FRIDAY OCTOBER 31, 2014
THE JACKIE FACTORY AND
EDITRIX ABBY PRESENT
THE HAUNTED EAST VILLAGE
THE GENE FRANKEL THEATRE
24 BOND STREET NYC
9 PM - 1:30 AM
TICKETS ON SALE IN MID SEPTEMBER
AN ACTORS FUND BENEFIT FOR HOWL HELP
Halloween elite team THE JACKIE FACTORY (Jackie 60, Night of 1000 Stevies) reunite with co-producer EDITRIX ABBY (Click + Drag, Burning Man) for the fourth annual GHOSTLIGHT, a Halloween theatrical and costume party benefitting the HOWL EMERGENCY LIFE PROJECT, the East Village wing of THE ACTORS FUND.
Set in the venerable and haunted GENE FRANKEL THEATRE on Bond Street, the show will once again star East Village performance icons and rising stars from our neighborhood. Our 2014 bill will be announced shortly after Labor Day: Last year's performers included JOEY ARIAS,a butoh KLAUS NOMI apparition by VANGELINE THEATER, AMBER MARTIN, Scream Queens DUELLING BANKHEADS (CLARK RENDER and DAVID ILKU), POISON EVE with SHREDDING WENCH FACTORY, HEATHER LITTEER and THE RACHEL KLEIN THEATER. Once again GHOSTLIGHT producers CHI CHI VALENTI and EDITRIX ABBY are the Mistresses of Ceremonies and our legendary DJs are JOHNNY DYNELL and SAMMY JO.
An annual fundraiser begun in 2011, GHOSTLIGHT celebrates East Village and Bowery theatrical traditions and ghosts of the past 150 years. The 2013 and 2014 venue, longtime home of East Village theatrical pioneer, director and acting teacher GENE FRANKEL, is an ideal setting for such a show. Frankel (who died in 2005) definitely haunts the premises, as well as various other apparitions from the Theatre's storied past. Winner of the first OBIE for direction in 1959, Gene Frankel's landmark 1961 production of JEAN GENET's play "THE BLACKS" launched the careers of JAMES EARL JONES, CICELY TYSON, LOUIS GOSSETT JR and MAYA ANGELOU, among others. The 24 BOND STREET building, formerly a hat factory, speakeasy, and avant-garde jazz club in addition to the theatre, also housed the first studio of photographer ROBERT MAPPLETHORPE.
SUGGESTED DRESS: Haunted Theatrical Glamour (all eras) or Creative Costuming.
PHOTOS from our 2013 GHOSTLIGHT 3, courtesy of NEW YORK LIVES. JOEY ARIAS (above) and THE RACHEL KLEIN THEATER (below)
HOWL HELP was created to provide emergency financial assistance and social service support to artists who have participated in the annual HOWL FESTIVAL or who make their careers in New York City's East Village and Lower East Side arts community. Administered by THE ACTORS FUND, HOWL HELP serves the needs of many artists whose work (of any generation) challenges the traditional boundaries of dance, theatre, music, multimedia and the spoken word.
THE JACKIE FACTORY is the NYC based nightclub arts collective founded by husband and wife team CHI CHI VALENTI and JOHNNY DYNELL in 1990. Most famous for the 450 themed editions of its decade-long party JACKIE 60, venue MOTHER, and annual Stevie Nicks extravaganza NIGHT OF A THOUSAND STEVIES, THE FACTORY also creates large-scale spectacles in New York and cities nationwide and worldwide, including LOW LIFE @ HOWL! Fresh from her work at BURNING MAN, EDITRIX ABBY jumps back into NY Nightlife each October with GHOSTLIGHT.
PUBLICITY: THE JACKIE FACTORY NYC