New Orleans Native Teddo November Retunrs to the Stage

More than 20 Years in the Making "Le CODE NOIR".............
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NEW ORLEANS - Nov. 29, 2017 - PRLog -- Voices in the Dark Repertory Theatre Company and The Congo Square Preservation Society is proud to present a special sneak peek performance of New Orleans' 1st Outdoor Historical Drama – Le Code Noir – on Sunday, December 3 at 3:00 p.m. in Congo Square.  Written and conceived by Director Emeritus of the Institute of Outdoor Drama (IOD) for 24 years Mark R. Sumner and Voices in the Dark Repertory Theatre Company Founding Director Ms. Tommye Myrick, Le Code Noir chronicles the story of one enslaved African girl (Santee) brought to New Orleans from St. Domingue during the Haitian Revolution in 1794.

The title – Le Code Noir - comes from the French King Louis XIV's edict of 1685 which became law in Louisiana's Antebellum South.  Unique, only to Louisiana, enslaved Africans were allowed to gather in the late 1700's and early 1800's in an area away from the Mississippi River called "Place des Négres".  There, on a weekly basis, nearly 300 to 500 Negroes, both Free People of Color and enslaved Africans would assemble in that open space, now known as Congo Square.   This provision was permitted as part of a law called "Le Code Noir"- The Black Code.

Le Code Noir portraysSantee's life in Louisiana, and through this forty-year period, audiences will witness the Treaty of San ILdefonso, The Louisiana Purchase, the Slave Revolt of 1811, Louisiana Statehood, The Battle of New Orleans and the first Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans.

Under the musical direction of  Baba Luther Gray with Choreographer Kai Knight , Le Code Noir features some of New Orleans finest performers; starring in the leading role of Santee is native New Orleanian Jasmine Johnson and filmmaker and actor Teddo November as Jacque Lessard ( Le Code Noir is meticulously narrated by Jyna Tilton and features, Soline McLain as Amanda Miller and Jim Holmes as Reynard Dupree.  The cast includes more than 30 actors, singers, dancers and musicians who portray historical figures in Louisiana history such as Jean Lafitte, W.C.C. Claiborne, Charles, Deslondes, General Andrew Jackson, Marie Laveaux and many, many more.

According to the feasibility study done by the Institute of Outdoor Drama for the National Park Service in 2004:

         "The opportunity for success of the New Orleans drama proposal, given its very special subject matter, is very positive.  Its merit and potential for artistic, cultural, and economic prosperity are high, and it is the opinion of the study team and the Institute of Outdoor Drama that the project be aggressively pursued…"

Le Code Noir is a "living history" which explores themes and events of profound consequence in Louisiana and American History.  This production, like Lost Colony - running since 1937 - 80 years(, Unto These Hills – running for over 50 years (, Tecumseh ( ) in Ohio for 44 years and Pathway to Freedom written by Mark Sumnerand running for 24 years ( in Snow Camp North Carolina, will be the latest addition to Historical Outdoor Dramas in America.  It will continuously be a tourist attraction for the City of New Orleans and for the State of Louisiana.

Louisiana is one of only three states in America that does not have an Outdoor Historical Drama associated with its state's history.  Le Code Noir would not only be the first outdoor historical drama in Louisiana; it would also be the first Outdoor Historical Outdoor drama performed on the National Historical Designated Landmark in America – CONGO SQUARE.

Voices in the Dark is set to present a sneak mini preview of Le Code Noir on December 2and 3, 2017 – in Congo Square.  It is scheduled, to make its WORLD PREMIERE – October 5, 2018 – November 25, 2018 in honor of the New Orleans Tricentennial.

As a part of its CONGO SQUARE SACRED MARKETPLACE, sponsored by the Arts Council of New Orleans, The City of New Orleans Office of Cultural Economy, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation, and The Congo Square Preservation Society, on Sunday December 2 and 3 at 3:00pm, audiences will be treated to a preview of selected scenes from Le Code Noir.  Audience participants are encouraged to bring their Jazz Fest chairs.

After years of research, writing and planning …when told that Le Code Noir would finally be mounted, Mark told his wife Glenn" …Honey, pack our bags, we are going to New Orleans…"   Sadly, Mark R. Sumner, Sr. passed, at the age of 93, June 20, 2017 in Chapel Hill, N.C.   Mrs. Sumner will be traveling from North Carolina to attend the December 3rd  performance.

For More Information call Tommye Myrick (504) 570-0266, Voices in the Dark (504) 333-6748


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Location:New Orleans - Louisiana - United States
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