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SOUTHERN REP DEBUTS WORLD PREMIERE OF MOLD

AIMÉE HAYES, PRODUCING ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

THEATRE NEWS * * * FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

For More Information please contact:  pr@southernrep.com

BY JOHN BIGUENET

February 27, 2012,

New Orleans - Southern Rep Theatre continues its 26th Season Mainstage Series with the World Premiere of MOLD by John Biguenet at The Contemporary Arts Center directed by Mark Routhier starring Trey Burvant, Kerry Cahill, Randy Maggiore, and Carol Sutton.  In MOLD, John Biguenet, Louisiana Writer of the Year 2012, completes his award-winning Rising Water Trilogy including RISING WATER and SHOTGUN about the flooding of New Orleans and its aftermath.  Set the summer after the levee collapse MOLD depicts a young husband forced to choose between his wife and the city he loves.  The production runs between March 20 and April 14.

"Southern Rep Theatre instigated the Rising Water Trilogy in 2006 with a commission for John so it is incredibly rewarding to realize this final installment of his exploration of love among the ruins or more directly Big-Easy-life-post-2005. MOLD eloquently speaks to the resilience and strength of New Orleanians via quite a bit of laughter and just a few tears. During the production's run we look forward to many talkbacks not only to engage with the play but also to check in with our audiences including those who started this journey with RISING WATER and SHOTGUN and welcoming new audiences to both the city and John's work"

-Aimee Hayes, Producing Artistic Director

MOLD is the third installment of the Rising Water Trilogy which is being produced simultaneously across the state with Swine Palace of Baton Rouge producing RISING WATER, March 6-17, and Acting Unlimited Inc. of Lafayette producing SHOTGUN, March 9-17.

John Biguenet's Mold is the last installation of his Rising Water Trilogy.  The trilogy explores the repercussions of a terrible tragedy in New Orleans history and this final part is an important part of the American playwriting canon.  I feel honored to be a part of it.

-Mark Routhier, Director, MOLD

Southern Rep and 504ward have teamed up to introduce the next generation of arts enthusiasts and supporters to Southern Rep followed by cocktails and a talkback by playwright, John Biguenet.  504ward Night, Wed March 20th, Preview Performance at the CAC.

Attention All Bloggers and Book Clubs: Join us for The Night of Bloggers and Book Clubs! Our Thursday, March 21st, Preview Performance welcomes local bloggers to attend the show on us. If your publication or business has a blogger on staff, send them our way and we will have two tickets waiting for them. Please contact our Box Office at 504.522.6545 to take advantage of this special offer. This offer is only good for the March 21st performance.  Attention All Book Clubs: Come see the show and enjoy a talkback with Louisiana Writer of Year 2012, John Biguenet, after the Preview Performance on Thursday, March 21st.  Group discounts are available, contact our box office at boxoffice@southernrep.com.

Get informed! Support Gulf Restoration Network and join in a talkback with playwright, John Biguenet, and Aaron Viles of Gulf Restoration Network as they discuss the intersection of Art and Action during a panel discussion which will take place after the Friday, March 22nd, Preview Performance at the CAC. This preview is $25 with $5 dollars of each ticket sold going to the Gulf Restoration Network.

Pay What You Can Night! Thursday, March 28, 7:30pm is Southern Rep's Pay What You Can performance.

The award-winning design team includes Set Design by Geoffrey Hall; Lighting Design by Martin Sachs; Costume Design by Veronica Russell; Sound Design by Mike Harkins; and Prop Design by Emily Ross.

JOHN BIGUENET has published seven books, including Oyster, a novel, and The Torturer's Apprentice: Stories, released in the U.S. by Ecco/HarperCollins and widely translated.  His work has received an O. Henry Award for short fiction and a Harper's Magazine Writing Award among other distinctions, and his poems, stories, plays, and essays have been reprinted or cited in The Best American Mystery Stories, Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards, The Best American Short Stories, Best Music Writing, Contemporary Poetry in America, Katrina on Stage, and various other anthologies.  His work has appeared in such magazines as Granta, Esquire, North American Review, Oxford American, Playboy, Storie (Rome), Story, and Zoetrope.  Named its first guest columnist by The New York Times, Biguenet chronicled in both columns and videos his return to New Orleans after its catastrophic flooding and the efforts to rebuild the city.

Biguenet's radio play WUNDMALE, which premiered on Westdeutscher Rundfunk, Germany's largest radio network, was rebroadcast by Österreichischer Rundfunk, the Austrian national radio and television network. Two of his stories have been featured in Selected Shorts at Symphony Space on Broadway, the Long Wharf Theatre, and elsewhere.  THE VULGAR SOUL won the 2004 Southern New Plays Festival and was a featured production in 2005 at Southern Rep Theatre; he and the play were profiled in American Theatre magazine.  RISING WATER was the winner of the 2006 National New Play Network Commission Award, a 2006 National Showcase of New Plays selection, and a 2007 recipient of an Access to Artistic Excellence development and production grant from the National Endowment for the Arts as well as the 2007 Big Easy Theatre Award for Best Original Play; it has had numerous productions around the country.  SHOTGUN, the second play in his Rising Water cycle, premiered in 2009 at Southern Rep Theatre, with subsequent productions at the Orlando Shakespeare Theater and Florida Studio Theatre, both in 2010; it won a 2009 National New Play Network Continued Life of New Plays Fund Award and was a 2009 recipient of an Access to Artistic Excellence development and production grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.  SHOTGUN is published by Dramatists Play Service, Inc.  His ongoing trilogy of plays about the flooding of New Orleans has been the subject of articles in American Theatre, The American Scholar, and elsewhere.  He was awarded a Marquette Fellowship for the writing of NIGHT TRAIN, his new play, which he developed on a Studio Attachment at the National Theatre in London and which premiered at New Jersey Rep Theatre in 2011.  In 2008, Biguenet was named Theatre Person of the Year at the Big Easy Theatre Awards, the region's major professional theater awards.  He received the Louisiana Writer Award in 2012.

Having served twice as president of the American Literary Translators Association and as writer-in-residence at various universities, he is currently the Robert Hunter Distinguished University Professor at Loyola University in New Orleans.

TREY BURVANT earned his Masters in Fine Arts in Acting from The Moscow Art Theatre/American Repertory Theatre's Advanced Theatre Training Program at Harvard University.  A veteran actor for over 20 years,  he has performed in New York and regionally at such theatres as the American Repertory Theatre, Guthrie Theatre, Boston Theatreworks, Santa Fe Shakespeare, Speakeasy Stage, Public Theatre of Maine, Tulane Shakespeare, and Southern Repertory Theatre.  He has appeared in over a dozen regional and national commercials; his selected film and television credits include: Guiding Light, Final Destination IV,  Bad Lieutenant, I Love You Phillip Morris, The Lucky One, The Campaign, Treme, Drop Dead Diva & GI Joe: Retaliation. 

KERRY CAHILL has studied at the British American Drama Academy, Queen's University in Belfast, Loyola University New Orleans, and Second City Chicago. She has worked with Young Audiences, Voices for Children, and the Princeton Review. Kerry writes for the current 3X3 production series with Southern Repertory Theatre and is working on her first full length play. In New Orleans, Kerry has been seen in ZOMBIETOWN, ORANGE FLOWER WATER, LYSISTRATA, and WOLVES.  She also pursues film and TV and will be appearing in Paul Walker's upcoming film Hours as well as The Devil's Knot with Reese Witherspoon.

RANDY MAGGIORE last appeared with Southern Rep as Mr. Marx in INTIMATE APPAREL (2004) and as Henri in the first production of OKRA (2005). Other roles include: Larry in CLOSER with Jonathan Mares Productions at the Always Lounge, Baptista in TAMING OF THE SHREW with the Shakespeare Festival at Tulane, as Simon in, I HAVE BEFORE ME A REMARKABLE DOCUMENT GIVEN TO ME BY A YOUNG LADY FROM RWANDA at Theatre in the Square in Marietta, GA., and most recently with Michael Martin and Richard Mayer in VERBATIM VERBOTEN: THE INVASION OF PRIVACY REVIEW at the Shadowbox Theatre. Randy is also a teacher and director with the Grace King High School Theatre Program and very exited to be working once again with Southern Rep and such a great cast and crew!

CAROL SUTTON is a native New Orleanian who has appeared on stage for 45 years. She began her career with Dashiki Project Theatre under the guidance of the legendary Dr.Ted Gillian. Miss Sutton has also appeared in over 70 films, including The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman, Runaway Jury, Ray, 21 Jump Street and The Help. She is the mother of two and grandmother of five very high maintenance girls and has the good sense to know that without GOD, none of this would be possible.

AARON VILES is the Deputy Director of the Gulf Restoration Network, an 18 year old environmental advocacy group exclusively focused on the health of the Gulf of Mexico. Aaron is a graduate of Green Corps, and began his work as an environmental organizer as a student at the University of Washington.   Aaron was a founding advisor of the Gulf Coast Fund for Community Renewal and Ecological Health, served on the environmental transition team of Governor Bobby Jindal, and a fellow of the Loyola Institute for Environmental Communications.  In his work for the Gulf he has testified in front of Congress and appeared on CNN, the PBS NewsHour, NBC News, and has been quoted in the New York Times, the Washington Post and many other media outlets.

INTERVIEWS:  For photo requests or interviews with cast, directors or designers or Producing Artistic Director, Aimée Hayes, please contact Marketing Associate, Anthony Carpenter, at pr@southernrep.com.

LISTING INFORMATION:  MOLD. Written by John Biguenet.  Directed by Mark Routhier. Starring: Trey Burvant, Kerry Cahill, Randy Maggiore, and Carol Sutton.

BOOKING TICKETS: 

Contact:  Southern Rep Theatre Box Office  504.522.6545 or book online at http://www.southernrep.com/

PERFORMANCE TIMES: MOLD runs from March 20th through April 14th.

Preview           Wednesday, March 20, 7:30pm     504ward and Southern Rep    

Preview           Thursday, March 21, 7:30pm     Bloggers and Book Clubs Night

Preview           Friday, March 22, 7:30pm     Gulf Restoration Network Night and PANEL after the performance with John Biguenet and Aaron Viles

Opening          Saturday, March 23, 7:30pm

Performance    Sunday, March 24, 2:00pm

Performance    Thursday, March 28, 7:30pm **Pay what you can**

Performance    Friday, March 29, 7:30pm

Performance    Saturday, March 30, 7:30pm

Performance    Sunday, March 31, 2:00pm

Performance    Thursday, April 4, 7:30pm

Performance    Friday, April 5, 7:30pm

Performance    Saturday, April 6, 7:30pm

Performance    Sunday, April 7, 2:00pm

Performance    Thursday, April 11, 7:30pm

Performance    Friday, April 12, 7:30pm

Performance    Saturday, April 13, 7:30pm

Closing    Sunday, April 14, 2:00pm

TICKET PRICES: 

Previews: $20 - (Friday's Preview is $25 with $5 dollars being donated to Gulf Restoration Network for every ticket sold) All other tickets are $35.

Discounts are $5 for seniors, students, teachers, military personnel (active or veteran), and theatre professionals with proper ID.

Student Rush Tickets available 15 minutes before curtain with valid student ID. Cash only.

Pay What You Can: Thursday March 28, 7:30pm.

LOCATION:  The Freeport-McMoRan Theater at The Contemporary Arts Center, 900 Camp Street, New Orleans LA.

PARKING: Curbside, metered parking is available on nearby streets (FREE on Sundays, holidays, and everyday after 6pm). Parking is also available in nearby Premium Parking lots (please pay with cash or credit card at machine in lots). 

SYNOPSIS: Completing his award-winning trilogy of plays about the flooding of New Orleans and its aftermath, John Biguenet follows RISING WATER and SHOTGUN with MOLD, set the summer after the levee collapse, in which a young husband is forced to choose between his wife and the city he loves.

Southern Rep Theatre enters its 26th Season as the region's premiere professional theatre and continues to produce bold world and regional premieres under the leadership of Producing Artistic Director, Aimée Hayes.  In addition to Southern Rep's ongoing commitment to new play development with exciting programs like the 6X6 Play Slam and its PlayLab, DEBAUCHERY, and our new play award for women of color playwrights, The Ruby Prize, the company's Mainstage work includes the best of Broadway, off-Broadway and classic plays.  Southern Rep Theatre offers educational programs such as YO NOLA, free student matinees, $10 student rush tickets and Academy SRT; as well as providing an artistic home to new works in development in the annual NEW PLAY BACCHANAL.