Monday, August 16, 2010


Acadiana Repertory Theatre is pleased to announce its first production in its ART after Dark series, which features edgy and sometimes offbeat theatre, art and music as a complement to its mainstage series. A mixed media play world premiere by Keith Dorwick and John Patrick Bray, NightFears has been developed through 21 interviews with people here in the Acadiana region. Asked to talk about their fears, the interviews have become the source (in part) for the material that appears on three large video screens that appear at the back of the set. A cast of four (Lexie Carroll, Michael Cato, Casey Harmon and Josey Toups) will present material from the interviews in ways that underscore the pervasive fear that we all face as we attempt to cope with such realities as disease, death, war and various kinds of financial insecurity as well as the childhood fears we never really outgrow. Note: NightFears uses mature content and language

NightFears opens Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010 at 8 pm and then runs Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8 pm from Sept. 15 through 25, 2010. Full Admission is $12.00 and students and seniors pay just $7.00 (Wednesdays are "Pay What You Can" Nights). NightFears will run at the Acadiana Outreach Center Brick Warehouse, 125 South Buchanan Street Lafayette, LA and is supported by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council as administered by the Acadiana Center for the Arts.

The Acadiana Repertory Theatre is a professional theatre company serving the culturally rich area in southern Louisiana, known as Acadiana. Consisting of a core team of actors, directors, and visual artists, the Acadiana Repertory Theatre is the newest addition to the cultural reawakening in this area. Using local playwrights, directors, designers, actors and crew, ART strongly believes in the need to showcase local talent in professionally produced productions since it also believes in that local talent. Most of the company members are Louisiana natives who grew up right here in the Acadiana region, but all of the company members are dedicated to the idea that theatre, music and the other arts can flourish here in southwestern Louisiana.

Playwright, director and videographer Keith Dorwick is an associate professor in the English Department of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. As a member of the steering committee of the Acadiana Repertory Theatre, he is, with playwright John Patrick Bray, the co-author of two plays built out of the experiences of people affected by HIV in the Deep South. As a visual artist, he was one of two winners of a $600 Juror's prize for his short direct animation, Ganymede, which ran for two months at the juried Southern Open. His Icarus will run for two weeks in mid October at the Acadiana Center for Film and Media. John Patrick Bray is an off Broadway playwright with several recent productions; his Hound (an adaptation which premiered at Lafayette's own Cite' Des Arts) has just been published by Next Stage Press. Duncan Thistlewaite is set designer and builder; Rick Manuel will design lights and choreography is by Stacy Broussard.

For more information and reservations, email or (337) 366-2277. 

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