The University of New Orleans Department of Film and Theatre and Southern Rep Theatre announced a “UNO Night” for the preview performance of “Airline Highway” at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 6 at UNO’s Nims Theatre. UNO faculty, staff and alumni can purchase tickets at a special rate of $20 for this preview performance only. UNO students with ID can purchase tickets to any “Airline Highway” performance for $8. The play is a co-production of UNO’s Department of Film and Theatre and Southern Rep.
“I am pleased to invite my colleagues on the faculty as well as students, alumni, and staff to attend on October 6th and celebrate the fantastic UNO students and faculty who are working on this important production. Our year-long partnership with Southern Rep has been very fruitful, and we are very happy to cap it off with such a large-scale collaboration,” said film and theatre department chair David Hoover.
“It’s a unique opportunity to welcome home this quintessentially New Orleans play in its first production since a run on Broadway last year,” Hoover added. The Department of Film and Theatre will host a complimentary reception after the performance.
Advance tickets can be purchased by phone through the Southern Rep box office by calling (504) 522-6545. Mention the “UNO Family” discount to purchase tickets at the UNO Night special price. Tickets are also available on-site at the Nims Theatre box office starting at 7 p.m. on Oct. 6. Additional preview performances take place Oct. 5 and Oct. 7-9 with tickets priced at $25. After opening night on Monday, Oct. 10 (with a reception following the performance), all other performances take place Thursdays – Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. through Oct. 30 with tickets priced at $40. A comprehensive schedule is available at the Southern Rep Theatre website.
This production of “Airline Highway” is the play’s regional premiere. The author is Lisa D’Amour and the director is Aimée Hayes. The action takes place in the parking lot of the dilapidated Hummingbird Hotel on Airline Highway as an assortment of strippers, hustlers and poets gather to celebrate the “living funeral” of beloved burlesque performer, Miss Ruby. D’Amour, a Pulitzer Prize finalist for her play “Detroit,” celebrates in this production the night owls of the French Quarter who live along the frayed edges of New Orleans. The play stars Todd d’Amour, Elizabeth Daniels, Madeline Kolker, Cristine McMurdo-Wallis, Chivas Michael, Thomas Francis Murphy, Lance E. Nichols, Carl Palmer and Janet Shea.
The UNO Department of Film and Theatre is an accredited member of National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST), which establishes national standards for related undergraduate and graduate programs. UNO offers the only accredited program of its kind in the New Orleans metropolitan area. Theatre UNO is one of the oldest programs at the university, housed since the 1970’s at UNO’s Lakefront campus in the Performing Arts Center. Its award-winning plays have been recognized nationally by the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival and locally by the Big Easy Awards. The department fuses the artistic, technical and analytical dynamics of theatre and film in a collaborative environment, educating the next generation of professional storytellers to develop careers in film, theatre and allied fields.
Southern Rep Theatre, now entering its 30th season, produces award-winning productions that are engaging, educational, and accessible for audiences of every socioeconomic background. Under the leadership of Producing Artistic Director Aimée Hayes and Managing Director Jenny Windstrup, Southern Rep Theatre's Mainstage Season work includes bold world and regional premieres as well as the best of Broadway, off-Broadway, and classic plays.