11 roles! 14 songs! Recording this show for a CD is a dream project for BDW; it's dedicated lovingly to the memory of author TOM CONE.
FOR TICKETS TO THE CONCERT
(a benefit for Dixon Place)
PLEASE VISIT dixonplace.org!!!
THIS CAMPAIGN IS FUNDING:
THE CONCERT (PRODUCTION COSTS)
THE LIVE RECORDING OF THAT CONCERT
THE CD WHICH WILL BE RELEASED SUBSEQUENTLY
TICKETS TO THE BENEFIT CONCERT CAN BE PURCHASED FROM DIXON PLACE AT dixonplace.org
“Wong slips in and out of personas with the cunning swiftness of an escape artist.” -Los Angeles Times
April 24, 2012 - New York...Dixon Place is proud to present BD Wong’s tour-de-force performance in the one-man musical Herringbone. Wong, best known for his Tony Award-winning performance in M. Butterfly and his role in the long running hit series Law & Order: SVU, will appear in Herringbone to benefit Dixon Place for two performances only: Monday May 21, and Tuesday May 22, at 7:00pm. Dixon Place is at 161A Chrystie St. (between Rivington and Delancey). The production will be recorded live for a future CD release. Tickets and more information are available at dixonplace.org and at 212-219-0736.
Wong has headlined four critically-acclaimed productions of the ambitious musical - in which he enacts, sings and dances at least 11 characters - including the Williamstown Theatre Festival (2007), McCarter Theatre (2008), and La Jolla Playhouse (2009), all directed by Tony Award-winner Roger Rees (Nicholas Nickleby, Peter And The Starcatcher).
Herringbone has a book by Tom Cone (based upon his play), Music by Skip Kennon and Lyrics by Ellen Fitzhugh. It was first produced in New York at Playwright’s Horizons in a memorable 1982 production starring David Rounds. The Dixon Place production will be Wong’s first appearance in New York of the show, timed with the 30th Anniversary of the original New York production. Herringbone is written as a traditional two-act musical with a score of more than 14 songs and 11 characters. The conceit of a single performer enacting all of the characters underlines its theme of the human struggle to negotiate the light and dark sides within.
In the musical, set in Alabama during the Great Depression, 8-year-old George Nookin is possessed by the vengeful spirit of Lou, a jaded hoofer who was murdered by Chicken Mosely, Lou’s Vaudeville partner. George’s parents, Arthur and Louise, are torn asunder by George’s astonishing new ability to sing and dance, schlepping across the country as Lou seduces them into believing that exploiting George’s new found talent is the family’s ticket on the train out of hard times. Wong plays George, Lou, Mosely, Arthur, Louise, as well as George’s Grandmother, a floozie hotel clerk, and a host of other supporting characters.
Reprising their work on this project from the other productions are Darren Lee (choreography), Dan Lipton (music direction), Scott Lehrer and Leon Rothenberg (sound design), and William Ivey Long (costumes).
– Praise for Herringbone –
Newark Star Ledger
“BEST OF 2008” list - “Virtually every one-man show causes an actor to play many characters, but among Wong's dozen, he had to portray five different Depression-era victims during a single conversation.”
“BEST OF 2007” list - “...Wong fulfills the play's intent: to make us reflect on how all of us build our sense of ourselves, are possessed by the characters in our lives, and somehow, if we're lucky, manage to live a real life anyway...What most amazes us in Herringbone is not the dazzling trickery of its surface, but the poignant tenderness and full humanity of its unexpected depths."
BD Wong won the Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Clarence Derwent, Theater World and Tony Awards for his performance in M. Butterfly. He has appeared in more than 20 films and on television in six seasons of HBO’s OZ, eleven seasons of Law and Order: SVU, and the critically-acclaimed NBC drama Awake (currently airing).
ABOUT DIXON PLACE
Dixon Place is a non-profit organization founded in 1986 to provide a space for literary and performing artists to create and develop new works in front of a live audience. While other venues of its kind have since died off, or now only present established artists, Dixon Place remains at the heart of the New York experimental performance scene. Taking risks is crucial to the life of Dixon Place, its artists and audiences. Dixon Place's primary commitments are to bring artists and audiences together through live performance in order to expand the understanding of the creative process and its final product, and to provide a supportive environment for emerging artists to present new work. Over the last twenty-five years, Dixon Place has successfully maintained its intimate atmosphere and unique environment while increasing its programming to fulfill the need for performance opportunities for the New York community of performing and literary artists.
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