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)

THE BATTLE FOR NEW ORLEANS by Jim Fitzmorris, directed by Beau Bratcher (November 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


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

An absurd notion, fully realized, URINETOWN shows us a dystopian metropolis where a terrible water shortage caused by a 20-year…

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The Battle for New Orleans

November 2 - 19
By Jim Fitzmorris
St. Alphonsus Art and Cultural Center

Times are tense in New Orleans. A new upscale food court masquerading as a community market is about to open…

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Men on Boats

March 22 - April 8
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

The Spider Queen by James Bartelle † and Alex Martinez Wallace †

Directed by Jon Greene
May 10 - 28 | NOMA's Besthoff Sculpture Garden



In this highly fantastical new story, a rebellious teenager on a mission to discover the truth about her father’s death and a squeamish park ranger who just wants to maintain some order find themselves accidentally thrust into a hidden fantasy realm full of exotic creatures, nefarious villains, and a giant spider who rules the land. Part The Chronicles of Narnia and part Labyrinth, THE SPIDER QUEEN takes its cues from the adventure stories of our childhoods and will dazzle audiences with large scale puppets, vivid masquerade, and extravagant costuming. It will be unlike any garden show seen before.


Performance Schedule:
WED May 10 at 7PM
THU May 11 at 7PM
FRI May 12 at 7PM – SOLD OUT
SUN May 14 at 7PM – SOLD OUT
WED May 17 at 7pm
THU May 18 at 7pm
SUN May 21 at 7pm
WED May 24 at 7pm
THU May 25 at 7pm
FRI May 26 at 7pm

SAT May 27 at 7pm – NEW DATE ADDED!
SUN May 28 at 7pm


Rain Information: If a production is called off due to inclement weather, attendees will be notified no later than 5pm via email with instructions on selecting another date or requesting a refund.


Seating: All seating at this production if Bring-Your-Own chairs or blankets. Blankets will be placed in front of all chairs for sightline purposes. Doors open at 6:15pm for a 7pm start time. There will be food trucks and a bar on site for food and drink purchases. No outside food or drink is allowed into the garden. Children under 5 are not permitted.


All sales are final. There are no refunds or exchanges with the sole exception of a weather-related show cancellation. 

This production is supported in part by a grant from the New Orleans Theatre Association (NOTA).

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  • Jake Bartush
  • Herb Benjamin
  • Graham Burke
  • Becca Chapman
  • Leslie Claverie
  • Julie Dietz
  • Monica R. Harris
  • Levi Hood
  • Morrey McElroy
  • John Neisler
  • Kali Russell
  • Chris Silva
  • Eli Timm
  • Anna Toujas


  • Director: Jon Greene
  • Production Manager: Rachel Swan
  • Assistant Director: AshleyRose Bailey
  • Costume Designer: Hope Bennet
  • Mask Designer: Tony Fuemmeler
  • Puppet Designer: Kenneth Thompson
  • Lighting Designer: Alex Smith
  • Props Designer: Jaime Bird
  • Composer: Glenn Auccoin
  • Stage Manager: Sarah Chatelain
  • Stage Manager: Jenny Billot
  • Stage Manager: Megan Whittle
  • Asst. Stage Manager: Caleb McKay


This production marks the third consecutive World Premiere production to be produced in the NOMA Besthoff Sculpture Garden, following in the footsteps of ROBIN HOOD: THIEF, BRIGAND and DON QUIXOTE.