POSTPONED DUE TO DELTA COVID SURGE.
It is with heavy hearts that we have to communicate to our TWTC family that we must postpone, again, For Whom the Southern Belle Tolls until we are no longer experiencing this unprecedented Delta surge event in the ongoing pandemic.
Co-Founding Artistic Directors Nick and Augustin, along with our board of directors, have had to make this very hard decision just a week before beginning rehearsals for the health and wellbeing for our artists, and because it is the responsible choice for the community and the company.
Yesterday, Louisiana reported the most new cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic. In spite of requiring full vaccination to work with TWTC, we are still not safe enough from infection or transmitting to others for us to begin rehearsing. Weeks and months ago, we were optimistic and even the best medical advice would have indicated we could safely rehearse and perform. Poor decisions by others proved our optimism misplaced. A too-large number of eligible unvaccinated individuals opened wide the door for this dangerous new variant.
Our choice was based on the advice of medical professionals close to the company and CDC data. Based on the pattern of similar spikes, we expect a new case and hospitalization peak when we would have entered tech week prior to opening.
This means we would have likely had several disruptions in rehearsals and apprehension would have kept audiences away once the show opens, meaning houses would be mostly empty.
Safety first and aside, the experience would likely be a poor one for all of us. To be clear: even vaccinated individuals are not adequately protected from the Delta variant so as to be in close quarters with others. “Breakthrough” cases as they are being termed are becoming too common for comfort. So we have to wait.
We are fully committed to return to producing live theatre here in the city we love once it's safe. In the meantime, keep safe.
In his lifetime, Tennessee Williams prohibited his plays from being performed in segregated venues.
Decades later, American society continues to fall short in regards to its treatment of all people as equal.
Today, TWTC stands firmly in solidarity with our Black community and the Black incredible artists and audiences that make New Orleans one of the most culturally vibrant cities in the country.
At its best, theatre holds a mirror up to society and asks us each to see ourselves in the lives, wishes, needs and desires of other people. It challenges us to acknowledge and accept our interdependence upon one another. It shines a light on the human heart and aims to teach us how to solve problems of the heart and collective spirit. It infuses our hearts and minds with empathy. It reminds us of our shared humanity. It makes us look on those things we don’t want to see but that holds us back and might harm others...or ourselves.
Systemic racism is our national disease and we are committed to doing our part to make way for and create opportunities to include Black voices to be heard.
Augustin J Correro
Founding Co-Artistic Directors
Tennessee Williams Theatre Company Joins Loyola University New Orleans in Professional Residency
Exciting new partnership brings performances to Loyola
(NEW ORLEANS – March 29, 2019) The Tennessee Williams Theatre Company of New Orleans is officially in residence at Loyola University New Orleans! Based in the city that Williams called his home and his inspiration, the Tennessee Williams Theatre Company is the only professional theatre company in the U.S. committed solely to producing plays with a major focus on the works of America’s greatest playwright.
The fun starts this month with a company performance of Suddenly Last Summer, to be conducted from March 28 to April 13 in Loyola’s Lower Depths Theatre in collaboration with the annual Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival. Following a pre-arranged performance this summer at the Marigny Opera House, the company will perform at Loyola.
“Loyola University New Orleans has a history of welcoming professional theatre companies and practitioners to campus, as a way of continuing to nurture our students’ education and professional development,” said C. Patrick Gendusa, who was announced this month as the new chair of Loyola’s Department of Theatre Arts and Dance in Loyola’s College of Music and Media.
“One of our goals is to develop an ongoing collaborative relationship and internship program with the Tennessee Williams Theatre Company, while enjoying the opportunity to bring an entire new audience to our campus.”
Gendusa, who helped usher in Loyola’s musical theatre degree program several years ago, this month directs Violet, a multi-award winning musical with music by Jeanine Tesori and lyrics by Brian Crawley. Gendusa has lined up an exciting 2019-2020 theatre season, bringing exciting new directors to campus, including Bryan Batt and Tom Cianfini, Mark Routhier, and Anne-Liese Juge Fox.
Gendusa has also lined up master classes and visits to campus from leading artists, beginning with an upcoming master class for Loyola students with choreographer Phil Colgan, dance captain and company member for the national tour of Hamilton.
“We are excited to enter our fifth season with this exciting partnership,” said Nick Shackleford, Co-Artistic Director for the Tennessee Williams Theatre Company. “We have rapidly grown as a newer theatre in town, and we are honored to call Loyola University New Orleans home for our artists and burgeoning audience—and of course, we look forward to creating meaningful opportunities for Loyola’s diverse and talented student population.”
TWTC would like to give a special thanks to:
Department Chair: C. Patrick Gendusa
& Laura Hope, Marty Aikens and TWTC Board Member Jeffrey LaHoste!