Prelude to a Season: Le Petit announces Lagniappe Production of Love , Loss and What I Wore - Announces New Board President and Executive Director

February 25 2013 | News

April 18, 2013, New Orleans, LA - As the restoration of the historic Le Petit Théâtre du Vieux Carré enters its final stretch, the revered New Orleans community theatre announced a summertime production as a tune-up to its regular season. Billing it as a “Le Petit Lagniappe Production,” the theatre will present the off-Broadway hit “Love, Loss and What I Wore,” July 19 - 28. 

Director Carl Walker is currently casting five local actresses whose funny and poignant stories about life center on a common theme of the clothing and the accessories they wore at the time. Written by the late playwright Nora Ephron and her sister Delia, “Loss, Loss and What I Wore” is based on the best-seller by Ilene Beckerman.   

“We’re producing Love, Loss and What I Wore as ‘lagniappe’ – a little something extra, an appetizer before the main course - before we begin our regular season, to showcase our new space while we get accustomed to our beautiful, new renovated space. This fun and light-hearted production will allow us to ease back into the business of theatre,” said Le Petit board member and Sag award-winning actor Bryan Batt.

Le Petit’s new season will begin in September with a previously announced production of “Lombardi.”  Additional shows, dates and ticket sales will be announced in May.

The theatre also launched a newly redesigned website this morning:    which will be updated with news and information on a regular basis. The theatre has been undergoing a major $1.5 million renovation since last summer.  The stage area is undergoing a major upgrade with brand new dressing rooms, offices, renovated education and rehearsal spaces, new bathrooms, new ticketing system, among other improvements.

The board of governors also announced Bruce Hoefer, principal with the New Orleans law firm of Adams, Hoefer, Holwadel & Eldridge, L.L.C., has been elected board president, and attorney Simone Bousted has joined the board. 

Hoefer succeeds local actor and theatre educator Cassie Steck Worley,  who resigned as chairperson and a member of the board  in February. Hoefer stated the board tapped Worley to become Le Petit’s full-time executive director because of her longstanding experience with the theatre, both as a board member, producer and actress.

“As chairman of the board of governors, Cassie Worley has spent the last three years successfully navigating Le Petit through the most difficult time in its history. By unanimous vote, our board selected Cassie as the theatre’s new executive director so that the theatre may benefit from her dramatic arts and educational talent and experience to ensure its future success,” Hoefer said.

Though she has been volunteering her time since February assisting with the theatre restoration and conducting the theatre’s new educational outreach and community engagement program, Worley will officially join the theatre’s staff effective June I.

“This is an exciting time for Le Petit and the entire New Orleans theatre community,” Worley said. “Finally, Le Petit can resume its theatrical mission, welcome our local actors back to our stage and embark on a new community and outreach program, involving students at the elementary, high school and college levels.”

A 501C3 performing arts organization, Le Petit Theater’s mission is to provide a wide range of quality theatrical productions and programming to entertain, enrich and educate the diverse population of the region and enhance the economic vitality of the city.

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