Update: Along with everybody else, David Lawson’s show got canceled because of the blizzard. It’s been rescheduled for Friday February 5th at 9pm.
David Lawson is a New York theater person, which is to say he makes his art for the stage, but, like thousands of others, he makes his living doing something else. He hands out flyers in Times Square, working alongside and getting to know The Painted Topless Ladies, and The Naked Cowboy (who says he makes $34,000 — a month) and Racist Elmo (who used to work for the Girl Scouts). Lawson also answers dopey questions from tourists:
“Where’s Times Square”
“You’re in Times Square”
“But where is THE ACTUAL SQUARE.”
Lawson has a B.A. in theater from Emerson College, and studied at the O’Neill National Theater Institute, and yet he stands all day long in the street like a talking billboard, while fathers pass by saying to their sons “You see that guy? That…is why you can’t drop out of school.”
Lawson tells funny stories from his life as a Times Square flyer guy in “Flyer Guy,” which he will be performing at Bunga’s Den in Chelsea on Saturday, January 23rd. This is just the most recent of his one-man shows, which he has performed in cool venues all over the city — The PIT, La MaMa, Dixon Place,The Brick Theater, The Brooklyn Launchpad, Alchemical Theatre Laboratory, Videology, the Secret Theater, Astoria Bookshop, etc. — and in which he makes art out of his personal life for fun and no profit.