by Lisa D’Amour
directed by Leslie Halverson
Saturday, September 21, 2:00 – 5:00 pm
Wednesday, September 25, 6:00 – 9:00 pm
Wednesday, October 2, 6:00 – 8:30 pm
At Augustana Lutheran Church, 5500 S. Woodlawn Avenue
Friends of all genders and backgrounds are encouraged to audition.
Set in post-Katrina New Orleans, Airline Highway takes place in the parking lot of The Hummingbird Motel, off the titular highway near the city, where the residents have gathered to celebrate the life of Miss Ruby, an iconic burlesque queen who has been a mother figure to them all. Miss Ruby’s life is nearing its end, and she requests that her funeral takes place while she is still alive. As the Mardi Gras-esque celebration continues into the night, the stories of the residents, their pain and disappointments unfold.
Airline Highway is a vibrant portrait of a loving, messy, chosen community. One of the beautiful things about humans is that when life doesn’t gift us with a naturally loving family, we create our own. Observing this particular community, we are able to see the inherent challenges they face from within and from without, and how difficult it is for them when members choose to leave. When you choose to leave your chosen family, can you ever come back?
Show dates: November 15-17, 22-24
TERRY – African American, could be any age between 45 and 55. Originally from the country, New Iberia, LA, but he has been in New Orleans for quite some time.
KRISTA – Early 30’s, grew up in a small town in northern Mississippi, before moving to Mobile, AL and the Slidell, LA. Now works as a dancer/stripper.
WAYNE – White, early 60’s. Of old-school, working-class, Irish-German-NOLA descent. Manager of the Hummingbird Hotel.
SISSY NA NA – African American, trans-feminine bartender and karaoke wrangler at the Cat’s Meow on Bourbon Street.
TANYA – 50s-60s. Old-school dancer/sex worker.
FRANCIS – Mid 50’s. A young soul, an artist, a poet.
NURSE’S AIDE – African American, female, 55+ years old.
BAIT BOY – White, mid 30’s. Former member of the community now trying to “pass” as an educated suburban man.
ZOE – White, 16, Bait Boy’s stepdaughter. Intellectually curious, but naïvely sheltered.
MISS RUBY – 75+, infamous Bourbon Street burlesque performer. The “mama” of Bourbon Street.
JUDGE HARMON – 70’s, friend of Miss Ruby’s.
MAN ONE – A john.
MAN TWO – Another john.
SHADY CHARACTER ONE – Male, between 20 and 40.
SHADY CHARACTER TWO – Female, between 20 and 40.
SHADY CHARACTER THREE – Male, between 20 and 40.
PARTY GUESTS – seven or more, an assortment of ages and races.