Dixon Place presents
THE DOG AND PONY SHOW
Written and performed by HOLLY HUGHES
Fridays and Saturdays, June 3, 4, 10 , 11, 17, 18 at 7:30pm
Tickets: $15 (advance); $20 (door)
A new solo written and performed by 2010 Guggenheim recipient Holly Hughes and directed by Dan Hurlin. A blend of autobiography, animal behavior and bald-faced lies, Dog and Pony is a poetic/comic meditation on the midlife crisis in the key of canine by the woman who drove Jesse Helms nuts. Or nuttier. After several years as a professional lesbian, Hughes gives up preaching to the perverted and takes a real job at a prestigious university, acquiring a small pack of dogs in the process. She discovers that as we age, the thin membrane between the animal and the human dissolves entirely. Time doesn't heal or heel, it brings new questions: "What is the sound of one lesbian clapping?"
Photo by LISA GUIDO.
THE DOG AND PONY SHOW is presented by Dixon Place 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. This project is also made possible in part with funding from the University of Michigan School of Art and Design and the Institute for Research on Women and Gender, Victory Gardens, Chicago.
HOLLY HUGHES is a 2010 recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship and MAP Grant. Twenty years ago, she became a poster child for the culture wars when attacked by Jesse Helms as "a garbage lesbian." Books include Clit Notes: A Sapphic Sampler, O Solo Homo: The New Queer Performance, both from Grove Press. Hughes collaborated with Maureen Angelos (Five Lesbian Brothers) and Chicago-based director Megan Carney on Let Them Eat Cake (presented at Dixon Place), which staged the debate on gay marriage as a wedding ceremony.