the world, HOT! never stales as its fresh lineup of over 100 participating artists each year continue to deliver innovative works in theatre, music, literature, visual arts, and homoeroticism for the whole family! Dixon Place is proud to carry on the tradition of the HOT! Festival, serving as both a model for numerous other LGBTQ+ festivals and an artistic refuge for passionate voices in the community. Over the years, HOT! has included such notable performers as Marga Gomez, Reno, Justin Vivian Bond, John Fleck, Kate Bornstein, Lisa Kron, Lea DeLaria, Penny Arcade, Craig Lucas, Samuel R. Delaney, Eileen Myles, and Peggy Shaw.

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).


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