Mink Stole & Donna Duplantier to Lead THE MUTILATED at the CAC, 11/19-21
The Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans (CAC) brings Tennessee Williams home to New Orleans with this hilarious, sexy, New Orleans comedyThe Mutilated. This wild Christmastime romp through the French Quarter begins:
"I think the strange, the crazed, the queer
Will have their holiday this year!"
Directed by Cosmin Chivu, legendary avant-garde performer Mink Stole, and New Orleans favorite Donna Duplantier will star in the New Orleans revival ofThe Mutilated, with original jazz music by Jesse Selengut, performed by a band featuring Louis Ford. Part of the CAC's eclectic and diverse 2015-16 Performing Arts Season offerings, the production runs November 19-21 at 7:30pm at the CAC, 900 Camp Street in New Orleans' Arts District. The Mutilated demonstrates a side of Tennessee Williams that most audiences have not seen before.
"The CAC is pleased to welcome this new production of Tennessee Williams' seldom produced work to New Orleans, featuring the always extraordinary Mink Stole and a cast of New Orleans-based theater artists, to our stage. This highly original production, directed by 2014 Drama League Award nominee Cosmin Chivu, promises to provide a fresh look at the literary genius of one of our city's most celebrated writers."
-Neil A. Barclay, CAC Director and CEO
Williams described the style of his play as "kin to vaudeville, burlesque and slapstick, with a dash of pop art thrown in." The CAC's production features a working bar to serve the audience directly from the set, a live band, horny sailors, over-the-hill-hookers, Christmas carolers, and Quarter Rats to tell the knock-down, drag-out story of two best friends-both outrageous drinkers and ferocious survivors-tearing up the French Quarter one Christmas Eve. Though a lesser known play written in the latter portion of William's career, critics went wild for its 2013 revival:
"This scrappy revival proves, when handled with funky exuberance, The Mutilated can cast a spell...director Cosmin Chivu's production roared into life, with the happily tooting horns of a live Dixieland jazz band."
-The New York Times
The Mutilated will be performed while the 10th anniversary of the devastation and recovery from Hurricane Katrina is fresh in the minds of New Orleanians and residents of the Gulf South region. The cast, designers, musicians, and crew are comprised of local talent, demonstrating the diversity of the city in a classic New Orleans play. From Rampart Street to Jackson Square and from Commander's Palace to The French Market, the world of New Orleans is the world of the play - all the diversity of life and culture and the special and one-of-a-kind characters that give New Orleans its style and grace are at the heart of The Mutilated.
"The Mutilated is a quintessential and boisterous stage portrait
of New Orleans. Bringing this story home is a rare creative
provocation and an act of cultural justice."
-Cosmin Chivu, Director of The Mutilated
For more information regarding this special presentation at the CAC, or to purchase tickets, please visit: www.cacno.org/themutilated
Advance Tickets: $35 General Admission | $25 CAC Members
Day of Show: $40 General Admission | $30 CAC Members
Buy Online: cacno.org | Buy at CAC Box Office: 504.528.3800