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October 11: Watch episodes of FRANK'S PLACE with Tim Reid and Hugh Wilson
Tuesday, October 11, 2011 at 7:30 PM (CDT)
New Orleans, United States
A SCREENING OF FRANK’S PLACE
October 11 at 7:30pm
In NOCCA's Freda Lupin Memorial Hall
Featuring actor Tim Reid and creator Hugh Wilson
Q&A with Reid, Wilson, and Lolis Elie, moderated by Poppy Tooker, followed by a reception
When writer and NOCCA alum Lolis Elie and HBO's Treme first gave us the opportunity to screen episodes of the short-lived, much-loved sitcom Frank's Place in 2010, the response from the public was overwhelming. Though the series about a reluctant New Orleans restaurateur only lasted for a year, locals remember it fondly. Join us in NOCCA's Freda Lupin Memorial Hall for a few more episodes – and be sure to stick around for some Q&A with lead actor, Tim Reid, the series' creator, Hugh Wilson, Lolis Elie, and moderator Poppy Tooker (another proud NOCCA alum!). Reception to follow with desserts by NOCCA Culinary Arts students and coffee from French Market Coffee.
This screening is part of a larger celebration of NOCCA"s new Culinary Arts program called ART OF THE FEAST. To learn more, visit www.ArtOfTheFeast.com.
About Frank's Place
During the 1987-1988 television season, Tim Reid and Hugh Wilson brought CBS viewers as close to New Orleans as any television series had ever done with Frank’s Place. In the first episode, Frank Parrish, a reluctant restaurateur, plans to sell Chez Louisiane, the family restaurant he inherited. But soon he finds himself elbow deep in food, family debt, and eccentric characters.
The show won widespread praise for its combination of comedy, drama, and light-hearted plots peppered with discussions of weighty issues. “I wanted to provide America with a glimpse of the black American culture that so rarely is seen on TV,” Reid said.
Despite critical acclaim, the show was off the air after only one season. The show’s 22 episodes are not available for home viewing.
“Having been associated with “Frank’s Place” is one of the most important and fulfilling segments of my career,” Reid said. “I remember meeting the late [CBS chairman] William Paley, who was a fan of the show, and saying to him, ‘thanks for creating a medium which allowed me the opportunity to reveal a slice of my culture.’
“He smiled and replied, ‘No, thank you.’ I will never forget that moment,” Reid said.
Proceeds from this event will benefit the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts.
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The NOCCA Institute
New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA) is a world-class educational institution that has been changing the lives of young people since 1973. Every year, this professional arts training center provides intensive instruction in Classical Music, Creative Writing, Culinary Arts, Dance, Drama, Jazz, Media Arts, Musical Theatre, Theatre Design, Vocal Music, Visual Arts, and academics to students from public, private, and parochial schools across Louisiana. Students attend via schoolday, after-school, weekend, and summer sessions. Admission to NOCCA is by audition, and tuition is free. Find out more at www.NOCCA.com.
The NOCCA Institute provides supplemental funding for NOCCA students and advocacy for NOCCA’s world-class program. With the support of corporations, foundations, and individuals across Louisiana and the globe, the Institute has helped turn NOCCA into a flagship professional arts training facility. Some of the Institute’s more notable endeavors include: the Term-Time Financial Aid Program, the NOCCA Summer Term Financial Aid Program, the Summer Study Financial Aid Program, the Artists-in-Residence Program, the capital campaign for NOCCA’s current home and future capital expansion, and numerous arts programs for the general public. Learn more about the Institute at www.NOCCAInstitute.com.
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