Opening at K-Joe’s restaurant in the French Quarter July 15, New Orleans Down the Hatch: A Cabaret in Two Cocktails celebrates the history of New Orleans through an evening of song and tasty cocktails. The show, nominated for the Big Easy Award for Best Cabaret in 2010, stars some Running With Scissors regulars, including Big Easy Theatre Person of the Year Bob Edes and New Orleans culinary historian Elizabeth Pearce. Tinkling the ivories, you’ll find the lovely and talented pianist Jim Walpole.
First opening last year at Le Chat Noir, Bob and Elizabeth take the audience through the history of New Orleans as told through two of its signature drinks: the Sazerac and the Hurricane. Audience members will enjoy each drink while hearing about the people that gave the city its distinctive character, the abundant speakeasies during Prohibition, and how a lack of whiskey during WWII led to the creation of one of New Orleans most popular drinks. Audiences are sure to be delighted by this show, which Will Coviello of the Gambit dubbed “a gleeful celebration of all things alcoholic…effortlessly entertaining.”
The show will run Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm from July 15 through July 23 at K-Joe’s, 720 St. Louis in New Orleans’ historic French Quarter. Tickets are $25 and includes a free Sazerac and Hurricane for each audience member.
(Note: tickets can also be purchased at the door, pending availability.)
Want more info? Check this video clip taken from a performance at Le Chat!
About the cast
A regular on New Orleans’ stages, Bob Edes is one of the Crescent City’s most sought after actors. He has been awarded multiple Big Easy Best Actor Awards and was named 2010 New Orleans Theater Person of the Year. He frequently performs with the Running With Scissors theatre company.
Elizabeth Pearce is a culinary historian, regularly giving presentations and tours showcasing New Orleans history. She directs the hearth cooking program at the Hermann-Grima + Gallier Historic Houses in the French Quarter and is a Senior Curator at the Southern Food and Beverage Museum. She is also a member of Running with Scissors theatre company.
Jim Walpole is a classically trained pianist. He has performed in and directed musical events in theatres and other venues throughout New Orleans. Since 2003, he has served as President of Guild of Le Petit Theatre de Vieux Carre, one of the oldest theatres in the United States.