“Storyville Rising” Wins 2015 Brassy Award

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The industry’s first award for innovation and creative achievement in a burlesque event concept has been presented to Mistress Kali, the New Orleans-based producer of “Storyville Rising.” Kali wins a $500 cash prize, a commemorative trophy and a mentorship with some of industry’s most-successful burlesque event producers, including Boston's Great Burlesque Exposition and Brown Paper Tickets.

Mistress Kali, New Orleans producer of "Storyville Rising," has won The Brassy Award, an annual competition for innovation and creative achievement for excellence in production of burlesque events.

I think what the Brassy Award is doing for the burlesque community is phenomenal - helping to foster burlesque shows that are innovative and take burlesque performance to the next level.

“Storyville Rising” has been chosen as the “ultimate burlesque event of 2015” and winner of The Brassy Award, the industry’s first competition for innovation and creative achievement in a burlesque event concept. New Orleans-based Mistress Kali, the producer of “Storyville Rising,” was presented with The Brassy commemorative trophy, a $500 cash prize and a one-year mentorship with some of the burlesque industry’s most-successful event producers at Boston’s Great Burlesque Exposition.

“The Brassy Award gives producers a chance to dream bigger and gives us permission to take more risks, which is truly remarkable,” said Mistress Kali. “I feel like having the support that the Brassy Award offers will be a total game-changer for me as a producer, and for “Storyville Rising” as a whole. I think what the Brassy Award is doing for the burlesque community is phenomenal - helping to foster burlesque shows that are innovative and take burlesque performance to the next level.”

“Storyville Rising” is an audience immersion theatre experience that not only recreates the feeling of Crescent City's infamous Red Light District, it depicts the multi-layered social experiences and relationships of the era. Audience members at “Storyville Rising” performances are invited into an evocation of one of The District's sporting houses and treated to a spectacle of burlesque, sideshow, cirque and song. Throughout the evening, they will interact with the area's various denizens: prostitutes, johns, doctors and midwives, and, of course, madams. Through the acts performed by some of the most lauded names in the burlesque and vaudeville revival community, “Storyville Rising” explores powerful social issues of race, gender, power, sex and more.

“Storyville Rising” was written in a collaboration between Mistress Kali, Armitage Shanks, the show’s artistic director, and Jesse Belle-Jones, and will debut at Café Istanbul, 2372 St. Claude Ave. in New Orleans, Saturday and Sunday, May 16 -17 at 8 p.m. A limited number of discounted tickets are available online at $20 for general seating, and $40 for front row, VIP seating, with interactive characters, now through March 27. Tickets will be $30 for general seating and $50 for VIP, beginning March 28. Tickets are on sale now at http://www.storyvillerising.com/tickets.html, or by calling Brown Paper Tickets’ 24/7 event concierges at 1-800-838-3006.

The Brassy Award was created through a partnership between The Great Burlesque Exposition, one of the most prestigious burlesque festivals in the world, and Brown Paper Tickets, the most popular Not-Just-For-Profit ticketing partner for burlesque productions. “We wanted to develop something that could grow, benefit the community and act as an ongoing gift from Brown Paper Tickets to the burlesque industry,” said Jimmy Berg, burlesque industry specialist for Brown Paper Tickets, and a co-creator of the Brassy Award. “I've seen awards given to burlesque performers, but never to event producers and organizers, the unsung heroes of show business. We presented the idea to Scratch, founder of Boston’s Great Burlesque Exposition, and he not only agreed to host, he assembled a rock star Brassy Committee: Lili VonSchtupp from Los Angeles, Red Hot Annie out of Chicago, Sailor St. Claire from Seattle and of course, himself. Just like that the Brassy was born.”

"We wanted to inspire world-class innovation and originality in an effort to revolutionize burlesque productions and help the industry to continue its worldwide growth,” said Scratch of Boston’s Great Burlesque Exposition, and co-creator of The Brassy Award. “By celebrating creativity and supporting the production of an ultimate event, we hope to bring the burlesque industry to new heights.”

If you organize, perform in or produce burlesque events and think you have a great idea for a show, applications are now being accepted for the 2016 Brassy Award at http://www.brassyburlesque.com/apply. There's a $20 application fee that goes toward the cash grant. Applicants will submit detailed information about the show they wish to produce, including a pro-forma budget, production schedule, marketing plan and other relevant materials and will be judged on originality and professionalism.

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