Holidays in NOLA Theatre

Holiday Theatre Round-Up

NOLA theatre has a great line-up of shows for the month of December, some to get you in the holiday spirit and some to just enjoy an night with your family! For every show we breakdown where, when, how much, and for what ages.

See you at the theatre!


Created by Leslie Castay and Ian Hoch
Musical Direction by Alan Payne


Southern Rep commissioned two of NOLA’s favorites: Leslie Castay and Ian Hoch to write a modern New Orleans musical! A freak blizzard hits the city and strands six strangers together at a French Quarter dive bar just two days before Christmas. A hysterical, very New Orleans, holiday musical! Mention NOBO at the box office and get a free glass of holiday cheer at the theatre bar. PROMO CODE: NOBO10

Ages 13+

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by Tennesse Williams
Presented by The Tennessee Williams Theatre Company

Yes, Tennessee Williams wrote a holiday musical comedy! Trinket and Celeste are at sixes and sevens with each other, but by the time the bells of St. Louis Cathedral toll twelve on Christmas Eve, will they reconcile, or will they end up in Touro Infirmary with battle wounds? Complete with warped Christmas carols from a chorus of Quarter rats, this is Tennessee Williams in his holiday best! This hilarious production will feature an original score by New Orleans based composer Michael Gillette!

Ages 10+

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by Charles Dickens
directed by Maxwell WilliamsLe Petit’s first-annual production of Charles Dickens’ heartwarming Victorian classic, A Christmas Carol, features 20 young artists from our newly-launched Young Conservatory Program. Filled with magic, ghosts, and holiday cheer.

Ages 5 and Up.
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by Barry Korhauser
directed by Darci Fulcher
starring Jon Greene
Live Accompaniment by Brian Coogan
The Radical Buffoons will be presenting Balloonacy, a comedic play for the whole family, from December 22nd to December 30th. This production will be the first work from the company’s YOUNG AUDIENCES and has a limited-run scheduled during The New Orleans’ School System Holiday Break with day time performances. 60 min. The captivating and whimsical tale of a grumpy man vs a playful balloon.
All Ages
10am & 2pm performances
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November Theatre in New Orleans


We start the month with New Orleans theatre and performing arts festival, the InFringe Fest, going on its 3rd year. The festival takes over the Marigny and the Bywater performing 55+ shows in over 12 venues! Performances include dramas, musicals, cabarets, comedy, puppet theatre, circus arts, and storytelling, plus a venue reserved just for family-friendly productions.

Learn more about the festival and see what our InFringe Picks are at INFRINGE FEST PICKS 2018




Avant-garde sideshow troupe The No Ring Circus premieres their second full-length production this November at The Fortress of Lushington.

PSYCHOPOMPS shepherds an audience of the recently deceased through a Dantean underworld in turmoil. The Psychopomps who have guided man for all eternity face obsolescence in the new age of mankind’s self-sufficiency, and denial of the spiritual realm. Using real-life sideshow and pain tolerance skills as a means to tell their story, the troupe fuses performance art with linear storytelling. Featuring a cast of world-class sideshow talent, and an original score, join us for PSYCHOPOMPS.”

Nov 8 – Nov 17 
At 9pm or 10pm depending on the night
at The Fortress of Lushington 2215 Burgundy Street

General admission is $20


NOLAnow Theatre is a brand new, woman run company in New Orleans. Their premiere production opens the 3rd weekend of November, a queer production of GRUESOME PLAYGROUND INJURIES.

Rajiv Joseph’s​ ​Gruesome Playground Injuries​​ is a raw and compelling​ ​exploration of human connection in the modern world. Over the course of 30 nonlinear years, lifelong friends Kayleen and Doug watch each other’s lives unfold and evolve through times of physical and emotional turmoil. After non-traditional casting, Kathleen and Doug’s relationship will be enriched as the artists explore the queerness in these characters.

Friday, November 16th at 7:30pm

Saturday, November 17th at 7:30pm

Sunday, November 18th at 2pm.​​

At the​ Church of Yoga​​

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Created by Leslie Castay and Ian Hoch
Book by Ian Hoch
Directed by Leslie Castay
Musical Direction by Alan Payne


New Orleans’ first blizzard has the city in the midst of a world gone mad! When circumstances beyond their control strand six strangers together at Benny’s Tavern in the French Quarter just two days before Christmas, they’re forced to find new ways to celebrate the season. Hunker down for the holidays and enjoy MANDATORY MERRIMENT: A NEW HOLIDAY MUSICAL

Nov 28- Dec 23 at Southern Rep, Ticket info to come!



Intramural Theater’s fall production of The Women in the Mangroves, an original play written and designed by Sarah VanDerMeer will premiere this November at the Fortress of Lushington. Directed by Bennett Kirschner, and featuring the talents of Chris Silva, Grace Kennedy, Grace Nix and Mack Guillory III, this beautiful and weird production is equal parts arts installation and play. Produced by the same company who brought you Cowboy Mouth, Form/Focus, and Chet’s Summer Vacation.

Nov 30 – Dec 10, @ Fortress of Lushington

Ticket information to come!


InFringe Fest New Orleans, the only Theatre Festival in NOLA, returns for its 3rd Year!
November 7 – 11

5 Days, 14 Venues, 55 Shows

Productions Include Dramas, Musicals, Comedy, Cabarets, and Circus Arts
And the First Ever Kids InFringe


The individual tickets for all shows (except the BYOV productions) $10
Full weekend passes, UNLIMITED SHOWS $90.
Mini-pass, 3 tickets for $25

All tickets and info:
Join the theatre community at the official kick-off party at the Art Garage on St. Claude, Wednesday, Nov 7, 10pm following the first night of performances.


This year InFringe will have it’s first ever kids programming! Two full days of family-friendly and kid-friendly shows all performing at Seelos Hall in the Bywater. Acts include the New Orleans Baby Doll Ladies, Adella Adella the Storyteller and Amber Zu the Conductor (Famous New Orleans local storyteller), and Goat in the Road’s Goat in the Schools, usually exclusively a school touring production. Individual tickets are $10, or buy a mini-pass and get 3 tickets for $25.

Kids InFringe happens Saturday, Nov 10- Sunday, Nov 11 at Seelos Hall 1pm-6pm. Tickets for Kids InFringe:



Shakesbeer: Romeo & Juliet is back! Goat in the Road’s 30 minute adaptation of the world’s most famous love story, set in a bar, will grace the halls of Parleaux Beer Lab during the New Orleans InFringe Fest. Part drinking game, part Shakespearean tragedy and every ticket comes with a free beer!

Featuring an all female cast of AshleyRose Bailey, Julie Dietz, and Lauren Malara, with direction by Mark Routhier.



MOMologues: The Mothers of all stories

Margeaux Fanning’s The MOMologues is a brutally honest monologue play comprised of all true stories from New Orleanian artists about being a mom, having a mom, and dealing with your mom. The monologues are joyful, inspiring, sad, and poignant. If you have ever known a mom, this show is for you!



Rockfire Theatre Presents: Sex Partners in Crime
by Jon Broder

A chance meeting at a sex party turns into love and murder for a hunky hitman and a thieving twunk. This dark new rom-com from Jon Broder (Fellatio: An Oral Discussion; Tyler With a “T”), will turn you on! Starring Matt Reed, Trey Ming, Mint Bryan & David Melerine.
Contains strong language, violence and sexual situations. A Night of Adult Only Fun!

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TRIGGER WARNING: The Play About the Baby or KNOCK ME UP: The Last Time He Hit Me, an original musical-dramedy by New Orleanian Diana Shortes about the power and intensity of the voice to transform grief and rage into a felt sense of freedom and forgiveness.

Performed at ART KLUB




Make Your Pet a Celebrity! And Four One-Act Plays
Written and directed by local playwright Sara Jacobelli

Four short plays set in New Orleans about confronting loss, finding love, and laughing at the vagaries of life: A laid-off chemical plant worker schemes to make his cat an Internet star. A mysterious older woman picks up a young drifter at the Greyhound bus station. A lonely widow befriends a young bartender in an Arabi Laundromat. Superman drops in to the Bywater library. And a fortyish party guy clinging to his youth meets an intriguing older gentleman in a French Quarter bar.

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Wow Wee 2! Adventures of a Little Girl Killbot
by IRTE Theatre, NYC

The wildly popular NYC sketch troop IRTE come to NOLA with their 80’s sitcom inspired production. ANDIE THE ANDROID becomes part of the THE TRUMANS, America’s favorite TV family, and sparks fly when mom and dad mess with this mechanical moppet. All the while, THE WORLD IS COMING TO AN END!

Performed at The Allways Lounge and Theatre



A tale of memory, loss and tea time told through circus and physical theater featuring nola artists: Glenna Broderic, Cody Hayman, and Dan Schap. This is the premiere production from New Orleans’s new company Circus Intelligence Agency. Live harp, aerial arts, and a moving story. Do not miss!

At the Happyland Theater
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INVOCATION is a collaboration by writer/filmmaker Erik Bosse and writer/performance artist Laurie Dietrich, both based in New Orleans. This new, site-specific, enhanced story-telling project has been described as a live radio show, a literary concert, a psychedelic story-hour for grownups, even a series of waking dreams. Everyone will walk away with a different experience, and that is by design.

Friday, November 9 at 11pm, Saturday, November 10 at 9pm, Sunday, November 11 at 5pm and 9pm.

At the Happyland Theater
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October 2018, New Orleans Theatre


October is a busy month for NOLA theatre! We have 7 shows and many smaller events from theatre bingo to Debauchery, the soap opera staged episodic.


A DOLL’S HOUSE PT @ at Southern Rep


By Lucas Hnath
Directed by Aimée Hayes

October 3 – October 21, 2018

A bold comedy that’s both insightful and heartfelt, A DOLL’S HOUSE, PART 2 deftly navigates an emotional obstacle course of regret, recrimination, and reconciliation. Matriarch, Nora, knocks on the door of the house she left 15 years ago, the whole family is in for a surprise. The New York Times calls it “smart, funny and totally engrossing.”



Oct 5 – Oct 14

At Cafe Istanbul

Based on a true story, “I Wrote a Song” is a musical comedy-drama that follows one Southern Baptist minister’s coming-out journey from his conservative upbringing to the scandal that upends his world.  Now, his secrets bared, he finds himself on a poetic and chaotic path to discover the truth about who he is.


INTRAVENOUS: A Night of One Acts

Oct 14 – 16

Mudlark Theater

A night of heart-pounding original theater presented by Intramural Theater, the same people who brought you Cowboy Mouth, Form/Focus, and Chet’s Summer Vacation.


Conceived, Directed, & Choreographed  by Jon Greene & Jarrell Hamilton

Oct 18 – Nov 3

The Fortress of Lushington

By using the universal language of the modern music video this new and experimental work blends theater, dance, and collaborative devising into an evening of raw, visceral, mind-bending music-and-motion. Presented by The Radical Buffoons, Stories without Words is a 90-minute work of theatrical choreography led by Jon Greene (AD of The Radical Buffoons, director of: Faustus-Big Easy Award, Sleeping Beauty, Musicians of Bremen, The Spider Queen, Mr. Burns: a post electric play, and The Dumb Waiter) and Jarrell Hamilton (Seven-Time Big Easy Award Nominee, MFA Tulane interdisciplinary Dance, The Rent is too Damn High, Episodes). 



Oct 18 – Nov 3

Lusher’s Lion’s Gate Theater

Part Brothers Grimm, part Edward Gorey, THE PILLOWMAN centers on a writer in an unnamed totalitarian state who is being interrogated about the gruesome content of his short stories and their similarities to a series of murders. The result is an urgent work of theatrical bravura and an unflinching examination of the very nature and purpose of art. Written by Oscar winner and Tony nominee Martin McDonagh whose other works include THE CRIPPLE OF INISHMAAN, THE LIEUTENANT OF INISHMORE, A BEHANDING IN SPOKANE and Academy Award-winning films In Bruges and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.

This Weekend in NOLA Theatre 9/25-9/30

THE LARAMIE PROJECT presented by The Storyville Collective and the Delgado Community College Theatre Department. 60 characters, performed by 14 actors, telling the story of Matthew Shepard’s murder and the impact on his community. Written by Moisés Kaufman and the Tetonic Theatre Company. Running 9/20-10/7 Thursday-Saturday 8PM, Sunday 3pm @the Delgado Theater. $10-$25

HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH the iconic rock musical featuring Edward Simon and Kimberly Kaye with a live band at every performance. A tragically beautiful international journey of Hedwig, a rock goddess, and her back-up band, The Angry Inch. Running 9/6- 2/30. Thursday-Sunday at 8pm. @Happyland Theater. $27

PUMP BOYS AND DINETTES at WWII Museum a country western jukebox musical where the pump boys sell high octane on Highway 57 next door to the Prudie and Rhetta Cupp, over at the Double Cupp Diner. Running 9/7-9/29. Fri & Sat 7:30 PM, Sun 12:30PM. @ BB’s Stage Door. $30-$65

Full calendar for the month can be found at

LGBT Representation in NOLA Theatre


LGBT Representation in New Orleans Theatre

We were so excited to see that this fall 3 distinct inspiring productions feature a story from the LGBT community. These performances are coming up quick and are not to be missed.


By Moisés Kaufman and Tectonic Theatre Project, Directed by Michael McKelvey
at the Delgado Community College Theater

In remembrance of the 20th anniversary of the murder of Matthew Shepard, The Storyville Collective and the Delgado Community College Theatre Department will be co-producing THE LARAMIE PROJECT.  The play draws upon hundreds of interviews conducted by members of the Tetonic Theatre Company with the citizens of Laramie, as well as published news reports and company members’ journal entries, to depict the events surrounding the murder of Matthew Shepard, an openly gay college student at the University of Wyoming. It is a beautiful and heartfelt production. More info

Music and Lyrics by Stephen Trask, Text by John Cameron Mitchell, Directed by Kimberly Kaye
at the Cafe Istanbul and Happyland Theater

This Tony Award-winning masterpiece tells the captivating story of Hedwig, a fourth-wall smashing genderqueer East German rock’n’roll goddess. Backed by her punk rock band “The Angry Inch,” Hedwig (Edward Simon) weaves a tragically beautiful international journey, escaping East Berlin as Hansel and arriving in an all-American Kansas trailer park as Hedwig. After two sold out weekends, Hedwig has extended through the end of September! More info at

Original Musical by NOLA Playwright and Director Trey Ming
at Cafe Istanbul

Based on a true story, “I Wrote a Song” is a musical comedy-drama that follows one Southern Baptist minister’s coming-out journey from his conservative upbringing to the scandal that upends his world. This is a premier production by the new New Orleans LGBT theatre company Slotted Spoons Productions. More info at:

Theatre Sept 17 – 23

We Hear You Have Goblins New Orleans’ Favorite And Also Only Live Action Fantasy Roleplaying Game Improv Show RETURNS for a second season. Every month follow your hero’s on a new quest led by game master Lynx Murphy. Monday Sept 17th @ Mags 940, 7:30pm. $10

The Laramie Project presented by The Storyville Collective and Delgado Community College Theatre Department. Drawing upon hundreds of interviews with the citizens of Laramie, as well as published news reports The Laramie Project depict the events surrounding the murder of Matthew Shepard, in a poetic and touching theatrical production. Running Sept 20- Oct 7 @ Delgado. $15-$25. PROMO CODE: NOBO20

HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH the iconic rock musical featuring Edward Simon and Kimberly Kaye with a live band at every performance. A tragically beautiful international journey of Hedwig, a rock goddess, and her back-up band, The Angry Inch. Running 9/6- 2/23 NOW EXTENDED THRU 9/30. Friday-Sunday at 7:30pm. @Cafe Istanbul. $27

PUMP BOYS AND DINETTES at WWII Museum a country western jukebox musical where the pump boys sell high octane on Highway 57 next door to the Prudie and Rhetta Cupp, over at the Double Cupp Diner. Running 9/7-9/29. Fri & Sat 7:30 PM, Sun 12:30PM. @ BB’s Stage Door. $30-$65