New Orleans conference schedule
Thursday, March 12, 2015 at 10:01PM
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New Orleans ATCA Conference Schedule
March 25-29, 2015

PLEASE NOTE: buses are not allowed in the French Quarter. Transport to/from venues within the Quarter is by taxicab, Pedi cab or on foot and is not arranged or provided by the Conference. Blocks in the Quarter are short and there are no hills.

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25

9AM-5PM ExCom meets, Royal Board Room, Floor 2M, Astor Crowne Plaza Hotel;

All day: Conference arrivals, Astor Crowne Plaza Hotel; Conference check-in hotel lobby; 
Suggested visit on your own to National World War II Museum (admission charged)
            (transport by foot—about 14 short blocks—or streetcar, $1.25);
12:45PM America’s Wartime Sweethearts: A Tribute to the Andrews Sisters, Museum Cabaret; SHOW IN NOW SOLD OUT; MUSEUM IS OPEN;
            (Post-show optional side trip two blocks away to Ogden Museum to view the “Tennessee Williams: Artist” display featuring Williams’ little-known paintings; $10 admission
            (Return to hotel on your own by streetcar or on foot);
4:30PM, bus transport to Opening Reception begins; departures starting 4:45PM;

5PM-7PM Opening Reception at historic Gallier Hall; greetings from New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu; music by the Tom Fischer Trio ; EXCLUSIVE SHOWING of 11 original Al Hirschfield pen & ink drawings & lithographs, from the personal collection of Annette Smason;

7PM, bus to JPAS new performance hall; greetings by Jefferson Parish President John Young;

7:40PM Bus to Rivertown Theaters for welcome by Mike Yenni, Mayor of the City of Kenner;
8PM When Ya’ Smilin’, Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts;

10:30PM Return by bus to Astor Crowne Plaza Hotel; 
(Option for beignets at Café du Monde and walk back to hotel)


THURSDAY, MARCH 26 

Morning, Conference arrivals, Astor Crowne Plaza; Conference check-in at Gen. Mem. meeting;
8:30AM-Noon General Membership meeting & Primus Prize presentation to Jenifer Haley (The Nether), Grand Ballroom (expanded continental b’fast);

1PM-2:30PM Panel Discussion with New Orleans artistic directors;

3:30-5:30PM Tennessee Williams Hotel Plays, Historic French Qtr. Hermann-Grima House; 6PM Dinner on your own or optional prix fixe at Tableau Restaurant @ $35.00/person; restaurant is at Le Petit Theatre,616 St. Peter Street (about seven blocks from Hermann-Grima House);
7:30PM Dinner with Friends, Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre;
Late night free to hang in French Quarter or return to hotel;

 

FRIDAY, MARCH 27 
8:30AM-11:30AM General Member meeting, Grand Ballroom, 2nd Floor; (expanded continental b’fast and nominations for ExCom elections);

Noon-1PM Perspectives in Criticism keynote address by Hedy Weiss, Astor Crowne Plaza;
AFTERNOON FREE TO TOUR THE CITY, and dinner on your own;
8:00PM Tennessee Williams Tribute featuring John Waters, Ursuline Convent, French Quarter (Ursuline Convent—oldest building in the Quarter—is about 12-13 blocks from our hotel);


SATURDAY, MARCH 28 
9am-Noon, General Member meeting, Grand Ballroom (expanded continental b’fast);

(ExCom elections and future Conference/meeting schedule; meeting will include workshop by Jonathan Mandell on “How to Maximize Your Social Media Impact”);

Noon-1PM “A Conversation with Bryan Batt,” New Orleans born-and-bred film/TV star;
2:00PM First bus departs for Ashe Powerhouse Theater; second departure 2:30PM;
3PM Suddenly Last Summer, Southern Rep at Ashe Powerhouse Theater;

5PM Bus return to hotel;

8PM I Never Get Dressed Till After Dark on SundaysThe Nola Project, Monteleone Hotel Ballroom (Monteleone Hotel is one block from Astor Crowne Plaza);

9:30PM Post-show Saturday night on your own in the Quarter. Think like Tennessee!


SUNDAY, MARCH 29 
Breakfast on your own;
10AM, Interview with critic and author John Lahr, Monteleone Hotel;
11:30AM Playwrights Panel with John Patrick Shanley and Martin Sherman, Monteleone Hotel; 
Afternoon free to check out more of the TWNOLF event open to ALL ATCA MEMBERS AND GUESTS or to tour French Quarter;
Jewish New Orleans side tour with tour guide Julie Schwartz available
 (contact Conference chair Alan Smason if interested);
4PM Stella and Stanley Shouting Contest, Pontalba Apartment Building (near Le Petit Theatre).

 

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