Karen Finley revisits 9/11-Liza Minnelli Tribute MAKE LOVE 9/3-17
Internationally acclaimed performance artist Karen Finley honors the 10th Anniversary of the attack on the World Trade Center with an encore engagement of her critically acclaimed piece MAKE LOVE. This cabaret-driven, lounge-style act co-starring drag performer and artist
Chris Tanner, pianist Lance Cruce, and a rotating roster of Liza Minnelli impersonators will run September 3 - 17 at The Laurie Beechman Theatre.
In MAKE LOVE, Finley channels Liza Minnelli in song, dance, glamour and glitter. Liza's tragicomic life is the backdrop as one New Yorker grasps to make sense of post-9/11 America. The "Divaness" of Liza as an icon and symbol of New York becomes the place to throw pathos,
hilarity, mockery and taboos. With piano, torch singing and KAREN FINLEY as the narrator, MAKE LOVE is a complex amalgam of humor, pain and compassion.
"Liza Minnelli is New York," explains Finley. "She keeps on trying. After her hip replacement, she still gets up and dances. Every time she gets knocked down, she gets right back up." Finley encourages audience members to come dressed as their own inner-Liza.
MAKE LOVE originally premiered in 2003 at Fez in NoHo. It won raves from critics and audiences alike and was extended five times. The piece became required viewing in Performance Studies classes at both NYU and Columbia University. It was also a haven for celebrities seeking an alternative take on 9/11, attracting the likes of Joan Rivers, Boy George, Frasier's Jane Adams, Queer as Folk's Randy Harrison, Blaine Trump, Michael Musto, The B-52's Kate Pierson, Rufus
Wainwright and more. Over the past 7 years, Make Love has also been seen at venues across the US and internationally.
Since her first performances in the early 1980's, Karen Finley has become synonymous with performance art. She is the recipient of two Obies, two Bessies, and multiple grants from the NEA and NYSCA. She has toured internationally with pieces including George & Martha, The
American Chestnut, A Certain Level of Denial and The Return of The Chocolate Smeared Woman. In 1990, Finley became an unwilling symbol for the NEA when she, along with Tim Miller, Holly Hughes & John Fleck, sued the NEA for withdrawing grants on the grounds of indecency.
MAKE LOVE runs September 3 -17, Saturdays at 7:30pm. The Laurie Beechman Theatre is located inside West Bank Café (407 West 42nd Street at Ninth Avenue). Tickets are $22 with a $15 per person food or drink minimum. For reservations call 212-352-3101 or visit www.SpinCycleNYC.com.