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This Stretch of Montpelier
In this South Louisiana neighborhood, just past the intersection where Ghosts from the Past cross Hopes for the Future, lies This Stretch of Montpelier.
By Kelley Nicole Girod
Directed by Andrew Block
Flamboyán Theater @ The Clemente
Thursday 7/19 @5:45pm-7:15pm
Saturday 7/21 @8:30pm-10:00pm
Wednesday 7/25 @7:15pm-8:45pm
Sunday 7/29 @ 7:00pm-8:30pm
Saturday 8/4 @9:30pm-11:00pm
Sunday 8/5 @2:00pm-3:30pm
Spend a hot summer day along a stretch of South Eastern Louisiana road, where tradition clashes with change, and neighbors intertwine. Facing gentrification, integration, racism, homophobia, and colliding generations, ghosts from the past dance with uncertainties of the future for an imperfect and vibrant culture who seek to understand how to live together in a changing society, in a place that has always moved at its own pace.
Named Best of Off-Off-Broadway by Time Out New York.
Kelley Nicole Girod (Playwright) is the founder and Executive Producing Director of Obie Award-winning, The Fire This Time Festival. She is a 2008 graduate of Columbia MFA playwriting program where she was a Stein and Liberace Fellow, as well as a John Golden Fellow. Her plays reflect the rich world of her native Louisiana and include Ambrosia, Straight on til Morning, Poetics of the Creative Process, Parabolas, and Pentecost. She was named Nytheatre.com Person of the Year for her work on TFTT, and is a part of the Indie Theatre Hall of Fame. She is Programming Associate at The Sheen Center for Thought and Culture. She is also a mother to two beautiful daughters, Penelope Evelyn and Noelle Anamaria.
Andrew Block (Director) is an award-winning NY-based Director, as well as liaison to the Off and Off-Off Broadway community for TDF. He received the 2011 Ovation and L.A.Drama Critics Circle awards for Best Director for the world premiere of John Pollono’s Small Engine Repair (also Best Production). Other credits include: Lost and Found (FringeNYC, Encore Series at the Lucille Lortel); Straight Faced Lies (FringeNYC); Why Bother? (Best Director, Planet Connections Festivity); David Caudle’s Downward Facing Debbie (World Premiere, Planet Connections); Adam Rapp’s Bingo With the Indians (GLAAD award nomination for Outstanding Theatre, West-coast premiere); Illuminati (Best Director, Network One-Act Festival); Bedroom Farce (FAPC); Reach (Ivy Theatre Company); Company (Gallery Players); Avenue Q (Manhattan College); Inherit the Wind (Manhattan College); Rumors (AADA); The Shape of Things (Adelphi University); Recovery (FringeNYC) and Assistant Director to David Esbjornson on the New Orleans workshop of A Confederacy of Dunces. Andrew makes New York his home and is a proud native of New Orleans.
The Fire This Time Festival (Producer) The African American experience is not represented solely by one voice or one style. Horse Trade Theater Group and The Fire This Time Festival provide a platform for talented early-career playwrights of African and African American descent to explore challenging new directions for 21st-century theater. www.firethistimefestival.com
Frigid NYC at Horse Trade (Producer) Founded in 2007, FRIGID is an open and uncensored theatre festival that gives artists an opportunity to let their ingenuity thrive in a venue that values freedom of expression and artistic determination. In true support of our Indie Theater Community, 100% of box office proceeds will go directly to the artists whose work is being presented. FRIGID is here to chill out the New York independent theatre scene’s ideas of what a theatre festival can be! www.horsetrade.info