FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: ED BISHOP
AMERICAN THEATRE PROJECT
NEW DIRECTOR, NEW SHOW DEBUTS AT ZESTY VOODOO MYSTÈRE LOUNGE THEATER
NEW ORLEANS - JULY 19, 2008 – AMERICAN THEATRE PROJECT
Four Humors Theater’s Artistic Director Michael Martin opens the doors of the increasingly popular Voodoo Mystère Lounge Theatre to former Washington, DC based producer/director Ed Bishop and actor, Franklin Walker, with the production of “Cul De Sac” by acclaimed Canadian playwright and actor Daniel MacIvor. The show opens August 14, 2008
The New Orleans premiere of “Cul De Sac,” directed by Bishop, stars Los Angeles film and stage actor Franklin Walker. Walker plays the role of Leonard who narrates the events leading up to his murder while trying to understand them himself. Walker plays multiple characters that bear witness to Leonard’s life and death.
In a review of MacIvor’s work, The Philadelphia Weekly applauded “Cul De Sac” as a triumph in language, “beautifully arching and clever.” MacIvor, co-founder of the famed Da Da Kamera Theater Company, is considered to be Canada’s most influential post-modern playwright.
Originally performed by MacIvor, Canada’s top ranking newspaper, the National Post calls “Cul De Sac” “Wickedly funny.”
“Cul De Sac” is Bishop’s debut directorial production in New Orleans. As the newest member of a growing list of innovative theatre artists, he was seen on stage in the NOLA Project's “The Beignet Plays” at Le Chat Noir last summer. He began his career in theatre in New Orleans at the historic Free Southern Theatre under acclaimed artist John O’Neal. A product of both Tougaloo College in Jackson, Mississippi and Brown University, in Providence, Rhode Island, Bishop returns to New Orleans because, as he says “I had to come back and help out”. No stranger to Washington, DC audiences and the Washington, Post, Bishop has directed two plays honored by nominations from Washington, DC’s Helen Hayes Awards Charles MacArthur Award for Outstanding New Plays.
Ed, and actor, Franklin Walker was last teamed in a production of “Split Second” by Dennis MacIntyre at Port City Playhouse in Fairfax, Virginia located just outside of the District of Columbia. Walker has had his sights on working in New Orleans since leaving Los Angeles. I have wanted to perform “Cul De Sac” for quite a while and working with Ed inspired me to continue our artistic relationship.”
“Cul De Sac” premières at The Voodoo Mystère Lounge Theater, the brainchild of Four Humors’ producer/artistic director Michael Martin. Located at 718 North Rampart Street in New Orleans, The Times Picayune says that it is “the most innovative, intimate and peculiar theater space in town.” The theater space captured audiences with runs of “Out Comes Butch, starring Four Humors’ company member Frederick Mead and the Alpheus Series and Found Objects Theatre of Chicago.
“Cul De Sac” by Daniel MacIvor, directed by Ed Bishop starring Franklin Walker, opens on Thursday, August 14, 2008 with performances Thursdays and Fridays only through Friday, September 5, 2008. Curtain is at 8:00 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at The Voodoo Mystère Lounge Theater, 718 North Rampart Street at Orleans Avenue in New Orleans. General admission ticket price is $12.00.
For additional information call 504.361.4627 or The Voodoo Mystère Lounge Theater, 504.304.1568 or 504.948.4167