Following Tuesday’s west coast skywriting display, LA-based producer Greg Cayea (pictured) has further teased his forthcoming “NC17” theatrical event. The ambitious extravaganza is set for weekends in October, with shows starting at 8 p.m. and running through until 5 a.m. the following morning. Here’s what Cayea is promising:
Theatrical Mischiefs, Body Painters, Escapists & Magicians, Hula Hoopers & Acrobats, Comediennes & Actors, Belly Dancers, Silk Dancers, Burlesque Dancers, Arial Performers, Bohemiéns, Illusionists, Contortionists, Trapeze Artists, Artistes de Cirque & Artistes de Rue, Pantomimes, Ventriloquists, Flame Wielders, Fire Breathers, Showgirls, Danger, Seduction, Escape.
It sounds like a theatrical extension of the speakeasy and lounge-bar vibe currently reshaping Los Angeles nightlife. A wave sparked by the Houston brothers, owners of No Vacancy, Dirty Laundry, Good Times at Davey Wayne’s, La Descarga and more.
Bolstering Cayea’s effort are his talents as a writer. On his personal blog, he recently recounted a very funny incident that took place around Valentine’s Day 2014. The incident involved Ryan Gosling, Los Feliz lounge The Dresden and a female autograph-seeker.
Then there’s his NC17 Producer’s Statement. The best compliment we can pay that text is that it reads like something Joe Gillis could have intoned. Here’s the beginning of Cayea’s statement:
I’m sitting here on Sunset and La Brea in Hollywood, the entertainment capital of world, and I’m thinking… Shouldn’t we be bustling from the seams with live entertainment? How in the world did we ever let Vegas steal that title from us?
Hollywood, out of all places, should have the most vibrant, eclectic, risqué and raging theater scene in the world. Everyone should want a piece of the action. It should be on everyone’s radar, but here’s the problem. Theater isn’t cool…
Cayea, a 29-year-old New York native, relocated to Los Angeles in 2010. Before heading west, he produced a number of theatrical events here in NYC including several Skit Skat sketch comedy celebrations and the Wonderland Festival on 42nd Street.
He tells FishbowlNY that after a few years focused on other endeavors, he is “finally getting back to what I love… producing theater.” LA, get ready.[Photo credit: Mark Palermo]