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    Posted August 30, 2007

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New Orleans: Two Years After Katrina

Sunshine After the Storm

Central Regional Business Representative Luther Goins visited New Orleans this summer and reported to the Central Regional Board that there are many, many signs of positive and forward movement. As always, the hotels and casinos are active and lively. The 9th Ward, where there are no Equity or non-Equity theatres, sadly continues as a monument to Katrina.

The great news for Equity is that several theatres are up, working, and planning for the future. They include: Southern Repertory Theatre (NOLA/SPT), Le Petit Theatre du Vieux (NOLA), Shakespeare Festival at Tulane (NOLA), Jefferson Performing Arts Society (Guest Artist, NOLA), All Kinds of Theatre (NOLA), Brandt Blocker Presents (NOLA), Dog and Pony Theatre Company (LOA), The Nola Project (NOLA), and Summer Lyric Theatre at Tulane (Guest Artist). Others New Orleans area theatres are in the planning stages.

Mr. Goins also reported that, despite Katrina, Baton Rouge is booming. The downtown is lively, and local/community theatres are active. Baton Rouge is also the home of Swine Palace Theatre, which never really stopped producing.

Twenty-five members attended the first post-Katrina membership meeting in New Orleans on Monday, June 25 at Le Petit Theatre du Vieux. Everyone, members and producers, are very appreciative of Equity's efforts on their behalf.

NOLA AEA Members are recovering from Katrina

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