Lafayette Theatre Company Mainstage Season

      • Steel Magnolias by Robert Harling
        Directed by Jeff Sargent

        The action is set in Truvy’s beauty salon in Chinquapin, Louisiana, where all the ladies who are “anybody” come to have their hair done. Helped by her eager new assistant, Annelle (who is not sure whether or not she is still married), the outspoken, wise-cracking Truvy dispenses shampoos and free advice to the town’s rich curmudgeon, Ouiser, ("I’m not crazy, I’ve just been in a bad mood for forty years"); an eccentric millionaire, Miss Clairee, who has a raging sweet tooth; and the local social leader, M’Lynn, whose daughter, Shelby (the prettiest girl in town), is about to marry a “good ole boy.” Filled with hilarious repartee and a few acerbic but humorously revealing verbal collisions, the play reveals an underlying strength—and love—within its characters, making them truly touching, funny and marvelously amiable company in good times and bad.

        September 23 – 25, 30 – October 1-2 at 7:30pm
        October 3 at 3:00pm


      • Shadowlands by William Nicholson
        Directed by Kevin Goodson

        This West End and Broadway hit is based upon the moving and true love story of C.S. Lewis - author of The Chronicles of Narnia and The Screwtape Letters. The story begins in Oxford during the 1950s and introduces us to Jack Lewis who is a middle-age, confirmed bachelor and successful author. His world is upended when he meets an American poet and fan, Joy Davidman. They fall in love and are secretly married. Lewis' journey with love and suffering cause him to reconsider many of the beliefs he staunchly held before their fateful meeting.  Funny, poignant and insightful, Shadowlands — also an Oscar®-winning film — is a moving portrait of love and loss, faith and doubt, as inspired by Lewis’ own A Grief Observed.

        November 4-6, 11-13 at 7:30pm
        November 7 at 3:00pm



      • Almost, Maine by John Cariani
        Directed by Valerie Longshore-Sargent

      Welcome to Almost, Maine, a place that’s so far north, it’s almost not in the United States. It’s almost in Canada. And it’s not quite a town, because its residents never got around to getting organized. So, it almost doesn’t exist. One cold, clear, winter night, as the northern lights hover in the star-filled sky above, the residents of Almost, Maine, find themselves falling in and out of love in unexpected and hilarious ways. Knees are bruised. Hearts are broken. But the bruises heal, and the hearts mend—almost—in this delightful midwinter night’s dream.

      January 13-15, 20-22 at 7:30pm
      January 23 at 3:00pm



        • The Nerd by Larry Shue

        Directed by Jack Morman

        Now an aspiring young architect in Terre Haute, Indiana, Willum Cubbert has often told his friends about the debt he owes to Rick Steadman, a fellow ex-GI whom he has never met but who saved his life after he was seriously wounded in Vietnam. He has written to Rick to say that, as long as he is alive, “you will have somebody on Earth who will do anything for you” —so Willum is delighted when Rick shows up unexpectedly at his apartment on the night of his thirty-fourth birthday party. But his delight soon fades as it becomes apparent that Rick is a hopeless “nerd” —a bumbling oaf with no social sense, little intelligence, and less tact. And Rick stays on and on, his continued presence among Willum and his friends leading to one uproarious incident after another until the normally placid Willum finds himself contemplating violence—a dire development which, happily, is staved off by the surprising “twist” ending of the play.

        April 21-23, 28-30 at 7:30pm
        May 1 at 3:00pm




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