SATURDAY OCTOBER 31, 2015
THE JACKIE FACTORY AND EDITRIX ABBY PRESENT
GHOSTLIGHT 5: SKELETONS IN THE CLOSET
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 fifth annual GHOSTLIGHT, a Halloween theatrical and costume
party benefiting the HOWL EMERGENCY LIFE PROJECT (HOWL
HELP), the East Village wing of THE ACTORS FUND. The theme of this
year's GHOSTLIGHT is "Skeletons in the Closet" - feel free to interpret
it with whatever might be buried in yours or your best skeleton finery.
Set in the venerable and haunted GENE FRANKEL THEATRE on Bond Street,
the evening's theatre-as-nightclub will again host Downtown performance
icons and rising stars from many dynasties. The 2015 bill includes world
burlesque supernova DIRTY MARTINI, Gothic princess POISON EVE
(BLACKLIPS), crooner XAVIER (SLOW KNIGHTS), thesbian goddess HEATHER
LITTEER, king of comedy DAVID ILKU (UNITARD), nouveau drag artiste SEVERELY MAME
(BATH SALTS), the costume
genius of ART BY DAVEY and Butoh star VANGELINE latenight. Ghostlight's "Secret Cinema" will feature a full
screening of East Village/ BLACKLIPS Horror classic JACK THE RIPPER by
FLLOYD at 9:30 PM plus silent programming after midnight.
On a night that can be TRULY scary outside, it is a glam sanctuary here:
A marvelously mixed and dressed audience, reasonably priced drinks, AND
a great cause! GHOSTLIGHT producers CHI CHI VALENTI and EDITRIX ABBY
join the golden-throated MC PAUL ALEXANDER as the Mistress/Masters of
Ceremonies and the divine DJs are JOHNNY DYNELL, SAMMY JO and ALTHEA
LOVELESS. Performances are in two sets at 10:30 and and 12:30 - please
consult mothernyc.com/ghostlight for complete schedule as we get closer.
An annual fundraiser begun in 2011, GHOSTLIGHT celebrates East Village
theatrical traditions and nightclub 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: Skeleton Gone Clubbing, Haunted Theatrical Glamour (all eras), Black Tie with Skull Mask or other Creative Costuming.
GHOSTLIGHT 5 poster artwork top, photo by J.W. OCKER for oddthingsiveseen.com. Photo above: SEVERELY MAME at last year's GHOSTLIGHT 4, photo by MIKHAIL TORICH.
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