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The Play’s the Thing new play series selections date extended to December 31

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We at IT have received so many submissions for the upcoming season’s new play series, The Play’s the Thing, that we have extended the date for play selections announcement and scheduling.  As of now, the announcement date for this series of 10-minute and short plays has been extended to December 31.

IT thanks all playwrights for their submissions!  The theme of “Women Leading” seems to have struck a chord indeed.

Season’s best to everyone.

Now Accepting — New Play Submissions on “Women Leading”, the Season’s Theme

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Itinerant Theatre (IT) is well into the 2018-19 season with the very, very successful September evening of dinner theatre with cohost St. Andrew Presbyterian Church.

IT is now accepting new play submissions for its annual 10-minute and short play series, The Play’s The Thing.

Playwrights are to address the theme “Women Leading”.   Play submission deadline is October 31, 2018. Submit to joypace@itineranttheatre.com.

Sold out! Louisiana Women: Leading Women – Maggie & Rosa

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We sold our very last tickets tonight just after the dress rehearsal.  In fact, we could sell more, of that we are sure.  But this being a dinner theatre, and since we promise no re-creation of the “fishes and loaves” tale of old from the Great Book, our fine three-course dinner will only stretch so far.   We are sold out!  We have no more tickets for sale.

Tomorrow at 6:00pm we serve dinner, and soon after that, Joy Pace gives her rollicking, complex interpretation of that great Louisiana journalist from the Morning Advocate, “Maggie” (Margaret Dixon).  Later, after coffee and dessert are under way, “Rosa” literally roles (her bicycle) into the room and we’re off to the races!

See you at the show!

Seven Days from “Louisiana Women: Leading Women” with “Maggie” & “Rosa”

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Greetings to our readers and theatre followers, We are so excited about our upcoming Dinner Theatre hosted by St. Andrew Presbyterian Church.  What a great three-course dinner they are preparing for us, with Kevin Hodge as chef  (ps He needs to know — by Thursday 5:00pm — if you want the beef medallion entree or shrimp & grits entree.).

We begin load-in of heavy set items today.  Monday we load in tech equipment.  Dress rehearsals are Thursday and Friday.

Buy your tickets now!  We prefer that Ticket sales END on Thursday, September 6th.  We are NOT reserving seats.  Don’t wait.  Buy at this website and print out your ticket.  Or, call 436-6275 or 477-6166 between 9:00-3:00 to pay and pick up your tickets.   Tickets are $40 or a table of 8 for $300.

Doors open 5:30pm Saturday, September 8th at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 4020 Hodges St., at Sale.  Dinner is served at 6:00.  “Maggie” begins between courses.  “Rosa” is after a later course.

See you at our Dinner Theatre!

Buy Tickets in Advance for Sept 8th Dinner Theatre!

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Hello, Everyone.  We’re gearing up for the one-night dinner theatre event co-hosted by St. Presbyterian Church (4020 Hodges at Sale in the Fellowship Hall).  “Maggie” and “Rosa” are coming to life.  We’re getting the stage, lights, you name it, lined up and ready to load in.

BUY YOUR TICKETS IN ADVANCE!  We’ll not be reserving ahead or selling at the door.  It’s a 3=course delicious seated dinner, and we need to count heads.

The best place to buy is online on this website.  Walk in with your ticket printed out, plus, we have a list to match.  If that does not work, call 436-6275 or the church 477-6166.  You’ll need to pick up your tickets from either IT or the church 9am-3pm.

See you at the show!

Technical Director readies for “Maggie” & “Rosa”

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Our Technical Director, Michelle Cook Brunson, who teaches at Sowela and designs sets for McNeese Theatre productions, has met with us and has started to develop ideas on lighting.  Sound design is mostly in the can, but pre-show music for “Rosa” will undergo some revisions.  St. Andrew Presbyterian Church has built a stage, so that folks seated at the large round dinner tables can see over heads!  A seamstress will work on revising the costumes from the 2012 shows (Hard to believe it’s been that long since IT produced these plays at the Imperial Calcasieu Museum.)

The show is coming along.  Buy tickets at this website or call IT at 436-6275 or the church at 477-6166 to reserve seats.

IT and St Andrew Presyterian Ch host Dinner Theatre, “Leading Women”

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Itinerant Theatre (IT) proudly announces that on September 8, 2018 it will co-host a second dinner theatre with St. Andrew Presbyterian Church. The evening’s theme is Louisiana Women:  Leading Women. The church will prepare and present under the direction of chef Kevin Hodge a three-course dinner. IT will produce “Maggie” and “Rosa”, two one-woman plays taken from Carolyn Woosley’s 13 one-woman plays, Louisiana Women.

 

Location and time for the dinner theatre is the Fellowship Hall of St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 4020 Hodges St., corner of Sale and Hodges Streets. Doors open at 5:30 and dinner begins at 6:00. Tickets are $40 or $300 for a table of eight.

 

Dinner will include a salad, choice of beef medallions over roasted golden potato or shrimp & grits. Desserts include bread pudding, chocolate mousse and crème brûlée. Drinks will be water, iced tea and coffee.

 

Margaret Dixon (1908 – 1970) “Maggie”, was the first managing editor of a major periodical, the Baton Rouge Morning Advocate in the USA. From 1938 until her death she covered every session of the Louisiana state legislature, with particular focus on Governor Earl Long and public access to political records. Dixon also led reform efforts at Angola Prison and treatment of mentally ill children and youth. The play’s setting is Maggie’s office, 1959.

 

Rosa Lucille Hart (1900-1964) “Rosa”. A budding literary intellectual, Rosa is hiliariously tricked into becoming the first woman cheerleader in the USA as she urged on Tulane University teams during WWI. Soon after Rosa returns home to Lake Charles, she cofounds and directs, in her inimitable way, the Lake Charles Little Theatre for 30 years. The play’s setting is Spring 1948 in Rosa’s bedroom as she relishes the arrival of Life Magazine’s reporter for coverage of a local production that “flopped on Broadway, but it won’t flop here!”

 

Louisiana Women, researched and written by Carolyn Woosley, is a composite of 13 one-woman plays about actual Louisiana women who lived between 1742 and 2007. Each play runs approximately thirty minutes. Each explores the events, issues or values of the day. In the midst of the play the actress often becomes other characters, sometimes male and sometimes of another race.

 

To purchase tickets visit the IT website www.itineranttheatre.com or call 337-436-6275 or call the church at 337-477-6166.

The Play’s the Thing New Play Series continues June 2 & June 3

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Don’t miss 14 more new 10-minute and short plays this weekend!  The audience last weekend truly enjoyed the experience.  So did cast and crew who were constantly “changing hats” and taking audience to differently times, places, plots, dilemmas, you name it.   Be transported in six new plays Saturday, June 2, 7:00pm and eight new plays Sunday, June 3, 2:00pm.

Playwrights are from a number of states.  For the entire two-weekend series six playwrights are from NY; two are from each of the following:  California, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas.  A number of other states are represented.  Amazing.

For this second weekend playwrights on Saturday are:  Dean Farell Bruggeman, Kate Danley, Katherine Dubois, Ronaldo McDoyle, Donna Stuccio and Carolyn Woosley.  On Sunday playwrights are:  Michael Edan, Melinda Gros, Donna Hoke, David Blakely & Anna Hudson, John Meiners, Jr., Steffi Rubin and Judd Lear Silverman.

Tickets are $10/$8 seniors/$5 students of any age.  Buy via this website or at the door.  Reserve by calling 337-436-6275.

The location is the same as last weekend:  Central School A&H Building, 809 Kirby St., Studio 339, Lake Charles.  Arrive early (especially if you reserved but did not buy the ticket) and park in back.

New Play Series Begins Tonight, May 26

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Eight 10-minute plays kick off our 2018 New Play Series:  Making a Difference.   Local actors — Hannah Barker, Zachary Benoit, Lauren Edwards, Amanda Ericson, Tony James, Baralye Sell & Travis Spears — have worked hard to develop characters, with Director Joy Pace.

And, yes, there are props and blocking.  There is one intermission.

Please note:  New plays continue 2:00pm May 27 and next weekend 7p June 2 & 2p June 3.

***Each day is a completely different set of plays!

Arrive early.   Park in back  at #339, 808 Kirby St. Handicapped-friendly.  Tickets are $10/$8/$5. Buy online or at the door.

Second Reading of Plays Sunday, May 27

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In our last, very recent blog we told you about our eight (8) new plays to be read 7:00pm this SATURDAY, MAY 26.

Now, here are the seven (7)new plays to be read 2:00pm this SUNDAY, MAY 27. These seven (7) plays also were inspired by the over-arching theme, “Making a Difference”. But they too have their own sub-title for the day, “Optics & Opportunities”.

The seven 10-minute plays & short plays are:
1. IN FULL BLOOM by Paige Zubel
2. A MURMUR OF DUST by John Stell (short play)
3. LOVELY YOUNG CHILDREN A short play by John J. Kelly
4. PERFORMANCE REVIEW A ten-minute play by Nedra Pezold Roberts
5. WHILE THE AUTO WAITS by Roy Proctor, based on the short story of the same title by O. HENRY
6. O HOLY NIGHT ON BLACK DIAMOND TRESTLE By Donna Stuccio
7. ONE BRIGHT MORNING, a ten-minute play By Ronaldo McDoyle

Note: There will be adult language & subject matter.

Also note: A 2nd weekend of readings follows on June 2 & June 3. Same times (Sat 7p/Sun 2p), place (#339, Central Sch) & ticket prices ($10/$8/$5). What’s different? The plays! All new & never before read before a paying audience.

See you at the readings May 26, May 27, June 2 and June 3!

“Celebrations & Solidarity” ~ the theme for eight Sat May 26 new plays

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Our new play series, The Play’s the Thing” — begins with eight plays Saturday, MAY 26, 7:00pm in Studio #339 of Central School A&H Building!

All plays submitted from across the USA address the theme, “Making a Difference”. Each of the four evening/matinee productions is a different, separate set of plays. That’s how we’ll produce 25 ten-minute plays and four shorts.

The evening title for the eight plays of Saturday, May 26th is “Celebrations & Solidarity”.

The plays are:

1. THE BIRTHDAY BOY A ten-minute seriocomedy by Roy Proctor
2. FALL& RISE A New Play by Joe Gulla
3. NOT THIS WHITE WOMAN by Adrienne Dawes
4. ZOMBIE RAINBOW UNICORN POO PILLOW EMOJI PARTY A ten-minute play by Jeanette D. Farr
5. GEL US by Paige Zubel
6. THE EXERCISE, A ten minute play By Grace Epstein
7. CATCHING THE BUS by Carl L. Williams
8. PAY IT BACKWARD By Donna Hoke

Tickets are $10/ $8 seniors /$5 students. Buy ahead at www.itineranttheatre.com, or reserve at 337.436.6275. You can pay at the door. Seating is limited.  Arrive early. Park in back.

See you at the show!

Transforming the space for The Play’s the Thing new plays reading series

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We at IT are excited to be transforming our Studio 339 into a Black Space.  We are moving things around to make the space handsome and bare.  Meanwhile, the actors and directors are transforming into characters for the featured 25 ten-minute plays and four short (one-hour or less) plays.

We’ll be able to seat over 30.  We’ll have refreshments.  Again, dates are :  Saturdays May 26 and June 2 at 7:00pm sharp and Sundays May 27 and June 3 for 2:00pm matinees.  Buy tickets at this website or at the door.   Or reserve by calling 337.436.6275.

See you at the show!

The Play’s the Thing new play series ~ the Playwrights & the dates

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IT is privileged and proud to produce as our The Play’s the Thing new play series — four evenings of 10-minute and short plays.  Please see below the plays themselves and their playwrights, as well as the dates.

Joy Pace, Artistic Director and Director of the 29 readings, divided the evenings into special themes.

 

SATURDAY MAY 26 (Celebrations & Solidarity: Making a Difference)

THE BIRTHDAY BOY A ten-minute seriocomedy by Roy Proctor

FALL& RISE A New Play by Joe Gulla

NOT THIS WHITE WOMAN by Adrienne Dawes

ZOMBIE RAINBOW UNICORN POO PILLOW EMOJI PARTY A ten-minute play By Jeanette D. Farr

Gel Us By Paige Zubel

The Exercise A ten minute play By Grace Epstein

CATCHING THE BUS by Carl L. Williams

PAY IT BACKWARD By Donna Hoke

 

SUNDAY MAY 27 (Optics & Opportunities: Making a Difference)

In Full Bloom By Paige Zubel

A MURMUR OF DUST by John Stell

LOVELY YOUNG CHILDREN A short play by John J. Kelly

PERFORMANCE REVIEW A ten-minute play by Nedra Pezold Roberts

WHILE THE AUTO WAITS by ROY PROCTOR based on the short story of the same title by O. HENRY

O Holy Night On Black Diamond Trestle By Donna Stuccio

One Bright Morning A Ten Minute Play By Ronaldo McDoyle

 

SATURDAY JUNE 2 (Perspective & Power: Making a Difference)

The April Meeting of the Friends of the Gibsonton Regional Library by Dean Farell Bruggeman

KINGS OF THE WORLD by Kate Danley

GOD FOR A DAY a one-­‐act play by Katherine Dubois

The Star Covered Beach A Five Minute Play By Ronaldo McDoyle

The Existential Crisis in Car 54 By Donna Stuccio

Picture Window by Carolyn Woosley

 

Sunday June 3 (Strangers & Selflessness: Making a difference)

CAPTURED MOMENT by Judd Lear Silverman

ASHES by John Meiners, Jr.

FORYOUR EXAMINATION: Testimonials from the Homeless By David Blakely & Anna Hudson

NOT MY RIDE A 10-minute play by Steffi Rubin

DESTINY By Michael Edan

SURVIVAL STRATEGY By Donna Hoke

Never Too Late by John Meiners, Jr.

SOUP KITCHEN SUNDAY by Melinda Gros

 

See you at the shows, 7:00pm on the Saturday nights and 2:00pm for the Sunday performances, all in the IT Studio, #339, Central School A&H Bldg., Lake Charles.  Tickets are $10/$8 seniors 65+/$5 students.

The Play’s the Thing ~ New play readings two weekends May & June

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Itinerant Theatre is excited to be developing for production readings of 29 new plays from across the USA.  They all address the theme, “Making a Difference”.  Twenty-five are ten-minute plays.  Yes!  Ten minutes or less.  Four plays are short plays, meaning that they are under an hour in length.  Joy Pace is Director.

Plays will be read by local actors over four nights:  Saturdays May 26 and June 2 at 7:00pm and Sundays, May 27 and June 3 at 2:00pm.  The readings will occur in our studio #339, Central School A&H Bldg., 809 Kirby St., Lake Charles, La.

More info to follow on future blogs.  Stay tuned.

See you at the show!

Extraordinary, wonderful show runs April 5-8! Get tickets now!

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Greetings, all. Itinerant Theatre is proud and privileged to produce Ntozake Shange’s Pulitzer prize-winning play For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf !    The performances are exuberant and penetrating.  The words are, well, let’s let the New York Times speak:  “…Ntozake Shange writes with such exquisite care and beauty that anyone can relate to her message.”  The NYT later said “…encompassing…every feeling and experience a woman has ever had.”

Performance times vary, so, choose your day carefully, and remember, the show runs only one long weekend:       April 5-8 in the Ben Mount Theatre of Central School A&H Building, 809 Kirby St., downtown Lake Charles.

Showtimes:  (1)  Thursday, April 5, 7:00pm.  (2)  Friday, April 6, 8:30pm after the opening of the Black Heritage Gallery’s opening 6:00-8:00pm on 2nd floor of Central School. (We discount your theatre ticket if you attend the opening!)    (3) Saturday, April 7, 7:00pm, and, (4)  Sunday, April 8, 3:00pm matinee.

Tickets are $15/ $12.50 seniors (65+)/ $10 students of any age.  Buy tickets at the door or at this website.  Reserve tickets at 337-436-6275, and be sure that you arrive 15 minutes early to pay for reserved tickets.  In the event the house is full, and you are not there 15 minutes early to claim your tickets,  we will release your reservation.

The show runs 90 minutes.  There is no intermission.

See you at the show!

The Play Develops!

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This week actors are off-book, choreography is well under way, colorful costuming comes into sharp focus.  For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf by Ntozake Shange will live up to its Pulitzer prize-winning creds.

Don’t miss this production April 5-8 at Central School.  Tickets are on sale at www.itineranttheatre.com or reserve ahead at 337.436.6275.

See you at the show!

Ground-breaking, Pulitzer Prize-winning play “For Colored Girls” on April 5-8!

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE!  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE!  Don’t miss this uplifting play!

Here, unedited FYR is our press release.  See you at the show!

Itinerant Theatre presents groundbreaking play For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf by Ntozake Shange April 5-8

 Itinerant Theatre will present For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow is Enuf by Ntozake Shange April 5 and 7 @ 7pm, April 6 @ 8:30 pm following the Black Heritage Gallery opening, and Sunday April 8 @ 3pm in Ben Mount Theatre of Central School, 809 Kirby St. This groundbreaking “choreopoem” is a spellbinding collection of vivid prose and free verse narratives about and performed by black women. Capturing the brutal, tender and dramatic lives of contemporary Black women, For Colored Girls… offers a transformative, riveting evening of provocative dance, music and poetry. Poet Ishmael Reed observes: “No contemporary writer has Ms. Shange’s uncanny gift for immersing herself within the situations and points-of-view of so many different types of women.”

The play is about the women, about who they are and what they have experienced. Although the stories these women tell are tales of struggle, the play is ultimately uplifting. The seven women grieve, but they also celebrate their lives, their vitality, their colorfulness. The talented cast of local actors are “lady in brown” – Bianca Augustine, “lady in yellow” – Sierra Demouchet, “lady in purple” – Tasha Guidry, “lady in red” – Shereka Jackson, “lady in green” – Lauren Edwards, “lady in blue” – Alana Jennings, “lady in orange” – Hannah Barker. Natalie Sell is Stage Manager, Michelle Brunson is Designer, Tony James is Choreographer and Joy Pace is Director.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $12.50 for Seniors, and $10 for Students with ID. Purchase at www.itineranttheatre.com or call Itinerant Theatre at 337-436-6275 for reservations or information.          ##

“For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf” cast works hard!

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Itinerant Theatre is very proud to produce Ntozake Shange’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf April 5-8 at the Ben Mount Theatre of Central School.  Don’t miss it!  Joy Pace is Director.  Michelle Brunson is Technical Director.  Natalie Sell is Stage Manager and Tony James is choreographer.

CAST LIST

lady in brown               Bianca Augustine

lady in yellow        Sierra Demouchet

lady in purple        Tasha Guidry

lady in red             Shereka Jackson

lady in green         Lauren Edwards

lady in blue           Alana Jennings

lady in orange              Hannah Barker

Don’t miss final two productions at Central!

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A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant and A Prayer was a sleeper hit Wednesday night.  The crowd showed up at Sloppy’s Downtown in weather that only a mother would show up for.  The fourteen monologues by Susan Miller, Nickolas Kristof, Eve Ensler, Mollie Doyle and many others slayed the crowd — both the fine writing and the delivery.  The ambience complete with cool black-painted brick wall and the smells of the kitchen trying to quietly fry orders (!) added to the evening.

Don’t miss MMRP tomorrow, Saturday, Feb 10 at Central School, 7:00pm sharp.  Park in back.  Go to the main theatre — Ben Mount Theatre.  You can’t miss us.

$15, $12.50, or $10 tickets go completely to charity:  90% to our local SWLA Abolitionists and 10% to the international V-Day Project.

Then!  Thursday’s The Vagina Monologues brought in a large, really great crowd.  Cool evening.  Actors, now dressed in red, really poured heart and soul into their monologues.

Sunday’s 2:00pm matinee again features the final The Vagina Monologues directed by Bianca Augustine, her debut as a director!  The stories are poignant, funny, heart-wrenching, you name it.  All proceeds go to Oasis and V-Day Project in the same percentages.  Again, this performance is at Central School A&H Center.

See you at the show!