We have not spoken in some time. I hope this letter finds you well, excited for colder weather, and taking advantage of the wonderful artistic ventures this city is currently offering. In our time away from the theatrical trenches, Cripple Creek has been thinking hard about who we are as a company and what it is we are really trying to accomplish. I must thank you from the deepest place of gratitude for all of your support and encouragement during this delicate and necessary time. Cripple Creek is returning to the stage in August 2015 with Mark Blitzstein’s The Cradle Will Rock.
This show is what we were planning to produce before we took our break, but I’d like to stress that Cripple Creek is not picking up where we left off. We are taking our time off to seriously explore the type of theatre we can make – theatre that will fulfill our mission and continually restore our energy as artists and civic actors. So, while the play remains the same, our philosophy has changed. We will make this play accessible to every citizen in this city. I don’t want to say too much. None of what I’m telling you is a secret, but it’s better to let our actions speak while the notion of Cripple Creek producing another show loses its novelty.
What I will say is this:
1. Auditions are the first two weekends in January; email me for more info or to sign up.
2. We want to create a production that is truly representative of the artistic community of New Orleans. That means going a step beyond saying that all races, ethnicities, orientations and identities are welcome, and stressing how truly revolutionary the image of a diverse and, dare I say, integrated cast and crew can be. As artists we have a job to create worlds as they should and could be. Cripple Creek seeks to present The Cradle Will Rock with a truly representative cast, crew and production team. Help us make this show an example of the city that we fight for, not the one that exists on paper.
3. We won’t be having an eight-month rehearsal period, but we realize awesome opportunities appear each day for theatrical creation as this city’s artists grow in talent, focus, and intention. We want to respect that, which is why we’re holding auditions in January. We hope that the many inspiring individuals who contribute every day to our artistic language feel comfortable and welcome to come see us, read some pages and sing a little bit.
4. Cripple Creek seeks, and has always sought, to wed our creative expression with the real-life victories that so often go unrecognized. This production will feature inspiring organizations using the tools at their disposal to protect the minds, bodies, and souls of this city.
5. At some point between now and August, look for another Cripple Creek production that explores the vital and mystical link between American labor, education, and beavers. It’s clearer than you think.
Thank you for reading. And thank you for the kind words and thoughts that you have given us in these past few months. Our work with Cradle is an experiment in civic artistry. Because of you and the experiences we have shared, Cripple Creek is excited to discover the results.