DIXON PLACE PRESENTS A NEW THEATRICAL COMMISSION
By Award-Winning Puppeteer and Jim Henson Resident Artist
LIMITED RUN BEGINS FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 9th
SIX PERFORMANCES ONLY:
Friday, September 9th at 7:30PM
Saturday, September 10th at 7:30PM
Friday, September 16th at 7:30PM
Saturday, September 17th at 7:30PM
Friday, September 23rd at 7:30PM
Saturday, September 24th at 7:30PM
Dixon Place (Ellie Covan, Founding & Artistic Director) is proud to present the new commission Blossom, created and directed by Spencer Lott, an award-winning puppeteer and Jim Henson Resident Artist. Lott has also designed the puppets for the production. Blossom will play six performances only: September 9th, September 10th, September 16th, September 17th, September 23rd and September 24th at 7:30pm at Dixon Place (161A Chrystie Street). Tickets are $19 in advance, $22 at the door, $15 students / seniors / ID NYC and can be purchased by visiting www.dixonplace.org or by calling (866)-811-4111. The show will run approximately 70 minutes.
In Blossom, five puppeteers visualize the beautiful unraveling of an elderly painter’s mind. The show creates a rich visual work in which puppetry, projections, crisp lighting and cinematic sound design converge to blur the lines between reality and memory.
The Jim Henson Foundation awarded a 2015 Seed Grant to this production.
The puppeteers include: Jamie Agnello, Chelsea Fryer, Sam Jay Gold,Rowan Magee and Robert M. Stevenson.
Sound direction for Blossom is by Chris Gabriel. Lighting design is by Alex Jainchill.
Spencer Lott is a puppeteer, actor, writer and director. Recently, he performed in Trusty Sidekick Theater Company’s Up and Away at Lincoln Center, for which he also was the puppet director and designer. Additional performances with Trusty Sidekick include The 7½ Mysteries of Toulouse McClane and The Haunting of Ichabod Crane at the Park Avenue Armory. As a puppeteer he has performed and as one of the assistant puppeteers on “Sesame Street” as well as “America’s Got Talent,” and “Good Morning America.” Spencer also co-wrote and directed the short puppet film, Melvin the Birder (2014 Audience Award for Best Oregon Short, 2014 PDN Photo Annual Award), for Heather Henson’s Handmade Puppet Dreams which screened at BAM in the 2014 Puppets on Film Festival. He has been a works in progress artist at the Children’s Museum of the Arts, a guest artist for Theater Development Fund’s Stage Door program, and is a member of the teaching artist ensemble at BAM and the New Victory Theater.
This Dixon Place commission is made possible with public funds from NY State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo & the NY State Legislature, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and private funds from The Jim Henson Foundation, The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, The Peg Santvoord Foundation & The Jerome Foundation.
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).
About Dixon Place
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 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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