Friday, August 13, 2010


So much has happened since I last posted, including reviews from LA Weekly, Back Stage (CRITIC'S PICK!), and the LA Times!!! Here are snippets from all the reviews, as well as links to the entire review:

"Under the expert direction of Debra De Liso, Dixon takes his audience on an endearing trip..." "CRITIC'S PICK!" - Back Stage

"Dixon is a handsome blond with a theatrical voice, and he powers through his life story."
- LA Weekly

"Dixon is an appealing presence, with a sweet-toned voice and palpable sensitivity. His songs, well accompanied by Steven Applegate, tend to the inspirational..." - Los Angeles Times

"This is a wonderfully warm, humorous and enriching evening of theatre for gays, straights and beautifully geared to young teenagers..." - Broadway World

"Dixon's bravery in exposing his vulnerability and insecurities renders the production universally accessible and relatable." - Huffington Post

"He tells it with a winsome charm and a powerful singing voice ---and a lithe body that he uses with graceful effectiveness." - Cynthia Citron

Monday, August 9, 2010

Review of "Becoming Norman" by Cynthia Citron

Here's a snippet from Cynthia Citron's review of Becoming Norman. The full review can be found at the link below.

"Dixon’s story is one we’ve heard before, but that doesn’t make it any less poignant and bittersweet. He tells it with a winsome charm and a powerful singing voice---and a lithe body that he uses with graceful effectiveness."

Review of "Becoming Norman" by Don Grigware

Thursday, July 15, 2010

"Becoming Norman" on!

Becoming Norman had its first listing in the press today on! Here's the link:

Also, tickets are now on sale for every show and are available at the Becoming Norman website:

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

New "Becoming Norman" Artwork

The new artwork for the Becoming Norman postcard was sent to the printer today! I think designer Eric Pargac did an amazing job, and I am extremely pleased with how it turned out!!! I can't wait to get them back from the printer so I can start distributing them!

I'm also really looking forward to seeing what the poster art will look like now!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010


I'm so excited to announce that the website for Becoming Norman is now live!!! It's still under construction and there will be more to come in the weeks ahead, but now there is something for people to see and there's a link to buy tickets to the show!

Thank you so much to Eric Pargac! He did such a fantastic job with the things we discussed at the production meeting on Monday, and I am so pleased with his design! He really captured the sense and feel of the cards I make and sell through my business It's in the Cards, right down to the little brads that attach the banner greetings to the front of the cards. I can't wait to see what he does for the rest of the artwork for the show!!!

Monday, July 5, 2010

First Production Meeting

The creative team involved with Becoming Norman met this morning in my apartment. (Otto, one of my cats, took a particular liking to A.J. Nowak, our Sound Designer and Production Stage Manager!)

We had a great meeting and got the schedule mapped out for the next few weeks leading up to the first performance on August 6th. There were so many creative ideas flowing in the room, and it was incredibly exciting for me to listen to everyone talk about their vision for what we are creating together. I feel so lucky (blessed?) to have such an amazingly talented group of folks supporting me on this show.

Here's the whole crew:
Norman P. Dixon, Writer/Performer/Producer
C. Raul Espinoza, Producer
Debra De Liso, Director
Steven Applegate, Pianist
Coby Chasman-Beck, Lighting Design
Lacey Anzelc, Set Design
A.J. Nowak, Sound Design/Production Stage Manager
Eric Pargac, Graphic Design
Ken Werther, Publicity

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

And so it begins again...

It's hard to believe, but there are only 2 more months until Becoming Norman begins it's 6-week run at the NoHo Arts center! It will run from August 6th through September 12th, 2010. The shows will be Friday & Saturday nights @ 8 pm, and Sundays @ 3pm.

Yesterday was the first unofficial meeting I had with Raul about the budget and what we need to do in preparation for the run. He has contacted all of the people involved in the show back in February to see who is able and willing to come back for the full run. We're hoping they'll all want to come back! (And I'm hoping we can afford them all, too!)

I started feeling a little anxious thinking about all the things that have to be done in the next 8 weeks and how much money we have to come up with, but I'm deciding to focus on the excitement of doing the show again, and just know that everything will fall into place and I'll have what I need. I'm really excited about doing the show again! I didn't realize how much I would miss it.

Friday, January 22, 2010

"Becoming Norman" runs from 2/25 - 2/28

I am pleased to announce that my new one-person play Becoming Norman will be playing at the NoHo Arts Center in North Hollywood this February 25 - 28!

"Both funny and poignant, Becoming Norman is a one-person show with music about a gay man who grew up in a conservative Mormon home in Utah and always wanted to be a performer. We follow his struggle to accept himself even as he yearns for the love and approval of those around him. Looking back on his life and the stories that made him who he is, he finds the courage to stop hiding behind his fears and to finally let his voice be heard."

Tickets are available at

I'm very proud of this piece and hope you'll be able to come!

Handmade Valentines from It's in the Cards

Handmade greeting cards from It's in the Cards