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Thursday, July 31, 2008

"Three years after Katrina, New Orleans experiencing theater boom"

Posted By on Thu, Jul 31, 2008 at 10:30 PM

A great piece by the Associated Press spreading the word around the world that the Crescent City stage scene is thriving:

"We're on the cusp of a renaissance," says actress Rikki Gee, who was living and working in Shreveport, La., in 2005, and returned to New Orleans after Katrina to help rebuild her home town.

"It's bursting at the seams," says Glenn Meche, director of the Marigny Theatre and gay-themed To Do Productions, which is putting on three of the season's four shows at Marigny.

Lots of familiar NOLA-theater names in the story, and this amazing tidbit:

Sometimes, there's even too much happening at once. Although Le Petit and Southern Rep stagger their openings, eight plays opened the second weekend in July. Shows are scheduled around Mardi Gras and the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, when theatre does poorly even though tourism surges.

What can I say? We like to go out, and we like to laugh and cry. And it probably doesn't hurt that so many of our playhouses have bars attached.


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