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The Bayou Playhouse to present a year of theatrical celebrations, anniversaries

The Bayou Playhouse to present a year of theatrical celebrations, anniversaries

The Bayou Playhouse presents its seventh season of theatrical offerings filled with musicals, comedies, and classics.

The Playhouse, located in Lockport, opened its premiere season in 2008 and promotes itself as the only non-profit professional theatre in the state with a primary mission to present southern-themed plays with a focus on south Louisiana all in a down-on-the-bayou setting.

Topping the bill of season seven is a new play co-produced by the Bayou Playhouse which premiered at both the New York and Hollywood Fringe Festivals.

The Playhouse is proud to present the Louisiana premiere of Rob Florance's Katrina, Mother-in-Law of ‘Em All starring returning favorites John 'Spud' McConnell (The Kingfish, Driving Miss Daisy), Travis Resor (Catfish Moon), Janet Shea (Driving Miss Daisy), Troi Bechet (The Billie Holiday Story) and Zeb Hollins, III.

This comedy/drama, commemorating the storm's ninth anniversary invites the audience to a very private reunion as five Katrina survivors gather at Ernie K-Doe's Mother-in-Law Lounge and tell their tales through heartbreak and laughter.

The Playhouse’s holiday production celebrates the 50th anniversary of Charles M. Schultz's beloved animated Holiday classic, A Charlie Brown Christmas starring Travis Resor as Charlie Brown, Sara Jane Goodrum as Lucy, Dru DeLaney Collins as Snoopy and a supporting cast of local and professional actors.

Join this family Christmas classic as the Peanuts gang jumps from television to the Bayou Playhouse stage in search of the true meaning of Christmas.

"The spring productions have very special emotional meanings to me," said Bayou Playhouse Artistic Director Perry Martin. "Both plays represent the end of one career and the beginning of another. Both were originally staged at the Thibodaux Playhouse in the mid 80s."

The third offering of season seven is a classic comedy, Harvey, written by Mary Chase starring Perry Martin.

This is a hilarious and warm-hearted story about a pleasant but quirky fella whose best friend is a six-foot white rabbit. However, he's the only one who seems to see him therefore everyone thinks that Harvey is a figment of Elwood P. Dowd's imagination … or is he? This marks Martin's first time back on stage as an actor in 29 years.

Closing season seven is the first play Martin ever directed which kicked off a 28-year, 130 production career. In celebration of the 55th anniversary of its Broadway premiere, the Bayou Playhouse will present The Miracle Worker by William Gibson, starring Dru DeLaney Collins and Katrina Art. This Southern classic is based on The Story of My Life, the autobiography of Helen Keller. The true story of young, blind and deaf Helen, and her half blind teacher Annie Sullivan is especially meaningful to Martin who himself is extremely visually impaired.

The Bayou Playhouse will host a year packed with comedy and musical special events including The 3 Charmers Halftime Report, a comedic walk down memory lane of Louisiana sports, Southern Fried Chickie and Shoebox Lounge, two extremely funny one-woman plays with each actress performing multiple characters.

By popular demand, the Bayou Playhouse has contracted Big Easy World comedian Jodi Borrello for a performance as well as the return of musician Spencer Bohren in Concert.

On a stop in Lockport during his USA Christmas Tour, internationally acclaimed Irish Balladeer Danny O'Flaherty will perform his holiday concert. Special Events are not included in season seven memberships.

The Bayou Playhouse is located at 101 Main Street, in the bayou town of Lockport, Louisiana. Tickets for all season shows are $25 in advance online or $27 at the door. Season seven performances run on Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 pm (or TBA) with Sunday matinees at 2:30 pm. For ticket purchases, season subscriptions, corporate sponsorship or other information about the Bayou Playhouse, visit or call 1-888-99-BAYOU (22968). All show times and performance dates are subject to change due to circumstances beyond the theatre’s control.


Dru DeLaney Collins and Katrina Art star in The Miracle Worker by William Gibson. The play is based on the autobiography of Hellen Keller and her teacher Annie Sullivan and will be a feature of season seven of The Bayou Playhouse.