SHOW DETAILS BY VENUE:
TALES FROM THE DARKSIDE OF A ROOM [live birthday podcast]
A new storytelling podcast, Three tales of artists and dreamers, led by birthday boy Dennis Monn’s “The Legend of Addie Hall”. [Dennis Monn, Vinsantos, DreamBaby]
MANCHILD: THE MONSTER AT THE END OF THE BOOK [post-gender cabaret]
Stanley Roy & Tsarina Hellfire Present
Thu 11pm, Sat 7pm, Sun 7pm
A song n dance journey into the mind of a manchild, exploring the idea that each of us is born a blank canvas, then bombarded with instructions of what it will take to be a Man or a Woman. And there are puppets, too.
POSTCARDS FROM OVER THE EDGE [documentary theatre]
Thu 7pm, Fri 7pm, Sun 5pm
From Storyville to the present day, this new theatrical work explores New Orleans’ complex relationship with prostitution, including the civil suit over “Crimes Against Nature.”
THRILL ME: THE LEOPOLD AND LOEB STORY [love ‘n’ death musical]
Fri 8pm Sat 8pm Sun 8pm
The tantalizing and terrifying true-life tale of famed murderers Leopold and Loeb, retold in an award-winning Off-Broadway musical. [Christopher Bentivegna, director; Eli Timm and John Fitzpatrick, actors]
COCKROACHES [puppet drama]
The Salt Wives & Company
Wed 7pm, Fri 7pm, Sat 5pm
Based on the short story by surrealist Bruno Schulz, Cockroaches attempts to answer the most bedeviling question of our time: what happens to someone who hates cockroaches with a cockroachy passion? This dark and funny tale is presented with live music, original narrative, mask work, and puppetry. No cockroaches were harmed. Featuring Lydia Stein.
CRAWLING WITH MONSTERS NOW [homemade testimony]
Latino Theatre Initiatives (Rio Grande Valley)
Fri 9pm, Sat 7pm, Sun 5pm
Life in the war-torn communities along the Texas-Mexico border, using stories from the artists own families. Enhanced with live music, projected images, and original videos.
How to Do Sideshow for Fun & Profit [death-defying burlesque lecture]
Thu 9pm, Fri 11pm, Sat 9pm
With only a rare vinyl album as his guide, an audience volunteer steps in for an unavailable lecturer to demonstrate stunts like Blockhead, Pierced Weightlifting, and the Bed of Nails. [Thomas Nealeigh]
THE TRANSMIGRATION OF GHOSTS [haunting recollection]
Wed 9pm, Sat 3pm, Sun 9pm
Where do your ghosts go when you hit the end of the road? A middle-aged woman facing eviction finds her effort to sort her lifes detritus complicated by her relationship with the young musician she harbors, who embodies many qualities of the boy who once offered her a road to adventure. With Lisa Edwards, Joshua Benitez, and Dominic Clust.
OBFUSCATION [surreal seminar]
Human Head Performance Group (Brooklyn)
Thu 7pm, Sat 11pm, Sun 7pm
A seminar on effective communication. The audience learns to exude confidence, manipulate bosses, and evade arrest by the secret police. A Kaufmanesque exploration of the ways people with power have Ikea-hacked communication to exert control. Featuring Jason Narvy and Stephanie Stroud.
SPLIT THE FIRST ATOM [a ritual in the making of everything]
A storytelling event that breaks as many spells as it casts. The power of these stories combined with a live, dark-pop soundtrack will have you hanging on every word. Follow teenaged Lu on a mythical adventure to a world beyond the Sun and fall into an epic tale that brings character and audience to the heart of interconnectedness.
BOOZE, BROADS & BUKOWSKI [dirty words in motion]
Picolla Tushy Presents the Bluestockings
New Orleans’ most literate burlesque returns! Strippers with poems, storytellers who strip. [Picolla Tushy, Honey Tangerine, Perse Fanny, others]
ACCIDENTAL DEATH OF AN ANARCHIST [slapstick anarchism]
Fri 11pm, Sat 7pm, Sun 5pm
A Deep South update of the classic Dario Fo satire about police brutality, heavy on the biting monologues. Adapted & directed by Dale Buckley.
PULP SHAKESPEARE [Elizabethan parody]
NonProphet Theatre Company South
Wed 7pm, Fri 7pm, Sat 5pm
The blood-drenched Fakespearean stage adaptation of Pulp Fiction. Unauthorized, of course. A cast of seven plays 25 roles. Directed by Robert Alan Mitchell.
ACE IN THE HOLE [autobio comedy]
Wed 9pm, Sat 11pm, Sun 7pm
Follow anti-socialite Ace Denison in ‘n’ out of the humorous holes of his life and times: Rabbit holes, wormholes, holes in his pockets, holes in his bed and the heels that stay under his head.
FORM/FOCUS [devised in-the-round]
Thu 7pm, Fri 9pm, Sun 3pm
An investigation of the human form in relation to other forms in time and space. The former Cobbleslop Group uses scientific method, telescopic vision, and active questioning. Directed by Grace Woodford.
LIBERTY IS PRESUMED TO BE SUNK [Burroughsesque film noir poetry]
Thu 9pm, Sat 9pm, Sun 9pm
Backed by epic experimental improv musicians and using hacked electronics, loop pedals, a live radio signal, a typewriter wired for sound and innovative lighting, Moose Jackson improvises a radio communication with a lost vessel carrying the spirit of a defunct nation.
THE KILLING NOISE OF THE OUT OF STYLE [two-handed absurdism]
Wed 9pm, Fri 9pm, Sat 7pm
Two guys trapped between a giant fish king and a metaphor for the military-industrial complex called the meat machine must write a musical comedy to survive. Childhood sexual trauma and the horrors of war provide the hooks. Written by Bryon Reiger, directed by Justin Rolling.
WHALES & SOULS [adult campfire story]
Thu 11pm, Fri 7pm, Sat 9pm
Sexy Dirt Productions (New York City)
Award-winning cautionary tale, gritty and sensual, about the Creature from the Lake. An outsider seduces a conservative village with offers of the unknown, in a fable that makes stops at industrialization, climate change, and queer romance on its way to the villagers downfall. Starring Chris Roe.
SHEENA: AN AMERICAN TRAGEDY [feminist revenge musical]
Thu 9pm, Fri 9pm, Sun 7pm
Sheena, psychopath and militant misandrist, hates men from the womb. She desperately wants to go on a killing spree but cant find any justification until, one day, she comes across a much older man kissing her inappropriately young little sister. Yay! Written & durected by Mariana Santiago, Music director Joshua Benitez.
GUMP! WITH YOUR PAL, CHARLIE DAVIS [quick-change solo]
Fri 11pm Sun 9pm
Your pal Charlie reenacts “Forrest Gump” all by himself. Every line, every character, and every nuance he knows. The scenes are chosen by you, the audience, from a box of chocolates, so you never know what are you are going to get. Charlie will be handing out a few free beers and drinking with you! What a good time, right?
TENDERLOIN TRILOGY: THOSE WHO POSED [boudoir drama]
Wed 7pm, Thu 7pm, Fri 7pm
Historically grounded, artistically infused memoirs of three of the prostitutes who modeled for EJ Bellocq circa 1912. Written & directed by Amy Reuben. With Raphaelle O’Neil, Zara Zemmels, Preston Bishop, Eric Pollard, Madeline White, Sunshine Bond.
SLEEPER CELL SHOW [multimedia slam]
A Scribe Called Quess?
Thu 9pm, Fri 9pm, Sat 7pm, Sun 7pm
Bombastic, livewire, spitfire, yet delicately nuanced, historically informed, intelligent, activist poetry. From the book Sleeper Cell, themed around issues of race and history, oppression and resistance, state sanctioned violence and activism. A Scribe Called Quess?’ first solo show.
KATE CULHANE AND THE DEAD MIDDLE MAN [puppet folktale]
Wed 7pm, Thu 7pm, Fri 7pm Sat 7pm, Sun 7pm
The Mudlark Puppeteers
In the aftermath of the Irish potato famine, an intrepid young woman matches wits with a spectre of supernatural greed. Will our clever heroine save her village from the forces of darkness at the cost her immortal soul?
SPOONS AND OTHER STORIES [puppet monologues]
Wed 8pm, Thu 8pm, Fri 8pm Sat 8pm, Sun 8pm
A hand-puppet trapeze artist yearns for a life outside of the circus. Two other short works about belonging and relationships are told through tabletop puppetry and shadow puppetry. Featuring Milissa Orzolek.
NEC SPE / NEC METU (no hope / no fear) [interwoven historic monodramas]
Wed 9pm/10:30, Thu 9pm/10:30, Fri 9pm/10:30, Sat 9pm/10:30, Sun 3pm/4:30
Spit n Vigor (Brooklyn)
NEC SPE: The great Baroque painter Caravaggio confesses his hideous sins to an imagined or ethereal priest after his own brutal and untimely death, searching for forgiveness or possibly something deeper.
NEC METU: The great Baroque painter Artemisia Gentileschi recounts her notorious rape and torture in order to reclaim her legacy and fully illuminate her brilliant life and art. Award-winning Catholic confessionals.
Featuring Sara Fellini and Adam Belvo.
THE BARONESS UNDRESSED [burlesque meets Butoh]
Fri 7pm, Sat 9pm, Sun 9pm
New Orleans infamous Baroness Michaela de Pontalba breaks the fourth wall to tell the story of a brutal attack by her father-in-law, while undressing. [Diana E.H. Shortes, writer/performer]
TRANSPOSING OMAHA [poetic drama]
Fri 9pm, Sat 7pm, Sun 7pm
A lost play by legendary New Orleans poet Danny Kerwick, the inspiration for Francis in Lisa DAmours Airline Highway. The Old Woman and the Old Man reflect, observed from the window by the Young Woman and the Young Man. [Jennifer Growden, director; Janet Shea & Roger Magendie, lead actors]
SALVAGERS [a chair, a table, a voice]
Fri 9:30pm, Sat 7:30pm
Curious Theatre Branch (Chicago)
After everything has collapsed, who picks it up again? Somebody has to get in there and just get started. A show that explores the effort of salvaging, of starting again and getting on with it. Whatever it is. One of Chicagos most acclaimed solo performers, just talking. [Jenny Magnus, writer/performer]
PIECE OF ME [romantic madness musical]
Myrrh Larsen Music (Portland)
Wed 9pm, Thu 7pm, Sun 9pm
A descent into visions through an original seven-songrock show interpreting the journals and letters of 1930s musician Gideon Barstow. An otherwise wordless story of star-crossed lovers, it begs the questions, what is real, what is fantasy, what is fate? Starring Myrrh Larsen and Meg Russell.
CALISAYA BLUES [historic drama]
Wed 7pm, Sat 7pm, Sun 3pm
In 1906 Storyville, African-American abortionist Dr Jack keeps an appointment with prostitute Hattie Covington, who seeks a cure for her ‘trick baby.’ Drawn from Maistross acclaimed novel, The Sound of Building Coffins. Directed by Deveney Marsall; with Donald Lewis, Alexis McQuarter, Ryan Etienne.
THE SHOP AROUND THE CORNER [romantic comedy]
NOLA Voice Theatre Fri 7pm, Sat 9pm, Sun 5pm
An original adaptation of the Miklos Lazlos romantic comedy, reset to 1930s New Orleans. Performed in the classic radio theatre form, but updated with light blocking, props, and costumes for a viewing audience. Directed by Vatican Lokey; starring Richard Mayer, Soline McLain, and Edward R Cox. Presented under the auspices of Actors’ Equity Association’s Members Project Code.
PARADE ROUTE [huge ensemble comedy]
Thu 9pm, Fri 11pm, Sat 5pm
“Every year, my friend Val throws a party for Endymion. She lives on Orleans, so you can see the whole parade from the roof outside her bedroom. There’s tons of booze and good food. You should really try to make it this year; its the best way to see the parade and usually a pretty good time. Yeah, I know its the trashiest parade. I know you barely know Val. To be honest I only really see her once a year. Its cool though; she loves that everyone comes out.” Written & directed by D.G.W. Hedges.
IS SHE DEAD YET? [white comedy]
Fri 9pm, Sat 11pm, Sun 7pm
Absurdity, gallows humor, and Greek tragedy inform this all-American satire of Euripides Alcestis. Meet Aretha, a noble young housewife of the plains and the last black person on earth, on the day of her foretold sacrifice. Winner of Best New Play, Seattle 2015. Written by Brandon Simmons, directed by Kendra Unqiue WIlls, featuring India King.