The last time Late Night Theatre staged a benefit show, it was to say goodbye to the company’s soon-to-be-demolished Old Chelsea space in the River Market. The September 10 production was eerily — in light of the next day’s world-changing events — called Eve of Destruction.
Six months later, cross-dressed approximations of Courtney Love, Stevie Nicks and Joan Jett are slated to toast Late Night’s new space in the West Bottoms’ Hobbs Building. Called Rock Bottoms, the evening will, according to Late Night regular David Wayne Reed, “rock you like a hurricane.”
Late Night’s ruling class, Ron Megee and Missy Koonce, will be joined by members of both the male and female troupes on the first floor of what building owner Adam Jones hopes will become a multifaceted arts center. Jones bought the building three years ago, despite its dreadful condition. “There were 200 windows in this building, all of which had to be replaced,” Jones says of the seven-story structure built in 1907. “Oddly enough, it had stayed a fairly functioning building [mostly] all that time. It had only been vacant maybe five years.”
Jones was also involved in the restoration of the Wild West Saloon a few doors down. Sharing a roof with Late Night are Mike Miller’s Review, several art studios and the Herb Company, which supplies restaurants with spices.
Jones says he wants to be surrounded by “really dynamic, sophisticated yet cutting-edge” businesses, which is why he’s embracing Megee and the enthusiastic menagerie drawn to Late Night’s shows. “We’ve worked together peripherally over the years,” Jones says, “so it’s going to be great to have him downstairs.”