Chemin Du Bayou
SYNOPSIS: Pamela Davis-Noland’s play illuminates the stories of the extraordinary peoples–famous or forgotten, real or imagined–who made their way along the old high ground from the Mississippi River toward Lake Pontchartrain, bringing news, plying wares, and settling into remarkably diverse communities along the ridge. The story of Bayou Road is the story of New Orleans in miniature, where many cultures meet, song and dance are integral to any tale told, and geography is inextricable from history. The play Chemin du Bayou seeks to capture that story through an interdisciplinary celebration of storytelling, song, and dance, developed out of historical research and present-day oral histories from current and former residents, retailers, and parishioners of St. Rose de Lima. Among others, the road has been home over the years to indigenous peoples, free people of color, Sicilian immigrants, Afro-Caribbean retailers, female business owners of color, and the long-integrated parish and school of St. Rose de Lima itself.
Directed by Helen Jaksch
- Playwright: Pamela Davis-Noland