Volume 21/Issue 4/2003

On The Boards

BAR STORIES - DRAMA! is now accepting submissions for Bar Stories, an original one-act play composed of 3 to 5 vignettes. The submission is open to any aspiring playwright(s) residing in the New Orleans Metro Area.

The concept of Bar Stories is to assemble a collage of the chosen short plays to create a full one-act play. Each piece should be 5 to 15 minutes long and set in a New Orleans bar.

Bar Stories will be produced by DRAMA! May 9 - 25, 2003 at Cowpokes/Barn Theatre Space. The deadline for submission is March 14.

If you are interested in submitting a piece, visit for submission procedures and requirements, or call 504.948.9924.

BOXAGANGA, Le Chat Noir, 715 St. Charles Ave., 504.581.5812. Wed., March 19. Features a hilarious, satirical, irreverent comedy troupe who presents sketches about American pop culture.

COLD READ, Le Chat Noir, 715 St. Charles Ave., 504.581.5812. Wednesdays, at 6pm. Readings of original scripts. Theatre for writers.

DRALION runs through Mar. 2, under Cirque du Soleil’s state of the art big top, the Grand Capiteau at Zephyr Field parking lot. After the immense success of Alegria at Beau Rivage Resort and Casino, Cirque du Soleil returns to the Gulf Coast and to New Orleans for the very first time with Dralion, a celebration of life and the four elements that maintain the natural order: air, water, fire and earth, featuring a dynamic performance that transcends the boundaries of the imagination and leads us into a dream scape with a new and sparkling perspective. Performances are 8pm Tues., Wed. & Thurs.; 4pm and 8pm Fri. & Sat; and 1pm & 5pm Sun. Tickets: 1.800.678.5440 or on-line

LATE NITE CATECHISM, Le Petit’s Director’s Studio, 616 St. Peter St., 504.522.2081; group sales, 504.822.7211. Theatricks, Inc. and The Directors Studio of Le Petit Theatre present the regional premiere of this off-Broadway comedy hit by Vicki Quade and Maripat Donovan. Local actress Amanda Hebert (or Adriana Bate) plays the Sister who teaches an adult catechism class to a roomful of "students" (the audience). Sister goes from benevolent instructor to authoritative drill sergeant. Thurs. - Sat., 8pm; Sun., 2pm & 6pm. Still running and still a hoot to see!

LESBIAN & GAY FILM FESTIVAL, Le Chat Noir, 715 St. Charles Ave., 504.581.5812. March 6, 7, 8, including a late night Rocky Horror Show, and other classics. Sponsored by the Lesbian and Gay Community Center.

LOUISIANA PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA presents the following performances:

Premier performance of Robert Kapilow conducting the LPO in his "03: This New, Immense, Unbounded World," Orpheum Theater, 129 University Pl., Mar. 15, 8pm.

"The Sounds of Scotland," concert, conducted by David Lockington and his wife, violinist Dylana Jenson, Orpheum Theater, 129 University Pl., Mar. 20, 7:30pm, Mar. 22, 8pm.

Marco Parisotto, Principal Conductor of the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, conducts "Orchestra Stars," Orpheum Theater, 129 University Pl., on Apr.10, 7:30pm, and Apr. 12, 8pm. Features LPO Principal Clarinetist, Steve Cohen and Principal Bassoonist Susan Andrews.

LOYOLA UNIVERSITY OF NEW ORLEANS 2002-03 THEATER SEASON. The 2002-03 theater season focuses on the American character and the powerful forces which have shaped who we are, and the indelible spirit that guides us will be the core of the seasons productions. Laughter and tears, the real and surreal, these plays will engage your heart and mind. Loyola University, 7214 St. Charles Ave., 504.865.3840 or 504.865.3824 are the numbers to call for details on the following production: "A Lesson Before Dying" by Romulus Linney is adapted from Ernest E. Gaines’ novel, and was developed through the Southern Writers Project and produced in February 2002. The play is the powerful story of two young black men, each in his own way trapped in a small Louisiana town in the late 1940s. Condemned to die in the electric chair for a crime he didn’t commit, Jefferson gives up on everybody, including himself. His godmother, however, wants him to die like a man and enlists the help of Grant Wiggins, a disillusioned schoolteacher. Performances scheduled in the Marquette Theater on through Mar. 15.

MONOLOGUES & MUSIC FOR THE MONEY HONEY, Le Chat Noir, 715 St. Charles Ave., 504.581.5812. Written and performed by Times Picayune columnist, Nell Nolan. Five original monologues and five distinctly different characters. From the grasshopper who tells a fanciful history of Aesop, to women as varied as Rosita, a Mexican lady who works in a Bourbon Street boutique, two very different ladies from Uptown New Orleans, and the mother of Angela, a daughter who has Anglified her Italian name in order to marry into higher society, leaving her mother baffled and a little miffed. Dalt Wonk, Gambit Theater Critic says "A versatile and winning performer, Nolan creates a distinct persona for each of the monologues." Directed by Carl Walker, with musical interlude performances by Michael Harold and Dr. Quinn Peeper. Returning for two performances only Tues., April 22 and Wed., April 23, both shows at 8pm.

NEW ORLEANS BALLET ASSOCIATION 2002-03 SEASON,, the region’s premiere service organization dedicated solely to the presentation of dance:

Grupo Corpo Brazilian Dance Theatre, Mar. 15, 2003;

Joffrey Ballet of Chicago, Apr. 11-12, 2003;

Pilobolus Dance Theatre, May 14, 2003.

NEW ORLEANS OPERA ASSOCIATION, 305 Baronne St., Ste. 500, 504.529.3000 or 1.800.881.4459. Mozart’s "Don Giovanni," Mar. 27 & 29, 7:30pm, and Verdi’s "Rigoletto," May 8 & 10, 7:30pm. All performances at The Mahalia Jackson Theatre of the Performing Arts, 801 N. Rampart St., in association with New Orleans Center for Creative Arts. Fabiana Braveo is scheduled to give a debut concert for New Orleans on Mar. 9, 3pm, each performer will be directed by our great Chorus Master for the New Orleans Opera Association, Carol Rausch. Cocktails and hor d’oeuvres will be served after each performance and audience members are encourage to mix and mingle with the artists.

NEW YORK THEATRICAL COMPANY is seeking directors and actors for two plays that will make their New Orleans debut as part of the Spotlight On Big Easy Festival. The festival will take place in the Quarter this coming May.

Looking for assistant directors and actors: Two males for Three Guys In Drag Selling Their Stuff. This outrageous full-length play is about 3 suburban men (in drag) having a yard sale to raise funds for a Faberge urn to place the ashes of Diva’s dead husband in: Diva: (30-70) Bea Arthur type. Pretentious. Lillian (30-70) Rose Nyland type. Ditzy and fun loving. Great opportunity for the right actors and director. No pay for this run. To find out more about Spotlight On you can log on to our website: Also looking for 6 males for the upcoming drama Secrets Every Naked Dancer Should Tell (will consider actors with little experience). Accepting headshots for other projects as well (male and female - any age) Please send headshots (specify role and/or play) to or Spotlight On, 30-40 75th St. #2, East Elmhurst, NY 11370.

POLITICS WITH A PUNCH, Le Chat Noir, 715 St. Charles Ave., 504.581.5812. Wed.'s, March 26, April 16 & May 7 at 8pm. Celebrities, pundits, politicians and journalists with a sense of humor weigh in on issues. Hilarious round table discussion led by local talk show host, Jeff Crouere with a changing group of local political pundits, media commentators, personalities, comedians . Brutally honest, unrehearsed discussion about Louisiana politics.

POWER PLAYS, by Elaine May and Alan Arkin. Keith Briggs directs this one-night series of three one act plays: The Way of All Fish; Virtual Reality; In and Out of the Light, Le Chat Noir, 715 St. Charles Ave., 504.581.5812. Starring new comer Kalon Thibodeaux, renowned humorist Peter Gabb, triple Big Easy award winning actress, Yvette Hargis, and 2001 Big Easy nominee, Mary Lee Gibbons. April 10 thru May 3. Thurs./Fri./Sat. 8pm; Sun. matinees 3pm.

SAENGER THEATRE, boasts its Broadway In New Orleans series; all Ticket master locations, 1.800.218.7469 or groups call 504.569.1529. Jesus Christ Superstar, Mar. 11-16; "Mamma Mia!" on Apr 1-13, and "Seussical The Musical," on May 6-11, 2003, Details:

SALOME: Madame Palmetto’s Amusement Company presents Oscar Wilde’s tragedy of love and obsession. Directed by Tristan Codrescu and starring Diana Shortes, Henry Hoffman, and Lyla Hay Owens. Full cast with puppets and live musical accompaniment. At the UNO Downtown Theatre/Scottish Rite Temple, 621 Carondolet, CBD. Play 8 pm; Mar. 6-9.

Salon Salome: local performing artists present original scores and choreography inspired by Salome, Sun., Mar. 9 at 6:30pm. Featuring: Sean Johnson and the Rishis, Audrey Elizabeth, Andy Young, Julian Garcia, Aerial Inc., and more.

Salome-the art of love & madness: Group art show opening, exhibit dates thru Mar. 9. Featuring: Vidho Lorville, John Kevin Lawson, Misha Penton, Cathy Trione, and more.

Scottish-Rite Temple/UNO Downtown Theatre 621 Carondolet at Girod, CBD. For more information call 504.945.4285 or email

SECOND ANNUAL ONE ACT PLAY COMPETITION, Le Chat Noir, 715 St. Charles Ave., 504.581.5812. Le Chat Noir will once again produces New Orleans only One Act Play Competition for local playwrights. The 2003 competition will again feature four new plays selected by four of the city’s top Directors. However, 2003 will also feature a full length production of The Stud Mule, the play written by Kevin Allman, a 2001 selected playwright. Dates of the play festival are tentatively set for June 9 through June 28. Specific times, dates and ticket prices to be announced.

SMALL CRAFT WARNINGS, by Tennessee Williams, presented in partnership with the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival of 2003 and MESA Production Company, Le Chat Noir, 715 St. Charles Ave., 504.581.5812. Set in 1973 in a rundown bar on the caost where a group of lonely and disparate individuals rejected by normal society come together in their need for human contact and understanding. One by one each tells her tale with poetic eloquence, humor and force. Starring Maggie Eldred, Dane Rhodes, Martin Covert, Veronica Russell, John Joly, Doug Mundy and Justin Scalese and directed by Stacey Arton. (Produced by special arrancement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc.. March 13 thru April 5, Thurs./ Fri./Sat. evenings at 8pm. Sunday Matinees at 3pm.

THE BLACK & WHITE BLUES, Le Chat Noir, 715 St. Charles Ave. 504.581.5812. Every Monday at 7:30pm. Back in New Orleans by popular demand! Ricky Graham and Harry Mayronne, Jr. premier their original, stylish musical revue in which they turn New Orleans’ obsession with food, restaurants, celebrity chefs, waiters and waitresses into true cabaret. The New Orleans Food and Wine Experience, famous desserts, hip Asian cuisine, waiter lingo and much more - all presented from the point of view of the waiters and waitresses who proudly wear their black-and-white uniforms every day. Starring Russell Hodgkinson, Heidi Junius, Jessie Terrebonne, Chris Wecklein. Presented by The Producers Circle.

THE COMEDY CLOSET features stand-up comics Aldo, Boomer Doell, Grace Fraga, Kango & Mike Strecker presented by Juan-ah Laugh?! Productions. Performance Fri., Mar. 14, 9pm, Cowpokes/The Barn Theater, 1030 Marigny. Reservations 504.836.0803, 504.650.3079. Admission $6, $5 with reservation.

TULANE UNIVERSITY DEPARTMENT OF THEATRE AND DANCE, 504.865.5106, "The Green Bird," by Carlo Gozzi, translated by Albert Bermel and Ted Emery, music and lyrics by Elliot Goldenthal. Masks, music and movement bring this adaptation of a commedia dell’Arte scrip to vivid life. Lupin Theatre, Wed. thru Sat, Apr. 2-5, 8pm; Sun. Apr. 6, 2pm, Thurs. thru Sat., Apr. 10 thru 12, 8pm, and Apr. 12 and 13, 2pm.

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