It opened up a new world.

— John Gilmore, Cutoff florist

The Visionaries Cast
in alphabetical order

Carol Anne Gayle

Carol Anne Gayle (Clyde Connell, Director)

Carol Anne Gayle, artist and actor, is originally from Cape Cod, where she learned her craft at the Provincetown Playhouse, and later, in New York, in the company of such luminaries as Diane Keaton, from Sanford Meisner at the Neighborhood Playhouse school of acting.  After moving to Lake Charles some years ago, Gayle became a fixture on the theatre scene, acting, directing, and creating works of passion and substance for the Lake Charles Little Theatre and others.  Gayle’s work includes numerous film credits, as an actor, artist and scenic designer, and at present, she works as Exhibit and Program Specialist for Lake Charles’ Historic City Hall Museum.  Lake Charles Little Theatre and Gayle’s own production company premiered five of the currently touring “Louisiana Women,” plus “Rosa” [Hart] and “Celine” [Fremaux Garcia] in 1999 and 2001, under the direction of Adley Cormier. In addition to portraying Clyde Connell, Carol Anne Gayle is the Director of the “Visionaries” Company.

Kathy Lynn  Heath

Kathy Lynn Heath

Kathy Lynn Heath (Company Understudy, Costume Wardrobe Asst)

Kathy Lynn Heath understudies all three roles, and in addition is the company’s Wardrobe Mistress. Heath’s talents lie on both sides of the stage – she recently won first prize for her playwrighting as author of “Ebay Blues,” for A Lakeside Theater’s 10- Minute Play Competition. She recently directed a lively production of “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten” for Lake Charles’s A Lakeside Theater. In 2004, Heath lent her costuming talents to the Lake Charles Little Theater’s “Crimes of the Heart.” Her acting credits are diverse, ranging from Aunt Eller in “Oklahoma!” to Francesca in “The Taming of the Shrew.” Heath is a graphic designer, and has created the print materials for “Louisiana Women.”

Donna Rigdon Jones

Donna Rigdon Jones

Donna Rigdon Jones (Kate Chopin)

Donna Rigdon Jones (Kate Chopin) actor, director, teacher and mezzo-soprano has performed as an actor/singer with the Great Lakes Shakespeare Festival Company, Oberlin Music Theatre, La Comedia Dinner Theatre, May Festival (Robert Shaw conducting), Louisiana Choral Foundation, Lake Charles Symphony, and the Piccolo Opera Company. She appeared in the PBS American Playhouse production of Playboy of the Western World. Jones has directed for university, community, high school and church theatre productions. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Georgia College, graduate degrees in Theatre from the Cincinnati College Conservatory and a PhD from Florida State University. Jones has studied with John Degen, Richard Hornby, Helen Krich Chinoy, Jose Quintero, Hubert Kockritz, and Italo Tajo. She lives in Lake Charles where she directs and performs with the Patrick Street Players and is a member of the Louisiana Choral Foundation.

Molly L. Markwick

Molly L. Markwick (Caroline Dormon)

Caroline Dormon is portrayed by Molly L. Markwick, currently from DeRidder, who has most often been associated with DeRidder’s Impromptu Players, the area’s highly popular community theater group, where she wears many hats, including that of company secretary. Markwick has graced the stage in memorable roles, including Aunt Martha in “Arsenic and Old Lace,” Hazel Nutt in “Radio Gals” and Vesta Poteet in “Radio Station T.B.S.”  Molly’s talents span the spectrum of theater credits: acting, directing, stage managing and costuming. She recently expanded her horizons to venture into independent filmmaking as assistant to Carol Anne Gayle in her 2008 film “Good Boy.”