East 12th Street, Apt. 8 -- NY,
Peter Dizozza uses music, words and images to express his version of collective and objective reality. Preferring an experimental approach, his work consists of theatrical scripts, musical scores, surreal film exploration and the publication of several music and soundtrack CD's.
Theatre Director for The Williamsburg Art and Historical Center, he serves on the Entertainment Committees of The Lambs Club and The City Bar Association. His modern ballet with dialogue, "The Marriage at the Statue of Liberty" (after Cocteau) debuted in Williamsburg in 2003. The soundtrack of his 2002 political musical/comedy "The Golf Wars" is soon to be published. His controversial CD "Pro Choice on Mental Health" published in 2001, mixes music with analytical monologues documenting the tragic ironical consequences that can result when the disenfranchised inhabitants of NYC's lower east side collide with government social service agencies. His new play, "TentagatneT" opened La MaMa E.T.C.'s Experiments '05 Reading Series.
May 2, 2002
Dossier for The Williamsburg Art and Historical Center's Theatre Director
Dizozza (Composer/Writer/Pianist/Performer/Photographer/Filmmaker b. 1958, Forest
Hills, NY) is the author of the cult musical mystery play, “Prepare to Meet Your
Maker,” a whirlwind pageant of afterlife themes led by Quasimodo and
Cementeria. Directed by Tyr
it was successfully revived with a 14-member cast at the Williamsburg Art and
Historic Center during their Apocalypse 1999 Multi-Media Exhibition and has had
24 performances since its inception in 1996.
A soundtrack of its 13 songs performed by The Porters Union and
members of the original casts was recorded at Electric Lady Studios in
A soundtrack of its 13 songs performed by The Porters Union and members of the original casts was recorded at Electric Lady Studios in September, 2001.
His latest musical play, "The Golf Wars," had its first reading at La MaMa E.T.C. on April 5, 2002. Its soundtrack, "Songs of The Golf Wars," is produced by Major Matt Mason, USA.
His contribution to the Manhattan Theatre Source 48 Hour Spontaneous Combustion Production of March 24-26, 2002 is entitled "Gala & Ligeti."
His musical play, “The Last Dodo,” is a love story/comment on sex and civilization about an explorer from New York who changes history and saves the legendary dodo bird. “The Last Dodo” premiered at The Williamsburg Art and Historical Center an played from February through April, 2001, at Baby Jupiter, 170 Stanton Street at Orchard Street, New York, NY. A film version commenced production in June, 2001.
the past six years he introduced these, and four other musical plays, “The
Peace Mission,” “Witchfinders,” “Coppelia” and “The Eleventh
Hour,” at La Mama E.T.C.’s La Galleria reading series.
Majeski produced and directed “Coppelia” through her Wing and a Prayer
production company at the Gene Frankel Theatre in 1998.
1999 he produced staged readings of “The Eleventh Hour” at the La Tea
Theatre in the Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center.
is music director for the Forest Hills Gardens Women’s Club, providing a score
for their production of “The Great Enchanted Forest” (2000) and for
"Murder by Music" (the detectives musical, 2001).
composed music for “Convertible,” by Elizabeth West Versalie, produced at La
Mama E.T.C.’s main stage in 1997. The
“Convertible” soundtrack features the voice of Catherine Russell.
He performs a monthly piano set at the Sidewalk Bar-Restaurant (94 Ave A at E6th St, NY) where he originated the monologues/song cycles “Pro-Choice on Mental Health,” “Exploring a Fascination with Things that Spin,” “When the Kangaroos Come Out,” “The Blood of a Poet,” “The Secret to Good Sex (Abstinence),” and “The Philosopher’s Stone,” and the short play, “Shipping the Satellite.” The audio recordings of the Pro-Choice on Mental Health songs and text are produced by Joe Bendik.
has written over 150 songs, and numerous works for solo piano.
composed song settings for poems of Thomas Hardy and T.S. Eliot, and for
Shakespeare's “As You Like It,” and “The
Tempest,” which toured City
parks during the summer of 1991.
composed a choral score for Neil Ericksen's musical play based on the myth of
Atalanta, entitled Legs Like These (QWIRK’s Actor's Equity Showcase, One Dream
the cabaret field (Don’t Tell Mama, Trocodero, Duplex) he collaborated with
Margaret O'Hanlon (1987-88) on "Infidelity," "Infidelity
Reformed," "Tropical Depression" and “The Hoagy and Peter
Show,” and with Lisa Dery and Tyr Throne on “A Nite of Love” and
wrote and performed a calypso theatre piece, "A Trip to Bermuda" for
Charles Strouse's A.R. Gurney Project as part of the ASCAP Music Theatre
was Assistant Conductor on "We Are Innocent," an album of Julius and
Ethel Rosenberg letters set by the composer, Leonard Lehrman.
Maggie DaSilva, he helped to reconstruct the score and present a backers'
audition for Marc Blitzstein's labor opera, "No For An Answer."
is the author of three novels, “Storm Cloud, (1981)” The Resurrection (1974,
revised 1985), and “Mark of the Librarian” (1998).
received Piano training by Edgar Roberts and George Sahagan and vocal training
by Alice Garrett.
Member of the Dramatist Guild, Graduate of the Humanities Program and Aaron
Copland School of Music (Queens College, 1981), St. John's Law School (1986),
the BMI Lehman Engel Music Theatre Workshop (1994), and even, in 1997, the
Landmark Education Self Expression and Leadership Program, the offspring of
“Erhard Seminar Training” or EST. In
2001 the Board of Directors of The Williamsburg Art and Historic Center
appointed him their theatre director.
is an artist and in-house counsel for Cinema VII, an entertainment collective
that administers his creative catalogue.
of his early films, The Ruins (1971) and Angels: Tour of the Vultures (1977)
received successful screenings in the year 2000 at film festivals that he helped
to organize, including a silent film/live music event at Manhattan Theatre
Source in October.
following computer programs assist him in his work: Finale, Photoshop, Logic Audio, Dreamweaver, the MGI and DVI
video card programs, as well as the default programs provided by Microsoft.
Photos, information and samples of his work may be found at http://www.cinemavii.com.
native of Forest Hills, New York, for the past eleven years he has resided in
the East Village of New York City.
Since 1999 he has helped organize permits and act as NYC Liaison for AntiFolk Fests in Tompkins Square and Central Parks.
Travel outside the tri-state area
travel includes: Rome, Milan,
Naples, Ischia and San Giuseppe, Italy -- Chiasso, Switzerland (1974).
summer semester in Exeter, England through the law school of the College of
William and Mary, (1985), with trips to London, Paris, Bath, Bristol, Plymouth,
Salisbury, Edinburgh and Inverness.
a participant in the Union Internationale des Avocets, Strasbourg, 1988 he
visited Stuttgart, Freiburg, and Paris.
1989 he took trips to Frankfurt, Munchen, Hamburg, Buccholz, Berlin, in Germany
and Brandt, Austria.
Tour of Norway (1989)
Scotia, Canada 1986
1991, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Iguaçu Falls,
2000 Venice, Salo’, Genoa, Pisa, Florence,
Livorno and Lucca
2001 Jacksonville Florida to New Orleans
2001 Grand Rapids, Michigan
2001 New Orleans to Phoenix
2002 Oil City, Pennsylvania!!!
He is admitted to the Bar of the State of New York.
He is a member of
The Entertainment Committee of The Bar Association of the City of New York,
The Lambs Club
The Dramatists Guild
Peter Dizozza's Star Galaxy Page
Born: September 5, 1958
Education: BA & JD, Music, English, Philosophy, Humanities, Law
Other Jobs: Attorney
Milestones: Married, June 21st, 2003 -- Divorced April, 2006
Family Members: Monica Dizozza, sister, Madeleine and Nicholas, Parents, Margaret Carillo, grandparent