Joy Pace to portray Rosa Hart, Margaret Dixon in one-woman plays

The Itinerant Theatre will be hosting its season-opening performance Saturday, Sept. 8, with a dinner theatre performance co-hosted by the St. Andrew Presbyterian Church.

<p class="indent">Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. at the church’s fellowship hall, 4020 Hodges St., where guests will be treated to a three-course meal prepared under the direction of Chef Kevin Hodges. The meal will accompany two one-woman plays from Carolyn Woosley that will tell the stories of local groundbreaking women Margaret Dixon and Rosa Lucille Hart.

<p class="indent">Actress Joy Pace will be portraying both women Saturday night, first acting out the story of Dixon, who became the first female editor of a major periodical when she worked at the Baton Rouge Morning Advocate beginning in 1938.

<p class="indent">During intermission, Pace will transform herself into Hart and begin performing for the audience while telling Hart’s story of becoming “tricked” into the nation’s very first woman cheerleader as she cheered for Tulane University teams during World War II.

<p class="indent">Hart became known locally for co-founding and directing the Lake Charles Little Theatre for more 30 years.

<p class="indent">Pace said she finds it an honor to be able to portray both women, whom she called “pioneers for women’s equality” during their time.

<p class="indent">“I found myself inspired just by telling their stories. I’m honored just to get to be them for one night,” Pace said.

<p class="indent">The performance kicks off Itinerant Theatre’s “New Play Series,” an open call for playwrights to submit their own short plays to the theatre group for a selection process that will run through the end of October.

<p class="indent">Pace said the group is looking for 10-minute plays and one-hour performances to produce that will keep with this year’s theme of “Women Leading.”

<p class="indent">“This does not have to be limited to historical figures or celebrities. We want to hear about the women who are leading in every day lives; mothers, teachers, ministers, scientists, union leaders, there really is no limit to the stories,” Pace said.

<p class="indent">Out of the entries, Pace said the theatre will select its favorites to turn into public productions this spring. Last year, Pace said the theatre received nearly 100 submissions from around the U.S. and even one from Ireland. Of those, she said the theatre selected 30 to produce.

<p class="indent">The writers whose plays are selected will receive a $25 honorarium per play.

<p class="indent">The deadline to submit entries is Oct. 31, and submission details can be found on the theatre’s website,<span class="text_link link_wrap type_url" data-link-type="URL" data-link-target="http://www.itinerantthreatre.com">www.itinerantthreatre.com</span>.

<p class="indent">A full list of performance dates from those submissions will be released on the theatre’s social media pages and its website. Audiences interested in catching a performance may also visit the website to add their physical address or email to a list to receive future performance announcements.””<p>Actress Joy Pace will be portraying both women in Saturday night’s season-opening performance dinner theatre at the Itinerant Theatre.</p>RickHickmanPhotographer
https://www.americanpress.com/content/tncms/avatars/6/d3/ea1/6d3ea1c8-3a6c-11e7-a1c2-0f91a5883b36.b31acdd1ef972ec0a2acb8ea5b28d153.png

McNeese Sports

Citizen enters Cowboy corral

Local News

Two new housing developments will cater to seniors nearing or in retirement

Local News

CPSB to host job fair in June

Local News

The late Rev. Billy Graham immortalized in statue unveiled at US Capitol

Local News

One more bout of rain tonight, Saturday morning for SW La.

Local News

City Council meeting packed over effort to put tow yard in residential area

McNeese Sports

Cowboys getting weight room upgrade

Business News

Another lawsuit filed challenging Biden’s LNG ‘pause’

Local News

Meteorologist: Another round of heavy rainfall this afternoon, tonight, tomorrow morning

Local News

Anita Falcon’s relationship with her students often reaches beyond the classroom

Crime

Local attempted murder case dropped because case wasn’t brought to trial in timely manner

Local News

Severe storms kill at least 4 in Houston, cause widespread power outages

Local News

Jeff Davis releases names of parish administrator applicants

Local News

Kennedy introduces bill to help Louisiana farmers recover from crop loss

Local News

Louisiana National Guard send third rotation to Texas border

Local News

VIDEO: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Memorial Service

Local News

Speaker Johnson: Biden, Schumer must display moral courage, support Israel

Local News

Rate hikes for utilities approved in Sulphur

life

Circles on a Mission: Second-annual charity bike ride rolls this Saturday in DeRidder

Local News

WEATHER UPDATE: Another bout of severe weather awaits SW La.

Local News

Higgins announces Army Corps funding for south Louisiana projects

life

Starks Mayhaw Festival: Don’t miss out on your free biscuit with jelly

life

Down on Main Street Custom Car and Truck Show is Saturday

life

Network of helpers feeding Pearl Watson’s children in need