Dixon Place presents
FRIDAYS, DECEMBER 21 & 28 AND SATURDAY, DECEMBER 22 AT 7PM
Written by JENNY GREEN & MARY MCLAUGHLIN
Directed by JENNY LEE MITCHELL & KATHERINE O'SULLIVAN
Madrat Merdock/Hooray Henry - JAMES PARKS
Putting the FUNNY back in family entertainment for New Yorkers of every hue. Panto is an historic staple of British popular theatre that has never successfully crossed the Pond. It is family-orientated satire using certain stock characters and traditions (including cross-dressing, interactivity and music) to retell a fable in a more recognizable setting. The OPTimistiks are bringing this culturally & socially harmonizing feature of the British stage to New York, with a contemporary rendition of Dick Whittington; here a poor, upstate boy follows his star to NYC where he crosses paths with the scheming Sara Pain and bungling Mayor Gloomberg in a quest for success on Simon Trouser's P-Factor Talent Contest. theoptimistiks.orgestimated runtime: 90 minutes
Notable Off Broadway and international credits: The Tidings Brought to Mary (Storm Theatre/Blackfriars Rep), Billy Carver & the Children in Mind (The OPTimistiks/Manhattan Theatre Source) and the Men Commandments (Globus Theatre). Trained at the Guildhall School and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Jenny is a member of British Equity and has worked for the BBC as a Broadcast Journalist and Manhattan Theatre Source as Manager/Producing Artist. At the Source she was responsible for producing and marketing dozens of theatre pieces, from single events, to fully staged Equity showcases. Her production company, The OPTimistiks, has produced several original comedies for stage, screen and radio. Jenny is an enthusiastic collaborator with Art Boundaries Unlimited, the International Women Artists' Salon and Origin Theatre Company and she also enjoys work as an MC and a Priestess.