When I first moved to the East Village in the early 80s, I had no idea I was living in the epicenter of a world that was giving birth to what is now considered a golden age of queer art and performance which launched the careers of so many talented and revered artists. The Pyramid Club was, unquestionably, the holy ground for this nascent movement and little did I know that Lady Bunny, RuPaul, Lypsinka, Charl
Nearly all of those East Village venues have disappeared and the neighborhood has become a playground for roaming packs of bankers, frat boys and stilleto girls on a mission to pursue their Sex and the City dreams. LGBTQ artists now appear online and nearly every network (thankfully!) and politically-tinged live performance may seem like only a blip in an ancient chapter of our history except for one place -- Dixon Place. In spite of all the gentrification and assimilation, this thriving performance venue grew out of Ellie Covan's living room over the years and into a self-owned and self-sufficient complex that supports queer artists year round. But on July 2nd, Dixon Place launches their 21st Annual HOT! Festival of Queer Culture that will be all queer, all the time and will host rising young artists in addition to some of the alumni who performed from years past. For 30 days, HOT! welcomes a new generation of talented queer folk who you probably won't see on the Style section of The New York Times anytime soon. These are the artists who make daily sacrifices for their work in order to create an uncensored, un-mainstream, and
It's no mystery to me why the Village Voice calls the HOT! Festival New York's Best Gay Theater Festival. It has not only stayed true to the mission of giving underexposed queer artists a forum for their work, but embraces them with a support system including marketing, state of the art technical tricks, and even a lounge with a full bar to celebrate their show with their friends and fans afterwards. I'm proud to play a supporting role in HOT! and invite you to spend part of your summer to experience queer performance that you simply won't see on television or online. And if you've got kids, no worries! Just bring them along. HOT! Festival has Homoeroticism for the whole new modern gay family and you may even inspire the little ones into taking the Dixon Place stage one day. I'll even give you a tour of the backstage and dressing room where all the pre-show magic happens.
Dixon Place Presents the 2012 HOT! Festival of Queer Performance
July 1 - 31, 2012
161A Chrystie Street
New York, NY 10002