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Gender Norms, Social Media and the Art World Come into Focus in Daniel McCoy’s Satirical New Play Dick Pix

“Dick Pix, a new play by Daniel McCoy, jumps gleefully into the current conversations surrounding gender… witty, self-aware comedy lets audiences have a wonderfully fun time interrogating the entire system of gender.” – Culture Catch

“Something special is happening in the world of live theatre…With such a perfect script to work with and incredible talent under superb direction… Dick Pix delivers the absolute perfect mix of cheap one-liners and intelligent social commentary.” – Opplaud

Playwright Daniel McCoy’s new comedy Dick Pix is currently running at Theaterlab in mid-town Manhattan. Dick Pix is directed by Heidi Handelsman and runs through August 11.

Calvin is a photographer and self-proclaimed provocateur in desperate need of an idea for his next installation. Grace, his girlfriend and publicist, and Fyn, his best friend and art dealer, are turning up the heat as the deadline approaches. Meanwhile, two eponymous Art Handlers begin to complicate the situation when they become the target of Grace’s unwanted attention. Mrs. Marbleblatt, a widowed patron of the arts, further queers the equation when she takes a prurient interest in Calvin’s work. Ambitions and visions collide in a satirical comedy about identity, harassment, and narcissism in the age of social media.

Dick Pix features Kate Abbruzzese (As You Like It/workshop, at The Public Theatre), June Ballinger (Pack of Lies/Broadway), David Gelles (Deception/NBC), Erinn Holmes (The Guest at Central Park West/Workshop Theater), Bruce Jones (The Chalice with Austin Pendleton at The Stonewall Inn), and Lynne Marie Rosenberg (CastAndLoose Live!/Joe’s Pub). Movement director Wendy Seyb.

Remaining performance dates:

  • Thursday August 2 @ 7:30 pm
  • Saturday August 4 @ 6:00 pm
  • Sunday August 5 @ 3:00 pm
  • Wednesday August 8 @ 7:30 pm
  • Friday August 10 @ 7:30 pm
  • Saturday August 11 @ 8:30 pm

More info available at www.perfectpixplays.com

The Creative team includes lighting design by Cecilia Durbin, sound design by Emily Auciello, costume design by Liam O’Brien, scenic/properties design by Sarah Pencheff, projection design by Alexandra Kelly Colburn and Mark Costello, stage management by Christopher Denver, company/house manager Sarah Livant. Erin Cronican is the Creative Producer, Lauren Parrish serves as the Production Manager.

Performances take place at Theaterlab, 357 West 36th Street (between 8th and 9th avenues), 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10018. Subways: 1, 2, 3, A, C, E to 34th Street. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at www.perfectpixplays.com/tickets. Running time: 90 minutes.

 

Biographies
Daniel McCoy (Playwright) is a performer and playwright based in New York City. His plays include Dick Pix, Perfect Teeth, Nothing Beyond the Light Matters, Four and Twenty Draculas, Cleave, and Epimythium. Daniel’s work has been produced and developed with Theaterlab, Primary Stages, Dreamwell Theatre, Project Y Theatre, IATI Theatre, Dutch Kills Theatre, Simple Machine Theatre, and Source Theatre Festival. He is an alumni member of the Project Y Playwrights Group and the Cimentos Play Development Program at IATI Theatre. Daniel has written and performed as an ensemble member of the New York Neo-Futurists since 2009 and has toured nationally and internationally with the company. Daniel is a graduate of the Rita and Burton Goldberg MFA Playwriting Program at Hunter College, where he studied with playwrights Tina Howe and Arthur Kopit and dramaturg Mark Bly. He was twice awarded the Vera Mowry Roberts Fellowship and received a production grant from the Anne Freedman Foundation. He directs every spring for the Writopia Lab Worldwide Plays Festival, showcasing the work of young playwrights. www.newplayexchange.org/users/3515/daniel-mccoy

Heidi Handelsman (Dick Pix Director) is a director who loves words and playwrights. She has developed new work with New Georges, Youngblood, Ma-Yi Theater Company, F*It Club, the Woodshed Collective, the Tank, Purple Rep, FringeNYC, the University of New Mexico, and the NYU/Tisch Department of Dramatic Writing. She has re-imagined classic texts with and for young people in New England and California. Heidi is a New Georges Affiliated Artist, a member of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab, a recipient of the SDCF Observership, and a former Resident Director at Ensemble Studio Theatre.  For ten years, Heidi produced the Potluck (a roving play-reading series). New York-native, now living in San Diego, California.  BA: Vassar College, MFA: Brown University / Trinity Rep. www.heidihandelsman.com

David Hilder (Perfect Teeth Director) has directed numerous productions in New York and Regionally including three plays at TBG Arts Center including the World Premieres of Jumping Blind and Daddy, and the New York Premiere of Martin Casella’s Scituate. For Reverie Productions, User 927 (HERE Arts Center) and Ping Pong Diplomacy (59E59). David was the Associate Director on the Roundabout Theatre’s production of Death Takes a Holiday and Manhattan Theatre Company’s The Royal Family. Education: Hunter College (MFA Playwriting), the University of Pennsylvania, and the O’Neill Center’s National Theater Institute. David is also an award-winning playwright and recovering actor. www.davidhilder.com 

 

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About Theaterlab
Theaterlab is an artistic laboratory dedicated to research into the nature of live performance. Through the development of new and experimental work, including theater, music, and visual arts, Theaterlab supports New York City’s diverse community of artists as well as the general public interested in seeing emerging new work.

TLAB SHARES invites guest artists to produce their work in our space at affordable rates. Theaterlab reviews and selects all TLAB SHARES artists based on the Company’s compatibility with Theaterlab’s mission and aesthetic, a proven history of artistically and aesthetically ambitious productions, and a vision for utilizing our white box Theater in a way that supports and elevates their work. www.theaterlabnyc.com



 

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