Swine Palace Continues 20th Anniversary Season with Festival of New Plays April 1-2, April 22-23
BATON ROUGE – Swine Palace continues its 20th Anniversary Season with the first season of the Festival of New Plays which will offer free concert readings of two remarkable plays.
With great power and humanity, “Shelter of Last Resort: Gonzo’s Blue Dream” by Leslie Wade, uses blues music and the work of creative artists as a way to examine a fractured family and city in post Hurricane Katrina New Orleans.
“‘Shelter’ is a powerful piece rich in local relevance,” said co-director Kristina Sutton, who joins Swine Palace Artistic Director George Judy in directing the production. “It’s well-written with a dynamic dramatic structure.”
“Shelter of Last Resort: Gonzo’s Blue Dream” runs April1-2 in the Studio Theatre, located in the LSU Music & Dramatic Arts Building on Dalrymple Drive. It will be presented as a companion piece to the Swine Palace production of “The Brother Size.” Discussion with the playwright will follow each reading, exploring the rich social/political justice and family themes explored by the play.
The second set of readings, “The Learning Curve,” depicts with great humor and insight the trials and triumphs of young teachers and the troubled waters of the education system. Created to speak to teachers, students and those who train teachers as well as to enlighten and entertain all audiences, “The Learning Curve” readings will be created in collaboration with the LSU School of Education.
“The Learning Curve” runs April 22-23, and will be presented in the Claude L. Shaver Theatre in the LSU Music & Dramatic Arts Building. Following each performance, there will be an opportunity for community-wide discussion of education issues and the use of arts in the classroom with the playwright and invited guests from regional school systems and the Louisiana Department of Education.
For more information, visit www.swinepalace.org or call 225-578-4174.