8:30 PM Doors |  10 PM Show

A magical evening of music and performance hosted by Tony award winner John Cameron Mitchell in the ballroom of his splendid Bywater home, known as The Temple. Rub elbows with fellow festival goers and a who’s who of NOLA creatives set to a concert by San Francisco sarod master Kenny Annis. Then enjoy a seated performance of VinsantosNightingale followed by a talkback moderated by John Cameron Mitchell.  

Nightingale is a hauntingly nostalgic semi-biographical concept musical that revolves around the blurred  life of Vinsantos, a multi-talented and enigmatic real life performer and Tennessee Williams’ Nightingale the callow youth turned callous tubercular painter. Set in an eclectic Bohemian and Art Nouveau backdrop, the audience follows Vinsantos on a journey of self-discovery, exploring the challenges and triumphs of a unique and unconventional career in the arts. As the titular character, Vinsantos brings a distinctive flair to the show, blending elements of drama, comedy, and the surreal. The narrative delves into the complexities of identity, artistic expression, and the pursuit of failed dreams, offering viewers a front-row seat to the captivating world of Nightingale.

The humour noir is complemented by a rich and diverse score that propels the satirical and grotesque themes throughout the show. The compelling storytelling not only morphs Vinsantos and Nightingale into a twin flame but also bedims the fourth wall of the theater. Nightingale is an imperative theatrical spectacle for those seeking a fresh and original take on the mutilated characters of Tennessee Williams, anchored by the charismatic presence of Vinsantos. Get ready to be transported into a realm where creativity knows no bounds, and the night comes alive (or faces death) with the mesmerizing performance of Nightingale.

03/23/2024 8:30pm , The Temple Ballroom, 3151 Dauphine Street, Preferred Seating $70, general seating $40.