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!

Grenadine McGunkle’s Double-Wide Christmas!

Grenadine 2013

Grenadine McGunkle’s Double-Wide Christmas!
December 6 – 22 at Mid-City Theatre, 3540 Toulouse Street
Fridays/Saturdays at 8:30pm, Sundays at 6:00pm
Tickets: $25 (Friday/Saturday) and $20 (Sunday)
Click here to order now or call 504-488-1460!

Lord a-mercy: it’s the evening of the eighth bi-annual Miss Hogwalla County Beauty Pageant, and our heroine, Grenadine McGunkle (Dorian Rush), is a nervous wreck. She needs to bring her A-game if she’s going to snatch victory from the jaws of her ruthless cousins/step-sisters, Crystal and China Pitts (Lisa PiconeAshley Ricord Santos) and the musically unmatchable mailman Johnny Shoemake (Bob Edes Jr.), but the poor woman hasn’t even had time to plug in her curling iron. And as if she weren’t under enough pressure, rumors are a-swirling that her idol, Paula Deen, will be one of the judges! 
Can gal-pals Gladys Finkelstein (Brooklyn Shaffer) and Madge McGillicuddy (Elizabeth Pearce) keep Grenadine cool as a cucumber? Will pageant president Ronald Dump and his assistant, Elmer (Kyle Daigrepont, Patrick Flynn), ever stop belly-achin’? Will Madge’s ukulele-totin’ daughters (The Kentucky Sisters) recover from their stint in the world’s first cruelty-free circus? And what are the fire code regulations for flaming batons in a trailer park, anyway? 
Find out this December as Running With Scissors makes a mad dash for musical merriment at Mid-City Theatre!

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: Held Over Through June 29!

HELL'S BELLES, extended through June 29!Holy samolians: HELL’S BELLES has been held over through June 29! That means you’ve got two more chances to see Running With Scissors’ original comedy that the critics are raving about!

As a special treat, company member Richard Read will appear in the role of Major Ashley Wood for the final two performances on June 28 and 29. Richard is usually reluctant to set foot onstage, so as one of our cast members put it, “this is like someone offering you a chance to spot a unicorn”. Which would be a fair assessment, if only unicorns looked like beardy gay guys paralyzed by stage fright.

Come see the hilarity at Mid-City Theatre! You can purchase tickets by clicking here or by calling 504-488-1460.

We’ll see you at the show!

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!