JANUARY 12-27, 2017
THE PLAY YOU ARE ABOUT TO SEE IS SEALED INSIDE AN ENVELOPE.
The actor about to perform has never seen it. In fact, there is a new actor every performance, and they’ve only been told what is absolutely necessary: Do not Google this play.
"A PLAYFUL, ENIGMATIC AND HAUNTING SHOW that takes on a gravity that prickles your skin, and keeps taking unexpected turns that often lead us back to the relief of laughter. Any worthy theatrical experience is a dive down into a rabbit hole, where the destination is unknown. The distinction of White Rabbit Red Rabbit is that the performer moves right alongside us on the journey."
– Charles Isherwood, The New York Times
"A dazzling, transcendent piece of alive-and-kicking theater...I experienced a play that no one in the world will ever experience again... the whole building felt like it was living and breathing."
– Entertainment Weekly, Critics Grade: A
“A thoughtful, playful response to oppression.” – The Guardian
“The whole experience is altogether funny and serious and surprising and you — by which I mean we — are all in it." – San Francisco Examiner
LOCATION: St. Charles Avenue Baptist Church Fellowship Hall 583 Broadway St. (@St. Charles and Broadway) NOLA, 70118
DOORS OPEN: 7:30pm
START TIME: 8:00pm (No late seating)
RUN TIME: 60-70 minutes
CONTENT: Appropriate for ages 13+
PRICES: $15 cash; $18 card;
$10 student, educator, military
In association with Aurora Nova Productions and Boat Rocker Entertainment.
ARTISTS & DATES
THURS. 1/12 8p
FRI. 1/13 8p
THURS. 1/19 8p
FRI. 1/20 8p
MICHAEL "QUESS?" MOORE
"A SCRIBE CALLED QUESS?"
THURS. 1/26 8p
FRI. 1/27 8p
Kathy Randels, a native New Orleanian and founding artistic director of ArtSpot Productions, has written, performed in, and directed numerous original solo and group works for professional, student and incarcerated ensembles in Louisiana and beyond. Her soul shaking work has been presented in four continents, and 30 U.S. States. Awards include the 2008 V-Day Leadership Award, the 2007-9 NEA/TCG Career Development Program for Directors, and numerous awards from New Orleans-based entities. She founded the LCIW (Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women) Drama Club in 1996, co-founded The Graduates (an ensemble of formerly incarcerated women/returning citizens in 2012) and worked with Students at the Center from 1998-13. Past collaborations include: Cry You One, Loup Garou and Beneath the Strata/Disappearing (a trilogy of outdoor performances with Mondo Bizarro that explores cultural extinction and landloss in Louisiana), Kiss Kiss Julie, Rumours of War, and Nita & Zita (2003 Obie Award). Current projects include Sea of Common Catastrophe, a New England Foundation for the Arts National Theatre Project touring performance; and Won’t Bow Down! an organizing tour and project with The Graduates funded by the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation’s Artist as Activist Racial Justice Fellowship and Alternate ROOTS. Visit www.artspotproductions.org for more information.
James Bartelle is the current Associate Artistic Director and a founding member of The NOLA Project theatre company. A multiple Big Easy Award-Winning actor, James has specialized in playing a diverse range of curious and fascinating characters with an emphasis on dynamic physical and vocal performance. Writing credits include A Kingdom of Statues, She Remembers, Wrists & Flowers, and The Spider Queen (co-written by Alex Martinez Wallace). Directing credits include Romeo & Juliet for the Centennial Celebration at the New Orleans Museum of Art. James is a frequently featured actor with The Shakespeare Festival at Tulane and the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra.
A Scribe Called Quess? is a poet, educator, actor, playwright and activist in that order. He is a 2-time national poetry slam champion and founding member of Team SNO (Slam New Orleans), New Orleans’ three-time national poetry slam championship team. His accomplishments with Team SNO have earned him honors from the Mayor of New Orleans as well as City Council. His poetry led him to the classroom where he is serving in his eighth year as an educator. His work has been highlighted on NPR in the Voices of Educators series as well as taken him to Oxford University to speak on school reform. As an experienced actor and theater maker he has written for and acted in several plays including productions with Junebug Productions (Voices from the Back of the Class, Lockdown, Gomela), ArtSpot Productions (Rumors of War), Urban Bush Women (Summer Leadership Institute 2009), and other esteemed outfits. In 2014 he was awarded a residency at the Contemporary Arts Center as a part of the inaugural class of the DISTILLERY, where he workshopped his first stage play, “Crossroads,” which he continues to work on.
In recent years, his art has more deeply aligned with his life by way of activism. As his work as an artist and educator has always explored issues of social justice and institutional and interpersonal racism, his organizing work has offered the perfect opportunity for his arts and pedagogy to take action. In 2014, he helped found BYP100 NOLA, a young adult organization that advocates for the protection of black youth from state-sanctioned violence. In 2015, he co-founded Take Em Down NOLA, a coalition dedicated to the removal of White Supremacist monuments in New Orleans. He has produced a self-titled CD, “A Scribe Called Quess?” and his debut book of poetry, Blind Visionz, can be found online at www.lulu.com. In May of 2015, he published his second collection of poetry, Sleeper Cell, through Next Left Press. The book can be found on Amazon.com as well has his website. Tumblr: www.tumblr.com/ascribecalledquess.
Devyn Tyler was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. She studied theater at the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston, and she graduated from Columbia University in the City of New York with a B.A. in French and Francophone Studies. She is fluent in French and her research interests include cultural exchanges between Louisiana, West Africa, and France as well as Free People of Color in 19th century New Orleans. Her television and film credits include 12 Years A Slave and Underground (WGN America). She recently worked in the Tulane Shakespeare Festival’s 2016 season.
Lisa D’Amour is a playwright and co-artistic director of PearlDamour, an OBIE-award winning interdisciplinary performance company. Most recently, Lisa’s plays have been produced on at Southern Repertory Theater (New Orleans) Broadway at Manhattan Theater Club’s Samuel J. Friedman Theeater, Steppenwolf Theater (Chicago), The Wilma Theater (Philadelphia), Woolly Mammoth Theater (Washington D.C.), The National Theater (London). Playwrights Horizons (NYC) and ArtSpot Productions (New Orleans). Her play Detroit won the 2013 OBIE Award for best New American Play, and was a finalist for both the 2011 Pulitizer Prize for Drama and Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. She is a past recipient of the Alpert Award for the Arts, the Steinberg Playwright Award, and is a 2013 Doris Duke Artist. Lisa is a core alum of the Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis and a past resident playwright at New Dramatists. She received her M.F.A. in playwriting from the University of Texas at Austin and her B.A. from Millsaps College. Lisa is a 6th generation New Orleanean, with family reaching back to both the Spanish settlers of New Orleans and French residents who immigrated though San Domingue.
Clare Moncrief has served as Managing Director of The New Orleans Shakespeare Festival at Tulane since 1999 and is also a member of the adjunct faculty in Tulane’s Department of Theatre and Dance. She most recently directed Hamlet, The Merry Wives of Windsor and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Clare has been an active member of the New Orleans theatre community for more than 30 years. A three time Big Easy Award winner, Clare has appeared in such roles as Cleopatra, Lady Macbeth, Queen Gertrude in Hamlet, Golda Meir in the Le Petit Theatre production of Golda’s Balcony and most recently as Lady Bracknell in the Festival production of The Importance of Being Earnest.
White Rabbit Red Rabbit was originally produced by Volcano Theatre in association with Necessary Angel and Wolfgang Hoddmann.
Dramaturgy by Daniel Brooks and Ross Manson.