“The Cradle Will Rock” by Marc Blitzstein: 2015

Cripple Creek Theatre Company (CCTC) returns to action with the launch of an eight-month long community engagement and performance series, The Civilian Theatre Project. The Civilian Theatre Project will explore the necessity of organizing as a vehicle for positive social change and celebrate collective bargaining institutions within our city through performance and community partnerships. This bold venture into civic artistry is presented in partnership with The Music and Culture Coalition of New Orleans (MACCNO). The Civilian Theatre Project will consist of a staged reading of Revolt of the Beavers on March 28 & 29 at 8 pm at Stein’s Market & Deli (2207 Magazine St.), and a full production of Marc Blitzstein’s 1937 political opera The Cradle Will Rock from August 7 – 23 at The Marigny Opera House (725 St. Ferdinand St.). CCTC believes theatre is a vital act of community engagement that should be accessible to all people, and for this reason all Civilian Theatre performance events will be FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

Revolt of the Beavers
March 28 – 29 at Stein’s Market & Deli (2207 Magazine St.)
Saturday and Sunday at 8 pm
In anticipation for The Cradle Will Rock production, Cripple Creek will present a staged reading of another Works Progress Administration (WPA) play. Revolt of the Beavers, written by Oscar Saul and Louis Lantz and labeled “Marxism à
la Mother Goose”, is a fantastical musical following two children into “Beaverland,” who help overthrow a tyrannical beaver chief that forces beavers to work without pay. Original music will be composed by local musician Byron Asher, Cripple Creek’s own Jessica Lozano will direct, and the show will feature a promenade of local luminaries in theatre and music.

The Cradle Will Rock
August 7 – 23 at The Marigny Opera House (725 St. Ferdinand St.)
Performances Friday – Sunday at 8 pm
Written by Marc Blizenstein, The Cradle Will Rock explores the difficulty and necessity of collective action. With musical direction by avant garde classical composer, Tucker Fuller, CCTC’s production of The Cradle Will Rock will both herald the outstanding artistry in the play’s history and contemplate its impact for New Orleans citizens today. Cripple Creek believes that theatre is a civic necessity like roads, schools, and libraries. In a city where seemingly all of these vital services dangle in jeopardy, it is the duty of an invested and active populace to secure them. By offering this show free to the public, CCTC hopes to foster that civic duty. To support the free performances, Cripple Creek will host a Kickstarter campaign, 40 Days and 40 Nights of Free Theatre, which will be live from March 27 to May 6.

The Music and Culture Coalition of New Orleans (MaCCNO), is a broad-based coalition working to bridge the gap between the needs of the cultural community and legal/government policy in New Orleans.

This project is supported by a Community Partnership grant from The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation, funding from the Keller Family Foundation, and the New Orleans Theatre Association.