For all the yapping I do about New Orleans theatre, it's about time I put up or shut up. Tonight's the night! Thursday, April 10 at 8:30pm, Mona Rogers in Person opens a 4-night run at the Sidearm Gallery. See actors Michael Martin, Elizabeth McCarthy, Frederick Mead (that's me!), Mary Pauley, and Holly Walker transform into different incarnations of the burlesque queen, Mona Rogers.
Mona Rogers in Person is a 90-minute, one-woman play interpreted by 5 male and female actors. The play is a verbally and physically explosive exploration of womanhood gone beserk, a nightmarishly hilarious story about a woman with a media-instilled appetite for fame. Can you tell I'm having a good time? Written by the late brother of famed songstress Diamanda Galas, playwright Phillip-Dimitri Galas described Mona Rogers in Person as "avant-vaudeville". His script is an incantatory collage designed for high-voltage performance. It debuted in 1985 at the La Jolly Museum of Contemporary Art.
The New Orleans premier of Mona Rogers in Person is directed by Agnes de Garron, a New York performance artist, choreographer, and puppeteer. A founding member of the San Francisco performance/social activist group, The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, Agnes received the 2007 "Legend of the Year" award from the Fresh Fruit Festival in New York.
Call for reservations: 504 218 8379. Regular ticket price is $12, and discounts are available to students, seniors, and returning customers.
Performances are April 10, 11, 12 and 13 (Thursday through Sunday) at 8:30p.m., including Sunday.
Sidearm Gallery (www.sidearmgallery.org) is located in the Bywater just off St Claude at 1122 St Roch, facing the upriver side of St Roch Fish Market.