‘The Mystery of Pearl Street’ to Premiere at Dixon Place Tonight

Posted on: February 7th, 2014 at 6:11 am by

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The Mystery of Pearl Street, by Toni Schlesinger

Looking for a night of intrigue? Tonight, Dixon Place will premiere The Mystery of Pearl Street, a theatrical production by playwright, performer, and journalist Toni Schlesinger. Directed by Will Detlefsen, the performance is based on speculation surrounding the disappearance of artists Camden Sylvia and Michael Sullivan from their 19th Century downtown loft, back in 1997. It’s a three-person double mystery play that promises to be “a wildly visual, psychological, and philosophical exploration of terror, romance, police procedure, money, real estate, and the city’s history.”

The disappearance of the couple is indeed a mystery. Sylvia lived in Sullivan’s $300 rent stabilized apartment at 76 Pearl Street; there were often altercations between the couple and the slumlord over things like working heat. On November 7, 1997, the couple went out for a jog, and all that ever came back was a foot found in the Hudson River. The New York Times has a concise account of what transpired, for those interested in a briefing on the unsolved case.

Tickets for the show are $16 in advance, $20 at the door, $12 for students and seniors; the debut is tonight, but there are several dates to catch the production – more info is available at Dixon Place.

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