Thoroughly entertaining. Difficult, no impossible, to say which was most enjoyable—each one by its end was the best.

Originals and Visionaries: Louisiana Women On Stage

The six plays that are part of Louisiana Women will be presented by two separate companies, and both companies will perform each weekend, in separate cities.

The “Louisiana Women: Originals” company, directed by Angelique Feaster, Artistic Director of the non-profit Mahogany Ensemble Theatre, which presents works by playwrights of the African diaspora (Feaster also helms the Southern Black Theatre Festival, to be held this year in various venues in and around Shreveport from September 16 – 26, 2010), will perform the roles of primitive painter and former Melrose Plantation cook Clementine Hunter, matriarch of the Cane River colony of Free People of Color Marie Thérèze Coincoin, and jazz pianist, vocalist and composer, and the first African-American board member of the American Federation of Musicians Nellie Lutcher. This production is a collaboration with the Mahogany Ensemble Theatre.

The “Louisiana Women: Visionaries” company, directed by Carol Anne Gayle, curator of the Historic City Hall museum in Lake Charles, and former pupil of legendary acting teacher Sanford Meisner at New York’s Neighborhood Playhouse, will include performances of early feminist author Kate Chopin, nature and forestry preservationist, author and watercolorist Caroline Dormon, and Presbyterian Women’s leader and abstract sculptor Clyde Connell.

Each weekend from September through November, the “Originals” and “Visionaries” companies will offer multiple performances of the monologue plays to new audiences throughout the State.