Belching smokestacks, colossal clock cogs, the ribbed wreckage of a crashed zeppelin, all under-lit by the blazing Fires of Industry, Dawson’s steam-punk version of Anthony Burgess’s A CLOCKWORK ORANGE features a soundtrack of Beethoven symphonies screened through the fractious filters of punk, thrash, and techno, then scribble scratched by a goggle-eyed DJ sitting atop a scaffolded clock tower that rises fifteen feet above the boards. Using an aesthetic he describes as “Quadrophenia meets Brave New World,” Dawson collaborates with mod Finnish fashion designer Anu Susi, abandoning the sleazy seventies vibe of Kubrick’s film for a sort of industrial elegance: tailored suits, swine snouted gas masks, huge buckled boots and, of course, the iconic bowler.
Raconteur Ventures is a peripatetic, incorporeal extension of the brick and mortar Raconteur, a now defunct bookstore and performance venue in Metuchen, NJ. The Raconteur (2004 - 2012) has been called a "literary center of gravity," an "avante-garde cultural center," and a "family friendly guerilla street-theater emporium" by The New York Times, an "amazing" and "incredible institution" by The Huffington Post, a "literary sanctuary" by the London Guardian, a "literary landmark" by Time Out New York, and a "marvelous museum of oddities" by The Star Ledger. Known for its accomplished and eclectic programming, The Raconteur hosted free weekly events (author signings, film screenings, staged readings, live music) and organized oddball literary happenings that ranged from Manhattan pub crawls and arm wrestling tournaments to motorcycle rides and beard growing contests.