Shows

Season Fifteen

 

The NOLA Project theatre company is proud to announce its 2019-20 Season of productions, the 15th since the company’s founding in 2005. 

 


MEASURE FOR MEASURE

by William Shakespeare, directed by mark Routhier (September 2019 in NOMA's Great Hall)

When depravity and debauchery threaten to corrode the whole of Vienna, a strong, willful, religious purist is handed the reigns of power in order to set things straight again. But is all as it seems? And will new power lead moral purity, or to ultimate corruption? Shakepeare’s MEASURE FOR MEASURE is a brilliant play almost absurdly well-fashioned for our modern American age of divisive politics and legal retribution. The NOLA Project is excited to present the play, directed by Mark Routhier, in NOMA’s opulent Great Hall. Runs September 10-29 at NOMA.

 

THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW

newly adapted by Pete McElligott, directed by Leslie Claverie (October 2019 in NOMA's Besthoff Sculpture Garden)

An outdoor, spooky, immersive production of the classic LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW, featuring Ichabod Crane and the infamous Headless Horseman: Sounds great, huh?? We thought so too. And that’s what we intended for the audience. That is, until the cast started to be mysteriously killed off. And the crew. And the entire Louisiana Philharmonic that was supposed to take part in the festivities. But that won’t stop us! The show MUST go on! By any means necessary… Come and enjoy this horrifically hilarious Halloween season production that is part American Classic, part The Play That Goes Wrong, and all kinds of absurd fun. Written by NOLA Project favorite playwright Pete McElligott and directed by Leslie Claverie, this new telling is bound to leave you laughing your head off. Perhaps literally.

 

HARRY & THE THIEF

by Sigrid Gilmer, directed by Khiry Armstead (January 2020 at the CAC)

Science Fiction, Historical Drama, and Comedic Farce are thrown into a genre blender in Sigrid Gilmer’s provocative and hilarious new play HARRY & THE THIEF. Mimi's cousin Jeremy has a PhD in physics, a brand new time machine and a plan. He's sending Mimi, a professional thief, back to 1863 to alter history by providing Harriet Tubman with modern day guns. Lots and lots of guns. Gilmer describes her own work “black comedies that are historically bent, totally perverse, joyfully irreverent and are concerned with issues of identity, pop culture and contemporary American society.” HARRY & THE THIEF is a perfect encapsulation of all of this. Directed by Khiry Armstead, HARRY will play a limited run at the CAC from January 15-26 only.

 

TREASURE ISLAND

newly adapted by A.J. Allegra, James Bartelle, and Alex Martinez Wallace, directed by Beau Bratcher (May 2020 in NOMA's Besthoff Sculpture Garden's new amphitheater)

The classic pirate adventure tale comes to brand new life within NOMA’s expanded Besthoff Sculpture garden’s brand new amphitheater. The new comic adaptation, penned by NOLA Project founders A.J. Allegra, James Bartelle, and Alex Martinez Wallace, and inspired by the amphitheater’s waterfront location, will blend story with shanties of the high seas as we followed the mutinous crew of Long John Silver as they travel to Skull Island to discover the location of Captain Flint’s buried treasure. This 21st century adaptation is sure to enamor boys, girls, young, and old, and is certain bring out the inner-pirate in every New Orleanian. Directed by Big Easy Award-winner Beau Bratcher, TREASURE ISLAND runs May 6-24 in NOMA's Besthoff Sculpture Garden.

Season Fifteen

Rough Draughts

June 1 - 30
By Various
Various Locations

The NOLA Project’s ROUGH DRAUGHTS is a monthly new play reading series that will take place on the last Monday…

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The Henchman: A Shakespeare Story

May 8 - 31
By Michael Aaron Santos
NOMA's Besthoff Sculpture Garden

THE HENCHMAN: A SHAKESPEARE STORY is a wondrous new sequel to A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM that reveals the true story…

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Past Performances

Talkback by Christopher Kaminstein & Andrew Larimer†

Directed by Beau Bratcher†
June 21 - July 8 | CAC, Lusher HS, Wein Jazz & Heritage Center
TALKBACK is a new immersive comedy by New Orleans-theatre geniuses Christopher Kaminstein (THE STRANGER DISEASE) and Andrew Larimer† (EXTERIOR. POOL-NIGHT). TALKBACK gives audiences a peek into the inner workings of grassroots American theatre companies (like The NOLA Project!) by imagining what would happen at a post-show audience discussion if everyone involved in the production told the absolute, unfiltered truth. The interactive show is at-times hilarious, at-times heartbreaking, and always surprising.

What is especially unique about this immersive comedy is that no two shows will ever be alike. Nor will any two weekends! Each week of our scheduled run, we will be touring the production to a different performance venue throughout the city, starting in the CBD at the Contemporary Arts Center, then moving uptown to Lusher’s Lion’s Gate Theater, then finally downtown to The George and Joyce Wein Jazz & Heritage Center. This will be unique, immersive, and exciting NOLA Project theatre at its very best – we hope you’re excited to come along for the ride!

Cast

Maddy: AshleyRose Bailey

Ben: Toriano Hayward

Matt: Levi Hood

Ashley: Ashley Ricord Santos†

Dylan: Nick Shackleford

Linda: Janet Shea

Ti: Anna Toujas

 

† NOLA Project Company Member

Crew

Director: Beau Bratcher†

Production Manager: Jenny Billot†

Stage Manager: Sarah Chatelain†

Assistant S.M.: Sami Mihalik

Lighting Designer: Alex Smith

Noteworthy

TALKBACK marks founding Artistic Director Andrew Larimer's third world premiere following EXTERIOR. POOL-NIGHT (2016) and GET THIS LAKE OFF MY HOUSE (2006).