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SOUTHERN REP THEATRE PRESENTS “MANDATORY MERRIMENT” and “INSIDE THE CREOLE MAFIA”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Michael Guillot Marketing Manager, Southen Rep 225-747-9177 michael@southernrep.com

“MANDATORY MERRIMENT” CREATED BY LESLIE CASTAY AND IAN HOCHBOOK

BY IAN HOCH DIRECTED BY LESLIE CASTAY
CASTING ANNOUNCED DECEMBER 4 – 29, 2019

AT SOUTHERN REP THEATRE 2541 BAYOU ROAD


NEW ORLEANS
(November 18, 2019) – Southern Rep Theatre presents MANDATORY MERRIMENT, created by Leslie Castay and Ian Hoch. Directed by Leslie Castay, with book by Ian Hoch and Musical Direction by Ainsley Matich, the production begins performances Wednesday, December 4, and runs through Sunday, December 29 at Southern Rep, located at 2541 Bayou Road, New Orleans.


The cast of MANDATORY MERRIMENT features Troy Poplous (Benny), Patrick Cragin (Dewey), Whitney Mixon (Angela), Chivas Michael (Curtis), Meredith Long(Maggie), and Ian Hoch (Ryan). The design team includes David Raphel (scenic design), Mandi Wood (lighting), David Rigamer (sound design), Kara Borasch (props), James Lanius (projection design), and original costumes by Julie Winn.


Back by popular demand with new jokes for a new year! This festive and raucous musical puts traditional holiday plays on notice! When circumstances beyond their control strand six strangers together at Benny’s Tavern in the French Quarter just two days before Christmas, they’re forced to find new ways to celebrate the season. Don’t miss Leslie Castay and Ian Hoch’s irreverent evening of song, comedy, and holiday cocktails, featuring an all-star cast of your favorite New Orleans entertainers.

Press performances will be held Saturday, December 7 at 7:30 PM, Sunday, December 8 at 3:00 PM and Monday, December 9 at 7:00 PM (Opening Night). For press tickets, please email Michael Guillot at michael@southernrep.com.


FOR LISTINGS Performance schedule for MANDATORY MERRIMENT is as follows:

Week 1: December 4 – 7 at 7:30 PM, December 8 at 3:00 PM, December 9 at 7:00 PM

Week 2: December 12 – 14 at 7:30 PM, December 15 at 3:00 PM

Week 3: December 19 – 21 at 7:30 PM, December 22 at 3:00 PM

Week 4: December 26 – 28 at 7:30 PM, December 29 at 3:00 PM


Season Subscriptions are available for purchase now. Single tickets are now on-sale and can be purchased at www.southernrep.com.
Southern Rep’s 2019-20 Mainstage season premiered September 11, 2019 with AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY by Tracy Letts, followed by NATIVE GARDENS by Karen Zacarias. Following Mandatory Merriment will be Bertolt Brecht’s MOTHER COURAGE AND HER CHILDREN, translated by Ntozake Shange. The season will also feature the NNPN (National New Play Network) Rolling World Premiere of REYKJAVIK by Steve Yockey (in partnership with the Saints & Sinners Literary Festival), and the home-grown World Premiere of CHEMIN DU BAYOU by New Orleans playwright Pamela Davis-Noland.

Single tickets for MANDATORY MERRIMENT are on-sale now. To purchase subscriptions and learn more about subscription benefits and the 2019-20 Mainstage Season, visit www.southernrep.com or call the box office at 504-522-6545.
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INSIDE THE CREOLE MAFIA

Created and performed by Mark Broyard and Roger Guenveur Smith

INSIDE THE CREOLE MAFIA, Mark Broyard and Roger Guenveur Smith’s award-winning “not-too-dark comedy,” returns to its roots with an exclusive limited engagement at Southern Rep. For nearly three decades, Broyard and Smith have performed the musically inspired duet, described by the New York Times’ Margo Jefferson as “hilarious.” INSIDE THE CREOLE MAFIA is an ever-fluid, largely improvised meditation on Creole culture—both the homegrown and in-exile varieties—and is served up with big helpings of red beans and race. The Mafia take on supremacists of all stripes, armed with fine-toothed combs, brown paper bags, and hot sauce-infused holy water.



Mark Broyard is a composer, vocalist, and assemblage artist whose acclaimed work is seminal in the historically essential Los Angeles Creole community. Among Roger Guenveur Smith’s solos are A HUEY P. NEWTON STORY, RODNEY KING, and FREDERICK DOUGLASS NOW. His many screen credits include EVE’S BAYOU, QUEEN SUGAR, and the upcoming #FREERAYSHAWN.
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