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Southern Rep Theatre Presents MANDATORY MERRIMENT:THIS TIME ITS VIRTUAL Photo Southern Rep Theatre Presents MANDATORY MERRIMENT:THIS TIME ITS VIRTUAL
by BWW News Desk - Nov 27, 2020

Southern Rep Theatre will present MANDATORY MERRIMENT:THIS TIME ITS VIRTUAL, created by Leslie Castay and Ian Hoch. Directed by Leslie Castay, with book by Ian Hoch and Musical Direction by Ainsley Matich, the production begins performances Thursday, December 11, and runs through Sunday, December 26 in a special all new virtual reunion! 

Southern Rep Theatre Announces GoFundMe Campaign To Keep Its Doors Open Photo Southern Rep Theatre Announces GoFundMe Campaign To Keep Its Doors Open
by BWW News Desk - Mar 5, 2020

Nationally acclaimed new play development theatre, Southern Rep, finds itself in a heartbreaking situation. Ticket sales and mainstage subscriptions are at an all-time high. Arts education programming is thriving. Audiences are raving about the work and the company's new venue, the former St. Rose de Lima Church on Bayou Road. And still, Southern Rep finds itself in an urgent financial crisis as it navigates the expenses of moving into their new home.

New Orleans Shakespeare Festival At Tulane Returns Summer Season 2019 Photo New Orleans Shakespeare Festival At Tulane Returns Summer Season 2019
by BWW News Desk - May 30, 2019

The New Orleans Shakespeare Festival at Tulane is now preparing for its 26th summer season. The Festival continues to be one of the south's premier producers of Shakespeare's plays.

Southern Rep Theatre Announces Its 2019-2020 Mainstage Season Photo Southern Rep Theatre Announces Its 2019-2020 Mainstage Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 30, 2019

Southern Rep Theatre (Producing Artistic Director Aimee Hayes) has announced plans for the 2019-20 Mainstage Season and the future of Southern Rep, now located in its permanent home at 2541 Bayou Road, New Orleans. The 2019-20 Mainstage Season, its 33rd, will feature Regional Premieres of AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY by Tracy Letts, NATIVE GARDENS by Karen Zacarias, and Bertolt Brecht's MOTHER COURAGE AND HER CHILDREN, translated by Ntozake Shange. In addition, back by popular demand and updated for the holiday season will be MANDATORY MERRIMENT (PART DEUX): A NEW ORLEANS HOLIDAY MUSICAL created by Leslie Castay and Ian Hoch. The season will also feature the NNPN (National New Play Network) Rolling World Premiere of REYKJAVIKby Steve Yockey (in partnership with the Saints & Sinners Literary Festival), and the home-grown World Premiere of CHEMIN DU BAYOU by local New Orleans playwright Pamela Davis-Noland.

New Orleans Shakespeare Festival Announced At Tulane Photo New Orleans Shakespeare Festival Announced At Tulane
by BWW News Desk - Mar 21, 2019

Having just completed a production of Macbeth that reached over 5000 area middle and high school students in January, the New Orleans Shakespeare Festival at Tulane is now preparing for its 26th summer season. The Festival continues to be one of the south's premier producers of Shakespeare's plays.

Southern Rep Theatre Announces Extends A DOLL'S HOUSE, PART 2 Photo Southern Rep Theatre Announces Extends A DOLL'S HOUSE, PART 2
by BWW News Desk - Oct 12, 2018

Southern Rep Theatre has announced that its Regional Premiere production of A DOLL'S HOUSE, PART 2, by Lucas Hnath, will extend one additional week, running now through October 28. The production opened Monday, October 8 to rave reviews and is the first Mainstage production of Southern Rep's 2018-19 season in their new permanent home located at 2541 Bayou Road, New Orleans. 

Southern Rep Theatre To Launch New Play Development Project About Historic Bayou Road Photo Southern Rep Theatre To Launch New Play Development Project About Historic Bayou Road
by BWW News Desk - Oct 4, 2018

Southern Rep Theatre today announced that it has commissioned Louisiana playwright Pamela Davis-Noland to lead a team of artists, neighbors (past & present), and vendors from the historic Bayou Road of New Orleans, to create an interactive, multi-disciplinary play that will premiere next year as part of the theater's 2019-20 season. The announcement of the project, titled BAYOU ROAD: A JOURNEY, A VISION, AND A PLAY, was made live at the re-opening celebration of The Rose Collaborative Campus (formerly the St. Rose de Lima Campus), where Southern Rep is now located permanently at 2541 Bayou Road. At the event, local performance artist Tonya Boyd-Cannon debuted a moving song and monologue from the play in development, which can be viewed here.  

Southern Rep Announces Cast of A DOLLS HOUSE, PART 2 Plus Updated Schedule Photo Southern Rep Announces Cast of A DOLLS HOUSE, PART 2 Plus Updated Schedule
by BWW News Desk - Aug 23, 2018

Southern Rep Theatre announces updated schedule and cast details for its fall 2018 Mainstage productions, which will kick off the company's "soft opening" in its permanent new home on historic Bayou Road, New Orleans.

RAGTIME Comes to Summer Lyric Theatre Photo RAGTIME Comes to Summer Lyric Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jun 27, 2018

Ragtime, one of the most powerful and vibrant musicals of this era, will be celebrating its 20th anniversary this July on the Dixon Hall stage.  Based on the E.L. Doctorow novel, Ragtime tells the story of a restless America at the turn of the twentieth century where everything is changing and anything is possible.  It is a timeless celebration of life - what it could and should be. It tells the stories of an upper-class wife, a Jewish immigrant and a daring Harlem musician - All three characters are united by their desire and belief in a brighter tomorrow.  The Tony-winning score by Ahrens & Flaherty will be brought to life with the 38 member cast and 26-piece orchestra.

Southern Rep Theatre Announces 2018-19 Season Productions Photo Southern Rep Theatre Announces 2018-19 Season Productions
by BWW News Desk - May 17, 2018

Southern Rep Theatre announces its 2018-19 Mainstage Season, its 32nd, featuring the regional premieres of THE WOLVES by Sarah DeLappe and A DOLL'S HOUSE, PART 2 by Lucas Hnath as well as three world premieres: AZUL by New Orleans native Christina Quintana, FLOWERS FOR HALLIE - a celebration of Mahalia Jackson written by and starring Troi Bechet - and MANDATORY MERRIMENT: AN UNTITLED HOLIDAY MUSICAL created by Leslie Castay and Ian Hoch with book by Ian Hoch.

Broadway Theatre Project's Blake Coheley Wins At Big Easy Awards Photo Broadway Theatre Project's Blake Coheley Wins At Big Easy Awards
by BWW News Desk - Apr 26, 2018

Now entering its 28th year, Broadway Theatre Project (BTP), a program described by Playbill as "The world's most prestigious musical theatre arts education program for high school and college students", congratulates BTP's own Program Director Blake Coheley for winning 'Best Director of a Musical' for his work with Southern Rep and The New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA) Stage Company's production of FUN HOME the musical last fall.

Shakespeare's Silver Anniversary: The New Orleans Shakespeare Festival Celebrates 25  Photo Shakespeare's Silver Anniversary: The New Orleans Shakespeare Festival Celebrates 25 Years in NOLA
by BWW News Desk - Jan 15, 2018

While New Orleans celebrates its 300th birthday, Shakespeare commemorates an anniversary of his own. 25 years ago, several Tulane faculty members joined forces to create New Orleans' own professional classical theatre company and, since that time, the Festival has grown into one of the south's most noteworthy producers of Shakespeare's work. In celebration of its silver anniversary, the Festival will offer an array of unique programming. The 2018 season is:

Le Petit Theatre to Host FOOTLIGHTS FOR HOUSTON Hurricane Harvey Relief Benefit Photo Le Petit Theatre to Host FOOTLIGHTS FOR HOUSTON Hurricane Harvey Relief Benefit
by BWW News Desk - Oct 16, 2017

On Monday, October 23rd at 7:30pm at Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre, 616 St. Peter St. (in the French Quarter), will host 'Footlights for Houston,' a Hurricane Harvey relief benefit for the Houston theatre community.

BWW Review: Southern Rep Theatre Presents Gorgeous Rendition of FUN HOME Photo BWW Review: Southern Rep Theatre Presents Gorgeous Rendition of FUN HOME
by Heidi Scheuermann - Oct 6, 2017

I love musicals. I love most all musicals. There's hardly ever a musical I come across that I don't like. For the most part, musicals are usually lively, fun, and lighthearted stories set to upbeat music with killer dance numbers. FUN HOME isn't really that type of musical, but it does happen to be among the musicals that I truly think are going to change the world.

Southern Rep Opens 31st Season with Regional Premiere of FUN HOME Photo Southern Rep Opens 31st Season with Regional Premiere of FUN HOME
by BWW News Desk - Sep 2, 2017

Southern Rep Theatre and NOCCA Stage Company present the regional premiere of FUN HOME at NOCCA's Nims Black Box Theatre, September 27 - October 22, 2017. The musical, based on the graphic memoir by Alison Bechdel, follows Alison through past and present as she comes to terms with her father's death, the secrets he lived with, and her own coming-of-age journey. Featuring music by Jeanine Tesori and book and lyrics by Lisa Kron, FUN HOME won five 2015 Tony Awards for its original Broadway production, including Best Musical and Best Score.

The Contemporary Arts Center to Host SweetArts 2017 Gala This February
by BWW News Desk - Feb 4, 2017

The Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans (CAC) is pleased to announce that its premier annual gala, SweetArts 2017, will take place today, February 4 from 7-11pm in celebration of the CAC's 40th Anniversary Season.

The Contemporary Arts Center to Host SweetArts 2017 Gala This February
by BWW News Desk - Jan 5, 2017

The Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans (CAC) is pleased to announce that its premier annual gala, SweetArts 2017, will take place on Saturday, February 4 from 7-11pm in celebration of the CAC's 40th Anniversary Season.

The NOLA Project's 2016-17 Season to Focus on 'Survival'
by BWW News Desk - Apr 12, 2016

As The NOLA Project theatre company embarks on its twelfth season in New Orleans, we find our national and local landscape on the precipice of great change.

AIRLINE HIGHWAY, GROUNDED, 'FATHER COMES HOME' and More Set for Southern Rep Theatre's 30th Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 4, 2016

Southern Rep Theatre announces its 2016 - 2017 Mainstage Season featuring AIRLINE HIGHWAY by Lisa D'Amour, GROUNDED by George Brant, SWEET BIRD OF YOUTH by Tennessee Williams, and FATHER COMES HOME FROM THE WARS (PARTS 1, 2, & 3) by Suzan-Lori Parks.

Award-Winning Actress Kerry Cahill Performs in An Evening of Cabaret to Benefit Charity
by BWW News Desk - Aug 29, 2015

Actress Kerry Cahill (Terminator Genisys, Zoo, Hours) will be performing in An Evening of Cabaret to benefit The Kristin Brooks Hope line and its program VET2VET. Cahill said, "This program is near and dear to my heart and I wanted to do something very special for them. I have put together an amazing cast of people that are equally as supportive of the VET2VET program. It will be a fun night for all involved.'

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