CULTURAL SEASON / PRESENTS

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Bringing Live Performances to Your Community

The Banners Cultural Season is an annual performance series full of outstanding talents from around the globe, including live music and arts, readings and academic lectures, film screenings, family entertainment, and more.

Each Spring, a committee of volunteers assists in choosing the season roster, with the series running every March and April since 1993.

Save with our membership packages, available for those avid performance attendees, or check out our economical flex deals to choose pairs of tickets to your three favorite events.

2021 "Banners Presents" Shows

Josephine, a burlesque cabaret dream play

Sat Sept 4, 7pm @ Tritico Theatre (McNeese)

JOSEPHINE, a burlesque cabaret dream play combines cabaret, theatre and dance to tell the story of the iconic Josephine Baker, the first African-American international superstar and one of the most remarkable figures of the 20th century.

The show was nominated for a 2018 AUDELCO Award for Outstanding Solo Performance for its limited off-Broadway run, and has won six "Best of Fest" and six "Outstanding Performance" awards across North America.

The show is intended for adult audiences, so 18+ only through the door, due to adult content.

Josephine shatters stereotypes of race, gender roles and sexuality in this intimate, charming and haunting cabaret with a twist.

Lake Area, here's your second chance to catch this internationally-acclaimed, award-winning production which sold out as the opening performance of the Banners Series' 2019 Cultural Season.

Josie & Grace

Sun Sept 5, 2pm @ Tritico Theatre (McNeese)

Theatre fans throughout the Lake Area will have an opportunity to be one of the first audiences in the world to see the new Dynamite Lunchbox production, Josie & Grace: A Mostly Historical Cabaret Dream Play, before the team heads out on their global tour.

Join us as we explore the legendary friendship between two of the most iconic women of the 20th Century, Josephine Baker and Grace Kelly.

From the creators of the award-winning international hit show Josephine comes the world premiere play about two American women who became immortal in Europe after meteoric rises to success that challenged the limits placed on them by a racist and sexist world.

Starring Tymisha Harris reprising her role as Josephine Baker and introducing Rachel Comeau as Princess Grace Kelly.

Letters Home

Thurs Nov 11, 7pm @ F.G. Bulber Auditorium (McNeese)

Thanks to generous support from Reed Mendelson at Ameriprise Financial Services, as well as a grant from the UPS Foundation, the Lake Area production of Letters Home, presented on Veteran's Day, will be free of charge. Registration is required to attend.

Letters Home puts the wars in Afghanistan & Iraq front and center by bringing to life actual letters written by soldiers serving in the Middle East. The production is inspired by the New York Times Op-Ed Article “The Things They Wrote” and the subsequent HBO documentary Last Letters Home, and additionally uses letters and correspondences from Frank Schaeffer’s books.

The critically-acclaimed initial production received a nomination for a Joseph Jefferson Award as “Outstanding New Play.”

These letters were written under the most difficult of circumstances; the disorientation of training, deployment, separation from family and loved ones, combat, and occupation duties in Afghanistan and Iraq.

One theme seems to unite their diverse voices; the belief that the person standing beside you is more important than you are.

These letters help define patriotism and what it means to serve our country today. Through acts of bravery, compassion, social responsibility, sense of community and brotherhood, Letters Home reveals the humanity that lies within the war, as seen through the eyes of the men and women fighting it.

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Thank you SWLA for an amazing 2019!

Puddles Pity Party (photo: Killer Photography)

Abdullah Ibrahim (photo: Chuck Curet)

Red Hot Chilli Pipers (photo: Killer Photography)

William Aprill's "Unthinkable: Inside Criminal Minds"

Chase Padgett's "6 Guitars" (photo: Killer Photography)

An Evening with Josephine Baker

The Americans (photo: Killer Photography)

Freedom Brass, the United States Air Force Band

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