Monday, April 9, 2012

Toni Schlesinger's 75,000-act play cycle -- Five Flights Up ---May 2 only!

Dixon Place Theater Presents

Act I of Five Flights Up (a 75,000-act play cycle)

7:30 pm, Wednesday, May 2, one night only
Conceived, Written, & Designed By Toni Schlesinger
Directed by Toni Schlesinger and Jeremy Bloom
With performers, co-theater artists, & designers: Cory Antiel, Raniah Day, Hal Eagar, Mary Griswold, Drew Hildebrand, Chris Maresca, Yoko Myoi, Nicholas Pavkovic, Meghan Maureen Williams, Jeanette Oi-Suk Yew, & more.
Not so long ago, Toni Schlesinger visited the homes of New Yorkers to find out how they live and survive. Tonight the exploration is more meta-mythological-archetypical as the Reporter meets "The Woman Who Lives By The Sea," a tall, pre-Raphaelite with Chekovian longing and no ears, her romantic octopus, and Philosopher Fish who never stop thinking, in a creaky house on the Island of the Alone.
The full-length cycle, with large-scale puppets, actors, & projections, inspired by Toni’s collection of Village Voice “Shelter” columns in her book, Five Flights Up (Princeton Architectural Press) is in development and will not be presented in its entirety until 2013-2014. This one-night preview was made possible by a grant from The Jim Henson Foundation.
Lower East Side, NYC: 161A Chrystie Street between Rivington and Delancey --- F train to Second Avenue, 6 to Spring, & others:
Tickets: or OvationTix toll-free: 866-811-4111. The box office opens half an hour before the show. Call 212.219.0736 for reservations. The highly affordable $12 tickets ($10 student & senior) may sell fast because, in the second part of the evening, "Toni Schlesinger Interviews Comedian Reno Who Will Confess Everything". Toni last saw Reno on the street on September 11, 2001, with three water bottles and her dog --- an account of this is in Five Flights Up. The Dixon Place Lounge is open before, during, and after the show. (6 pm-midnight) Proceeds directly support Dixon Place’s artists and mission. You can bring drinks in and drink during the show.