The clash between neighbors’ urgent desire to rid themselves of dangerous, derelict properties and the threat of destroying the city’s character in the process played out in public on Thursday, when the city demolished a row of blighted Central City homes used in the iconic poster for the HBO series “Treme.”
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.
“Treme” creators David Simon and Eric Overmeyer and actor Clarke Peters (who portrays “Albert Lambeaux”) will join a panel of Tulane professors for a discussion of the HBO series at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 28.
” ‘Treme’ follows musicians, chefs, Mardi Gras Indians and ordinary New Orleanians as they try to rebuild their lives, their homes and their unique culture in the aftermath of the 2005 hurricane and levee failure that caused the near-death of an American city,” the university writes in the event announcement. ” ‘Treme’ is being used by some Tulane professors to enhance their curricula and provide students with a contemporary supplement that is a springboard for class discussion.”
The discussion will be held at 213 Kendall Cram Lecture Hall, Lavin-Bernick Center for University Life.