Actor Clarke Peters discusses the HBO series Treme at a panel discussion at Kendall Cram Lecture Hall at Tulane University Thursday evening.
Two overaching concerns dominated the creation of HBO’s Treme: to depict the culture of New Orleans with unprecedented accuracy, and to tell the specific story of that culture through the people who live and make it.
For most viewers around the country, the moment when Clarke Peters’ character Albert Lambreaux first appears wearing his Mardi Gras Indian regalia would have been nearly impossible to understand, a panel of the show’s creators and Tulane professors said Thursday night. But unlike most television shows, it is the mystery of what that costume signifies – of what New Orleans culture is – that forms the central narrative of the series, and is intended to keep viewers coming back, they said.
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