Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance Art 2007-08:
Monday, October 29th, 2007 at 8:00PM
NEW YORK, NY) October 2007 — Selene Luna, actress, burlesque icon and Hollywood cabaret veteran debuts her solo show Pocket Venus in Manhattan on Monday, October 29th at 8:00PM.
Pocket Venus is a unique and powerful stage show featuring Luna’s spellbinding story telling intertwined with her unmistakable glamorous esthetic. Pocket Venus seamlessly and humorously weaves together Luna’s lifetime of adversity, including anecdotes from her illegal immigration as an infant to her upbringing in the tough housing projects of East Los Angeles and incredible tales of Hollywood that can only be told by a little person. Straightforward and hilarious, Luna addresses topics most people are dying to know but would rarely get the chance to ask a little person.
At 3'10", Selene Luna is a one-of-a-kind entertainer whose recent career highlights include co-starring with Academy Award nominee Karen Black; a featured role on Emmy nominated daytime soap Passions; and stage direction under legendary haute couture designer Thierry Mugler. Fresh from her triumphant sold-out solo runs in Los Angeles (Pocket Venus and Say It to My Face!), Luna is currently performing an extended Off-Broadway run with comedian Margaret Cho’s touring variety show The Sensuous Woman.
Pocket Venus also features a stellar guest performance by New York City’s legendary Murray Hill, aka “Mr. Showbiz,” beloved entertainer, infamous personality, newsmaker, and renowned comedian and cabaret host. Mr. Hill has produced, written, and starred in a string of sold-out theatrical productions, including smash hit THE MURRAY HILL SHOW and his UK debut with the WEST END.
Luna's intelligent, quirky and versatile showmanship makes for a compelling evening of top-notch entertainment.
“She's got a quirky humor reminiscent of the red-haired comedian, made naughty by a touch of Bettie Page sensuality and the girlish charm of Betty Boop. It's that kind of presence that has made Luna one of the most recognizable faces in the city's burlesque-revival scene.”
Pandora Young, LA Weekly, LA People 2007
“Luna’s stories about Hollywood are equally fascinating. She tells of her reluctance to play an elf in a film, comparing stereotypical costume roles for Little People to performing in blackface. Family photos, pictures of noteworthy Little People and video clips of Luna’s acting work have been seamlessly incorporated into the show.”
Sandra Ross, L.A. Weekly Theater Critics
“Luna took audiences through her personal journey from a social outcast to an actress struggling not to play “second banana” (literally!) in commercials to vivacious burlesque dancer to the beautiful, self-realized performer of indomitable talent and spirit that she is today.”
Ken Knox, IN Magazine
Tickets and Venue Information
Galapagos Art Space, 70 North 6th St., Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY 11211, (718) 782-5188. Box office will open 30 minutes prior to showtime. Advance tickets available to select events through www.smarttix.com or by phone at (212) 868-4444.
This work was made possible, in part, by Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance Art, supported by Jerome Foundation in celebration of the Jerome Hill Centennial and in recognition of the valuable cultural contributions of artists to society.
Tickets and Information
Box office will open 30 minutes prior to showtime.
This work was made possible, in part, by Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance Art, supported by the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency and Jerome Foundation.