So, have I mentioned that I did How I Learned in New Orleans? It was pretty awesome. Let's talk about it using the magic of still photography.
This is the stellar lineup of NOLA locals, plus me. Don't we look good together?
My super talented and ever-modest friend Richard Read has lived in NOLA for over a decade. He is the co-founder of Running With Scissors, a well-loved theatre group for which he also writes, produces and directs see-it-to-believe-it productions such as Valley of the Dolls and, one of my all-time faves, Hedwig and the Angry Inch. I asked him if he thought we could collaborate on a How I Learned show in New Orleans and he was all, "Yeah. Totally." I asked him what he thought the theme should be and he was all, "Sex. Obviously." And then he simply tapped my reading series on its little head with his magic wand and turned it into a sold out two-night event at a cabaret theatre with real tickets, a sound booth and some fabulous queens in the front row. He produced the shit out of How I Learned, and for the first time since I started this series back in January, I actually didn't have that much to do except emcee, look pretty and get nervous.
The venue was Le Chat Noir. There was a real stage and everything--not to mention a green room with makeup mirrors framed by lightbulbs. It was pretty much my childhood dream come true. The first night was nearly bought out by the magical Mystic Krewe of Satyricon, one of NOLA's largest gay Carnival krewes.
Tickets were twenty-one dollars, people. I'll just let that sink in for a minute.
PS. Hope to see you at Happy Ending on April 28th for How I Learned Once was Enough! Stay tuned for details...