Selected Shorts: NOLA: Jazzy Tales from the Big Easy
Peter Jay Sharp Theatre at Symphony Space
JUST ADDED! Treme star Clarke Peters!
The magic, haunting and exuberant city that has inspired many artists is the heart of this evening: NOLA native Patricia Clarkson, Treme star Clarke Peters, Michael Cerveris, and Amy Ryan read scene-setting poetry, a poignant love story by Eudora Welty, a raucous selection from John Kennedy Toole's The Confederacy of Dunces and a story about a jazz piano teacher set on Treme Street, by Treme writer Lolis Eric Elie. The evening will also include a reading of a Tennessee Williams poem and a literary tour of the Big Easy by its part-time resident, humorist Roy Blount, Jr. (Feet on the Street: Rambles Around New Orleans) and a performance by New Orleans piano legend Henry Butler.
Juyanne James' story "You Don't Know Me, Child" will be read by Francois Battiste, as part of the Selected Shorts Commissioning Project.