Obie winners Black-Eyed Susan and Mary Shultz sing in Raymond Chandlerese in Jim Neu's new film noir musical comedy, Kiss Shot, premiering at La MaMa E.T.C April 4-21. Frequent Neu helmer Keith McDermott directs.
Mary Shultz stars as Lips Green, a failed saxophonist and occasional criminal, who goes after the Hollywood powers-that-be with a clip of two male film icons having sex together. As she tries to set her extortion plan into motion, she encounters veteran crowd scene extra Monte Blane, agent to the (dead) stars Belle Russe (Black-Eyed Susan) and the Rhonda Fleming Society, a group of washed-up old extras who get together to compare Anges Moorehead stories and look up lost movies so they can claim to have been in them.
Neu's work includes The Floatones, Mondo Beyondo, Undercurrent Incorporated and the full length musical, Dark Pocket. His collaborator on Kiss Shot is jazz pianist Neal Kirkwood.
Kiss Shot also features Bill Rice, Charles Allcroft, Clio Young and playwright Neu with Lavinia Co-op, Ron Jones, Terrell Robinson, Agosto Machado, Mary Tepper and Ulla Dydo as the Rhonda Fleming Society.