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New Orleans theater-scene Renaissance man (and Bloody Nose Empty Pockets star) Michael Martin brings THE SONS OF TENNESSEE WILLIAMS to the table, the 2011 doc about the birth of the first recognized gay Krewe in the 1960s, as told by the men who were instrumental in creating it as they put together their 40th anniversary ball. Archival home-movie footage mixes with photographs and newspapers to open a window into the culture of New Orleans in the 1960s, when Jim Garrison (aka Kevin Costner's character in JFK) was District Attorney and terrorized the gay population with public shaming campaigns and "morals raids" on clubs and bars. Michael dishes on New Orleans theater, Chicago, Mardi Gras, creating characters, and more.
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Recorded 7/10/20. Show index: Tim Wolff's baby • Krewe of Yuga • Jim Garrison vs Harry Connick Sr. • Co-co-editor Tim Watson • Home movies, 1960s-style • Miss Dixie's • New Orleans cultural civil war • Michael's journey • Krewes as country clubs • Parallels with Zulu • "A memorable and manageable amount of trouble" • New Orleans' insularity • Theater journeys • Camp vs Miss America • Mardi Gras blues • Creating "Trente-Sous Serge" from Laundry Day
Michael Martin • LAUNDRY DAY • BLOODY NOSE EMPTY POCKETS
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