Loyola at a Glance
Play chronicling levee collapse from Loyola's John Biguenet secures local award nomination
February 21, 2014
The final play in the “Rising Water” trilogy chronicling the levee collapse after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 written by Loyola University New Orleans professor John Biguenet was nominated for Best Original Work of Theater, Scripted in the 2013 Big Easy Theater Awards presented by the Foundation for Entertainment, Development and Education. The final awards will be announced Monday, March 24 during a ceremony at Harrah’s New Orleans.
Produced by Southern Rep Theatre last spring, “Mold,” was nominated for the local award along with three other plays in its category. Biguenet, the chair of the Department of English and the Robert Hunter Distinguished Professor at Loyola, set “Mold” in the summer after the levee collapse in New Orleans. It follows a young husband who, caught between inept government agencies and bottom-line insurance companies, is forced to choose between his wife and the city he loves.
Gambit praised “Mold” in its 2013 theater review: “Many of the year’s premieres focused on local subjects, and John Biguenet’s impressive ‘Mold’ was a refreshingly vivid and visceral return to the days of post-Hurricane Katrina grief in the final installment of his trilogy about the storm (preceded by ‘Rising Water’ and ‘Shotgun’).”
“Mold” was also named the best new play of 2013 by The Times-Picayune | NOLA.com in its annual theater review. “John Biguenet’s ‘Mold’ at Southern Rep brought his powerful Katrina trilogy to a moving close, while its unsettling feelings proved we may never achieve full closure,” according to the newspaper.
The play also secured a nomination for a national award, The Harold and Mimi Steinberg/American Theatre Critics Association New Play Award. “Mold” was nominated for the award along with another new play from Biguenet, “Broomstick,” which premiered last year at New Jersey Repertory Company.
The Big Easy Theater Award show in March, produced by Gambit, is hosted by Leslie Castay, a Broadway veteran nominated for her performance in Southern Rep Theatre’s “Next To Normal,” and Loyola Department of Theatre Arts & Dance graduate Ian Hoch ‘06, who won the Big Easy Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama for the 2012 production of “Balm in Gilead.” Ticket information is available online.
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