No one or body puts on such a delightfully strange party as Redmoon Theater’s Spectacle Lunatique benefit. The bizarre and bombastic occasion successfully entertained over 500 guests with enchanting performances, ingenious mechanical creations, and unique site installations. Lunatique transformed their industrial space "Redmoon Central" with a focus on spectacle-making and merriment in mind. Party planner extraordinaire and theater director Frank Maugeri paired with associate artistic director Vanessa Stalling built their crazy cohesive look through a series of images and visuals that took eight weeks of planning and a whooping six weeks of groundwork. The result regarded defying displays of the ingenious planning. In order to promote past and (lucky us!) future productions, performers roamed the space dressed in precedent play costumes and even previewed visuals for shows to come! Peculiar and out-of-the-ordinary sights included appetizers served out of suitcases, pregnant papier-mâché bellies that opened to expose puppet-shows, whooshing fake clouds and airplanes, schools of ornate fish puppets, decadent mask-wearing performers, and illuminated white peacock headdresses. Spectacle Lunatique took place on the evening of March 13, 2009 – Friday the 13th, how appropriate – and annually takes place in order to raise funds for the Redmoon Theater located in Chicago at 1463 West Hubbard Street.
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