Hurricane Katrina survivors to perform “Voices of Louisiana”

Author: Shannon Chapla


The Evacuation Theatre Troupe, whose seven members each have been affected by Hurricane Katrina, will performVoices of Louisianaat7 p.m.Wednesday (Oct. 11) in Washington Hall at the University of Notre Dame.

Written byNew Orleansplaywright Barry Lemoine,Voices of Louisianais a production of the non-profit group The Voices Foundation.The 90-minute historical and comical representation of the history, humor and hardships ofLouisianaincludes original stories from hurricane survivors and highlights the importance ofLouisianain American history, with emphasis on the Louisiana Purchase and the significance of acquiringNew Orleans.

The show begins with a comedic journey through the pages of Louisiana history then takes a satirical look at famous people with ties to Louisiana, including authors Truman Capote and Anne Rice, legendary governor Huey Long and celebrities Ellen Degeneres, Richard Simmons, Britney Spears and Emeril Lagasse.Through monologues and vignettes, the show takes a serious look at the recent hardships ofNew Orleans, then concludes with thanks for the kindness of strangers and highlights of the resiliency of those from theGulfCoast.

Troupe members include Lemoine, Shannon Gildea, Rose Marie Sand, Christian Bordelon, Edward McGuinness, Tom Hassinger and Katie Betz.

The Voices Foundation seeks to gather stories and histories and present them through theatrical productions and educational programs that are cultural, historic and artistic.The foundation funds the Milton Sand Memorial Scholarship Fund, which isawarded to aspiring theater students in St. Bernard Parish,Louisiana.

The event is co-sponsored by Notre Dames Multicultural Student Programs and Services, Campus Ministry, Center for Social Concerns,CollegeofArtsand Letters, Sustained Dialogue (a new student club focused on race relations), Department of Film, Television and Theater, Department of Psychology, Psychology Club, and Education, Schooling and Society Minor.

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