Entering into the group's seventh season, New Venture Theatre's founding artistic director Greg Williams Jr. wanted to expand on the growth he'd seen in recent seasons. As 225's Ben Leger details in a new feature, last year's performances of A Raisin in the Sun, The Wiz, Little Shop of Horrors and more saw sold-out shows at BRCC's Magnolia Pavilion and BREC's Independence Park Theatre. This year, New Venture is calling Manship Theatre its home. "We were ready to kind of step up the level of production quality," Williams says. "The Manship has more equipment to handle everything we wanted to bring to the stage." Manship Theatre and Hartley/Vey Studios, both in the Shaw Center, will also house New Venture's education workshops and administrative offices. The new season starts this month with Shout! and continues with seven more productions throughout the year, including Aida, In the Heights and more, with a mixture of musicals and...
Returning with another pop-up art event, the artist collective Elevator Projects is planning a big installation in a downtown warehouse Oct. 25. Not surprisingly, the nighttime event, dubbed The Asylum, is going to be loosely tied to the Halloween season.
Before I made my way to the callback auditions, Theatre Baton Rouge's Keith Dixon warned me I would be walking into a zoo. I didn't realize just how right he was.
Perhaps one of the biggest Broadway surprises of the past decade, Rock of Ages, is coming to Baton Rouge. Featuring of-the-era hit songs, Rock of Ages tells the story of a young rock 'n' roller in the '80s who wants to make something more of his life. Some of the choice music cuts include "Nothin' But a Good Time," "We Built This City," "Can't Fight This Feeling" and "Any Way You Want It." The touring production starts at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the River Center. Tickets start at $35 and can be purchased through Ticketmaster.
Upstairs at a warehouse on Main Street near downtown, artist Raina Wirta is standing atop a very tall ladder, adjusting the lighting above a giant, furry (yes, furry) dome-like structure that hangs from the ceiling. The LSU MFA candidate unveiled her exhibition “(un)familiar” to a crowd last Friday. Earlier that week, she was busy putting together the finishing touches.
Actor Joe Chrest has never seen the Sean Penn-led 2006 adaptation of All the King's Men, and he doesn't want to. Audiences may be relieved that the stage and screen veteran, portraying Jack Burden—the novel's flawed narrator and conflicted associate of the Huey P. Long-esque Gov. Willie Stark—is not basing his latest theatrical performance on the Baton Rouge-set film most critics called a missed opportunity.