What would you do if you had just survived one of the deadliest hurricanes in history? The Nicholls Players will explore that question with their fall production of “As Long As the Earth Lasts,” an award-winning play written by a Nicholls alum and professor.
Author Dr. John Doucet, Distinguished Service Professor and dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, based the play on stories passed down by his ancestors, who were survivors of the 1893 Cheniere Caminada Hurricane. Known locally as “the Great October Storm of 1893,” the hurricane killed an estimated 2,000 people, making it one of the deadliest storms in U.S. history, and effectively washed Cheniere Caminada off the map.
The protagonist of the play is Doucet’s great-great-grandfather, an oysterman named John-Frederique. Despite the grim backdrop, John-Frederique and his family have a light-hearted nature throughout the story.
“It’s the 125th anniversary of this life-changing storm, and I think the play speaks to the spirit of resilience of the coastal community, especially these days where we are battling for the very existence of our coast due to coastal erosion,” says Anna Broussard, Nicholls Players director and instructor of speech.
First performed on Oct. 1, 1993, at South Lafourche High School, one century after the storm first struck South Louisiana, the play earned Dr. Doucet the 1996 Louisiana Native Voices and Visions playwriting award and the Louisiana Division of the Arts Fellowship Award in Theatre in 1998.
Cast and crew of the Nicholls Players are made up of Nicholls students from various majors and some community members.
Tickets are $7 for students who present their Colonel Cards and general admission is $15.
Showtimes are 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, through Saturday, Oct. 13 and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14.
Posted on Tue, October 2, 2018
by The Lafourche Gazette