InSideOut Productions’ Michael Aaron Santos and Ashley Ricord in “Side Man”
Many of the city’s finest actors, directors, playwrights and other creative and technical talent participate in local theater through production companies and other groups that produce and perform on stages throughout the area. The following are snapshots of some of these groups. If you participate in a group that is not listed here and would like to add it to this list, please send your information to OnStage@renpubllc.com.
All Kinds of Theatre
Artistic director: Carl Walker
Artistic director: Kathy Randels; managing director: Sean LaRocca; company members: Jeff Becker, Lisa D’Amour, Lisa Shattuck, Ashley Sparks.
504-826-7783 | www.artspotproductions.org
A nonprofit organization dedicated to production of original multidisciplinary performance works for local, national and international presentation. Long-term collaborations include work with Students at the Center in New Orleans Public Schools and The Drama Club at The Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women.
Backyard Ballroom and New Orleans Fringe Festival
General manager: Dennis Monn
3519 St. Claude Ave., New Orleans | 504-941-3640 | www.nofringe.org
A new performance space and affiliated performance group based in the Bywater area and dedicated to development of original theater and musicals produced by writers, musicians and performers from New Orleans. Monn is artistic director of the New Orleans Fringe Festival, which will run Nov. 13-16, partially funded by the CAC’s Theatre Arts Fund and held in multiple venues, primarily in the St. Claude Arts District.
Artistic director: Michael P. Cahill
504-835-3565 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Founded in 1994, it has produced an eclectic array of theatrical works, including “The Playboy of the Western World,” “Long Days Journey into Night,” “The Beauty Queen of Leenane,” “The Lonesome West,” “The Marriage of Bette and Boo,” and its own original “Dorothy and Alan.” Its major project since Katrina is the book, “Just Who Is Stocker Fontelieu Anyway? The Life and Times of a Gentleman of the Theatre.”
Artistic director: Rick Delaup; choreographer: Dollie Rivas
504.975.7425 | www.bustoutburlesque.com
Step back in time and experience the burlesque shows of the 1950s. Glamorous girls, with a comic emcee, a sexy songstress, mood lighting, props and a live jazz band.
Cripple Creek Theatre Company
Artistic director: Andrew Vaught; managing director: Andrew Kingsley
504-891-6825 | www.cripplecreekplayers.org |www.seeaplay.org
Erik the 14th | Through Nov. 8. By August Strindberg.
We Won’t Pay! We Won’t Pay! | Jan. 8-31. By Dario Fo.
DEM Boys Productions
Members: Dane Rhodes, Eric Wohlberg, Michael Sullivan.
Diameter X Productions
Contact: Julie Faust
Covington-based Diameter X Productions is dedicated to promoting the work of New Orleans-area actors, directors and writers.
Dog & Pony Theatre Company
Artistic director: John Grimsley; managing producer: Matt Borel
Fleur de Tease Burlesque Revue
504-975-1245 | www.fleurdetease.com
A premiere variety burlesque revue, Fleur de Tease will perform at One Eyed Jack’s, 615 Toulouse St. in the French Quarter on Nov. 9, Dec. 12 and Jan. 4.
FourFront Theatre is dedicated to exploring innovative, fresh, spirited and acclaimed works, and reaching a diverse audience with crowd-pleasing productions of the highest artistic integrity. Founded by award-winning theater artists Kelly Fouchi, Lucas Harms, Megan Sauzer Harms and Gary Rucker, the company launched its inaugural season as part of Southern Rep Theatre’s City Series. Coming in April: Altar Boyz, a musical comedy, at Southern Rep Theatre.
An itinerant New Orleans theatrical troupe devoted to new works, with a special emphasis on offbeat scripts. Specializing in low-budget, high-impact shows, Four Humours favors the importance of the actor and the writer over the director. Members include: Jennifer Growden, Michael Martin, Frederick Mead and Mary Pauley.
Golden Eagle Theatre Company
Artistic director: Andrew Elliott
Founded in 2007 by alumni of the University of Southern Mississippi theater program, members include Liz Mills, Keith Launey and Leon Contavesprie.
Halifax Theatre Company
Producing artistic director: Perry Martin; producing managing director: Karissa Kary; technical director: David Guidry.
1-888-992-2968 | www.bayouplayhouse.com
The resident production company at the Bayou Playhouse in Lockport, La., Halifax’s mission is to showcase Louisiana’s heritage and culture. It focuses on tales about Louisiana, told by Louisianians. Upcoming: Okra | Dec. 5-Feb. 1, Fri.-Sat. at 7:30 p.m., Sun. at 2:30 p.m. By Anne Galjour. Bayou Playhouse, 101 Main St., Lockport.
Managing director: Michael Aaron Santos
504-450-1877 | www.insideout-nola.com
Founded in 2005 by four ambitious University of New Orleans alums, InSideOut dedicates itself to enlightening and entertaining the local community with actor-driven, audience-intimate theater of the highest quality and passion. Upcoming: Side Man | Nov. 14-30, Fri.-Sat. at 8 p.m., Sun. at 2 p.m., on Muriel’s Cabaret Stage at Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre, 616 St. Peters St., New Orleans. Ashley Ricord and Michael Santos team up with NOLA Project in an award-winning drama about a musician’s family and the struggle to maintain stability in the world of jazz. For tickets call 504.522.2081.
Co-artistic directors: Bruce France, Nick Slie
504-304-7855 | www.mondobizarro.org
An award-winning arts collective dedicated to the production of bold original works of performance and video for local, national and international audiences. Production credits include original work in theater, film, festival organizing, ensemble development, educational outreach and oral history, including the I-10 Witness Project which has assisted over 300 people to digitally archive their Katrina stories. Through collaborations with 25 community partners, these stories and performances have been featured throughout the country and via installations in 12 states, Russia and England. Upcoming: Flight | Nov. 13-16, New Orleans Fringe Festival, North Rampart Community Center.
704-962-7570 | www.newnoiseperformance.com
An emergent performance ensemble interested in the creation of new work, particularly that which draws its life-blood from classical sources. The current ensemble include Jaki Bradley, Elizabeth Bryant, Phil Cramer, Zoe Hyman-Levy, Conner Marx, Austin Riotte, Joanna Russo and Jonathon Slaughter.
The NOLA Project
Artistic director: Andrew Larimer
504-304-3753 | www.nolaproject.com
Dedicated to a renewed theater scene in New Orleans, the group focuses on creation of new works, high-quality performances of relevant great works and serving as a resource to area students and artists. Performances are on Muriel’s Cabaret Stage at Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre, 616 St. Peters St., New Orleans. For tickets call the Le Petit box office at 504.522.2081. Upcoming: Side Man | Nov. 14-30, Fri.-Sat. at 8 p.m., Sun. at 2 p.m. NOLA Project teams up with InSideOut Productions’ Ashley Ricord and Michael Santos in Warren Leight’s award-winning drama about a jazz musician’s family and the struggle to maintain stability in the world of jazz. Directed by Mike Harkins.
Taste | Jan. 23-Feb. 8. By local playwright Gabrielle Reisman, the work explores the role of food in our relationships as a group of friends prepares and eats a meal. (Check for updated details.)
Running With Scissors
Contact: Richard Read
504-606-9903 | www.NORunningWithScissors.com
A New Orleans-based theater company whose works run the spectrum from high camp to low comedy. The group recently presented “Die! Mommy! Die!” at Le Chat Noir. Upcoming: Grenadine McGunkle’s Double-Wide Christmas | Dec. 5-27, Fri.-Sat., 7 p.m., at One Eyed Jacks, 615 Toulouse St., New Orleans. Beloved trailer park maven Grenadine McGunkle attempts to pull together one of her famed Christmas Eve interfaith tailgate musical extravaganzas.
Contacts: Barry Lemoine, Rose Marie Sand
504-301-8770, 504-666-1220 | www.shinepresents.com
The mission of the company is to bring the community closer through creative collaboration and by offering a diversity of the arts to St. Bernard Parish. Upcoming: The Altos | Nov. 6-15, 8 p.m., at Rocky and Carlo’s Sicilian Room, 813 W. St. Bernard Highway, Chalmette. (Pre-show dinner.) The longest running murder mystery in St. Bernard history, about a ‘mob’ family that’s “like the Soprano’s, only lower,” will return to the stage.
Artistic Director: Amy Woodruff
Founded in New Orleans in 1999, Theatre Louisiane has received acclaim for its highly diverse artist-centered performances, from progressive versions of the classics to contemporary plays and original projects. Amy Woodruff’s semi-autobiographical Cajun ghost story “Moon Cove,” staged locally last summer, is being positioned as a touring project.
To Do Productions
504-948-9608 | 504-218-8559 | www.todoproductions.org
Producers Donald James and Don McDonald lead a group of multi-talented theater artists striving to bring serious gay-themed theater to the New Orleans and Gulf Coast communities. •
This article appears in the Winter 2008 issue of OnStage