Season Thirteen


“This season is very much informed by an examination of our political situation, both local and national. We wanted a season that spoke to a sense of unease that we detect right now in America, and a great sense of change that we feel both as a nation and as a city settling into our new normality a decade-plus after our great national redefinition. The American people and our political system are at odds, and the stories we tell in our 2017-2018 Season reflect those oppositions in humorous, frank, exaggerated, and fantastical means. I think each story speaks in some way to our identity as Americans and our identity as New Orleanians.” - A.J. Allegra, Artistic Director


URINETOWN by Mark Hollmann and Greg Kotis, directed by A.J. Allegra (September 2017)

MEN ON BOATS by Jaclyn Backhaus, directed by Shannon Sindelar (March 2018)

THE THREE MUSKETEERS by Pete McElligott, directed by Mark Routhier (May 2018)

Season Thirteen

Rough Draughts

September 25 - July 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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September 29 - October 14
By Mark Hollmann and Greg Kotis
UNO's Robert E. Nims Theatre

**UPDATE: The previously canceled performance on Sunday, October 8th has been reinstated to the schedule. Now that the threat of…

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Movie Nights

November 3 - 18
St. Alphonsus Art and Cultural Center

The NOLA Project presents three fun-filled weekends of staged readings of classic film fare! Enjoy some of the city’s finest…

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The NOLA Project 2017 Green Room Gala

December 9 - 9
St. Alphonsus Art and Cultural Center

The GREEN ROOM GALA is back!! Our most popular fundraiser is coming back for 2017 in a big way at…

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Men on Boats

March 22 - April 7
By Jaclyn Backhaus
Lusher Lions Gate Theatre

Ten explorers. Four boats. One Grand Canyon. MEN ON BOATS is the true(ish) history of an 1869 expedition, when a…

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The Three Musketeers

May 9 - 27
By Pete McElligott
NOMA's Besthoff Sculpture Garden

The NOLA Project returns to NOMA’s Besthoff Sculpture Garden with another exciting and hilarious adaptation by award-winning playwright Pete McElligott…

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Past Performances

It’s Only a Play by Terrence McNally

Directed by A.J. Allegra †
June 9 - 25 | Le Petit Theatre

To end the season in a BIG way, we are teaming up on our first-ever co-production with Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre to present the hilarious love letter to theatre IT’S ONLY A PLAY by Terrence McNally. It’s the opening night of ‘The Golden Egg’ on Broadway and the wealthy producer Julia Budder is throwing a posh party in her lavish Manhattan townhouse. Downstairs the celebrities are pouring in, but the real action is upstairs in the bedroom where a group of insiders have staked themselves out to await the reviews. Will it be the massive flop to end their careers or the greatest new American play this century? Only The New York Times will tell. Artistic Director A.J. Allegra directs a cast of New Orleans all-stars including Ricky Graham, Sean Patterson, and Leslie Castay.


  • Peter Austin: Sean Patterson*
  • James Wicker: Ricky Graham
  • Julia Budder: Cecile Monteyne †
  • Ira Drew: James Bartelle †
  • Frank Finger: Keith Claverie †
  • Virginia Noyes: Leslie Castay*
  • Gus P. Head: Alex Ates *†


* Member of Actors' Equity Association

† The NOLA Project Ensemble Member


  • Production Manager: James Lanius
  • Scenic Design: Bill Walker
  • Costume Design: Kaci Thomassie
  • Lighting Design: Coleen Ryan
  • Sound Design: Matt Jackson†
  • Stage Manager: Jacob Halpern Weitzman
  • Asst. Stage Manager: Zak Moses


This co-production closes out Le Petit Theatre's historic 100th Anniversary Season.