"I think it's a very big deal for any local play to receive national attention," says Cody Daigle, new artistic director for CitÃ© Des Arts. "It makes a very clear point that good work is being done here, and that local audiences should take note. While our two plays have been created in very different ways, address very different ideas, and have been developed in two very different theatre environments, they're both bringing Lafayette a little national attention."
Sustained Winds tells the stories of hurricane victims, written and performed by New Orleans and Lafayette artists from a range of disciplines. "Because it's New York City, they work to get a lot of industry people in to see the shows: producers, etc.," says Amy Waguespack of Acting Up, the company behind Sustained Winds. "Mostly, we just want to remind people that southern Louisiana is not fully recovered."
For Daigle, the trip comes on the heels of being named CitÃ© Des Arts' new artistic director. Previously, he taught at the theatre program for the Lafayette Parish High School Arts Academy. When CitÃ© offered him the post, he was eager to give back to the venue where he has premiered seven full-length pieces. One of them was Feminine Side, which he'll revisit for his trip fundraisers. The play explores gender identities, with Daigle taking on several perspectives, including black drag queen, a Jewish grandmother, and, for the first time, a lounge singer.
Daigle got the idea for his Life/Play after seeing Suzan-Lori Parks' 365 Days/365 Plays, which featured a play written for every day of the year. Daigle adapted the play-a-day concept to his own life, turning his autobiography into an ongoing play. By blogging it online, he's giving the audience a chance to have a hand in its development. New parts will be added all the way through the New York experience.
"It's constantly evolving," says Daigle. "I find that exciting. It's a writer saying, here you go, here's my life, connect to me if you can."
Blue Moon Saloon hosts the Sustained Winds fundraiser on June 28, featuring Feufollet, Lil' Nathan & The Zydeco Big Timers and Lost Bayou Ramblers beginning at 8 p.m. CitÃ© Des Arts hosts Life/Play fundraisers at 7:30 p.m. June 29-30.
Thursday's Blogs from the Bog!
Dogs get back-to-school blues; mother pleads for release of journalist; ice bucket challenge and more national and international news for Thursday, August 28, 2014.
The Acadiana Center for the Arts and the Lafayette Economic Development Authority have announced a new artist stipend program, ArtSpark, designed to offer financial aid to local artists.
A group supporting taxpayer-funded private school tuition vouchers is appealing a federal judge's order that Louisiana must provide regular reports to federal officials on the state's voucher program.
The Discovery Channel has canceled reality TV star Will Hayden's popular "Sons of Guns" show after his arrest on an aggravated rape charge.
The LPSB will finally hear from the attorney it hired to investigate the superintendent at a special meeting Thursday at 4 p.m.
I was interested to hear what Lessig would say to an almost exclusively conservative audience of successful businessmen and businesswomen in the heart of what is now a deeply red area of the country.
Three bedroom traditional or two bedroom Victorian cottage
Snuggle worthy wear
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
Authorities are investigating a report that a student there warned the principal of impending violence similar to that depicted in the movie "The Purge."
Saints cornerback Champ Bailey has played for more than a handful of playoff teams during a career that has seen him selected to 12 Pro Bowls.
Louisiana's Republican governor has filed a lawsuit against the Obama administration, accusing it of illegally using federal grant money and regulations to force states to adopt the Common Core education standards.
Police say a 56-year-old Lafayette man walking behind a dump truck died when the truck hit him as it was backing up.
Newly established honor recognizes outstanding local attorneys; Neuner and McGoffin win President's Award; and Blanchard named Outstanding Young Lawyer.
Daily paper constructing new digs near production plant on Rieger Road at Siegen Lane, near I-10.
Investigation finds Arnaud’s Furniture, Carroll Building Specialties and Crazy Charlie’s Shoes running misleading going-out-of-business sales.
Critics say workers and retirees are being held responsible for the Jindal administration's mismanagement of their program.
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees is a proud papa of new baby girl.
The books on Louisiana's last budget year have been closed, but it took a bit of borrowing from this year to make the numbers work.
"This is yet another example of the failed leadership and lack of focus that Hunter Beasley has exhibited. He’s shown zero regard for kids, teachers or even passing a budget for the school year that’s already started."
Five bedroom Acadian style home or four bedroom traditional home
Cutting edge if you dare
The Iberia Parish Coroner responded Monday to the attention surrounding the questionable shooting of Victor White III, a black man from New Iberia who died April 2 while in the custody of local law enforcement.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
Two months after lawmakers agreed to create a $40 million higher education incentive fund, no decisions have been made about how to divide the money.
With Drew Brees back healthy, the New Orleans Saints are free to work on the little things that can make the difference between a Super Bowl run and something less.
"Just as the devil does not deserve equal time with God, and a lie does not deserve equal time with the truth, the remarks of William Donahue have no place in any respectable journal seriously dealing with a serious story and pursuing truth."
Incumbent U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu and her lead GOP challenger Congressman Bill Cassidy are running close when it comes to money. Landrieu has $5.5 million to Cassidy’s $5.6 million in the bank.
With expectations mounting that Gov. Bobby Jindal will soon announce his campaign for president, attention is turning to not only who he will bring along with him but also what will transpire politically back home during the transition.