Though Dixon Place's HOT! Celebration of Queer Culture is set to close July 31 with Festival Party featuring performances by Reno and others, its headliner Go-Go Real will continue to run through Aug. 11. The downtown annual festival of lesbian and gay theatre, music, dance, poetry, fiction, and performance art began its run in downtown Manhattan July 5.
This year, HOT! and Dixon Place founder Ellie Covan celebrate the 10th anniversary of the festival with dozens of gay performers.
This year's participants included:
Go-Go Real - Jonathan Wooster and Brandon Olson explore sex, love drugs, and disco-dancing with theatre, music, dance and humor
Homotext - new lesbian and gay literature as read by Gerry Gomez and Paul Russell Lavinia Co-Op, Gender-Illusionist Dred and Diane Torr - each present their own work which ranges from musical numbers to monologues
Dark Thoughts - sketches, monologues and spoken word by Asian artists Aileen Cho, Regie Cabico and Dan Bacalzo
Everyday Tragedies - a puppet play is performed by Moe Angelos and Big Bang Theory and Dating is presented by Emmett Foster
Writers on the Ledge - is curated by Regie Cabico with new works by Susan Sherman and Rachel Guido DeVries
Suck This, Masked Man! - Peter McLean collaborates with author Perry Brass' and I Look Divine - Randy Gener directs Stephen Nisbet in an adaptation of Christopher Coe's gay classic
In the Ass of the Beast - Beth Lorrigan and Lisa Frisari use film and live sound to create a work that tests boundaries
Homo for the Holidays - John Steber directs a staged reading of short plays by Robert Shaffron
Culture Bodega - Jill Dearman, Clarinda Maclow, Hope Forstenzer and James Cassesse's new fiction with music by Jan Bell
Numb a new work by and performed by Robert Appleton, I'll Show You Mine, If You Show Me Yours a show-and-tell audience participation piece by Michael Burke, and Michael Freeman plays a tragicomic clown
"In the City of Shy Hunters" - a reading from Tom Spanbauer's new novel followed by a book-signing
Crazy Maker by Mina Hartong, Unlimited Engagement performed by Brennan Gerard and Heather McGhee
You Are Gorgeous and I Am Coming - a reading saluting the works of Frank O'Hara with Peter Covino, Bill Kushner, Matthew Burgess, Ron Drummond, Douglas Martin, Guillermo Castro, Richard Loranger, Brian Blanchfield, Richard Tayson, Michael Broder and Jason Schneiderman
"Dhalgren" - a reading from Samuel R. Delany's new book, "Wendell All Together" - reading from Howard Cruse's new book
HOT! Dance - movement pieces by Jen Abrams, Marlon Barrios Solana and Tamieca McCloud
A.D.D. Theatre, 20 90-Second Plays - performed by Tom Bondi and Rick Beach, Soppin' Juice by Mark Holt and Belly Up by Bondi and Holt as performed by Lisa Kron and Emmett Foster
For further information or tickets to HOT! at Dixon Place, 309 East 26 St., call the box office at (212) 532-1546. Also visit, www.dixonplace.org.
— by Ernio Hernandez