THE NITTY & THE GRITTY
BACHARACH AND BINGO! runs Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, from March 14 – 22 at Mid-City Theatre, 3540 Toulouse Street, New Orleans. Showtimes are 8pm Fridays and Saturdays, and 6pm Sundays. Tickets are $25 Fridays and Saturdays, $20 on Sundays, and can be purchased at MidCityTheatre.com or 504 488 1460.
BACHARACH AND BINGO was written by Jack Long, with music by Burt Bacharach and Hal David (obviously). The show is produced by Running With Scissors.
Gambit Weekly has published the Big Easy Theater Award nominees for 2014! Running With Scissors was recognized for HELL’S BELLES and MISS GULCH RETURNS, and Yvette Hargis got a nod for her role as Fannie French in HELL’S BELLES, too. Constant collaborators like Bob Edes Jr., Ashley Ricord, and Ricky Graham are up for numerous awards as well.
In the grand scheme of things, awards aren’t a huge deal, but it’s so nice to know that people like y’all enjoy what we do!
“A show for the ages… a score full of sophisticated comedy numbers that would make Cole Porter proud… the lyrics are so cleverly constructed, the rhyme schemes so elegantly intricate, and the messages so rich and ripe that they make a mockery of most of today’s Broadway show scores.” – TheaterMania.com
Poor Almira Gulch! In The Wizard of Oz, the crotchety cantankerous Kansan intrigued and intimidated us, but she never got to tell her side of story. She’s remained poorly understood, grossly underestimated, and vastly unappreciated.
Through the decades, frustrated fans have hungered for solutions to the mysteries surrounding Miss Gulch. Why does she ride that bike? What does she have against neighborhood girls and their little dogs, too? What becomes of her after that tornado? And most of all: who’s the real woman beneath that ferocious facade?
Now, the biddy is back in all the glory Hollywood denied her, starring in a one-man, one-piano tour de force: MISS GULCH RETURNS!
In this unforgettable metaphorical musical, Miss Gulch gives us the dirt. She lays her soul bare — and yours if you dare. She sings (at last!). She belts a mean tune (what other kind?). The role of Miss Gulch is performed by multiple Big Easy award-winner Bob Edes Jr., accompanied at the piano by Jim Walpole. MISS GULCH RETURNS! is presented by Running With Scissors.
So turn off your cell phones, turn Judy’s picture to the wall, turn up the volume, and welcome to the wit and wisdom of Miss Gulch, your “entertainesse extraordinaire!”
MISS GULCH RETURNS! is written by Fred Barton and stars Bob Edes Jr. as Almira Gulch, with Jim Walpole on piano. Performances run Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from October 18 – 22 at Mid-City Theatre, 3540 Toulouse Street, New Orleans. Showtimes are 8pm Fridays and Saturdays and 6pm Sundays, with tickets priced at $25 (Fri & Sat) and $20 (Sun). To make your reservation, please call 504-488-1460 or visit MidCityTheatre.com.
PLEASE NOTE: the opening night performance on Friday, October 18 is hosted by the Mystic Krewe of Satyricon. For tickets to that show only, please call 504-252-5476 or visit MysticKreweOfSatyricon.com.
Critics and audiences alike have been laughing their hoop skirts off at HELL’S BELLES! Check out these two great reviews:
“In the hands of the Running With Scissors troupe, this ‘comic cocktail of the Confederacy’ becomes a hearty dose of Southern Gothic, with a splash of Grand Guignol excesses. The result is an over-the-top journey of laughs that we’ve regularly come to expect from Running With Scissors.”
— Ted Mahne, Times-Picayune
“Hell’s Belles…is an antebellum Southern Gothic tale, but you’re more likely to come across a harlot than a Scarlett at this Tara.”
— Dalt Wonk, Gambit Weekly
Last week, we told you about some of our cast and crew and what they’re up to this holiday season. But Running With Scissors has worked with so many outstanding actors over 11 years of doing Grenadine McGunkle’s Double-Wide Christmas, we couldn’t fit them all into one email! Here are a few more updates from our fabulously functional family:
Debbie Davis says, “I’m neck-deep in holiday gigs — 27 in 15 days! They’re all listed on my website at DebbieDavisMusic.com. I’m also still doggedly promoting and shilling my solo record, It’s Not the Years, It’s the Miles, which just got a four-star review in Downbeat Magazine. I’m starting a tuba/ukulele duo project with my husband, Matt Perrine; loving on my kids (who are now 5 and 9, by the way!); and enjoying the newest additions to our family, Daisy Mae and Cosimo. I think of the Running With Scissors family every winter and long for our salad days in the Everlasting Arms Motor Park.”
Bob Edes Jr. is appearing in two of our favorite one-act plays: Titanic and The Actor’s Nightmare, both by Christopher “Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You” Durang. Catch the final performances this weekend, in Tulane’s Lupin Theatre. Shows are Friday and Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 2pm. Tickets are just $15, or $10 for students and seniors, at TitanicNOLA.Eventbrite.com. And stay tuned: in February, Bob will star in Promethean’s production of Equus!
Donald Lewis remains one of the busiest and most in-demand actors in New Orleans. This month, you can catch him in Southern Rep’s production of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Performances run through next weekend at the CAC, so get crackin’, one and all!
Ashley Ricord Santos is havin’ his baybay — and by “his”, we mean Ashley’s hubby, the equally talented but significantly taller actor, Michael Aaron Santos. That’s super awesome, but it would’ve been even awesomer (note: probably not a word) if we’d had Ashley onstage this December, playing China Louise Maybelle Lurleen Pitts, with a faded Branson, Missouri t-shirt stretched over her real baby bump. Oh, well: shoulda, woulda, coulda. Ashley and Michael’s undoubtedly exceptional little one is due around December 27th. Hopefully, the tyke will be just as prompt and accommodating as mom and dad.
Dwayne Sepcich Jr. is in rehearsal for everyone’s favorite puppet-based sex romp/musical comedy, Avenue Q (opening in January at JPAS)! He’s also working at the front desk of a hotel in the French Quarter, which isn’t quite the same as playing the exotic-dancing son of Gladys Finkelstein, but hey, it pays the bills.
And that about does it for us. Have a very happy holiday season, and we hope to see each and every one of you in the new year!
As you’ve probably figured out, we’re not able to do our annual holiday show, GRENADINE MCGUNKLE’S DOUBLE-WIDE CHRISTMAS, this year. (New Orleans could use a few more venues, hint, hint!) But that doesn’t mean that Running With Scissors’ cast and crew are sitting at home, twiddling their thumbs, watching re-runs of Hee-Haw, and dreaming of what might’ve been!
Want to know what we’re up to? Here are a few Chriskwaanzukkah updates, right from our horses’ mouths:
Brad Caldwell: “I’ll be finding time to concentrate on my artwork and carpentry, which folks can follow at Facebook.com/BJCaldwellArt. I’m also producing Shakespeare’s ROMEO AND JULIET with The NOLA Project at the New Orleans Museum of Art. The show closes next weekend, December 16!”
Kyle Daigrepont & Lisa Picone are trodding the boards and hauling in the laughs in THE PECAN CRACKER at Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts. Performances run December 7 – 23, with shows at 7:30pm on Fridays and Saturdays and 2:00pm on Sundays. Please join ’em!
Jack Long: “While Jack is a little sad that he won’t have another show-stopping, star-making, heart-stealing turn as Helen Highwater in GRENADINE MCGUNKLE’S DOUBLE-WIDE CHRISTMAS this holiday season, he’s going to be very busy in rehearsals for SHUT UP, SWEET CHARLOTTE with Varla Jean Merman and Ricky Graham, along with some young up-and-comer named Brian Peterson. (Ed. note: They open December 29th at the Mid-City Theatre. Keep the date clear.) In the meantime, he’s receiving invitations to a dizzying round of holiday parties. Most are being accepted but he’s had to decline Miss Angie Dickinson and Miss Joanne Worley. Those two get a little eggnog in their systems and oy — guard your knickers, fellas! Follow Jack on Twitter at @nojackla and ‘friend’ him on Facebook (because he’s really needy like that).”
Elizabeth Pearce just finished co-writing (with Richard Read and Allison Alsup) a field guide to drinking in French Quarter. As you might expect, she’s now busy leading entertaining, educating, intoxicating Cocktail Tours every Friday at 6:00pm. For more info and to book tickets, visit TheCocktailTour.com. Join her for a round!
Todd Perley “has been a fan, sycophant, and stalker of various RWS cast members since their almost-maiden voyage, THE SCOOBY WITCH PROJECT, in 2000. You haven’t seen him on stage, as he loathes being overshadowed by people with real talent. But perhaps you’ve seen some of his video work in MILDRED DEAREST and last year’s GRENADINE. He’s currently planning short film projects with several of the Scissor thespians, coming soon to a YouTube near you!”
Brian Peterson is as busy as ever, with not one, but two shows in the works! You’ll find him first in THE PECAN CRACKER at Rivertown. Performances run December 7 – 23, with shows at 7:30pm on Fridays and Saturdays and 2:00pm on Sundays. A week after that closes, Brian shifts his attention to Mid-City Theatre, where he’ll appear alongside Jack Long, Varla Jean Merman, Ricky Graham, Michael Sullivan, and more fabulous folks for the hilarious SHUT UP, SWEET CHARLOTTE. Shows run December 29 through January 19!
Richard Read is going to spend the holidays seeing his friends’ fabulous shows and generally taking it easy after a busy fall. If you want to catch him live and in person (and of course you do), come to HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS, a concert benefiting the Daniel Price Fund for Aspiring Artists at House of Blues on Friday, December 21. And be on the lookout for a new book that Richard co-authored with Allison Alsup and fellow Scissor Elizabeth Pearce. It’s all about getting hammered in the French Quarter. Like they say: write about what you know.
Dorian Rush: “I’ll be taking this time to relax, but mostly to write. I’ll be working on a series of short scripts, then filming them with the delightful Todd Perley. I’ll also be working in tandem with Mr. Peterson on a cabaret featuring the amazing cheese-filled music of the 70’s. (ABBA will be involved.)”
Liz Zibilich: “I’m busy gearing up for an early Mardi Gras with custom costume accessory design with Crafty L’il Devil Designs and marching with the Noisician Coalition (expect to see us at a parade or two), all while holding down a full time job as a jeweler during the holidays and working on a budding music career playing the banjo ukulele. (Yes, it’s a thing.) I’m currently learning to play the GRENADINE MCGUNKLE holiday classic, ‘The Year Mama Burned the Bird’!”
Have a very happy holiday season and a great new year. We’ll see y’all in lucky 2013!