Eric Overmyer’s presentation to the Tennessee Williams Festival as covered by Doug McCash, who seems at times to be auditioning to play the lead role in One Dead in Gambit: A Columnist’s Terribly Fascinating Life Story.
About the title. Overmyer said the historic neighborhood serves as a symbolic stand-in for the whole Crescent City. Treme, he said, is a beautiful word. Anyway, “it’s a better title than Marigny,” he said. “Nobody would be able to pronounce it.”
About the accents. It was a casting rule, Overmyer said, that everyone audition in their natural accent, no contrived New Orleans, Southern, or Cajun accents allowed. “People talk a million different ways here,” he said. About realism. Overmyer said that there will, of course, be errant details. In a recently shot scene, for instance, the producers mixed members of uptown and downtown Mardi Gras Indian marching groups, which, he realizes, some New Orleans viewers will find ludicrous.
OH MY GOD they mixed up their Indians. I’m not watching now. Cancel my HBO, and get that godawful fourteen function remote off my coffee table. I’m going back to watching super-extended-play speed, off-the-air VHS copies of Homicide.
— wet bank guy