Grenadine McGunkle’s Double-Wide Christmas returns! (Well, kinda!)

Happy holidays from Running With Scissors!

So many of y’all have asked what Grenadine McGunkle is up to nowadays. Well, you’ll be happy to know that she and Gladys have been doing Zumba down at the Pittsville YWCA and loving every minute of it. Punkin, Madge, and Mailman Johnny are taking a correspondence course to become Instagram influencers (which is a thing you can do nowadays, I reckon). And Crystal and China almost made it onto America’s Got Talent, but thankfully the FCC intervened.

For all y’all who miss holiday visits with the residents of the Everlasting Arms Motor Park, we have good news: someone had the good sense to write a book about Grenadine and all her friends–and through December 25, you can download your own copy for free, so long as you’re comfortable reading on a Kindle or the Kindle app. (If you need a hard copy, they’ve got that too, but it’ll cost a bit.)

Now, we know that reading a book ain’t the same as seeing our cast cut up on stage, but until we find a theatre that can accommodate a dozen jumbo-size wigs, seven light-up reindeer (Prancer finally met his maker, bless his heart), and our new and improved ukulele orchestra, this is the best we can do. We hope you enjoy it, and we hope to see y’all soon!

xoxo Running With Scissors

March 14-22: Bacharach & Bingo!

Bacharach & Bingo

Strap on your bell bottoms and widen your lapels: Running With Scissors is taking you back in time to meet the man at the center of the 1970s, Burt Bacharach!
It’s a swinging Saturday night, and Burt’s pad is packed with all the stars of the day: Dionne Warwick, Richard Chamberlain, Angie Dickinson, Jane Fonda, Herb Alpert — everyone but Burt, who’s locked himself in the bathroom. (Poor guy has a habit of doing that.)
But no matter, we’ve got a host with the most (Jack Long) to regale you with Hollywood gossip and a talented crew of crooners (Sean PattersonLisa Picone,Dorian Rush, and The Kentucky Sisters) to belt Bacharach’s best-known tunes, from “Close to You” to “Say a Little Prayer” and all points in-between. And just for the heck of it, we’ve thrown in a few rounds of Bingo and some nifty prizes. (We don’t know why, it just seemed to go with Burt’s snazzy vibe.)
Order your favorite cocktail from the bar, grab a Bingo card or two, and enjoy a night of BACHARACH AND BINGO! as part of Mid-City Theatre’s month-long celebration of cabaret.


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 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.

The 2014 Big Easy Theater Award Nominees Have Been Announced!

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!

October 18 – 27: Miss Gulch Returns!

Miss Gulch Returns!

“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.” –

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

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

Hell’s Belles: The Reviews Are In!

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

Click here to order your tickets now!

Another Helping Of Holiday Updates From Running With Scissors!

RWS holiday update banner!
Howdy-howdy, one more time!

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 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 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!