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Lia Chang: Rachel Klein’s The Tragedy of Maria Macabre Premieres at Dixon Place on March 2

Rachel Klein’s The Tragedy of Maria Macabre Photo by Beau Allulli

Rachel Klein’s The Tragedy of Maria Macabre Photo by Beau Allulli


Rachel Klein Productions’ morbid dance drama, The Tragedy of Maria Macabre, premieres on Wednesday, March 2nd at 7:30 PM at Dixon Place (161A Chrystie Street) in New York.
Rachel Klein’s The Tragedy of Maria Macabre Photo by Beau Allulli

Rachel Klein’s The Tragedy of Maria Macabre Photo by Beau Allulli


Upon dying, Maria Macabre is not granted eternal slumber, but instead a whirling, kaleidoscopic carnival of horrors: a morbid funhouse where humanity is stripped away and a permanent place in the gruesome chorus line is all but assured. The Tragedy of Maria Macabre is a ghoulish movement and visual based theater piece that uses dancers and physical actors to create a world of fantasy and spectacle. It is a work of theater, dance, and performance art.
Rachel Klein’s The Tragedy of Maria Macabre Photo by Beau Allulli

Rachel Klein’s The Tragedy of Maria Macabre Photo by Beau Allulli


The Tragedy of Maria Macabre stars Abigail Hawk (from CBS’s “Bluebloods” with Tom Selleck), Danielle Marie Fusco (Martha Graham Company, Joyce Soho) Eric Schmalenberger (the Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black, the Citizens Band) and RKP regulars: Elizabeth Stewart, Michael Porsche, Megan O’Connor, Preston Burger, Freddy Mancilla, and Brian Rubiano. Conceived and Directed by Rachel Klein (Circus of Circus at the House of Yes, Princes of Darkness at Theater for the New City, Hound at Planet Connections Theater Festivity). Story by Rachel Klein and Sean Gill. Featuring Music by Borut Krzisnik (Peter Greenaways’ The Tulse Luper Suitcases) Costume and Wig Design by Rachel Klein, Makeup Design by Anita Rundles, and Sound Design by Sean Gill. Stage Managed by Marina Steinberg. Choreography by Rachel Klein, Preston Burger, Danielle Marie Fusco, and the Ensemble.
Rachel Klein’s The Tragedy of Maria Macabre Photo by Beau Allulli

Rachel Klein’s The Tragedy of Maria Macabre Photo by Beau Allulli


The Tragedy of Maria Macabre
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
7:30 PM
Dixon Place
61A Chrystie Street btwn Rivington and Delancey. F to 2nd Ave, J to Bowery, B, D to Grand, 4, 6 to Spring
Tickets available at https://www.ovationtix.com/trs/pe/8640235
$15 general admission. $12 Students and Seniors.
Rachel Klein Photo by Beau Allulli

Rachel Klein Photo by Beau Allulli


Rachel Klein Productions (RKP) is a NYC-based theater company that communicates its artistic vision through visual storytelling techniques. Relying on innovative performances and lavish design elements, RKP’s ensemble of actors, dancers, circus performers, and performance artists convey a highly stylized representation of reality that is much more bold and often fantastical. RKP aims to create art that explores and elicits genuine human emotion, which is amplified through the actions and reactions of its characters, allowing the audience to simultaneously identify with the human condition and enjoy the artistic qualities of the performance.

Rachel Klein Productions has produced several full-length plays (both movement and text based) including Metro, Sir Sheever, Aenigma, and Go-Go Killers! and co-produced Hound, All Kind of Shifty Villains, and Stage Blood is Never Enough. The Rachel Klein Theater Dancers have throughout New York in different festivals, art gallery openings, and nightlife events including the opening number to Night of 1,000 Stevies (20th anniversary), the Highline Ballroom, La MaMa Moves! at La MaMa E.T.C. in 2009 and 2010, Dixon Place, the premier of Banzai! at the Red Lotus Room, Low Life @ HOWL Festival, (le) Poisson Rouge, the House of Yes, Rated X at Don Hills, the Hiro Ballroom, the Bushwick Site Fest at 3rd Ward, the Bushwick Open Studios Festival, the World Famous Bob’s Give Thanks!, Galapagos Art Space in DUMBO, the NY Downtown Clown Review, and Off-Broadway at the Bleecker Street Theater (45 Bleecker, Main Theater).

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Lia Chang Photo by Brianne Michelle Photography


Lia Chang is an actor, performance and fine art botanical photographer, and an award-winning multimedia journalist.

As a photographer and videographer, Lia collaborates with artists, organizations and companies in establishing their documentary photo archive and social media presence. She has been documenting her colleagues and contemporaries in the arts, fashion and journalism since making her stage debut as Liat in the National Tour of South Pacific, with Robert Goulet and Barbara Eden.

This year, selections of Lia’s archive of Asian Pacific Americans in the arts, fashion, journalism, politics and space will become part of newly created LIA CHANG THEATER PHOTOGRAPHY PORTFOLIO in the ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICAN PERFORMING ARTS COLLECTION housed in the Library of Congress Asian Division’s Asian American Pacific Islander Collection.

Lia’s portraits and performance photos have appeared in Vanity Fair, Gourmet, German Elle, Women’s Wear Daily, The Paris Review, TV Guide, Daily Variety, Interior Design, American Theatre, Broadwayworld.com, Life & Style, OUT, New York Magazine, InStyle, Timeout.com, Villagevoice.com, Playbill.com, Theatermania.com, thelmagazine.com, The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, USA Today, The Boston Globe, New York Times and Washington Post. A former syndicated arts and entertainment columnist for KYODO News, Lia is the New York Bureau Chief for AsianConnections.com. She writes about culture, style and Asian American issues for a variety of publications and this Backstage Pass with Lia Chang blog.

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