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Loyola University New Orleans Hosts “Seven Deadly Sins”

Loyola press release - December 19, 2016

Loyola Alumnus and top New Orleans chefs offer a new spin on the Seven Deadly Sins

From Left to Right) Chef Travis Johnson, Chef Octavio Ycaza, Chef Tenney Flynn, Creative Director David Castillo, Chef Phillip Lopez, & Chef Will Avelar.

Mardi Gras kick-off fuses music and theatre with specifically created food for this first-time ever event! One night only! Friday, January 6, 2017 at 7:30pm

The seven deadly sins—Lust, Gluttony, Greed, Sloth, Wrath, Envy and Pride—will take center stage at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, January 6, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. at Loyola University New Orleans, as Jukebox Castle and Creative Director David Castillo ’10 presents the innovative fusion-arts event Seven Deadly Sins, starring performances by leading area musicians and cuisine by the Crescent City’s top chefs.

Timed perfectly with the first day of the Mardi Gras season, Seven Deadly Sins uses theatre as a vehicle to indulge in all five senses through the creations of eight of New Orleans’ best chefs and world-class musicians. Hosted by the acclaimed Loyola School of Music, Seven Deadly Sins is a first-of-its-kind production that gives the audience the unique opportunity to celebrate New Orleans’ culinary arts scene in a fresh, immersive experience. As the audience revels in the Seven Deadly Sins through the visual and musical arts, the other three senses will be satisfied through the chefs’ sinful artistic interpretations in a seven-course tasting menu.

Music selected include Bach BWV 54 “Just Resist Sin,” Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht’s “The Seven Deadly Sins,” and a performance by Counterclassic that fuses DJ, Instrumentalists, and Projection Mapping.

The Seven Deadly Sins will be performed by top New Orleans chefs:

  • “Sloth” – Tenney Flynn, Executive Chef and Co-Owner of GW FINS
  • “Pride” – Octavio Ycazam Executive Chef of the upcoming La Mignotte, an extension of The Old Absinthe House
  • “Wrath” – Dana Honn, Head Chef and Co-Owner of Carmo
  • “Gluttony” – Kevin Belton, WWL, WYES-TV, and New Orleans School of Cooking
  • “Lust” – Phillip Lopez, Executive Chef, Co-Owner, and Creative Director of Root, Square, Root, Root2, The Test Kitchen, Petit Lion, and Part & Parcel Delicatessen
  • “Greed” – Travis Johnson, District Executive Chef of SODEXO, Tulane and Loyola
  • “Envy” – Will Avelar, Chef de Cuisine of Emeril Lagasse’s new restaurant Meril

The Seven Deadly Sins is a satirical ‘sung ballet’ in seven scenes created by German composer Kurt Weill to a libretto by Bertolt Brecht in 1933 under a commission from Boris Kochno and Edward James. It would be the pair’s final collaboration after fleeing Nazi Germany.

Musicians include:

  • Claire Shackleton, ‘14 as Anna I (New Orleans Opera, Glimmerglass Opera)
  • Benjamin Lee as the Father (Opera Theatre St. Louis)
  • Tyrone Chambers as the Brother (New Orleans Opera, Germany Tour of Porgy and Bess)
  • Efraìn Solìs as the Brother (San Francisco Opera, Metropolitan Opera National Finalist)
  • TBA as the Mother
  • Counterclassic
  • Christopher Astilla, New Orleans-native performing Piano and Harpsichord
  • DJ Blinkhorn
  • Quannumthrow, 3D projection mapping artist
  • Sofia Hailu, Flute

Ryan Amador serves as the Stage Director for the production.

Nina Camacho serves as the Food & Beverage Director.

Matthew and Becky Noel serve as the Directors of Photography.

The Seven Deadly Sins begins at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, January 6, 2017 in the St. Charles Room at Loyola, 6363 St. Charles Ave. Doors will open at 7 p.m. for dining and drinking. Tickets can be purchased online via EventBrite at www.jukebox7.eventbrite.com or at the door.

About Jukebox Castle:

Jukebox Castle focuses on the development, cultivation, and promotion of projects created in the city of New Orleans that focus on multidisciplinary collaboration of music, movement, visual arts, culinary arts, and spirits. Jukebox Castle strives to redefine the accessibility, relevance, and connection that the arts have with and within any community. Jukebox Castle produces projects that are fully collaborative, financially stable, accessible, innovative, portable, and immersive into a powerfully fused sensory experience. Jukebox Castle currently functions under the 501(c)3 non-profit organization Horizon Music Group. www.jukeboxcastle.com

About David Castillo:

New Orleans native David Castillo is an innovative artist who delivers “impassioned,” (LA Times) “beautifully sung and confidently acted” (Opera News) performances in the US and Europe. The New Orleans native has built a reputation creating and interpreting new works including world premieres with major companies, such as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Opera, the Los Angeles Master Chorale, The Industry, Loyola University New Orleans, and University of Southern California.

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He graduated with Honors both from the University of Southern California with his Master’s and from Loyola University with a Bachelor of Music under the late Philip Frohnmayer. While at Loyola, David made his professional debut with the New Orleans Opera and with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. In addition to his singing career, he is a commercial actor and a print model. He served on the faculty of the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival. David was a member of the pop opera quartet VOX, recently featured on America’s Got Talent.