Hartford Stage Veteran Maxwell Williams Appointed Artistic Director of Le Petit Theatre; Katie Hallman Hired as Managing Director 

 
December 18, 2014, New Orleans, LA - The Board of Governors of Le Petit Théâtre du Vieux Carré announced the hiring of Maxwell Williams, Associate Artistic Director of the highly regarded Hartford Stage in Connecticut, as the theatre's new Artistic Director. Williams has been a member of the Hartford Stage artistic team for several years, serving as Associate Artistic Director for the past three seasons.   Hartford Stage seasons regularly include world premieres of plays and musicals by established and emerging writers, including the 2011 Pulitzer Prize winner Water by the Spoonful and the recent Broadway hit, A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder
 
He is currently directing Hartford Stage's annual production of A Christmas Carol—A Ghost Story of Christmas.  Williams will officially begin at Le Petit in mid-March, after wrapping up his direction of Matthew Lopez' Reverberation, making its world premiere at Hartford Stage Feb. 19- March 15.
 
"Simply put, Maxwell Williams' theatre credentials are outstanding and a perfect fit for Le Petit," said Bruce Hoefer, president of the Board of Governors of Le Petit Theatre.  "He has a deep passion for New Orleans and the board of governors was impressed by his vision for Le Petit, which will cherish our legacy as a cultural icon while raising our profile on a local, regional and national level."  
 
"I am entirely thrilled to be joining the wonderful team at Le Petit Théâtre du Vieux Carré as Artistic Director.  I have been in love with New Orleans since I first visited 15 years ago, and the opportunity to contribute to the exquisite cultural heritage of the city is very much a dream come true," said Williams, 36. "The staff and board of Le Petit have worked incredibly hard to lay the foundation for continued success, and I am very eager to get to know the acting community in New Orleans, and to work with the board of governors and staff to grow the theatre, its audience and its legacy."
 
His other Hartford Stage credits include Vanya and Sonya and Masha and Spike, Boeing Boeing, The 39 Steps, and Dying City. He has directed world premieres and revivals at theaters across the country, including 59E59 Theatres, Bank Street Theatre, Cleveland Play House, Hartford TheaterWorks, Capital Repertory Theatre, Majestic Theater, Chance Theater, Workshop Theater Company, and Monomoy Theater, as well as work for the Pasadena Playhouse, Paper Mill Playhouse, Primary Stages, and the Alley Theatre, Houston. 
 
 In New York, he served as associate director for the Broadway production of Horton Foote’s Dividing the Estate, as well as Foote’s 9-play epic The Orphans’ Home Cycle (Hartford Stage and Signature Theatre), and has assistant directed on Broadway, for Roundabout Theatre Company, Manhattan Theatre Club, Lincoln Center Theatre, Philadelphia Theatre Company and the American Repertory Theatre.
 
A member of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab and Directors Lab West, Williams has been adjunct faculty or visiting artist at NYU, Trinity College, Mt. Holyoke College, and the Hartt School, University of Hartford, from which he graduated with honors in the inaugural class of the Theatre Division.
 
Katie Hallman Hired as Le Petit Theatre Managing Director
Katie Hallman has been hired as Le Petit's Managing Director responsible for the business aspects of the theatre, including all accounting, rental agreements, contracts, budgeting, facility maintenance, box office, front of house and the overall day-to-day operations of the theatre. While serving as Manhattan Concert Production’s (MCP) Director of Concert Operations in New York, Ms. Hallman oversaw over 55 large scale productions at venues including Lincoln Center (Avery Fisher Hall and Alice Tully Hall), Orchestra Hall in Chicago, the Kennedy Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center, and dozens of concerts Carnegie Hall.
 
She now serves as Associate Producer for MCP's Broadway Series, presenting the acclaimed concert performances of Ragtime and Titanic, Lincoln Center, in 2013 and 2014. In 2015, MCP will present Parade at Avery Fisher Hall. Prior to her work with MCP, Ms. Hallman held positions at Le Poisson Rouge (New York), and The Guthrie Theater (Minneapolis).
 
"We are beyond excited to have Katie Hallman join our team," said Fred Lay, Treasurer of the Board of Governors of Le Petit Theatre.  "We are very enthusiastic and confident that the experience and energy that she brings to Le Petit will translate into a very bright future."
 
A native Iowan, Hallman, 29,  moved to New Orleans in July and now calls it home. She holds a Master of Arts in Music Business from New York University, and a bachelor’s degree from Luther College.
 
About Le Petit Theatre
Tickets are on sale now for Jesus Christ Superstar which runs Jan. 16 - 30 at Le Petit Theatre. For tickets visit www.lepetittheatre.com . Phone: 504-522-2081.  Email:  info@lepetittheatre.com.  Directed by Augustin Correro, lyrics by Tim Rice and music by Andrew Lloyd Weber.
 
A 501(c)(3) performing arts organization, Le Petit Theatre’s mission is to provide a wide range of quality theatrical productions and programming to entertain, enrich, and educate the diverse population of the region and enhance the economic vitality of New Orleans.

 

Dr. John Will Ring in the New Year at Le Petit Theatre


NEW ORLEANS, LA – December 15, 2014 Dickie Brennan & Co. presents an exclusive New Year’s Eve performance starring the legendary Dr. John at Le Petit Theatre.  Dr. John is the first artist to perform in the Intimate Evening Series at Le Petit Theatre. The series will run throughout 2015 and will feature musicians, comedians, dramatic entertainment and more to complement the theatrical offerings of Le Petit Theatre.

The legendary Dr. John is a six-time Grammy Award-winning musician and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee. Known throughout the world as the embodiment of New Orleans' musical legacy, Dr. John is a true icon in American culture. His colorful musical career began in the 1950s when he wrote and played guitar on some of the greatest records to come out of the Crescent City, including recordings by Professor Longhair, Art Neville, Joe Tex and Frankie Ford.  Dr. John's new tribute album honoring Louis Armstrong, "Ske-Dat-De-Dat: The Spirit of Satch" debuted at #1 on Billboard's Jazz Chart.

 

Tickets are $150.00 for General Seating and $200.00 for Premium Seating. The doors open at 9:00 p.m. and guests will enjoy a complimentary glass of sparkling wine.  Dr. John will begin his performance at 10:00 p.m. This will be Dr. John’s only scheduled performance in New Orleans prior to his 2015 Tour starting in the spring.

Tickets can be purchased online below.

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A SUPERSTAR FOR THE 21ST CENTURY:

CAST ANNOUNCED FOR

 JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR 

AT LE PETIT THEATRE DU VIEUX CARRE

January 16, 17, 21, 22, 23, 24, 29, 30 @ 7:30 pm

Jan. 25 @ 3:00 pm

Tickets: $30 - $50

www.lepetittheatre.com; 504-522-2081

Lead actors Adair Watkins as Judas, Gentry Williams as Jesus and Elyse McDaniel as Mary Magdalene.

A man claims to be the Messiah -  the Chosen One - and stirs controversy everywhere he goes. He is accepted by some and rejected by many. It is a story that has resonated over 2,000 years.

That's where Le Petit Theatre's production of Jesus Christ Superstar begins.  The legendary rock opera written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice opens Jan. 16 for nine shows. Local Director Augustin Correro is revving up the energy as an ensemble of more than 20 actors and musicians retell the story of the crucifixion, loosely based on the Gospel. He says audiences can expect a "rocking, beyond contemporary" production.

"This is not your mama's Superstar.  While the script remains 100% intact, the overall look of the show including the sets and costumes is getting an edgy, modern facelift," he says.  

Leads include Gentry Williams as Jesus, Adair Watkins as Judas and Elyse McDaniel as Mary Magdalene:

 

Gentry Williams - Jesus

Adair Watkins - Judas

Elyse McDaniel - Mary Magdalene

Sean Richmond - Caiaphas

Nick Shackleford - Annas

Joseph Furnari - Pilate

Logan Faust - Herod

Chrishira Perrier - Simon

Joel Derby - Peter

 

Correro, along with Musical Director Kyle Aucoin and Choreographer Clayton Shelvin,  plans to break the glass and throw the story onstage with all its raw glory, complete with betrayal, doubt, guilt, politics, and hero-worship. Correro's work has been seen throughout the South and on the East Coast. It is his first time directing on the Le Petit stage.

Correro says that Superstar has never been about producing a ‘historically accurate’ portrayal of the Gospel. "It's always been a rock show. And for that same reason, it's a great opportunity to portray the story in a new light: engaging, vivid, emotionally charged, and narratively complex."

In other words, this production will break the mold, trading a 1970s Superstar for a production that takes place sometime in the 21st century.

Superstar was the third artistic collaboration for Rice and Webber and includes timeless hits "Superstar " and "Everything's Alright." The concept originated as a double album which paved the way for the hit Broadway musical in 1971.  Correro is excited to bring it to the Le Petit stage:  "Mixing the classic with some of the contemporary really fits with the vibe at Le Petit," he says.  "It's a classic building that's humming with new energy and creative ideas. Superstar is a great addition since it's fun, powerful, and musically interesting."

The show is underwritten by IberiaBank with additional support from Boh Bros. Construction Co., KVH Designs and Mr. and Mrs. James Favrot.

After-school program Make Music NOLA makemusicnola.org has been selected as the theatre's nonprofit partner. The nonprofit's mission is to foster academic achievement, cultivate artistic expression, and promote the healthy growth and development of children in New Orleans through culturally relevant music instruction and performance.  Donations will be accepted before each performance.

Tickets are now available for nine performances Jan. 6 – 30. Ticket prices range from $30-$50 with a special discount performance on Wed., Jan. 21 at 7:30 p.m.   All tickets may be purchased online at www.lepetittheatre.com , at the box office Tues. - Sat. between the hours of  11 a.m. and 4 p.m. or by calling 504-522-2081.

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