Dick Rivington & The Cat returns this December! This radical, joyful, uproarious holiday family spectacle will lift your spirits and give you hope for the year to come. This American Panto celebrates the resilience, open-mindedness, and beauty of the Lower East Side in a rags to riches story about a young immigrant and his feline friend who overcome enormous hardships to make their dreams come true.
Created by Lower East Siders, for Lower East Siders, Dick Rivington & The Cat is a wild, outrageous, laugh out loud celebration for you, your grandma, your toddler, and your gay Uncle Bob. We will laugh together, we will sing together, and we will celebrate our diversity knowing that our differences make us stronger.
The Panto Project, a collaboration between ONEOFUS and Abrons Arts Center, is a five-year commitment for family festival fun created after the wildly successful Jack & the Beanstalk (2017 & 2018).
ONEOFUS lead artists Julie Atlas Muz and Mat Fraser have been at the forefronts of the Disability Arts and feminist art movements for over 25 years. They got married at Abrons Arts Center, live just down the road, and are integrated members of the neighborhood. Past work includes, The Freak & The Showgirl (Adelaide, Perth, Berlin & more), Beauty & the Beast (London, NYC, Adelaide, Chicago), CripFest celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the ADA, NYC, Jack & the Beanstalk for which they were hailed as New York Times “New Yorkers of the Year”. ONEOFUS relentlessly demands better access for both the performers and audience alike.
Mat Fraser (Writer) is an internationally known disabled actor, writer, and a pioneer, who has been bringing Disability Arts into mainstream culture for over twenty five years. Nominated for a 2021 BAFTA for the BBC series CriptTales, Mat is mostly known for his TV work, which includes the BBC/HBO series His Dark Materials, US TV comedy Loudermilk; and American Horror Story: Freak Show, Mat has written several stage shows & screen dramas. His 2014 solo show, Cabinet of Curiosities, won the UK’s Observer Ethical Award for Arts & Entertainment.
Julie Atlas Muz (Director) is a consistent innovator in the NYC high and low brow theater scene. Creator and director of over 15 shows such as her audacious Rite of Spring, Julie’s accolades include: Whitney Biennial, Lambent Fellow, and recently, a Ruthie Award. Julie has also won the titles; Miss Exotic World, Miss Coney Island and Queen of the Mermaid Parade. In a first for Burlesque artists, Julie has an ongoing franchise of her award winning acts in Las Vegas, Dubai, France and Australia. A founding member of chashama, Julie worked to make space for artists in unused real-estate and is currently the apprentice of Macarthur Award-winning puppeteer Basil Twist.
Dick Rivington & The Cat is commissioned and produced by Abrons Arts Center and co-produced by ONEOFUS.