September 7, 2022
As we enter the first full month of school and new students finally settle into the rhythm of life at Tulane, the urge to explore off-campus life begins to intensify. Tulane is proud of his connection to New Orleansa city brimming with creative energy, and that connection begins with its students.
While New Orleans may be best known for its music scene, it nonetheless benefits from and thrives on a vibrant local theater and dance community. Attending the following events is a fantastic way to engage with the city like a local, and their accessibility by trolley and on foot makes them an easy first step out of the Tulane bubble. Here are some of the upcoming attractions in the New Orleans theater and dance scene:
Loyola University Marquette Theater; From September 8 to 25.
In this play for two in two acts, Nobel Prize playwright Derek Walcott engages in a metatheatrical exploration of the lasting effects of colonialism in his native West Indies. Set in Tobago, a white English hotel owner named Harry (Michael A. Newcomer) tries to convince his black handyman Jackson (Michael C. Forest) to help him put together a “Christmas Panto” based on the story of Robinson Crusoe and Friday. Joy and anger emerge as the characters switch between the roles of master and servant, finding out what language they are allowed to use in the process.
Directed by Dr. John “Ray” Proctor, assistant professor in the Tulane Department of Theater and Dance, “Pantomime” is the first production of Crescent City Stage’s inaugural season. Tickets are available for purchase here.
“Clothes for a Summer Hotel”
Lower Depths Theater at Loyola University; September 9 to 24
Tennessee Williams’ last Broadway debut before her death, “Clothes for a Summer Hotel” is a two-act “ghost play” about the life and dysfunctional marriage of Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald. Set several years after Scott’s death from a heart attack, the play unfolds over the course of a day Scott spends visiting Zelda in ghost form in a mental asylum in North Carolina, with frequent flashbacks to the golden age of their own marriage in the ’20s.
Although at first glance the play tells a somewhat fictionalized version of Fitzgerald’s story, it is truly an autobiographical work. Williams explores both halves of her troubled psyche through the two main characters, perhaps in a last attempt at healing.
This is the final show of the Tennessee Williams Theater Company’s sixth season. Tickets are available for purchase here.
“Our Dear Dead Drug Lord”
Tulane’s Lupine Blackbox Theater; September 27 – October 2
In this thriller and coming-of-age story, four high school girls gather in an abandoned treehouse to summon the spirit of infamous drug kingpin Pablo Escobar. What starts out as a harmless game turns into something potentially threatening as their imaginations are pushed to the limit. Directed by Tulane teacher Jessica Podewell, this production is the regional premiere of the play, which ran off-Broadway in 2019. Tickets available for purchase here.
The Orpheum Theatre; September 17 – 18
This triple program staged by the New Orleans Ballet Theater blends the serious and the wacky, the divine and the human, the classical and the contemporary to form a new and resonant whole. The dances are “Under the Olive Tree” by Tara Lee, “Shotgun” by Maurice Causey and “LOEV” by Diogo de Lima. Tickets available for purchase here.