Shut UP, Emily Dickinson, by award winning playwright/performer Tanya O'Debra, comes to Dixon Place (161A Chrystie St.) as part of their Works-in-Progress Series. The show takes place on the main stage on Saturday, March 30th at 7:30pm. Tickets ($10-15) are available at the door and online (https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pe/9757060).
Shut UP, Emily Dickinson features original music by Andrew Mauriello and stars Tanya O'Debra and Gregg Bellon, with direction consulting by Stephen Brackett.
A serious comedy about loneliness, mental illness and perception. Holed up in her bedroom for eternity, crazy old Emily Dickinson unsuccessfully woos the object of her affection, a disembodied voice. A pseudo-historical, quasi-biographical psycho-romantic look at the life of America's most annoying poetess.
TANYA O'DEBRA is a writer/performer/funny lady. One half of the ECNY Award nominated comic sister duo, The O'Debra Twins, Miss O'Debra has spread mirth and filth all over NYC. Their annual O'Debbie Awards garnered a Best of New York Award from The Village Voice. Her play Fuck You won The Excellence Award in Overall Production at Fringe NYC. Published by Original Works, her play Radio Star has been produced all over the world, receiving numerous awards and accolades. Winner of the Miss Fag Hag Pageant, other theater credits include Patrice O'Debra in Straight Up Vampire (Joe's Pub), The Evil Queen in Snow White (The New Acting Company) and Amanda McCloud in The Ultimate Stimulus (Dixon Place). "There can be no doubting O'Debra's talent: she has a vocal arsenal that puts Saturday Night Live's Kristin Wiig to shame." - NY Press
ANDREW MAURIELLO, COMPOSER: A composer with over 15 years of experience including his studies at Berklee College of Music, Mr. Mauriello has been incorporating his songwriting into a variety of settings with a vast spectrum of musical styles. He has performed at Boston's Symphony Hall, crowded basements in Philadelphia, sold out shows at the late CBGB's in New York City, and seemingly everywhere in between. His music for Radio Star garnered a NYIT Award nomination for Outstanding Original Music.
GREGG BELLÓN (Master) is a performer, director, writer, designer, and production manager. Recent credits: Dumporama (by Cheri Magrid, Centenary Stage); Flood (by Kirby Fields, Samuel French One-Act Festival); Conexion Sin Hilo (by Julie deGrandy, Hudson Exploited Theater Company). Founder and Director of Production Consolidated, a full-service Production Company dedicated to a holistic approach to theater production; for more info, check out www.ProductionConsolidated.com. As always, for Nick.
Dixon Place, a non-profit organization, was founded in 1986 to provide a space for literary and performing artists to create and develop new works in front of a live audience. Our mission to support and nurture the development of new work and work in progress from diverse artists and to build new audiences for the work is carried out through five main programming objectives:
Fo more information, visit www.tanyaodebra.com or www.dixonplace.org.