THE JACKIE FACTORY AND EDITRIX ABBY PRESENT
Ghostlight 5: Skeletons om the Closet
SATURDAY OCTOBER 31, 2015
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, nouveau drag artiste SEVERELY MAME (BATH SALTS) and the costume genius of ART BY DAVEY. 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 (still in production) 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.
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.