Expect The Unexpected
2017 was a year of firsts for Acadiana Rep. We spent our first full season at our new home, Cite’ Des Arts. We inaugurated the ARTPass, our version of a season ticket. We also, for the first time, commissioned a piece that was a completely new concept, with ideas and characters we helped to form. 2017 also saw many new faces join our company members on stage and we continued our commitment to supporting equal opportunities for female playwrights. We even were the first theatre to produce a play by New Orleans playwright Logan Faust. And, most importantly, we saw so many new faces in our audience! And now, the time has come for us to look forward from the season that was to the season that is dawning. New works, new voices and faces, unexpected twits and turns, tons of laughs, maybe a few edge of your seat moments, and a brand new project that we are delighted to bring to Lafayette.
One of the new aspects to our season this year is that the final production of our 2018 season is truly a special event. We decided to take the idea of a commission one step further. Using a classic piece of theatre as the jumping off point, our commissioned playwright wrote a brand new take on the themes and ideas of the classic and we will be presenting both pieces! Acadiana Repertory Theatre is running two shows in rep! Sharing the same stage, the same cast, and the same director, the classic and the commission will be presented on alternating nights with two opportunities for a marathon!
Over 600 playwrights submitted their work to us for consideration. This was narrowed down by our reading committee and, in October, the finalists were all read aloud by our company to help our board make final decisions. And now, here are our 2018 season playwrights and plays.
Bad In Bed
(A Fairy Tale)
by Karen Saari
Charles’ third wife has just left him. As he reels from the news and the reason she gives, he spends a weekend in northern Michigan with his best friend Jack and their college friend Betsy, an up and coming author. Betsy, who dabbled in witchcraft years ago, reveals a secret from their college days that could be the reason for Charles’ failed relationships. With the help of Betsy’s old Finnish coven, they set out to help Charles win back his wife. This wild romantic comedy about old friends, unrequited crushes and a Scandinavian sex curse encompasses themes of female sexual empowerment and personal change.
By Mark Scharf
The Quickening tells the story of a young couple moving into their new home on the outskirts of Richmond to start a family. Their burgeoning life is quickly disrupted by a ghost from the Civil War. Can the soon-to-be mother find the courage to learn the truth and face the unknown in order to save the life of her unborn child?
The Insidious Impact of Anton
By David Hilder
July 27th-August 4th
Francesca knows what's what, who's who, and where who can put what...until she meets a mysterious Eastern European stranger who is far more than he seems. A romantic comedy about how to be human.
adapted for Acadiana Rep by Vanessa Miller
A Dagger In His Smile
By Lindsay Joy
Running in Rep November 29th-December 8th
Mack- our all-American football loving protagonist- learns the hard way that ambition can be deadly. A darkly comedic take on Macbeth that delves into the world of local politics populated with nasty women and nastier men. Mack and his wife Lady will do just about anything to make sure he gets to be mayor...and we mean anything.