Thespians and storytellers will be out in full force for some great stage work and miles of good yarn Dec. 6-7 at Cité des Arts and satellite locations for the Hub City Theater and Storytelling Festival. Cité has established itself as a consistent provider of top-notch live theater and, with increasing frequency, great live music in an intimate setting on Vine Street in downtown Lafayette.
This festival will feature original plays, readings, storytelling, workshops, panels and street performances — you know, quintessential theater festival fare — highlighted by the Liars Contest, AKA, “the Honorable Practice and Art of the Tall Tale.”
According to Cité, the mission of the festival is “to foster the Southern literary arts by supporting, encouraging and cultivating new and emerging voices in the performing arts, as well as developing new audiences for these voices.” The festival will take place at three locations: Cité, the Acadiana Center for the Arts and Theatre 810 — all within walking distance in the vicinity of Jefferson Street downtown. Call (337) 291-1122 or log on to Cité’s website, CiteDesArts.org, to find out more.
[Clarification: Theatre 810’s event, Entrances Student Theatre Festival, taking place Friday-Sunday at the Jefferson Street venue, is not part of the Hub City Theater Festival. According to Theatre 810’s Facebook page, the company “is hosting the first annual Entrances Student Theatre Festival where theatre students in our area can present their mid-year work to one another, network and attend workshops on both performance and technical aspects of theatre. We are excited to be able to offer this event to the area, and we hope that it will begin friendships that last as long as many of ours have.”]
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