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Spring 2017 Final Coffee House Theatre May 6!

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For its final Coffee House Theatre for the winter-spring 2017 season, Itinerant Theatre proudly announces its four new play readings, all premiers. The plays are:

What Else Lord by Marsha Kushner – A comic scene about mother/daughter role reversal.
Return by Jim Weinzettle – A modern exploration of a “prodigal son” theme.
About the Funeral by Grace Epstein -Comic exploration in the secrets and acceptance discovered in a séance.
A Mother’s Privilege by Donna Hoke -A Mother overcoming differences to accept love and relationship.

Date, time & location are: May 6, 7:00-8:00pm (or shorter), free, downtown Lake Charles at co-host Stellar Beans Cafe, 319 Broad Street.

Our local, professional actors — Mark Bailes, Mary Benoit, Tom Cole, Ronald Doyle & Jo Ann Hanks — are in rehearsal now, under the direction of Joy Pace.

Please arrive early to order your drinks and food, and stay after to discuss the plays and enjoy more of Stellar Beans’ offerings.

To learn more about Coffee House Theatre or Itinerant Theatre, call 337-436-6275, visit or e-mail the organization at .

Great Premier of 4 Short Plays. Next: “The Vagina Monologues” Feb 24-25

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February Coffee House Theatre was a real success with a new, varied audience… as always… and an energized cast that brought real character to their…characters!

Director Joy Pace and IT were very, very pleased with the readings of Schrodinger’s Gun by Greg Smith, Jack Pork by Donna Hoke; Kaine’s Curse by Jonathon Ward; and, Summer Storms by Jaisey Bates. Cast included: Bianca Augustine, Tony James, Jonathon Richards and Anthony Williams.

And now, IT moves on to an equally exciting staged reading of The Vagina Monologues by Eve Ensler, a part of V-Day Lake Charles 2017. This is a benefit production. Proceeds will go: 90% to the Oasis House and 10% to the international V-Day effort.

Dates, time and location are: 7:00pm on Friday – Saturday, February 24-25 at the Ben Mount Theatre, Central School, 809 Kirby Street, Lake Charles.

Tickets are $10.00 and may be purchased at or by phoning 337-436-6275.

The all-local cast are: Bianca Augustine, Cathy Chapman, Darby Domingue, Lisa Domingue, Jo Ann Hanks, Carmen Illan, Fataneh Kamrani, Joy Pace (Director), Regina Shirelle, & Shauna Temple.

What are The Vagina Monologues? Hailed by The New York Times as “funny” and “poignant” and by the Daily News as “intelligent” and “courageous,” The play dives into the mystery, humor, pain, power, wisdom, outrage and excitement buried in women’s experiences. The play was first performed off-Broadway by Ms. Ensler.

V-Day is an award-winning global activist movement dedicated to ending violence against women and girls. V-Day raises funds and awareness through benefit productions of playwright/founder Eve Ensler’s award-winning play The Vagina Monologues and other artistic works. V-Day has raised over $120 million; educated millions; reopened shelters; and, funded over 13,000 community-based anti-violence programs and safe houses in Democratic Republic of Congo, Haiti, Kenya, South Dakota, Egypt, and Iraq.

Exciting February ~ new short plays & “Vagina Monologues”

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IT has a full February calendar and is proud to bring it to the Lake Area!

On February 4th at Coffee House Theatre four new, edgy short plays will be stage read. They are among 13 chosen from 30 new 10-minute and short plays written and submitted to IT from around the USA. The plays are a varied look at many of the difficult issues pertaining to race, guns, shootings and sexual objectification (and double standards).

The actors are local — Bianca Augustine, Tony James, Joy Pace, Anthony Mitchell and Jonathon Richards. Director is Joy Pace. The event is free. Location is at co-host Stellar Beans Coffeehouse & Beanery, 319 Broad St., LC.

On February 24 & 25 at Central School “The Vagina Monologues” will be stage-read. This is part of the V-DAY 2017 Project to bring awareness to abuse of women and girls in the workplace globally. Proceeds benefit Oasis (90%) and women in the workplace globally (10%). Director is Joy Pace. The event is $10 and will be held at Ben Mount Theatre, 809 Kirby St., Lake Charles.

Reflections, Revelations & Resolutions ~ Jan 2017 Coffee House Theater

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Reflect, laugh, cry, rant or rhyme. At any rate, join us Saturday evening at Stellar Beans Coffeehouse & Beanery for original works, written by local actors/writers. The theme: “Reflections, Revelations & Resolutions”. Brook Akya Haynemann, Tony James, Joy Pace & Carolyn Woosley are lined up to read/act/ or somehow interpret their thoughts on 2017, or the just-ended ’16.

Contact us to submit something of your own! It can be a rant. Not too long. Write .

Info: Saturday, January 7, 7:00pm. One hour. Free.
Address: 313 Broad St., downtown Lake Charles.

“Vagina Monologues” cast is set & New Plays are chosen

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IT is excited to have cast characters for the February 24-25 concert reading of “The Vagina Monologues” by Eve Ensler, as part of the V-Day Lake Charles Joins Global Movement to Stop Violence Against Women & Girls. Watch this blog for cast names!

IT is also excited to have chosen its New Plays for the 2017 season. They address issues brought to light during the most recent Presidential campaign, or unresolved realizations of America’s promises of freedom. These plays, submitted from around the USA, will be read between February – May 2017 at downtown Lake Charles locations, primarily Stellar Beans Coffeehouse & Beanery and in IT’s studio 809 Kirby Street, Studio 339.

Watch this blog, and also IT’s Facebook & Twitter pages, for audition announcements for these excellent new 10-minute and short plays.

Two May weekends of lively readings conclude IT Season

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IT has had a busy year!  Louisiana Women:  Bound, This Wide Night and Race were meaty undertakings, after the reading of The Hairy Ape kicked off a season themed “America’s Unfinished Business:  Freedom”.  IT’s audiences were pleased and kept coming back for more.  Gratifying to the producers, to say the least!

On Saturday, May 2, 7:00pm at Coffee House Theatre (CHT) , IT’s Artistic Director Joy Pace directs lively staged readings of two short plays, which were submitted in response to IT’s nationwide call for submission.

The two plays to be read are:  (1) Rural Free Delivery, the thought-provoking comedy on family, community and the birth of a child,  by Grace Epstein of Cincinnati and (2) Locked, a touching political comedy about artistic freedom in urban America. author David Vazdauskas of Maine.

Actors reading in “Rural Free Delivery” are Darby Domingue, Lisa Domingue, Maya Manuel, Jonathon Richards and Joy Pace.  Reading in Reading in “Locked” are Darby Domingue, Jonathon Richards, Maya Manuel and Frank Cooper.  This all-professional cast is Lake Area based.

CHT is a free, monthly one-hour event, co-sponsored by Stellar Beans Coffeehouse and Beanery, 319 Broad Street, Lake Charles.

See you at the show!

PS   Watch for the next blog posting to get info on the May 7-9 premier staged reading of Man of a Thousand Songs by Carolyn Woosley.

Coffee House Theatre features Children’s Theatre – “Mulan”

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IT has struck the set of “This Wide Night”, and only very reluctantly.  That was a satisfying production!  Lorraine and Marie touched hearts and brought to the fore the question:  What do women released from prison in SWLA do?  There is no halfway house.  Is there vocational training?  Who is their community on the outside?

Well, those questions have a long half-life.  At any rate, Director Joy Pace has already started rehearsals of “Race” by acclaimed American writer David Mamet.  She is excited about this production which opens March 21st.

Meanwhile, February’s Coffee House Theatre showcases elements from the Children’s Theatre’s upcoming production of Disney’s “Mulan”.  Join us 7:00pm Saturday the 7th at Stellar Beans Coffeehouse & Beanery, 319 Broad Street, for an upbeat evening with these young thespians.



Upcoming Previews at October’s Coffee House Theatre

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This coming Saturday, October 4, 7:00 – 8:00pm at Stellar Beans, Itinerant Theatre (IT)  proudly hosts previews of two upcoming Lake Area theatrical productions.  (1) Itinerant Theatre introduces Louisiana Women: Bound and (2) the Lake Charles Little Theatre gives glimpses into its upcoming production of the musical, Macabaret.  

In the first, IT premiers two one-woman plays, Eliza and Rachel and returns to the stage Marie Thereze —  all three bound by slavery in pre-Civil War Louisiana.  All three are part of the composite of plays, Louisiana Women, by Carolyn Woosley.  Joy Pace directs Sierra Jones, Jo Ann Hanks and Leah Howard. Opens October 30 at Central School’s Ben Mount Stage.  See this website for details.

Macabaret, directed by Joseph Frazier, is a collection of humorous storysongs which twist towards the morbid.  The show itself runs three weekends, mid-October at 819 Enterprise Blvd.  Visit for details.

Don’t miss this FREE monthly evening of previews at co-host Stellar Beans Coffeehouse and Edibles, 319 Broad Street, Lake Charles.  See you at the show!


Ferguson, Missouri is Coffee House Theatre local writers’ topic ~ Saturday, 7:00pm

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Diving right into “America’s Unfinished Business: FREEDOM” – September’s CHT has us doing what theatre is meant to do – examine the world around us – and comment on it.

Several local writers/actors take a look at recent events in Ferguson, MO and reflect on the meaning for our day and time… People want to tell their stories – Itinerant Theatre digs in… join us for this always FREE event.  This Saturday, September 6, 7:00pm at co-host Stellar Beans Coffeehouse & Edibles, 319 Broad Street, Lake Charles.

“Tarzan” comes to Coffee House Theatre on Feb. 1

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Next Saturday, Feb. 1, don’t miss a sneak preview of The Children’s Theatre Company’s production of Tarzan, live at our free, first-Saturday-of-the-month event, Coffee House Theatre.   A young, energizing cast will perform segments from this February production.  Great fun.  Support local businesses and support local artists, all over a good brew of joe!  Specifics:  Stellar Beans Coffee House, 319 Broad St., Lake Charles, 7-8pm.

Coffee House Theatre takes January break. Back in February!

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Greetings, Everyone.  First of all, HAPPY NEW YEAR!  Second, IT and Stellar Beans Coffee House & Edibles will NOT have Coffee House Theatre in January 2014.  But! Coffee House Theatre returns on February 1st.  Tentative plans are to feature The Children’s Theatre’s upcoming production of Walt Disney’s “Tarzan”.  This will be a fun night, and a thrill for the young pre-teen and teen actors.  Meanwhile, be sure to drop by Stellar Beans for a good coffee or chai, and good, light fare.

Holiday Art Market & Coffee House Theatre this week!

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Join IT for a busy weekend.  Thursday 5:30 – 7pm at Central School is the Holiday Art Market.  Visit our Room 339 as Director Joy Pace leads Hayley Smith and Ronnie Doyle in a rehearsal of the reading of “Gift of the Magi” by O. Henry and other works of the Season.  Then, enjoy the reading itself at our free, ongoing monthly  series – COFFEE HOUSE THEATRE —  this Saturday, December 7, 7:00pm, at co-host Stellar Beans Coffee House & Edibles, 319 Broad St.

Coffee House Theatre features Cast of “Jesus Christ Superstar”

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This Saturday, Nov. 2 7:00 – 8:00pm enjoy a sneak music preview of IT’s production of “Jesus Christ Superstar” by Andrew Lloyd Webber & Tim Rice.  The evening, as always, is at Stellar Beans Coffee House & Beanery at 319 Broad St. Stellar Beans is co-host of this series, Coffee House Theatre.  Enjoy this FREE evening with good coffees and teas set in a convivial downtown, totally unique atmosphere.  See and hear this impassioned cast for yourself.  Get a taste of the production which is Nov. 8-9 at the LC Civic Center’s Rosa Hart Theatre.

Coffee House Theatre, a new monthly series

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IT announces its newest FREE first-Saturday-in-the-month  series:  Coffee House Theatre.  Saturday, Sept. 7 at 7pm  IT  premiers a reading of “Elizebeth” — a feisty woman who led the charge to save the French Quarter from demolition.  Joy Pace directs this one-woman play from Carolyn Woosley’s composite, Louisiana Women. Join IT at Stellar Beans Coffee House & Edibles, 319 Broad St!  Coffee House Theatre continues the first Saturday of each month.