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!