Greetings to everyone after such a challenging and difficult time! Please be assured. Itinerant Theatre plans to stage-read our twenty-five (25) plays that we accepted (from our 900 entrants) for our New Play Series 2020: The Play’s the Thing: Life Inspired.
Those 10-minute or short play entrants were from a year ago!
We’ve had a few setbacks.
First and foremost was Covid, a pandemic which is ongoing and which we shared with all of you. Our hearts go out to you who suffered losses from this dread disease.
On August 27th Lake Charles received a direct hit by Laura, the 5th strongest hurricane ever to hit the USA. This threw us into evacuation for over two months in north Texas. The evacuation of our family was challenging, as two of the five of us had special travel needs, and there were, of course, no EMT’s available to assist us in our departure.
About six weeks later Lake Charles was hit by Delta, a 2nd hurricane, a more high-water event. Then, in the wintertime, the Southwest and Southern states were hit with a great freeze, which also significantly compromised the homes of our supporters and audience base. Finally, just two weeks ago, Lake Charles experienced a torrential rainstorm/flood, the 3rd strongest in city history, which unevenly flooded out homes still under repair from the storms.
Almost all of the region’s performing venues are non-functioning. Our primary base, home of our office and studio, Central School Arts Building, has been closed to the public for 10 months. Roof repairs are underway, but interior repairs will take another 6-10 months. Soon, we must empty our Studio 339 so that repairmen have access to the 100+ year-old building. Our studio, being on the topmost floor and to the east, was one of the two most heavily hit studios in the building.
In addition, and very, very significantly, while we were on evacuation in Texas, we lost Dolph, the older brother of our Executive/Artistic Director, Joy Pace.
The year has been most trying.
Nonetheless, be assured. We look forward to envisioning bringing affordable, professional theatre to audiences and to exploring new works and the classics.
Joy Pace, Exec/Artistic Director. will soon issue a new call-out for the sixth New Play Series: The Play’s the Thing. There will be a theme unique to this season. The accepted plays will be either 10-minute plays or short plays (under an hour in length).
See you at the show!