"Clown Bar" by Adam Szymkowicz, at the NOLA Project in New Orleans, in 2015. Pictured: Clint Johnson and Alec Barnes. (Photo by John Barrois)

The NOLA Project Announces 2018-19 Season

The season will feature a world premiere musical comedy by Adam Szymkowicz.

NEW ORLEANS: The NOLA Project has announced its 2018-19 season, featuring four productions.

“The 2018-19 slate offers our community a wildly-varied collection of stories meant to inspire and ignite the human imagination,” artistic director A.J. Allegra said in a statement. “Each production is fiercely imaginative and utterly theatrical in its creation. These are all stories meant to be seen, heard, and felt together.”

The season will open with Lauren Gunderson’s The Revolutionists (Sept. 4-16), a comedy about four women during the French Revolution’s Reign of Terror. Joanna Russo will direct.

Next up will be The Pillowman (Oct. 18-Nov. 4) by Martin McDonagh, a dark dramedy that follows an author being interrogated in an unnamed totalitarian state. Mark Routhier will direct.

Following will be the world premiere of STOCKHOLM SYNDROME: Or Remember the Time Jimmy’s All-American Beefsteak Restaurant Was Taken Over By That Group of Radicals? (Jan. 16-Feb. 9, 2019) by Adam Szymkowicz, a musical comedy in which the employees and patrons of a restaurant are taken hostage. The musical will feature original songs by Jack Craft and Skyler Stroup of the band Sweet Crude. Allegra will direct.

The season will conclude with the world premiere of THE HENCHMAN: A Shakespeare Story (May 8-26, 2019) by Michael Aaron Santos, which takes place 15 years after Shakespeare’s  A Midsummer Night’s Dream and follows Jacob, the little changeling boy. Kristin Shoffner will direct the outdoor production at the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden at the New Orleans Museum of Art.

Founded in 2005, the NOLA Project is an ensemble-driven company that produces classical, contemporary, and new works.