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Dixon Place & The Apothetae Present
Special Preview Night! Thursday, June 13th at 7:30pm
$10 (general admission)
FRIDAYS & SATURDAYS,
JUNE 14 & 15, 21 & 22, 28 & 29 at 7:30pm
Written by CLAY MCLEOD CHAPMAN
Directed by KRIS THOR
Music and Lyrics by ROBERT M. JOHANSON & CLAY MCLEOD CHAPMAN
Starring: Gregg Mozgala, Sarah Buffamanti & Phillip Taratula
Commissioned by DIXON PLACE & THE APOTHETAE
$15 (advance), $18 (door), $12 (stu / sen) or TDF
What would you sacrifice to be made whole?
New York City. 1920. A legless beggar pleads with the oncoming foot-traffic for spare change. Barely a nickel comes his way. But what these pedestrians don’t know is—this deformed derelict at their heels is none other than Blizzard, kingpin to the seedy underbelly of the Lower East Side. With an army of dancing girls at his beck and call, Blizzard is hell-bent on executing his master plan: Get his revenge against the prominent doctor who left him in this condition—and against the city that could’ve cared less. 3 People. 4 Legs. 1 Game of Revenge.
The Penalty features an ensemble cast, integrated with able-bodied and actors with disabilities with songs by composer Robert M. Johanson (Nature Theatre Of Oklahoma's Life and Times Episodes 1-4). The Penalty is inspired by the novel of the same name by Gouverneur Morris, and its film adaptation, starring Lon Chaney, written by Charles Kenyon and directed by Wallace Worsley.
Read Nytheatre.com's Q&A with Gregg Mozgala!
Clay McLeod Chapman is the author of rest area, a collection of short stories, and miss corpus, a novel. Miss corpus was recognized in part of The New Yorker's Reading Glasses series in 2003. Hyperion Books recently published his trilogy of children's novels titled The Tribe—book one, Homeroom Headhunters. He will occasionally write from time to time for his geek-gods Marvel Comics (Ultimate Spider-Man) and Fangoria Magazine.
Chapman’s story late bloomer was adapted into film by director Craig Macneill. An official selection at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival, their most recent collaboration, Henley, a short film based on the chapter The Henley Road Motel from his novel miss corpus, was an official selection at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. It was awarded Best Short Film at the 2011 Gen Art Film Festival and the 2011 Carmel Arts and Film Festival.
The Apothetae is a company dedicated to the production of full-length plays that illuminate the, “Disabled Experience.” A core element of The Apothetae's mission is to expand the current existing narratives that depict people with disabilities. Too often in today's popular culture, people with disabilities are painted as men and women who overcome adversity or act as symbols of pity and or inspiration. This wasn't always the case. And while depictions of characters with disabilities throughout history may not have always been positive, The Apothetae does not want to shy away from these stories, we believe great power rests in the retelling and
exploration of these stories and embodiment of these characters. theapothetae.org
Gregg Mozgala, Artistic Director of The Apothetae, has been in various New York productions Off and Off-Off Broadway with Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, The LAByrinthTheatre Company, La Mama ETC, PS 122, Theater Breaking Through Barriers, Foolish Theatre Company, The Brick Theater, The National Theatre Workshop of the Handicapped, Visible Theatre and the Ensemble Studio Theatre. Regionally, he has appeared on stage at the Kennedy Center For The Performing Arts and the Spoleto Festival USA. He has worked internationally in London, England and Zagreb, Croatia. He has participated in Northeast Public Radio's Playing On Air series with Mammie Gummer and Tony winning director, John Rando.
This DP commission is supported by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and the City of New York Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council; and with private funds from the Jerome Foundation.