On Friday, March 23rd at 8pm, the People Say Project teams up with the Tennessee Williams Festival for an evening of live performances dedicated to the work of Lafcadio Hearn and the New Orleans he wrote about from 1877 to 1887. Part of the Festival’s late night programming, the show takes place at the New Orleans Healing Center, located at 2372 St. Claude Avenue.
In a choreographed evening of readings and performances, the People Say Project will present a diverse collection of up-and-coming talents, showcasing the city’s bohemian tradition while looking back at a figure who left an indelible mark on the world’s image of New Orleans. Performers include burlesque stars Trixie Minx and Chris Lane of Fleur de Tease, musician Ratty Scurvics, poet Chuck Perkins, playwright Andrew Vaught of the Cripple Creek Theater Company, the Hip-ocracy belly dancers, slam poet Kataalyst Alcindor, and writer CW Cannon.
In his introduction to the collection Inventing New Orleans: The Writings of Lafcadio Hearn, S. Fredrick Starr observes:
Louisiana represents the heart over the intellect, spontaneity over calculation, instinct over reason, music over the word, forgiveness over judgment, impermanence over permanence, and community over the isolated and alienated individual. Arguably the first writer to employ Louisiana settings to explore the entirety of this rich and provocative melange of topics, and to do so with an artistry that set the tone for most who followed, was Lafcadio Hearn.
Come celebrate the heart, spontaneity, instinct, music, forgiveness, impermanence, and community with us!
Tickets are $15, available on the Tennessee Williams Festival website.
The New Orleans Healing Center is located at 2372 St. Claude Avenue, at the corner of St. Roch.
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