"[Judson is] hot as hell"—NY Press
Dixon Place presents
Written & performed by TOM JUDSON
Directed by Kevin Malony
Thursdays - Saturdays, March 3-5, 17-19, 24-26 at 7:30pm
Tickets: $15 (advance); $20 (door)
"Leaves you yelling for more," - Alan Cumming
"Fast, funny and surprisingly moving." - The Huffington Post
Canned Ham is a theatrical memoir detailing Tom's life in all areas of show business: acting in Broadway musicals (Cabaret, 42nd Street) composing music for film and television (Whit Stillman's Metropolitan, Sesame Street) and the work for which he is probably most widely known, appearing in gay adult films as Gus Mattox. Stories and songs are interwoven with visuals and musical numbers to celebrate a life that is extraordinary yet--because the story is bookended by the tale of his partner's death from AIDS--all too familiar to many. Tom accompanies himself on the piano, the accordion, the trumpet and nine other instruments--sometimes simultaneously!
CANNED HAM is made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency and the City of New York Department of Cultural Affairs, with private funds from the Peg Santvoord Foundation and the Jerome Foundation.
Tom Judson has worked in many different areas of show business. He has written music for film (Metropolitan), TV (Sesame Street, MTV) and theater (Vampire Lesbians of Sodom). As an actor he has appeared on Broadway in Cabaret and on tour in 42nd Street and at many other venues in New York and around the country and the world. He has been the accompanist for Ann Magnuson and the drag troupe Hot Peaches. He was a columnist for The Advocate, Out and Unzipped magazines and maintains several popular blogs. As “Gus Mattox” Tom made his porn debut at age 42 and is the oldest recipient of the GayVN Performer of the Year Award.
Kevin Malony is a director and producer whose work has been seen internationally. He is the founder and artistic director of TWEED TheaterWorks, a forerunner in the downtown New York arts community for twenty years. He produced The TWEED New Works Festival from 1986-1996, which presented the early work of many of today’s renowned theater artists, including Tom Judson.. He produced John Epperson’s first theatrical engagement, The Many Moods of Lypsinka, in 1987, and since that time has directed Lypsinka around the world. He was the original producer of Bill Russell’s Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens, which ran on London’s West End and directed Paved Paradise, John Kelly’s homage to Joni Mitchell.. He regularly directsThe Tweed Fractured Classicks Series which presents performances of classic plays and movies featuring unique casting choices.