For those of you who visited Possum Kingdom in the secret forest of the St Claude Truck Farm, you have our deepest thanks. Launching a new work into untested waters can be a very scary business, and your support, warmth, and feedback helped to insure a good home for our new play. We will return to the Truck Farm for one night only on November 23rd at 7:00 pm for the New Orleans Fringe Festival. We hope if you missed us the first time you’ll catch us the second. But before that, a road trip!
Cripple Creek is going on the road for the first time in its existence. We are taking Possum Kingdom out of the Truck Farm and we are moving down the bayou to Lockport, LA. There, across from the old historic Lockport Locks, lies a theater dedicated to producing work that speak to the issues, joys, and traditions that make this state and this region so vital. In existence since 2008, The Bayou Playhouse has consistently produced work that provides entertainment to the residents of Lafourche Parish and the surrounding areas. From classic works by Tennessee Williams, to one-man tour-de-force performances from John “Spud” McConnell, to new plays by local writers, The Bayou Playhouse demonstrates a wonderful commitment to Southeast Louisiana and the beauty that its residents can produce. We cannot express the gratitude we feel to Perry Martin, the Bayou Playhouse staff, and the city of Lockport for offering their backyard to us.
New Orleans, I strongly suggest you join us out there. Living in the city, we so often fail to experience the natural beauty and simple grace of the surrounding areas, and Lockport has beauty and grace to spare. The theater hangs over the Bayou Lafourche… you can see massive tankers being worked on in the distance, you can look at the beautiful streets and homes of this strong community, or you can be content to watch the water gracefully drift. Any direction you are looking you will be content.
This “micro-tour” is an attempt by Cripple Creek to engage with the surrounding communities of New Orleans in the dialogue we have been having for eight years. For our theatrical community to grow in strength and influence, we as artists need to make ourselves accessible to as many different kinds of audiences as possible. And sometimes that simply means packing up a vision of dystopian reality and moving it 60 miles to the southwest. In this year already so full of newness and surprises, we cannot wait to see what Lockport has in store. Please join us.
See Possum Kingdom. See Lockport. See Louisiana in a whole new way.