Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Postmortem: RUDOLPH!

Jack & Wood's 1st Annual Holiday Special: RUDOLPH! was a success.  In retrospect, I see things that in the future I will do differently and things upon which I want to expand but I am pleased with the project in general.  I am thankful for everyone who made this event possible:

  1. A wonderful and supportive ensemble and crew: Ashley Coates (performance and props), Becky Peterson (performer), Colin Madison (stage manager, website), Emily Cappel (performer), Jason Studstill (techie), John Huddlestun (performer and choreographer), Kat Schroeder (performer), Qevin Smith (performer... and for keeping me sane through this process!), Rachel Lamb/Miles (performer), and Sam Petit (performer).  And though he was not involved in RUDOLPH! thanks go to Brendan Mack for all his help and support this year.
  2. Our fabulous guest artists: Adra Boo and Stella D'Letto
  3. Everyone at the Rendezvous and Jewelbox Theater; who have been marvelously supportive this past year!
  4. Dear friends who attended the show, many of whom have supported us from early on (Zack Wheeler, Steven Stone who each have attended nearly every Jack & Wood Show this year!)
  5. New friends and fans of Jack & Wood.
  6. Seattle Stage Right who has been a major support (and whose entire board of directors has been a part of Jack & Wood), and with whom I hope to continue a fruitful partnership.
  7. Finally, my dear friend co-host and co-producer Miss Polly Wood.  We have come a long way from our SPU days, and I have no doubt that we will go far.
There are others that I should thank, and if I have forgotten to mention you by name, you have my apologies, but know that every single person who has contributed to RUDOLPH! and to other installments of the Jack & Wood Show this year, you have my deepest thanks.  You have all helped my dream come to life.

With a few more things to do to wrap up this year, and a gift to make out for Lambert House (everyone who came to RUDOLPH!, thank you for helping us make even a small donation to this great cause!), and final paperwork and numbers to work out, I have little to block my vision of lots of fun shows and opportunities to come.

With dates submitted to The Rendezvous for all of 2011, and plans to find a secondary venue (I would love for the kids at Lambert House to be able to see RUDOLPH! next year), there is much to do, and a look forward to the continued challenges I will face with Jack & Wood.

~ Fosse Jack

Saturday, November 13, 2010


Dear Friends and Readers,

So it has been ages since, I last added to this blog.  Life, alas, has been crazy these past months.  However, as the year comes ever closer to its conclusion, I am back in the game and I have some exciting news to share.  As you know this year I have been throwing myself into both my solo performance career as Seattle's Limelight Loverboy, Fosse Jack, and alongside my dear friend and fellow burlesquer, Polly Wood, have been producing cabarets and variety shows on a monthly basis.  The Jack & Wood Show: A Neo Vaudevillian Cabaret has had nine awesome shows this year, as well as our first charity event; STRIP POKER A Trivia Game Show.  This month Polly and I are bringing a new show (the first of a Jack & Wood holiday tradition), and charity show to The Jewel Box Theater at the Rendezvous in BellTown...

RUDOLPH! is an adaptation of the old holiday, clay-mated special about Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, a movie that has long been a tradition in my family.  This cheesy, politically incorrect, holiday feature though outdated still has a message that is important for us to hear today.  Misfits have a place to.

Rudolph and his friend the misfit elf Herby are told that because they don't fit in, they don't belong.  Rudolph and Herby set off on their own, and after meeting the jolly, and welcoming prospector Yukon Cornelius, journey to a land of misfits, all the while on the run from the Abominable Snow Monster of the North.  But you cannot hide from your problems for ever and in time the misfits return, and in a twist become heroes.

With a stellar cast of Jack & Wood regulars and a couple of new faces, RUDOLPH! is guaranteed to entertain.


  1. Fosse Jack as Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
  2. Polly Wood as Hermione the Misfit Elf
  3. Sam Petit as the Narrator
  4. John Huddlestun as Donner/King Moonracer
  5. Becky Peterson as Missus Donner
  6. Qevin Smith as Fireball
  7. Tulula Von Luptuous as Santa
  8. Adra Boo as The Head Elf
  9. Ashley Coates as The Charlie in the Box
  10. Stella D'Letto as The Abominable Snow Monster of the North
  11. The YES Sisters as The Depressed Dolly and her Girl.

With the recent suicides by LGBT teens throughout the country, I feel that RUDOLPH! is especially poignant this holiday, and Polly agrees with me.  We will be donating a portion of the ticket sales to Lambert House, a support organization that works with LGBT youths.

Come join Polly Wood, our star studded cast and myself on November 29th (7:00pm AND 8:30pm) for Jack & Wood's First Annual Holiday Special; RUDOLPH! and help us start a new holiday tradition.

Fosse Jack

Date: November 29th, 2010
Times: 1st Showing 7:00pm, 2nd Showing 8:30pm (21+) .
Cost: $15 Door/$12 Pre-Sale (http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/137318)
Place: The Rendezvous JewelBox Theater, 2322 2nd Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121
Accessibility: Wheelchair Accessible, call 206-218-9901 for front seating.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

GAZM Preview

Last night I had the opportunity to perform at Café Metropolitan with the boys of GAZM, Seattle’s premiere boylesque troupe. With the exception of the no-show-host, the show went down without a hitch, and was well received.

Guest artist, Jinkxs Monsoon stepped up to the bat and hosted the show on the fly with a mixture of wit, and charm that the audience took to very quickly. As a performer, Jinkxs blends stellar cabaret pipes, and energetic style of dance, with a touch of musical theater camp that I enjoyed greatly. Her rendition of All That Jazz was amazing, and I want to be her back up boy sometime!

The remaining guest artists included Jack Hammer, and Captain Jakalof, two fantastic performers with very different styles. Jack Hammer is a solid bit of beefcake, tall, broad shouldered with classic All American good looks. His Private Eye number is an excellent story, which he tells start to finish with finesse, and sex appeal. The Captain, or in this case his cousin Aspen Switch, is a chic geek with some killer dance moves. His pop and lock routine as Aspen Switch is a clock-work precision piece of comedy, equally pleasing and teasing to the audience.

The four boys of GAZM performed next with Jean DuJour starting the set. Jean combines natural grace, Raver sensibilities and mouth watering sex appeal. He will take you on a bizarre journey that can leave you feeling good, excited, sleepy or at times slightly nauseous (like any recreational pharmaceutical one should be prepared when you experience Jean). His costumes are imaginative patch work pieces that could be described as haute or hot depending on your point of view, his prop use is equally imaginative, and his daringness often crosses the line of propriety. Art is risky, and Jean will gladly take those risks.

Paris Original, the Balletic Burlesque Performer presented a gorgeous piece en pointe that would be equally praised on both the classical and the burlesque stages, and set both the blood and heart aflame (and is apparently “SO Creole”). Capturing the ecstatic energy of mourning, Paris de-clothes first to tease and then to show respect for the departed. This piece is on YouTube but as one audience member noted last night, it can only be fully appreciated in person.

The Luminous Pariah offered up a piece of dystopian delicacy, a post apocalyptic themed number that combined fantastic costuming, a concise and interesting story, and a breathtaking physical mastery. It is his ability to balance his intensely creative imagination with a supreme self-control that makes the Luminous Pariah one of the top performers in Seattle. I have said it before, but he WILL go far.

EmpeROAR Fabulous!!! The creator of GAZM and the brains of the operation closed out the show, with an exercise themed number that spoke of many a skinny boy’s desire to get in shape, bulk up, etc. and the frustration with the process. EmpeROAR is a versatile performer, a talented singer/songwriter, a skilled EMCEE, and an utterly devoted artist with an unashamed and fearless stage presence.

Last night’s performance was a fund raiser for GAZM’s upcoming World Tour Show at the Re-Bar in mid September, and as an appetizer to the main event, was very promising. Merde mes amis! Stick with it and you will do well.

Love, Fosse Jack

Lustfully Legendary

Sinner Saint Burlesque’s current show, Lustfully Legendary is a collection of pieces paying homage to those women in history (and fiction) who have inspired the performers. SSB is my favorite burlesque troupe, and the women who are part of it are all beautiful, talented and smart performers; that being said this is not the strongest compilation that SSB has presented. The concept behind the show is almost too broad, and at times it felt like a mash up of two different shows, one legendary and the other mythical. Criticism aside, there are some very strong performances that deserve recognition.

Lolita “Tatas” Valentino presented tributes to two legendary lusty ladies of history; first, Betty Grable and then, 60’s burlesque performer, Sandra Storm. As Grable, Lolita personified the playful energy of the early pin-up girls, teasing the audience and helping us remember those sexy pioneers who bared their midriffs for the good of the country. As Storm, she played up the comedic aspect of burlesque. Like Storm, Valentino is known for her facial expressions and the homage was both entertaining and sexy.

As Mata Hari, Evilyn Sin Claire was chillingly beautiful, and moved me to the brink of tears. For those of you who have not experienced Evilyn’s belly dance, it is a spiritual experience. Her movements stoke the fires of heart, her moments of stillness catch the breath and the undulations of her body coax the audience into a state of physical excitement. Later in the show, her performance as Sakhmet, the Egyptian goddess of vengeance and war once again evoked in me a state of awe (boarding on fear) that would have me bow in reverence. I must admit that as I was leaving the Noc Noc I was nurturing a fantasy of being a leashed harem boy….don’t tell Evilyn, I’m pretty sure she’d eat me alive.

Polly Wood paid homage to Hollywood beauty/legend Liz Taylor as Cleopatra. Polly capitalizes on her acting chops, telling stories with her acts. A frustrated Liz Taylor, takes a break from getting into character to indulge in her favorite obsession…diamonds. Later on, Polly shares her love for a childhood heroine/damsel in distress, when she performs as her favorite fairy tale princess. Funny, beautiful, and precise, Polly is a master showman.

Jesse Belle Jones performed first as her musical namesake, though I am at a loss to figure out which historical beauty she was referencing... more research is needed, she also performed a new act based on another fairy tale. I will not give away the surprise but allow me to say that even unclothed Jesse possesses a regal bearing, and poise that puts most real royalty to shame! My Otter and I are both crushing on you a little Jesse!

Like most of her comrades, SSB newcomer Dona Dei Cuori presented one historic figure and one mythical entity. Her tribute to Amelia Earhart was well done, though I would have liked to see more done with the ‘wings.’ I especially liked the strip-tease, dress-tease, strip-tease progression, I like it when performers can make getting dressed sexy. As Terpsichore, the Greek Muse of Choral Dance, Dona is cute and funny. My one criticism and Dona please take this in a positive light, but there was no reason for you to take your clothes off. The number would be funny, and effective fully clothed… maybe you should add some classic stripper music into your mix? The addition would also differentiate your act from the “History of Dance” video that was all the rage a couple of years back. If your purpose was to emulate that video, rethinking the points where you remove pieces might be a good idea. That aside Dona has, and continues to show a great deal of potential as a performer and I am excited to watch her progress.

I also want to give special recognition and props to host, Nicole Lucas who dealt with a VERY rowdy crowd with professionalism and comedic grace.

With a little tweaking Lustfully Legendary could be an awesome piece of theatrical burlesque. As it is, SSB presents a very enjoyable evening that is sure to entertain. I do, very much encourage my readers to check it out, and I will continue to look forward to seeing more of Sinner Saint and there works.

Love, Fosse Jack

Thursday, July 15, 2010

L’Edition Francaise

The “living, breathing, work of art” creates a living, breath French arte film that delighted the senses, boggled the mind, and evoked laughter, tears, and more than one arousal.

Anyone who has read my blog knows that I am a Lily Verlaine fan-boy, and last night’s show at The Triple Door gives me another chance to profess my love and admiration for this artistic goddess and her work.

In celebration of Bastille Day, Lily brought to her audience a series of risqué, comedic and beautiful dance pieces performed to the works of a number of smoky French voices. On the whole it was different. It was beautiful. It was risky.

It is always a risk when you do something different. When people go to a Lily Verlaine show they expect to see beautiful girls, and handsome boys, dancing and taking their clothes gracefully, and dare I say tastefully. Lily is a master of gently pushing her audience, teasing, pulling back and teasing again, without pushing so hard as to turn her audiences off. L’Edition Francaise is no exception to this expectation, but it goes beyond that. It pushes the audience in a way I have never experienced, forcing them to immerse themselves completely in the sensations or risk getting lost in the subtly of the artistic statements, the blinding collage of stimulation, and persistent language barrier. It forces the audience to think like the French, and not like Americans. Risky.

I cannot speak for the entire audience but for this viewer the experience was amazing. Letting go of my own thoughts and preconceptions, allowing myself to sink into the story that I could only partially understand was a refreshing exercise in surrender. However, I am at a loss to describe why this show affected me like it did. Perhaps it is something that cannot be explained, but only experienced. Or perhaps the sensation of being forced out of my Ameri-centric thought patterns was more than my brain could handle and still leave room for rational thought. Whatever the case, it is truly a shame that this was a onetime event.

From the tricycle pedaling mime pick-up artiste, a lip syncing ensemble, to a cute as a button baby shark, spirited go-go dancers, and a Pilobolus-esque town car, to handsome men with cigarettes in hand, beautiful girls sunbathing, and a beautifully choreographed gang-bang (how French), to a fantastic pas de deux between Paris Original and Kylie Shea, and a sensational finale that left me speechless and on the brink of tears (and my date thoroughly confused), Lily Verlaine’s Night Cap L’Edition Francaise was without a doubt something I will remember for a long time. Brava divas!

Love ~ Fosse Jack

Sunday, July 11, 2010

SHINE: A Burlesque Musical

I sit down to a pot of Assam Tea, a pitcher of cream ready and chilled and I look out upon a mundane world, and its people walking along the street, a post sun-gasm weariness about many of them. They walk through a grey world, and I wonder if they can see the beauty around them, just waiting to come out.

Everyone is beautiful. Everyone is sexy. That is the message of Shine: A Burlesque Musical now playing at Theater off Jackson, and that is the truth the neo-burlesque movement espouses. Forgive me a moment for being preachy in what should be a raunchy review of a fantastic show, but I think it is this belief in the beauty inherent in what the world calls undesirable that draws me to burlesque. Like spinning straw into gold, or turning water to wine, burlesque can be a miraculous.

Shine A Burlesque Musical had the potential to be so many things. As my background lies in musical theater, I know that the genre can be awesome, average, or just plain awful. The same can be said about burlesque, I have seen performers who stunned me with grace, excited me with sensuality, and challenged me with daringness. I have also seen performances that left me feeling nauseous (which in some cases is the point), or worse indifferent to the performer. To put the two genres together, a passion of my own, is a risky, and dangerous cocktail, one that Shine mixed, shook, and served with gusto and skill.

The music is catchy, drawing on numerous styles of musical theatre. The lyrics are at times surprisingly clever, and over all well written. If I were to draw links between Shine and other musicals I would say take two parts Cabaret, one part Rent, one part Urinetown and a sprinkle of Spamalot and Young Frankenstein, poured over The Rocky Horror Show, and that’s what you’ve got. The scenic design is simple, effective and actually quite elegant. My one critique is the inclusion of the Cat statue, whose symbolic ties to good luck and fortune are not lost on me, but whose presence on an otherwise simple set was distracting.

The lighting design was beautiful and well executed, and the sound design while obviously canned did not distract from the rest of the show. That being said, having worked with canned orchestration before, I must say bravo to all the performers. You HAVE to be on because the musicians/music director isn’t there to help you. However, should the budget ever allow I would love to see this show with live musicians, some of the numbers hinted at grandiose and very impressive dance-music merging which didn’t quite hit the high notes that they could have.
As this is a burlesque musical two aspects of design in particular must be applauded. The costumes where gorgeous; glittery, sequined and glamorous where they needed to be, and at other times distressed and sympathetic reflecting the hard times which performers, especially fringe artists, often face.

Inga Ingénue, local burlesque artist and fabulous choreographer provided the moves for this show and her hard work shows. The choreo was uniformly professional, sexy, graceful, and dare I say tasteful? And props to all of the performers because everything was very well executed, and a few individuals in particular left this dancer somewhat envious of both their opportunities and talent.

Production elements and design having been covered I can move on to the performance itself. Brava divas! I thoroughly enjoyed this show, and found myself slipping into the story rather than analyzing details objectively. The ensemble comprised of highly talented performers, who brought their own flavors to this feast of eye candy. From the energy and precision of Trojan Original, the natural grace of Paris Original, and the masterful stage presence of the Luminous Pariah, to the powerful sensuality of Jesse Belle Jones, comedic mastery and dedication of Polly Wood, camptastic performance of Elsa Von Schmaltz, and coiled spring energy of Roxie Moxie the ensemble ROCKED!

The leads where all equally talented and amazing, taking chances on stage that many actors would shy from. I do not have the words to describe everything but I will make special mention of two of the lead performers. Cass King was funny, sympathetic and sexy as Shine, the epitome of burlesque royalty. Dedicated to the art form she inherited, and dedicated to the family she provided a home for. Adra Boo as the sensual, large and in charge Lulu was amazing. Her vocal performances stunning, and her bawdy stage presence worked perfectly in this show (an actor’s triumph as this was her first burlesque performance!) The numbers in which Cass and Adra performed together where especially enthralling.

I could go on and on, and really the cast deserves it, but my little review has already drawn on too long so I will end this by saying, if you have not seen it yet, do so. Shine A Burlesque Musical is running for one more week, Thursday through Sunday 7:30pm, with 10:30 shows on Friday and Saturday. You can buy tickets at (http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/111305). And for more information about Shine, it’s creators and future check out: http://www.shinemusical.com. I will be there again this Thursday, and I hope to see you there. In this performer's opinion it is a must see show.

Love, Fosse Jack

Sunday, June 6, 2010



Pride doesn't have to end with the weekend! On Monday, June 28th, Fosse Jack and Seattle's Tinseled Tart, Polly Wood, present THE JACK & WOOD SHOW: A Neo-Vaudevillian Cabaret!

Hosted by Fosse Jack and Polly Wood, it will be an evening of music, dance, burlesque and original sketches (including a Jack & Wood Original Series Roomies!) as performed by our hosts, the J&W Ensemble, and guest performers: The Cougar Trio, and Wiggy Starrdust

THE JACK & WOOD SHOW returns to the intimate JewelBox Theater, at The Rendezvous in Belltown. Full food and beverage service is available within the JewelBox! Come nurse those Pride-induced hangovers, and help us kick off the summer!

Date: June 28th 2010
Times: 8:00, doors at 7:30 (21+) .
Cost: $13 at the door (Cash only)
Place: The Rendezvous JewelBox Theater, 2322 2nd Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121
Accessibility: Wheelchair Accessible, call 206-218-9901 for front seating.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Fosse Jack's Bio

Fosse Jack (James/Jim Out of Costume), The Limelight Loverboy, has been performing since he was old enough to feel a beat. His first appearance on stage was crawling on all fours as a lamb in his church Christmas pageant at the age of 6 and to this day, he often finds himself on his knees when the spotlight hits him.

An actor and dancer by trade, Fosse earned his BA in Theater Arts (and Christian Theology, believe it or not) at Seattle Pacific University in 2004 and shortly there-after entered the professional theater scene in Seattle.

He has played sensuous, conniving devils (Nickels, JB; Wormwood, The Screwtape Letters), noble radicals (Haimon, Antigone; Willem Tenboom, The Hiding Place), sinister fanatics (Nazi Officer, The Hiding Place; Herr Zeller, The Sound of Music), a loveable sex-toy (Rocky, The Rocky Horror Show), as well as dancing cowboys, flamboyant waiters, stoic gangsters, and snotty aristocrats in a variety of musicals. He became a burlesque fan after watching Polly Wood (Delish) for the first time in 2008, and made his own debut at EmpeROAR Fabulous’ benefit show, Fresh Air in 2010. He finds the ‘alternative’ stage as much to his liking as the main stages of SMT, SSR, and TNW.

Fosse Jack counts his namesake, Bob Fosse, as his most important artistic influence, Lady Gaga as his Muse, and Jesse Belle-Jones as his fairy godmother.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

VEGAS OR BUST! An "Exotic World" Fundraiser

Many of my favorite events are those where I come away from it having learned something I had not known before, of course beautiful and talented performers make such events even more enjoyable and such was the case with VEGAS OR BUST! at West Hall @ Oddfellows, Friday May 28th.

Hosted by the Academy of Burlesque Headmistress, the Twirly Girl Miss Indigo Blue, and featuring performances by the Golden Glamazon, Sydni Deveraux, the Wild Child Evilyn Sin Claire, the Tempting Temple of Taipei The Shanghai Pearl, and the Tinseled Tart Polly Wood, this was an excellent showcase of talent, and by the audience responses a definite crowd pleaser.

For those of you who do not know, the purpose of this event was to raise money to help cover the expenses of sending these Seattle performers to represent the Emerald City and it's vibrant burlesque community at the Exotic World reunion and pageant, as performers, witnesses, and in the case of Sydni Deveraux, competitors (merde mon cher!).

Exotic World, the Burlesque Hall of Fame, is a museum of burlesque memorabilia was founded by burlesque star Dixie Evans. Miss Evans started her Exotic World museum in Helendale, CA and shared her collection of burlesque history with the world; articles donated by the likes of Sally Rand, Lily St. Cyr and more. In 2007 Dixie moved the entire collection to Las Vegas where Seattle's glittered girls will be convoying towards this week.

Of the performances last night (all excellent) two in particular stood out as particularly exceptional.

The first was Miss Deveraux's fan dance, which she will be performing in the competitions at Exotic World. For those of you who have never seen Sydni perform or met her in person... Damn, girl is tall! And gorgeous! And talented! Striding out on stage in her platform heels (bringing her to some 6'5" ish), great peacock fans in hand, and golden-brown complexion shinning; she was a goddess in the spotlight. She will go far, and I know she will make a spectacular impression upon her peers in Vegas.

The second performance was a recreation of a number by burlesque legend Ricci Cortez, the Original Sleepy Time Girl, as constructed and performed by Miss Indigo Blue. This number was cute, beautiful and sexy all at the same time (usually a performer can only master two of these at a time, which shows just how good Indigo is). Indigo Blue will be performer, as Ricci Cortez, at the Legend's night at Exotic World and I only wish that I could see her in action there.

I must say that I envy these women their opportunity next week. Not to perform so much, but to see, and to learn from all of the great performers that will be there. The legends, the heroes and the peers of the burlesque world will gather and the world will be a brighter place for just a little bit.

Love! ~ Fosse Jack

Friday, May 21, 2010

Sinner Saint Burlesque presents "VAUDEVILLE!"

Opening Night

As I sit down to write this review I find myself at a loss. How can you describe something which is best enjoyed in the moment, where the unexpected is so much a part of the experience? To describe in any detail the acts in Sinner Saints' new show would almost be a disservice, yet I feel the need to say more than just 'go see it' which you should!

Since I first started going to their shows about a year ago, Sinner Saint has been my favorite burlesque troupe, and several of the members of SSB rank among my favorite performers in Seattle. Talent, creativity and masterful stage presence... These women have it all.

From Nicole Lucas' wit, self deprecating, fearless humor, to Evilyn Sin Claire's powerful sensuality, smoldering eyes and aura of latent danger to Lolita 'Tatas' Valentino's natural charm, sass and affected awkwardness, to Polly Wood's class and expert versatility, there is something in this show for everyone.

While all of the women at Sinner Saint are noteworthy, I feel that this show highlights the talents of three in particular.

Dona Dei Cuori is a newcomer to SSB. Dona has shown herself equal to her peers in both talent and comedic timing. Her CanCan number is particularly enjoyable and her glove removal and boa wrangling in her strip tease act was awesome. I look forward to seeing what else she will bring to the table.

Jesse Belle Jones spreads her wings in this show highlighting talents only briefly explored before. Both her acts are flawless and as the Bitchy Belle of Savannah G A she is a solid class act. It is her non burlesque (in the modern sense) that is why I urge you to pay attention to the Modern Sexual Intellectual. I won't ruin the surprise but I fell in love with her a little because of it!

The final performer I will highlight is the Pint Size Powerhouse, Whiskey Bliss. I first saw Whiskey as the Punk Rockcoon in Animalia and I was very impressed, this show bumps my opinion up a couple of notches above a bar set high to start. Both her burlesque performances and her vocal (girl's got pipes!) one were superb. My favorite thing about her performances, in both cases, is the expressiveness of her face. She is hysterical!

My words do the ladies at Sinner Saint little justice but let me make clear my enthusiastic love for this troupe! Seriously, they are my favorite for a reason. I hope that you get a chance to see this show. It is an homage to the founding of burlesque and as I said there is something for everyone at VAUDEVILLE!

Sinner Saint Burlesque
Thursdays 9PM Door/9:30 Show

1516 2nd Ave
Seattle, WA


Sunday, May 2, 2010



On Monday, May 24th, Fosse Jack and Seattle's Tinseled Tart, Polly Wood, present THE JACK & WOOD SHOW: A Neo-Vaudevillian Cabaret!

Hosted by Fosse Jack and Polly Wood, it will be an evening of music, dance, burlesque and original sketches (including the ongoing Roomies! saga) as performed by our hosts, the J&W Ensemble, and special guest Sam Petit. This month, in partnership with Seattle Stage Right, Jack & Wood is also excited to present a sneak peak of the upcoming West Coast premier of BJ: A Musical Romp.

THE JACK & WOOD SHOW returns to the intimate JewelBox Theater, at The Rendezvous in Belltown. Full food and beverage service is available within the JewelBox! Join Jack & Wood at Seattle’s newest monthly cabaret!

Date: May 24th 2010
Times: 8:00, doors at 7:30 (21+) .
Cost: $13 at the door (Cash only)
Place: The Rendezvous JewelBox Theater, 2322 2nd Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121
Accessibility: Wheelchair Accessible, call 206-218-9901 for front seating.

SEAF 2010

I had the opportunity to attend the Seattle Erotic Arts Festival on Saturday, May 1st (thanks to Polly Wood for the ticket!), and experience for the first time the wide melange of psycho-sexual curio that SEAF has to offer. I will keep my comments on the visual art brief. Very little spoke to me on a personal level, but to paraphrase a quote from the festival: one man's pornography is another man's erotica. Fair enough. Suffice it to say that many facets of sexuality were represented, from artistic nudes, to abstract and grotesque nudes, to any number of fetish themed pieces; including piercing (the woman's body turned into a harp was amazing!), scaring, of course varying degrees of BDSM.

The first performance of the evening was Naked Girls Reading; hosted by Elsa Von Schmaltz, with Jesse Belle Jones, Ember Divine, Polly Wood, and Heidi Von Haught as readers. For those of you who have not seen NGR, it is exactly what it sounds like. Naked...Girls...Reading. The selections they read at SEAF were actually pieces: poetry, short stories, and even a play, submitted by individuals to SEAF. The play about the elusive G-Spot as read by Polly and Jesse Belle was my favorite. I do have a question, something I just don't understand, why is violence, humiliation and non-consent so appealing? I don't get it. Pain, I can understand, but violence... it is foreign to me. Content aside, I enjoyed NGR and I look forward to attending their monthly shows at West Hall, Oddfellows Building.

There were other performances, pieces done on the many beds scattered throughout the exhibition hall. There was a rope demo on one, Polly Wood performed a burlesque piece on another, and people frequented another (I played on it as well) where they could play while a solarized video camera captured their movements and then projected them on a wall to add to be viewed whilst performing. Hot!

The warm up act to the main-stage performance was a flash (in more then one meanhing of the word) mob performed by small groups on the crowded dance floor. Stripping down to red underwear and dancing suggestively with their partners, the groups played while the crowd watched. My favorite was a trio (two guys, and a girl) who played off in a less crowded corner. Their was a bit more subdued but there was a genuine quality that I appreciated. Of course at the end they all picked up there clothes and went on as if nothing happened. Bummer! I don't believe sex should be work, but then again...that is one person's view.

The main stage performance was, pardon my English, FUCKING FANTASTIC!!! Stars from the burlesque community (largely Seattle) performed in an intricate, beautifully orchestrated, story exploring sexuality, kinks and the celebrating that we are all 'normal, kinky, freaks." I cannot do justice to individual performances, I simply do not have the vocabulary to express my appreciation. For most of the show, I stood, in silent awe.

The star studded cast included: Buttons DuPrise (sp?), the Shanghai Pearl as a gorgeous mermaid captured by the Twisted Monk (Sick & Twisted for sure), Fuschia FOXX, Waxie Moon, Paula the Swedish Housewife, Inga Ingenue, Miss Indigo Blue, Paris Original, Liza Rose (her umbrella number was AMAZING!), Dirty Martini, Sydni Deveraux (how she got her top off still eludes me, masterful misdirection!), the Luminous Pariah (I normally don't enjoy lip sync, but damn, this one is good!) and Jean du Jour. I am sure I forgot somebody, and I apologize. You were all fantastic!

One thing of particular note in the performance was the on going tale of the stag as told, in part by Jean du Jour in stag helm, but largely by a crack team of puppeteers. The story told was one of a majestic stag (there is something hot about the power and grace in that creature) being shot, and caught by hunters, then rescued by a maiden. Through the various movements of the story the maid and the stag begin a flirtatious game of forbidden love which culminates in a wild, and masterfully pantomimed bout of love making. Her glitter spray climax, followed by the impressive stag cum shot (I'll never think of silly spray the same way again) added a level of over the top comedy to the beauty of the piece. Loved it!

The performance ended with a guest appearance by Dan Savage, and a parade through the audience of the performers. Call me old fashioned, but I love a story with a good morale or lesson and the saga of Buttons and his Auntie Babu, had a good one. You only have one life to live so live it, and love it. If everyone could follow this, I truly think the world would be better off.

My hat off to all the performer at SEAF 2010. I am honored to belong to a performance community so full of talent. I only hope that I can one day add something of worth to it.

Ladies and Gentlemen, the chance to see the beauty of Auntie Babu's Curious Cabinet is passed for this year, but keep your eyes open for other opportunities to see the performers I have mentioned here. I guarantee you, they are worth it. Grace, sensuality, comedy, drama, power, sex, glitter, pasties... they have something for everyone to enjoy and remember. I know I will remember SEAF 2010, and I look forward to next year. Who knows, I may be lucky and get a chance to participate!

~ Fosse Jack

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Contact: Fosse Jack
Email: fossejack@gmail.com
Phone: 206-218-9901



On Monday, February 22nd, Seattle burlesque community new comer Fosse Jack, teams up with Seattle’s own Tinseled Tart, Polly Wood, to present THE JACK & WOOD SHOW: A Neo-Vaudevillian Cabaret!

This evening will feature burlesque performances by Fosse Jack, and Polly Wood, music by Talula Von Luptuous and Miss Ashley Coates, comedic sketches by the Ensemble, joined by Biggie Mack and John Huddelstun, and music and burlesque by special guest artiste EmpeROAR Fabulous!!!

THE JACK & WOOD SHOW will premiere in the intimate JewelBox Theater, at The Rendezvous in Belltown. Join Fosse and Polly for the pilot performance of Seattle’s newest cabaret!

Date: February 22, 2010
Times: 8:00, doors at 7:30 (21+) .
Cost: $10 at the door (Cash only)
Place: The Rendezvous JewelBox Theater, 2322 2nd Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121

Accessibility: Wheelchair Accessible, call 206-218-9901 for front seating.

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Lily Verlaine's Nightcap

Lily Verlaine is the personification of an Eros kissed Terpsichore… Seattle is lucky to be graced with a whole contingent of Burlesque Muses (Miss indigo Blue, Misster Waxie Moon, and others); but the goddess of dance has always held a special place in my heart and so too does Miss Verlaine. The short and sweet burlesque show, Lily Verlaine’s Nightcap at the Triple Door was by far one of the most satisfying shows I have seen in a while. Not surprising as Lily has a tendency to breathe divinity into every show she touches.

I’m sorry… is my fan boy showing?

The show opened with Lily herself performing a beautiful piece in a sea-foam colored ensemble (by Danial Hellman, whom I had the pleasure of being seated next to), and yards upon yards of black feathered strands. The number was classically beautiful, sensual and luxurious, without a hint of lewdness; a perfect opener and a great way to warm up an audience (in more ways than perhaps?).

Enter, Seattle’s premiere fancy lady, Ben De La Crème the hostess of the evening. As with Lily, I fell in love with Ben the first time she walked onto stage; clad only in her curly blonde hair, nude body suit, and Edenic innocence. Ben’s sense of comic timing, and brand of self-deprecating/suggestive humor make for a stellar emcee performance.

Moving on.

Nightcap marked the first opportunity I have had to watch Fuchsia Foxx perform. Now folks, I am ‘gayer than laughter’ to quote R&H, but there is something about belly dance that strikes a primal chord in me; and The Hot Pink Exotic Machine struck that chord beautifully. Her physical mastery is truly breathtaking, and left me a little hot under the collar.

Speaking of physical mastery brings me to the next performers: The Aerialistas! I have seen these acrobatic angels perform on a number of occasions and they never fail to impress. Their triangular trapeze act was fantastic, and later on Miss Stella Framboise’s solo performance on the silks was equally beautiful.

The fierce feline Kitten La Rue is another performer that I have enjoyed watching in the past. Mind you I have a soft spot for furry numbers, so it is little wonder that I truly enjoyed this ‘pussy’ cat’s work. Oh and her hula hoop work was amazing!

Now forgive this gay boy’s gushing over the next act, hands down my favorite of the evening. The pas de trios between the Luminous Pariah, Paris Original and Trojan Original was by far the HOTEST thing I have ever seen on stage. Combining a modernesque style of acrobatic dance, brilliant storytelling, and stunning sensuality, this trio performed at a level I would not be surprised to see in Zoomanity or any other Cirque spectacular.

I have seen Pariah perform before and am always impressed by his creativity and mastery of execution; and have had the pleasure of seeing Paris perform in House of Thee Unholy III where I was smitten by his grace and fluidity. Trojan (Paris’ brother) was a new and delightful experience, bring a solidity and sense of grounding to the other two performers. Three awesome parts combined to make a truly exceptional piece of art. You will go far gentlemen, together or separate you have the talent to make it as far as you choose to go. Tonight you blew my mind (and almost made other things blow) and I applaud you!

The evening closed of course with a nightcap performance by Lily Verlaine and special guest Mr Ernie Von Schmaltz (who also appeared in Lily's second number, a ballet class gone wild!). A delightfully suggestive piece involving strands of pearls, a satee, silken sheets, a champagne bottle, cigarette and mustache… if you haven’t seen it then let your imagination run wild.

As I said before as truly satisfying evening, one that I wish I could relive again. Brava divas!

Friday, January 8, 2010

Benefit for the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation

On Saturday, January 16th,2010, EmpeROAR Fabulous!!! will be producing, performing in, and emceeing “EmpeROAR Fabulous!!! presents: Fresh Air”, A Benefit for the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation in loving memory of Josie Moggia. The show will feature a cast of 22, performers who have refreshing takes on their art form, as well as some fresh new faces ready to make a mark on the Seattle scene. All proceeds will go to the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation.

Music will be supplied by Funk/Soul/R&B band Soul Kata, Holly Small, Stella Rose, and EmpeROAR Fabulous!!!. The evening will also feature Seattles Premiere Fancy Lady, Ben DeLaCreme. Burlesque and Boylesque performances will be furnished by local luminaries Ultra, Lucky Penny, Iva Handfull, Roxie Moxie, Jacqueline Hyde, EmpeROAR Fabulous!!!, Queen Clam, Scandal from Bohemia & Hoi Polloi, Jean du Jour, Pinky Shines, Wiggy Stardust, and Mickey Doe Eyes. Fosse Jack and Grahamorous will be having their Boylesque debuts.

The show will be held Saturday, January 16th, 2010, at The OddFellows West Hall, 915 E. Pine Street in Seattle. Doors will open at 8, with festivities beginning at 9, and going past midnight. Advanced tickets can be purchased for $20 at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/93725 or $25 at the door.

EmpeROAR Fabulous!!! is a Seattle based Singer-Songwriter, Boylesque Performers, Event Producer, and Instructor. He has been seen on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent”, and has performed in Paris, Rome, Vancouver, and extensively in Seattle. He was a panelist at BurlyCon ’09, a National Burlesque Convention, and teaches private musical and performance lessons. He has produced several sold out events in the Seattle area.