I think you may like this upcoming show at Dixon Place, that bastion of bravery! I first saw Susana Cook perform a few years back, in her zany political farce, The Idiot King. (Guess which former U.S. president was not-so-subtly prodded throughout?) It was the kind of satire that raised high the flag of its DIY aesthetic; so much so, and so proudly, that you left the little living room space wanting to high-five the whole cast for resuscitating such a messy and madcap form of theatre. I’m not going to expect this one to be polished to a shine. But I am hoping for a night of funny queer/feminist/political/raucous/energetic performance, with comedic chaos heaped on top. And maybe some singing.
Dixon Place presents the world premiere of
a Mondo Cané! Commission
A CLOWN SHOW
Written by SUSANA COOK
Directed by JULIAN MESRI
FRIDAYS & SATURDAYS, SEPTEMBER 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24 at 7:30pm
Tickets: $15 (advance); $18 (door)
Performed by Philip Ashby, Regie Cabico, Susana Cook, Moira Cutler, Tracy Hazas, Mary Notari, Jack Russell, Robert Saietta, Ariel Speedwagon, Alfredo Tauste
A misunderstood miracle shakes a conservative congregation’s values to its core: their beloved pastor becomes the center of a spectacular scandal. The resulting firestorm will forever shatter their notions of sex, gender and intercourse between animate beings. A transcendent trans-comedy of errors featuring mad ministers, Saturdayanic and divine interventions, confused angels and maybe even the antichrist.
Born in Argentina, SUSANA COOK is a New York-based playwright, director and performer who has been presenting innovative works internationally for over 20 years. She has performed and led workshops in Spain, France, India, Argentina, Colombia, Ecuador, Canada and at several colleges and universities around the United States. Her most recent shows include The Idiot King and 100 Years of Attitude (both commisioned by Dixon Place), The Fury of The Gods, Homeland Insecurities, The Values Horror Show, Dykenstein and Hamletango. She has received several fellowships and awards for her work from the New York Foundation for the Arts, Franklin Furnace Archives, Arts International, Astrea Foundation, and INTAR.
THE HOMOPHOBES is commissioned and first presented by Dixon Place with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency, and the City of New York Department of Cultural Affairs; and with private funds from The Peg Santvoord Foundation and The Jerome Foundation.
Photo by Richard Berlin.