New York, NY
“Gerrification” is an interactive, multi-media show premiering at the 19th annual Hot! Festival at Dixon Place, a celebration of queer culture and performance, on the Lower East Side on Tuesday, July 27th at 9 PM. The show, starring Gerry Visco, who is also the writer and director, will reveal the secret strategies Gerry Visco has used to become truly fabulous. She will put into action some of the methods she has used to become a style icon and nightlife personality with the audience and her cast members. She will demonstrate Gerrification, which is guaranteed to make you laugh and have a good time. Gerry Visco believes that feeling good and looking good is synonymous. Gerrification, her divine mission on planet earth, is an anti-gentrification global effort designed to bring joy and beauty to America and the world by inviting people to dress like her—by donning a characteristically outlandish platinum wig, cat-eye glasses, and bright clothing. The show celebrates individuality, non-conformism, outer beauty, fashion, pleasure, cosmetics, social interaction, partying, and plain old fun.
Interactive methods include encouraging members of the audience to “volunteer” to become Gerrified and to join the Gerry party. A group of Gerrys will speak in unison to narrate the history of Gerry and present the Gerry platform. Some of the proposals in her manifesto: the new workday will be 2 to 9, not 9 to 5; plastic surgery will be mandatory; free makeup will be distributed at every street corner; the water system will be filled with gin; the color beige will be banned on penalty of death; there will be parties going on everywhere at all times of the day and night.
Slide shows demonstrating her fabulosity will be shown to instruct and entertain you. She will also show some of her most fabulous outfits that she’s put together over the years, beginning with her mother, a traditional 1950s mom, who was married in a huge Mafiosa wedding. The decades of Gerrification will demonstrate a lifetime of looking good, from frilly frocks and socks with banana curls and bows to elegant designer outfits to the wild disco glad rags she sports nowadays. In a more serious vein, Visco will narrate her life during the 1970s when she first arrived in New York City and she took a walk on the wild side in more ways than one. Videos interviewing her friends and enemies will be played and her excursions Gerrifying and terrifying the citizens of New York City will be featured. Gerrification in song and dance will be celebrated by the cast and audience alike.
Cast members, apart from Gerry Visco, include Jennifer Blowdryer, Matthew Herra*C, Taylor Derwin, Fritz Donnelly, Christina Ewald, Mari Gustafson, Inbred Hybrid Collective, Louis Jordan, Katie Madonna Lee, Cole Nahal, Sir Pudge, Dennis Rolland. Joseph Keckler will appear on video.
Gerrification will make you look better, feel better, and improve your day, your mood, your life. It’s cheaper than Prozac without all the side effects. Let’s face it, we could all use a makeover.
Gerry Visco is illegally blonde and is at large on the Upper East Side after years of causing trouble on the Upper West Side. She lives in a soulless huge apartment complex across from the mosque where she swims laps daily in the rooftop pool. She toils at a day job at one of New York’s leading research universities. She moved to New York City from Boston, Massachusetts in 1974 during the days of grit and glam. Taking the subways in those days meant checking behind you frequently to make sure no one was there with a knife ready to stab you. Hers is a Moll Flanders-like tale of the picaresque. Needless to say, Visco was raped and robbed shortly after arriving into town. Among numerous other casualties, most of her friends from the early days have left New York City, many of whom are dead from AIDS or drug overdoses. She’s been called a bipolar fashionista and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disordered but she manages to cope with her disabilities, even thrive on them. One of her frequent laments is, "I'm so fabulous it makes me sick." A writer, performer, photographer, style icon, performer, and radio show host, she regularly covers parties, events, and the arts for New York Press. She created her own one-woman show at the Hot! Festival at Dixon Place in August 2009 dramatizing her colorful life as muse, FIT student, actor, fag hag, rent girl, and disco diva in the gritty glamorous world of New York City during the 1970s and 1980s, the subject matter for the memoir she is currently writing. She’s appeared at venues such as Dixon Place, the Slipper Room, Envoy Enterprises Gallery, Parkside Lounge, Paddy Reilly’s, and Chantal’s House of Shame in Berlin. Her photographs have been exhibited at Envoy Enterprises Gallery, Artflux, Gallery U in Montclair, NJ and at the upcoming opening of Gallery U in Detroit, Michigan. Current projects include transforming into Miss Juicy Geraldine, an 85-year-old senior citizen sex advocate. Visco’s first role was in Woody Allen’s “Stardust Memories” in 1977. She has a BA, MFA, and MS in Journalism from Columbia University. According to one of her professors, “Gerry Visco is a piece of work!"
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I always had hopes of being a big star. But as you get older, you aim a little lower. Everybody wants to make an impression, some mark upon the world. Then you think, youve made a mark on the world if you just get through it, and a few people remember your name. Then youve left a mark. You dont have to bend the whole world. I think its better to just enjoy it. Pay your dues, and just enjoy it. If you shoot an arrow and it goes real high, hooray for you.