Dixon Place Presents
THE ITCH: A FILM PLAY
Developed at La Mama Umbria International
THE ITCH is a film- play about sibling love, addiction, and how far we’ll go to save ourselves and others. It features original music, and takes place both on film and live as we journey in time.
Rae C. Wright
TUESDAY FEBRUARY 7th, 7:30
Gore Abrams is a NY based actor and filmmaker. Most recently he starred and produced in the feature films MOM (Distrital Film Festival Official Selection) and Summum Bonum(London East End Film Festival Official Selection, Los Cabos International Film Festival Official Selection) He will star in the independent feature Let Me Make You a Martyr this spring. New York Theater credits include: No Justice, Just Us; Gay Play and He Who Laughs, and Mike.
Alexandra Zelman-Doring is a writer, director and performer whose pieces have premiered at theaters including The Flea Theater, 59E59, Dixon Place, Access Theater, Theater for the New City, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and HERE Arts Center. She has collaborated with numerous contemporary composers including David Adamcyk, Jiří Kadeřábek, Viola Yip, and Mahir Cetiz. For the past four months, she worked as an intern at New York City Players, Richard Maxwell. Her work assisting Polina Klimovitskaya greatly influenced her unique approach to acting. She currently teaches at NYU’s graduate Film program. www.throestheater.com
Joseph Huffman is a New York based actor. He loves to create work that is both risky and honest to the human condition. Since receiving his BFA from NYU Tisch School of the arts he has worked in television (Boardwalk Empire, Deadly Sins), independent film (Stealing cars, The Layover), as well as numerous off off broadway productions. In his spare time Joe continues to pursue his pipe dream of becoming a competitive boxer.
Allison Anderegg is a NY based actress and has performed in theatres and outdoor venues throughout the city, as well as on film and TV. Recent credits include Make Up; a webisode of Toll Switch Calls, the Heights Players’ production of The Women, New Brooklyn Theatre’s Las Meninas, and several staged readings with Barefoot Theatre Company, of which she is an Ensemble Member.
Dixon Place! Is where Rae C (OBIE-Award for her work w/NYStreet Theatre Caravan) (gratefully!) developed MUCH of her solo work including : She’s Just Away! – a “comedy about grieving”, and Animal Instincts! Tales of Flesh & Tales of Blood about human & non-human animal relations. Rae’s the French Ambassador on Madame Secretary – most recently worked on ‘The ForeverTree’ - see it @ 2017 Bentonville Film Fest; is currently loving The Breaks, (PS122,Culture Project) which she wrote & performed w/Deb Margolin; was a happy and cranky flower girl in Taylor Mac’s The Lily’s Revenge; is DELIGHTED to be part of Ms. Zelman-Doring’s work. www.raecwright.com
DAN BERKEY: Starting out as a mathematician in Minneapolis, my primary dream from grade school, it came as something of a surprise to everyone, especially myself, when I jettisoned my studies in graduate school in 1979 to pursue acting. Despite the considerable hardships of life in the Biz, I’ve never regretted it. I moved to New York to get professional training at NYU Tisch School of the Arts Graduate Acting Program in 1986 and received my MFA in 1989. From that point I began working full time as a stage actor. In 2007 I began to explore film and TV. Since then I’ve completed 169 assorted film & TV projects.
MIKE: A NEW PLAY
Photo by Go Sugimoto
HERE ARTS CENTER (145 6th Avenue) - June 23 - JUNE 28
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Daniel finally got a real job, but now he’s obsessed with a character-building app. His wife, Cynthia, is bubbling over with excitement about her punky younger sister Fanny coming for a visit. When Fanny and her boyfriend Abe arrive with a surprise, the secret pasts of all the characters — including the one with the headless chicken — come to light. Based on true events of a headless chicken named Mike and the illegal adoption agency run by Gertrude Pitkanen, MIKE features a folk-pop score with lyrics by Alexandra Zelman-Doring and music by Jodi Ferguson, who also performs live on guitar and ukulele.
Featuring Gore Abrams, Leo Defriend, Giulia Martinelli, Vanessa Rose, Jodi Ferguson
Set design by Amanda Millet Sorsa
Lighting design by Haejin Han
Written and Directed by Alexandra Zelman-Doring
Assistant Director Jessica Kazamel
This production is a part of SubletSeries@HERE: Co-op, HERE’s curated rental program, which provides artists with subsidized space and equipment, as well as technical support.
I Speak Music in collaboration with Throes presents:
“But I know that there is not going to be any dialogue or any conversation between the two of us. Our talk is bound to be in the nature of a monologue.” — U.G. Krishanmurti
Ryan Pratt: someantics for Viola, for a Cantonese speaker and electronics (staged by Alexandra Zelman-Doring)
James Currie: Note to Self, for 2 performers
Igor Stravinsky: Soldier’s Tale, part I (new interpretation by Throes Theater)
“Tell them there is nothing to understand” -U.G.
Ryan Pratt’s Someantics for Viola explores the function of this human instrument, and its listening mechanism.
“I had decided that I needed to sort out my life. I devised a method for making notes to myself so that I would remember what was important. But I then went back and found that they were completely indecipherable. I felt as if my plans for happiness had been written by a people now dead, whose language had long since disappeared. I felt barred from my own optimism. I felt stupid and angry and ridiculous. Some time then passed and I forgot my disappointment. Now, by comparison, I just feel stupid and angry and ridiculous.” James Currie, on his new piece Note to Self.
The Soldier’s Tale is a theatrical work “to be read, played, and danced” by three actors and one or more dancers, accompanied by a septet of instruments. In this new and exciting interpretation, one actor, Alexandra Zelman-Doring, encompasses the three characters (Soldier, Reader, and the Devil) through a contemporary translation of the original French text by C.F. Ramuz (1918). The accompanying music includes Stravinsky’s transcription of the score for three instruments while the other movements are transcribed by Mahir Cetiz, holding true to the sanctity of Stravinsky’s score. This exciting performance, directed by Zachary Schoenhut, relates the parable of a soldier who trades his fiddle to the devil in return for unlimited economic gain.
Viola Yip, speaker
Jamie Currie, speaker
Elizabeth Derham, violin
Naum Goldenstein, clarinet
Mahir Celtiz, piano
Alexandra Zelman-Doring, actor
Alexandra Zelman-Doring ( someantics for Viola )
Zachary Schoenhut (The Soldier’s Tale)
cover: general 15/ student 10 (at door)
Throes Theater Presents:
Is Your Father a Carpenter?
One Night Only! At ART 3 Gallery in Bushwick
A mini-play with music
October 8, 9pm
A woman who looks like my mother/ Sees a man who looks like me/ They pass each other without turning around/ Mistakes are miraculous and simple as life and death/as the arithmetic book of a small child/…An afternoon wind blows, as if asking: what did you do/ What did you talk about -Yehuda Amichai
Simple as Life and Death
A new play by Meirav Kupperberg and Alexandra Zelman-Doring
Directed by Keren Tzur
Production assistant Alexandra Zajaczkowski
Set design Keren Tzur
Dramaturgy Eran Shadar
Lighting Design Alejandro Fajardo Arbelaez
Video by Roan Bibby
Music Editor Erez Todres
Photo by Liora Tzur
August 17-24 at Theater for the New City
Halfway through the Story of Our Life
ACCESS THEATER (380 Broadway, 4th floor) - MAY 15 - JUNE 8
Also: DIXON PLACE - JUNE 12, 10PM
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Three actors, three musicians, three composers. A dark comedy inspired by Spalding Gray.
Three actors, three composers, and three musicians come together to wade through the inferno.“Halfway through the Story of Our Life” brings together an award-winning team of composers, actors and musicians to divulge a truthful, raw, explosive tale. Written by 2013 Financial Times/Bodley Head Prize Winner Alexandra Zelman-Doring with Benedita Pereira and Emma Meltzer, this comedy inspired by Spalding Gray brings together an international team from the US, Czech Republic, Portugal, Turkey, Serbia, Israel, and South Africa.
Featuring live performance of original music by renowned group of Drama Desk Awards-nominated composers Ana Milosavljevic (praised by The New York Times for her “inventive” and “graceful” works) Jiri Kaderabek (whose work the New York Times praised as “commenting acoustically on mass-media banality and whitewashed anguish”) and Mahir Cetiz (Cetiz’s works have been commissioned and played by orchestras such as BBC Philharmonic and the New York Philharmonic), music and musician meet text and actor in this truly unique collaboration.
Musical director: Mahir Cetiz
Featuring Benedita Pereira, Emma Meltzer, Alexandra Zelman-Doring, Naum Goldenstein (Clarinet) Marc Uys (Violin) and Mahir Cetiz (Piano)
Set design by Dan Spielman with stool by Jeff Landman
Lighting design by Alejandro Fajardo
ACT BEFORE YOU SPEAK
“A lovely little darkling rite – half dance, half pantomime – that reimplants the Melancholy Dane in what the gender studies crowd refers to as ‘female space’, but what off-Broadway connoisseurs simply call Black Box heaven.” Scott Brown, New York Magazine
The Tragical History of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
By William Shakespeare & A.S. Zelman-Doring
In collaboration with Ada Gafter-O’Higgins & Jeffrey Landman
A translation of Hamlet into the aphasiac intensity of grief, love, revenge and madness.
For two women and a violin.
Original score composed by Jiří Kadeřábek, Mahir Çetiz, and Ana Milosavljevic
Directed by Hedvig Claesson
First performed at the Burton Taylor Theater in Oxford, June 2011.
Premiered in the United States at The Flea Theater in New York City, August 2012.
To Hold an Apple
By A.S. Zelman-Doring
Three master improvisers meet to resolve a conflict that threatens to consume their friendship: a fierce impromptu struggle ensues as they enact an encounter between painter Paul Cézanne, his childhood friend Emile Zola, and the young poet Rainer Maria Rilke.
Inspired by Rilke’s ‘Letters on Cezanne’, and Zola’s ‘The Masterpiece’, this poetic homage to three great artists’ work explores the nature of improvisation through a rapturous portrayal of the tormented masters. Dramatic tension and irony acquire new meaning with the transformation, before the audience’s eyes, of actor into character. Moments of comedy mingle with tragic truths as the performers probe the limits of theatrical immersion. In this dynamic world of shifting identities, obsessions and fears, we are forced to ask: how much of this is truly an act?
Selected by academy award winning playwright and screenwriter Christopher Hampton to be performed in Oxford’s New Writing Festival, March 2011.
Performed in New York at 59E59’s East to Edinburgh festival, July 2011.
Performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, August 2011.
WITH EYES, WITH SHOES, WITH FURY,
By Jeffrey Landman & A.S. Zelman-Doring
A new play about drug-wars in Mexico, the Holocaust, and one young man’s quixotic dream of change. It features powerful singing, a play within the play, and an unusual love story.
Coming soon in the 2012 season!
The Light in the Dust
By A.S. Zelman-Doring
In a cramped Brooklyn apartment, an aging Russian Poet, her conflicted son, and her British husband struggle to reconcile their thwarted desires. Arguing over Peak-oil, Byzantium, and Chekhov, they find a mote of hope in long forgotten dreams.
First performed at the Providence Hillel, April 2008