THURSDAY OCTOBER 31, 2013
THE JACKIE FACTORY and EDITRIX ABBY PRESENT
GHOSTLIGHT 3: THE HAUNTED EAST VILLAGE
THE GENE FRANKEL THEATRE
24 BOND STREET NYC
9 PM - 1:30 AM
ADVANCE TICKETS $15 TILL 10/24, $20 AFTER
BOX OFFICE + INFO
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 third 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 stars East Village icon JOEY ARIAS, Scream Queens DUELLING BANKHEADS (CLARK RENDER and DAVID ILKU), a butoh KLAUS NOMI apparition by VANGELINE THEATER, songstress AMBER MARTIN, Blacklips star POISON EVE with Neue puppeteers SHREDDING WENCH FACTORY, EV thesbian HEATHER LITTEER, Dadaesque dance trio EN SUBTITLES, Bowery burlesquer KAT MON DIEU and the thoroughly frightening MISSTRESS FORMIKA. GHOSTLIGHT producers CHI CHI VALENTI and EDITRIX ABBY are the Mistresses of Ceremonies and legendary DJ JOHNNY DYNELL is the evening's maestro. The 2012 edition of GHOSTLIGHT was cancelled due to the aftermath of HURRICANE SANDY, and many of the shows created for that evening will be finally staged at Ghostlight 3.<p>
An annual fundraiser begun in 2011 by CHI CHI VALENTI, GHOSTLIGHT celebrates East Village and Bowery theatrical traditions and ghosts of the past 150 years. This year's 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) is said to haunt 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.
Bill still in formation - please check mothernyc.com/ghostlight for latest show information and schedule.
SUGGESTED DRESS: Haunted Theatrical Glamour (all eras) or Creative Costuming.
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.
Image: GHOSTLIGHT 3 poster, artwork from the 1915 ACTOR'S FUND Annual Benefit souvenir program.