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Thursday, June 7, 2018

Cripple Creek cancels July production, begins 'exile' after final performances

Posted By on Thu, Jun 7, 2018 at 6:02 PM

Andrew Vaught is King Basilio in Sueño. - PHOTO BY JASON KRUPPA
  • PHOTO BY JASON KRUPPA
  • Andrew Vaught is King Basilio in Sueño.

After more than a decade of theater, New Orleans-based Cripple Creek Theatre Company planned to produce just two more shows before it disbanded — this month's Sueño and July's The Visit.

But the company announced today that this weekend's run of Sueño will be its last.

"The reason is simple, painful and ever-present to the fine theatre artists of this city: lack of funds," the company said in a statement.

The company says thinner-than-anticipated ticket sales for Sueño weren't sufficient to support the company's production of The Visit, which was scheduled for a July run at AllWays Lounge. Sueño has three remaining performances beginning Friday, June through Sunday, June 10 at First Unitarian Universalist Church.
In his review of Jose Rivera's contemporary adaptation of 17th-century playwright Calderon de la Barca's play, Gambit's Will Coviello praised Cripple Creek's powerful performances, intense drama and sharp wit, fit into its breathless 90-minute production.

"While the sadness of this situation is real, we take solace in one small fact," the group said. "We announced earlier this season that we would disband after we produced The Visit. Since we cannot complete that production, Cripple Creek cannot disband. So now instead of parting forever, we must part until this story can be told and told correctly. Cripple Creek begins its self-imposed exile Sunday night after we take our bows at the final performance of Sueño."

Read the group's final bow below.

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Thursday, May 31, 2018

Sueño is a gripping drama about messing with fate

Posted By on Thu, May 31, 2018 at 5:07 PM

Cameron-Mitchell Ware and Rahim Glaspy star in Sueno. - PHOTOS BY JASON KRUPPA
  • PHOTOS BY JASON KRUPPA
  • Cameron-Mitchell Ware and Rahim Glaspy star in Sueno.

Basilio (Andrew Vaught), the King of Spain, doesn’t give his son much of a chance. Before Segismundo (Cameron-Mitchell Ware) is born, astrologers forecast he will bring harm to the kingdom. When the queen dies in childbirth, Basilio declares the infant a murderer and has him imprisoned in Sueño, currently getting a dynamic production by Cripple Creek Theatre at the First Unitarian Universalist Church. (There's a free outdoor production at 6 p.m. May 31 at Duncan Plaza.)

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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

NOLA Project adds Three Musketeers shows May 30-31

Posted By on Tue, May 29, 2018 at 11:17 AM

Jon Greene, Lauren Malara and Julie Dietz star in The Three Musketeers. - PHOTOS BY JOHN BARROIS
  • PHOTOS BY JOHN BARROIS
  • Jon Greene, Lauren Malara and Julie Dietz star in The Three Musketeers.

The NOLA Project's swashbuckling adventure drama The Three Musketeers  has extended its run in the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden, with shows added at 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, May 30-31.

In The NOLA Project's adaptation of Alexandre Dumas' story, D'Artagnan (Kali Russell) is a young woman who goes to Paris to join the King's Musketeers. where she meets a trio of the group's distinguished but distracted members. Aramis (Will Bowling) spends his time chasing women. Athos (James Bartelle) is a drunkard, and Porthos (Alex Martinez Wallace) shakes down unsuspecting citizens for funds to support the Musketeers, by which he means himself. D'Artagnan idolizes the Musketeers and out of pride and ambition, challenges men to duels over minimal provocation.

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Friday, May 25, 2018

Meet the producers of 'ChokeHole,' a DIY pro wrestling drag show

Posted By on Fri, May 25, 2018 at 3:46 PM

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Anyone who's been on social media during WrestleMania has experienced just how far and deep pro wrestling's tentacles reach. What may seem to non-fans like a niche or curiosity is, of course, one of the modern world's most popular art forms.

I recently interviewed three of the promotional impresarios behind a genre- and gender-crossing performance series ChokeHole, a late-night "XXXTREME DRAG PRO WRESTLING" event that spans two weekends, Saturday, May 26 and Saturday, June 2. While die-hard pro-wrestling freaks like myself tend to look askance at non-wrestlers dabbling in pro wrestling, on reflection what's most surprising is that drag and pro wrestling haven't been combined more often.

Drag and pro wrestling are both protean performance arts that ravenously remix and recycle elements from all strata of culture and politics, digesting contemporary anxieties into a physically demanding theatrical form that's proudly lowbrow and yet capable of allegorical profundity. Both are rowdy, cheap-seat-pandering entertainment recombinators of drama, spectacle and humor populated by commanding, larger-than-life archetypes. Both are defiantly transgressive, both combine glamour, artifice, gender excess, sleaze and a performance dynamic hinging on crowd engagement. All in all, it's a perfect if unholy memetic marriage.

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Monday, May 21, 2018

Bianca Del Rio is back in the film Hurricane Bianca: From Russia With Hate

Posted By on Mon, May 21, 2018 at 1:13 PM

Bianca Del Rio, left, and Rachel Dratch in Hurricane Bianca: From Russia With Hate. - COURTESY WOLFE FILMS
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  • Bianca Del Rio, left, and Rachel Dratch in Hurricane Bianca: From Russia With Hate.

New Orleans' own Bianca Del Rio — aka Roy Haylock — has released her new movie Hurricane Bianca: From Russia With Hate, which now is available on a variety of streaming services (the DVD will be released June 19). It's a sequel to 2016's Hurricane Bianca, which starred Haylock as a Texas schoolteacher who loses his job when it's discovered he's gay; he returns as Bianca to take revenge.
According to press materials, From Russia With Hate also stars Rachel Dratch, Wanda Sykes, Cheyenne Jackson, Janeane Garofalo and a number of drag queens from RuPaul's Drag Race (which Del Rio won in 2014). The official description:
After winning over the staff and students of Milford High School, chemistry teacher Richard Martinez aka Bianca Del Rio (Roy Haylock) sent her nemesis Vice Principal Deborah "Debbie" Ward (Rachel Dratch) to jail in a flawlessly executed plan. When Debbie is released from jail, she conjures up a scheme to do away with Bianca Del Rio once and for all, by luring her on a dangerous journey to Russia to accept a teaching award and cash prize.
Bianca has been on Gambit's cover twice: in 2002, as a local performer, and in 2014, after her win on RuPaul's Drag Race

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Friday, May 18, 2018

Southern Rep announces 2018-2019 season

Posted By on Fri, May 18, 2018 at 6:01 PM

Dominique McClellan and Jason Kirkpatrick star in All the Way, currently running at Loyola University's Marquette Theatre.
  • Dominique McClellan and Jason Kirkpatrick star in All the Way, currently running at Loyola University's Marquette Theatre.

Southern Rep is finishing its current season with the civil rights-era drama All the Way at Loyola University's Marquette Theatre. It just announced its 2018-2019 main stage season. All productions are scheduled to run in Southern Rep's new home on at 2541 Bayou Road in the former St. Rose de Lima church. The new campus will have three performing spaces and a lounge and cafe.

The season schedule is below:

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Thursday, May 3, 2018

Cripple Creek Theatre Company to disband after 2018 season

Posted By on Thu, May 3, 2018 at 6:15 PM

Andrew Vaught starred in The Taming of the Shrew. - PHOTO BY JASON KRUPPA
  • PHOTO BY JASON KRUPPA
  • Andrew Vaught starred in The Taming of the Shrew.

Cripple Creek Theatre Company has two shows left in its season and will disband afterward, says co-founder Andrew Vaught.

"We're all going in different directions," says Vaught, who is taking a teaching position at Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas. Co-artistic director Emilie Whelan, who was just honored at the Big Easy Entertainment Awards as Theater Person of the Year, will move to the San Francisco Bay Area to work with a theater company there.

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Thursday, April 26, 2018

Review: Eclipsed

Posted By on Thu, Apr 26, 2018 at 5:57 PM

Valentina Imokhai, Sarah Nansubuga and Idella Johnson star in Eclipsed. - PHOTO BY JOHN BARROIS
  • PHOTO BY JOHN BARROIS
  • Valentina Imokhai, Sarah Nansubuga and Idella Johnson star in Eclipsed.

In Eclipsed, the rebels are very clear about their view of Liberian president Charles Taylor. They say he is a “monkey,” and they threaten to dress him like a woman before they kill him.

That strategic dehumanization and hunger for violence are not surprising given that the play is set in 2003, during what is referred to as Liberia’s Second Civil War. The West African nation had endured years of political turmoil before and since Taylor took over in the first Liberian Civil War in 1990. That the rebels want to dress him as a woman before killing him is a telling line in a drama focused on the “wives” of a fictional rebel leader, or warlord, whom they call C.O.

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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Musicians and stage artists honored at 30th annual Big Easy Awards

Posted By and on Tue, Apr 24, 2018 at 2:34 PM

Meschiya Lake, left, and Big Freedia were two of the presenters at the 2018 Big Easy Awards. - CHERYL GERBER PHOTOGRAPHY
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  • Meschiya Lake, left, and Big Freedia were two of the presenters at the 2018 Big Easy Awards.

Tank & the Bangas and the theater productions Jelly's Last Jam, Hand to God and The Spider Queen all claimed multiple awards at the 30th annual Big Easy Awards gala Monday night at Orpheum Theater.

Varla Jean Merman hosted the ceremony and award presenters included Mayor-elect LaToya Cantrell, Bryan Batt, John Georges, owner of The Advocate and Gambit, Becky Allen and Big Freedia.

Special awards went to Entertainer of the Year Tank & the Bangas, Theater Person of the Year Emilie Whelan, Lifetime Achievement in Theater honoree David Raphel and Special Recognition winner Mark Cortale.


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Friday, April 20, 2018

Survivor Story Showcase features theater, dance and performance pieces by sexual violence survivors

Posted By on Fri, Apr 20, 2018 at 4:52 PM

Organizer Lauren Hind has created several performances dealing with sexual violence. - PHOTO BY SCOTT MCKIBBIN
  • PHOTO BY SCOTT MCKIBBIN
  • Organizer Lauren Hind has created several performances dealing with sexual violence.

Sexual violence, performance and visual artist Lauren Hind says, is a silencing thing.

"One thing that survivors all have in common is just this unbearable secrecy and quietness. ... It often is very isolating," she says. "And in that isolation, I think, that's the part where it just becomes such a heavy trauma."

Hind first started thinking about this silence — and how to break it — during conversations several years ago with a group of other artists who also had survived sexual violence and abuse. Those conversations eventually made their way into a performance piece about healing the group staged at the Alternate ROOTS art activism conference, which provided Hind with the germ of inspiration for an upcoming production she's organizing with New Orleans Family Justice Center at Cafe Istanbul. Survivor Story Showcase opens April 25 and comprises 12 artists presenting theater, dance and other performance pieces drawn from experiences of sexual assault and what it took to move past them.

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