General admission tickets are $15 in advance, $18 at the door. Students, seniors, and idNYC tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door. For tickets and information, visit DixonPlace.org.
A multimedia solo show about one of Broadway’s biggest stars, silent film legend and trailblazing lesbian iconoclast, Alla Nazimova, written and performed by Romy Nordlinger (Places, 59East59/Edinburgh Fringe). Cailín Heffernan* directs.
Long before Madonna, the world was Gaga for Nazimova. Places, a theatrical multimedia solo show, tells the story of Alla Nazimova, the forgotten lesbian trailblazer, iconoclast and the greatest star you’ve never heard of. Escaping anti-semitic Tsarist Russia, she became Broadway’s biggest star with the Shubert’s naming a theater after her. Nazimova also became Hollywood’s highest paid silent screen icon and the film industry’s first female director and producer. Defying moral and artistic codes of her time, she was forced into obscurity. Returning from the grave, Nazimova raises her voice, reclaiming our collective history, lighting the way to diversity. “By opening our eyes to the past, we are better able to see our present.”
“Sexism, racism, homophobia, anti-semitism, and ageism: Nazimova was fighting these contemporary struggles back in the 19th and early 20th Centuries, but alone and without a twitter account,” stated playwright and performer Romy Nordlinger. “In writing and performing Places, I am setting the record straight and telling Nazimova’s magnificent story. We are all the stories we tell, and an artist is only dead when the last person to remember them dies.”
Places was partially developed in a production of ‘Stage Struck’ helmed by Mari Lyn Henry and her Society For The Preservation Of Theatrical History committed to preserving the legacy of legendary actresses.
Places is presented by Dixon Place. Composer/Sound Designer: Nick T. Moore; Video Designer: Adam Burns; Public Relations: Paul Siebold/Off Off PR.
Romy Nordlinger (playwright/performer) NYC Theatre: Places, 59E59/ Edinburgh Fringe; Shakespeare’s Slave, Clurman, Theatre Row; Lancelot, Judson Gym; RCulture/I.R.T; Stage Struck, Metropolitan Playhouse; January, Multi Stages. Regional: Actors Theatre of Louisville, The Wilma, Fleetwood Stage. Playwriting credits include Lipshtick, NY Fringe; Broadville, MITF; The Feeling Part, LoNYLa. In pre-production for feature film “Lancelot.” TV/Film: “BULL” (CBS); “Separation”; (Edna Hoffman: Voice Role) “Florence,” directed by Stephen Frears; (Officer Talbor) “Law and Order CI”; “Gothams,” & the soon to be released feature “Downrange.” Member: League of Professional Theatre Women, Resonance, Playwrights Gallery, Dramatists Guild. Audiobook Narrator, over 200 titles. www.romynordlinger.com / www.placestheplay.com/
Cailín Heffernan (director) – Her recent outings include Direction/Book (music/lyrics – Henry Aronson) of Loveless Texas at the Sheen Center; archival recording of Letters Home by Rose Leiman Goldemberg with Kathleen Chalfant at Lincoln Center; the immersive musical Impossible But True; Hello, Dolly with Donny Most and Judy Norton, and Monte Cristo at Urban Stages. She is Associate Artistic Director of Boomerang Theatre Company; Artistic Advisor to New Light Theatre Project and Texas Family Musicals. Cailín is also the Resident Director of National Schoolhouse and a member of the Creative Team for DionysusFest in Athens, Greece. She is founding Artistic Director of the dance/theater company, Manhattan Dance-Theatre from 1980-1998. She’s a member of SDC, Dramatists Guild, AEA, SAG-AFTRA.
Nick T. Moore (composer/sound designer) is a seven-time award nominated theatre and film composer and sound designer, with almost 20 years’ experience creating magic for audiences in NYC. Nick’s work includes, Off-Broadway: The Drawer (IT nominee, best sound) – SoHo Playhouse/Oberon Theater Ensemble; Summer Shorts 14’/15/16’’ – 59E59 & Throughline Artists; Crazy For The Dog – Jean Cocteau Rep., Defenses Of Prague – La Mama; Embraceable Me – (NY) Rachel Reiner Productions/(NC) Blumenthal PAC, Broke Wide Open – Samah Productions, Off-off-b-way: 18 Resonance Ensemble productions, including 23 Knives (IT nominee, best sound/music); 7 Oberon Theater Ensemble productions including Keep On Truckin’ It’s War (MITF nominee outstanding sound), The Woodsman & Christopher Boal’s Pimm’s Mission; Peace (IT nominee, best Musical) – MCTC; Monster Literature Episodes 1-5 – Brooklyn Lyceum, Summoner’s Tale-Hook and Eye Theater Company; Film includes: “Being Reel,” (Coca-Cola Refreshing Filmmaker’s Contest winner), “The Ticket Seller,” Writer/Director Laura Archer – NewFilmakers New York/ DAMNFest/WAMMFest/ Powfest; Dance: Illuminate– Equilateral Theater Company, Oit Of Water – The Turner Project; Member: Dramatists Guild; Resonance Ensemble; Roundabout. nicktmoore.com
Adam Burns (video designer) – Adam’s artwork, films, screenplays and theater video designs have been shown internationally, including major New York venues like the Big Apple Film Festival, the New York International Fringe Festival and Tribeca Cinemas. Shows include Lipstick, Broadville, S*x + Sealing Wax, and now Places. Adam lived on Greyhound buses for a year writing his first novel and adapted his second into a feature screenplay. He’s currently writing his third novel, a dystopian sci-fi about humanity’s urgent need to evolve toward empathy. Adamburns.nyc
Dixon Place, an incubator for performing and literary artists since 1986, is a non-profit organization committed to supporting the creative process by presenting original works of dance, theater, music, puppetry, literature, performance and visual art at all stages of development. Presenting over 700 artists each year, this local haven inspires and encourages diverse artists of all stripes and callings to take risks and push personal and professional limits. Dixon Place’s foremost priorities are to serve as a safety net for artists, and to provide vivid experiences for audiences. Dixon Place is the only non-profit theatre of its size to own and operate a full service cocktail lounge where all profits are returned to the organization to support their artists and mission. The full service cocktail lounge is open to the public from 6:00 p.m. to closing with all profits supporting the Dixon Place artists and mission. dixonplace.org / @dixonplace / facebook.com/dixonplace
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