I remember Jeff Becker's formidable design for Loup Garou, an outdoor piece by New Orleans's Mondo Bizarro
that explored the interconnectedness between land and culture in Louisiana in the face of massive land erosion.
Now, on Mondo Bizarro (Radioactive), their song titles tell it' "Censorshit" "Cabbies on Crack"
After all, in case you've been so sedated you've forgotten about "Do You Wanna Dance," Mondo Bizarro includes a campy, revved-up remake of "Take It as It Comes" by the Doors, who've been the big 1960s-nostalgia icons for years.
Besides productions, Catapult also presents weekly training sessions hosted by Mondo Bizarro
and New Noise's Sound Off!, an annual festival of new work (its last iteration ran June 2-4).
The experimental ensembles ArtSpot Productions and Mondo Bizarro, frequent collaborators on the New Orleans scene, have again joined forces for Ciy You One, a "site-responsive" performance about the loss of coastal lands and residents, which takes the form of an outdoor processional on a stretch of land in lower St.
As voluble as he is prolific, Fitzmorris offers unabashed admiration for the formal adventurousness of troupes like ArtSpot and Mondo Bizarro, but he's confident that his own gifts involve the kind of dramaturgy in which "you see the story happen as you tell it." A Truckload of Ink, he says, is his "big, sprawling piece of American realism." As such, it may also be his breakout play, the one that brings his affectionate and deeply informed vision of life in New Orleans--and the human intricacies of the region's cataclysmic recent history--into the national consciousness.
The bearded Slie, co-artistic director of the experimental theatre ensemble Mondo Bizarro, is zeroing in on a small grove of oak trees next to a clearing, where a dilapidated wooden swamp shack looks ready to collapse.
Loup Garou, a collaboration between Slie's Mondo Bizarro and Randels's ArtSpot Productions, exemplifies the re-energized theatre scene that's emerged in the Crescent City in the wake of Hurricane Katrina's destruction.