The Unwritten Law September 2018

September 2018 @ Dixon Place


September 5th through the 29th

We have been in development over the past year with our show The Unwritten Law. A critically acclaimed autobiographical theatrical work commissioned by Dixon Place experimental theatre. Our show is presented in collaboration with RAredancework through generous donations from Arlene Goldman,  Janet B. Rosen, and Jill & Kay.  

Written by Chesney Snow with Rebecca Arends 

Directed & Choreographed by Rebecca Arends 

Created by Chesney Snow & Rebecca Arends 

Music composed by A.J. Khaw & Varuni Tiruchelvam, & Laura Dadap; performed by A.J. Khaw & Laura Dadap

Performed by Chesney Snow, Rebecca Arends & Maleek Washington.

Lighting design by Ro-z Edelston 

Projections by Joanne Sobieski 

Creative Advisors Séan Curran & Ruben Santiago-Hudson 



The Unwritten law in workshop @ Dixon Place

An inside LOOK into the Unwritten Law

Take an inside look into Chesney's original work "The Unwritten Law"

Beatboxer, actor, and writer Chesney Snow presents his journey from a legacy of incarceration to fatherhood, homelessness to Harvard University, ultimately starring on Broadway. The Unwritten Law adeptly weaves this inspiring story with gifted performances, brilliantly blending words, dance, visual design and live music into an unforgettable evening. The work simultaneously draws parallels between the early 20th century Jim Crow South and the reality of the New Jim Crow.

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Our campaign's mission is to bring powerful, provocative and rare storytelling to the stage. Fusing the mediums of dance, spoken word, drama, music, and visual projection design, we seek to create an aesthetic that presents rarely told journeys of the African-American experience over the last century. Originally premiered as a workshop at Dixon Place, an experimental New York theatre, our show was selected as one of six shows to receive a full production run at the famed New York City theatre. So often we do not hear stories on the stage that reflect the lives of African American men and women. Our work seeks to open a community oriented dialogue about equality, family, systemic racism, and resilience. It seeks to examine heartbreaking yet inspiring stories that provide a space to heal wounds and foster understanding. 

Your tax deductible contribution to RAREdancework will provide resources to present our full production at Dixon Place while also allowing us to present low cost or free performances and workshops at high schools and universities across the east coast.


The Unwritten Law receives a workshop production at Dixon Place

The Unwritten Law receives a workshop production at Dixon Place

Dixon Place, highly regarded as one of the New York City's most important cultural institutions for experimental theatre, has announced that The Unwritten Law will be one of 6 shows receiving a workshop production for it's 2017 season. The show received it's sold out  workshop at Dixon Place's works in progress series this past January. The original show fuses drama, beatbox, spoken word, dance, live music, and visual projection design to journey through a century of stories from Chesney's family's experience from the Jim Crow south to the current realities of the New Jim Crow.

Co-created, directed and choreographed by Rebecca Arends with music by AJ Khaw and Varuni Tiruchelvham. Lighting design by Ro-Z. Projection design by Emre Emirgil, Assistant to the Choreographer and dancer Maleek Washington.  


General Admission

$22 in advance

$25 at the door


Elite Daily features The Unwritten Law


Elite Daily calls The Unwritten Law 

"a gut-wrenching, eye-watering, smile-inducing 60 minutes of deeply personal storytelling."

Written and Performed by Chesney Snow The Unwritten Law was Directed and Choreographed by Rebecca Arends with music by AJ Khaw and Varuni Tiruchelvham, Lighting design by Ro-Z Edelston, and visual projection by Emre Emergil. Featuring dancers Maleek Washington and Rebecca Arends.

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The Unwritten Law enjoys a sold-out premiere at Dixon Place in New York City

The Unwritten Law presented by SnowAngel Productions, Raredancework, & Dixon Place. The workshop premiere at off-off Broadway's legendary Dixon Place was sold-out.  We are currently developing a late summer 2017 production. 

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Dixon Place premiere of The Unwritten Law

Premiering January 30th 2017 at Dixon Place New York City 

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The Unwritten Law weaves a Black American family’s 100 year narrative with contemporary dance, live music, drama, visual projection and poetic storytelling detailing the family’s love, resilience and survival. Examining true and poignant stories that bring to life the vivid characters that helped shape Snow’s life, the work simultaneously draws parallels between the early 20th century Jim Crow South and the current reality of the New Jim Crow. Snow presents his journey from the legacy of incarceration to fatherhood, from homelessness to Harvard University, to ultimately starring on the Broadway stage.