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DIXON PLACE PRESENTS

The Unwritten Law

The World Premiere Theatrical Performance by

Drama Desk Award Winner Chesney Snow and Rebecca Arends

September 5th – September 29th, 2018

                                                                       

 

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A Powerful One Woman Show:  Fusing Theater and Visual Design to Tell the Poignant Stories of Baker and Bland

Performed by Connie Winston and Directed by Rhonda “Passion” Hansome 

October 4th – October 20th, 2018

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 Dixon Place (Ellie Covan, Founding Director) will present two new productions that continue the non-profit’s commitment to supporting its creative process by bringing to stage original works of theater at all stages of development and articulating diverse narrative through the arts. This fall the Bessie and Obie Award-winning institution will present two new works that speak to personal experiences and political perspectives in the African American community. Presentations will include the September 2018 world premiere of The Unwritten Law co-created by world-famous beatboxer and Drama Desk Award recipient Chesney Snow and director, choreographer, performer and educator, Rebecca Arends. In October 2018, writer and performer Connie Winston will tell the profound stories of Lena Baker and Sandra Bland in the world premiere of the one woman play American Captives: Lena Baker & Sandra Bland.

The Unwritten Law adeptly weaves together a truly inspiring American story of redemption and resilience in an unforgettable evening of theater. The play will run for a limited time through September 29th for eight performances at 7:30pm. Featuring original music composed by A.J. Khaw, Varuni Tiruchelvam, Laura Dadap and Chesney Snow, lighting design by Ro-z Edelston, and projection design by Joanna Sobieski, The Unwritten Law is performed by Chesney Snow, Rebecca Arends, Maleek Washington, A.J. Khaw and Laura Dadap. Ruben Santiago-Hudson and Seán Curran joined the creative team for this fall production of The Unwritten Law at Dixon Place, where the show received a workshop production in August 2017.

 

American Captives: Lena Baker & Sandra Bland, will open Friday, October 5th, 2018. Written and performed by Connie Winston, and directed by Rhonda “Passion” Hansome, this poignant visceral theatrical experience combines the two stories, Lena Baker and Sandra Bland. After a one-day trial in 1945, an all-white male jury deliberates for under an hour and sentences Lena Baker to death for killing her abusive lover. Three days after being pulled over by a Texas State Trooper in 2015 for not using a turn signal, Sandra Bland was found dead in a Waller County jail cell. American Captives: Lena Baker & Sandra Bland articulates how little has changed in the relationship between Black women and the United States justice system during the 60 years between the deaths of Lena and Sandra. This unapologetic personal accounting bares new awareness of timeworn atrocities. The production will preview on Thursday, October 4th, 2018 and will run on Fridays and Saturdays through October 20th at 7:30pm.

 

TICKET INFORMATION

Tickets for The Unwritten Law are on sale now at Dixon Place (161A Chrystie Street) in

Manhattan. Tickets are $22 in advance, $25 at the door, and $18 for students and seniors. Group

rates are available. For tickets and further information please visit www.dixonplace.org or call

866-811-4111 for tickets.

Tickets for American Captives: Lena Baker & Sandra Bland are on sale now at Dixon Place (161A

Chrystie Street) in Manhattan.

Tickets are $18 in advance, $22 at the door, and $15 for students

and seniors. Group rates are available. For tickets and further information please visit

www.dixonplace.org or call 866-811-4111 for tickets

                                                                                                                               
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