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(BestofNewOrleans | Gambit) In Fishers of Men, Martin “Bats” Bradford plays Dabarrow, a drug dealer who explodes with anger and laughter while telling a story about a crack addict he killed. Jumping out of his chair, he mocks the young victim’s zombielike staggering and shock at being shot. It’s part of an animated confession to a deacon.

Dabarrow doesn’t feel much remorse about the boy, who had stolen from him, but he knows how it affected his mother, who he saw two days later, looking “ashy” and suddenly older. That stuck with him.

Bradford debuted the role in 2012 in a short run at Dillard University, before he became a recurring character on NCIS: New Orleans. In a remount at Ashe Cultural Arts Center, the entire cast returns, including former New Orleans City Council President Oliver Thomas.

In the drama, Dabarrow (Bradford) and Vic (Damien Moses) are young New Orleans drug dealers who are looking to get away from the violence of the streets. The man offering to show them the way is Bishop Perriloux (Thomas), pastor of a mega-church. Perriloux has achieved social stature and wealth through his ministry, but he is capable of reaching out to young men because of his familiarity with the streets; he’s a former pimp.

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