Postcards From Over the Edge is an expedition through New Orleans’ complex relationship with prostitution, traveling from the middle of Storyville’s Mahogany Hall to the contemporary court case on “Crime Against Nature.”
A new theatrical work the performance will explore the court case on “Crime Against Nature” handled by local New Orleans attorneys including Bill Quigley and by the Center for Constitutional Rights as well as New Orleans’ complex relationship with prostitution. Five New Orleans-based artists (three cis-gender women and two transwomen) are developing this work collaboratively. To explore this relationship, the play shifts between two time periods, the Storyville era – connecting when prostitution was legal and any traveling businessman could pick up a Blue Book (http://www.storyvilledistrictnola.com/bluebook.html), and the modern day civil rights suit. The artists aim to accurately depict how the plaintiffs of the case are treated by society, the difficulties they encounter and the struggles they have to work through as a result of being charged with “Crime Against Nature.”
The play will take place in the Newcomb Art Museum surrounded by original pieces from Storyville currently on display in the tricentennial exhibition EMPIRE.
Tickets for the Saturday evening and Sunday matinee are $15 and can be purchased at the door. First come, first served; please be aware there is limited seating. The Friday evening event is free; reserve your spot by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.