We are Acting Up (in Acadiana) a small, professional theatre company based in Lafayette, LA which is in the heart of Cajun country (Acadiana) about two hours west of New Orleans, and we need your help to produce our production of Shakespeare’s 12th NIGHT. Here in South Louisiana, 12th night marks 12 days after Christmas (January 6th) and the end of the holiday season. It also commences the beginning of the Mardi Gras season when the first King Cakes are eaten, luncheons and Mardi Gras balls begin, along with other festivities. So, to produce Shakespeare’s 12th NIGHT on 12th night in South Louisiana will allow us to celebrate with our audiences and the community at large. The play itself will also be set here during Mardi Gras, highlighting the themes of overindulgence, masking and veiling, as well as the time out of time, topsy turvy, carnivalesque and multiple kinds of foolery.
We want to start 2012 communing in laughter. Mardi Gras serves as a cultural release valve. A time when everyone, rich and poor, conservative and liberal, religious and non-religious, EVERYONE eats and drinks together, listens and dances to music together, rides in and watches parades together, and in Cajun country at the Courir de Mardi Gras, chases chickens and makes gumbo together. It is a time that reminds us that we are more alike than different. It’s the way we plan to start our new year.
Acting Up (in Acadiana) needs your help to make TWELFTH NIGHT on 12th night happen. Your donations will help with costumes and our Mardi Gras costume contest prizes, with posters, postcards and mailings, with live rather than recorded music, and of course some celebratory food, beads, and booze. Our company is committed to progressing theatre as an art form through the development of new works and reinterpretation of classics, telling stories rooted in the unique time and place in which we live and work. What unites us as collaborators is our belief in ensemble driven work where every production is bigger than any individual involved and ultimately meant to connect with an audience and transform all who are present both on and off the stage.
Please become part of our ensemble and make 12th NIGHT on 12th night happen.
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