WHERE SEX AND SIN WERE THE SPECIALITIES: AN EVENING OF STORYVILLE MEMORIES

Join us for a look inside the scandalous history and culture of the Red Light District that flourished in New Orleans from 1897-1917, that famed neighborhood that fixed the city firmly in the national consciousness as a place of licentious pleasure. One hundred years after its closure, it still illuminates New Orleans’s complex personality. Pamela Arceneaux, senior librarian and rare books curator of The Historic New Orleans Collection introduces us to the rare guides to the district chronicled in her new book, Guidebooks to Sin: The Blue Books of Storyville, New Orleans. She’ll explain how the books served up the flavor of the place – guides to brothels, liquor stores, cures for venereal disease—and what rare and fascinating information she found between the lines. Writer and photographer Sally Asher of Tulane University, accompanied by actors Kerry Cahill and Andrew Ward, brings to life the important year of 1917, the year Storyville closed, after reform movements prevailed against last-ditch efforts to save it. “The purity wave” as is it was called—with tougher enforcement of the laws and an attempt to segregate the district—grew out of protests by women’s organizations and Mayor Behrman’s desire to control the district so it could continue to exist. Nina Bozak of The Historic New Orleans Collection dazzles with period dances—from the Two-Step that was the rage in the 1890s to the Foxtrot, for which the Original Dixieland Jazz Band recorded the Livery Stable Blues in 1917 (the first jazz recording ever issued), as well as dances to Spanish-tinged rhythms of the period. Ham Kick and Naked Dance, anyone? Ward emcees, with live period music with band leader Seva Venet. And who knows? We might even see a Baby Doll or two. New Orleans has always had a reputation as a wicked city; Storyville is at the heart of that sense of excess and openness. See why it continues to captivate and intrigue us a century later, even as we learn more about its many facets as these scholars of Storyville celebrate its lively legacy in history, theater, dance and music. Directed by Brook Hanemann.

  WED 3/22 7:30 PM

  Individual tickets to this event are available for $35/$65

  Access included in these ticket packages:

  $65 admission: Pre-show party and event

  • VIP Cocktail Party at Tennessee Williams’ former apartment on St. Peter Street. 6 PM. Cuisine by Sophisticated Southern Plates, Spirits by Donner Peltier, and Cocktail by Laura Bellucci of SoBou.
  • Priority seating in reserved VIP section. Doors open at 7 PM.
  • Complimentary pre-show cocktail provided by Dickie Brennan’s Tableau.
  • Cash Bar also available at Le Petit Theatre.

$45 admission: Event and post-show party

  • Balcony or general seating. Doors open at 7 PM.
  • Complimentary cocktail provided by Dickie Brennan’s Tableau.
  • Cash Bar also available at Le Petit Theatre.
  • Champagne and Dessert After-Party with a live jazz band at Dickie Brennan’s Tableau

$30 admission: Event only

  • Balcony or general seating. Doors open at 7 PM.
  • Complimentary cocktail provided by Dickie Brennan’s Tableau.
  • Cash Bar also available at Le Petit Theatre.

 

  Le Petit Théâtre du Vieux Carré

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