Lafayette

Mar 28, 2014 4:12 PM

"Chez Gisele" live onstage at Cite Des Arts

The inaugural Acadiana PRIDE Festival celebrates the life of a Lafayette legend, Gisele "Gigi" Carriton, with a March 27 to April 13 production run of Dennis Ward's play, Chez Gisele, at the Cité des Arts Theater. Brilliantly directed by Rick Rowan, Chez Gisele takes the viewer back to the 1970's, when Gigi opened the first cabaret in downtown Lafayette.

The late Gisele "Gigi" Carriton (1928-2008) is a beloved, historical figure in the Acadiana community. She was owner of the first gay, cabaret nightclub in the decades 1960-1970. In an era of emerging gay rights, Ms Carriton provided not only a place of entertainment, but her nightclub was a safe haven from discrimination and persecution for her gay friends. Gigi even took the extraordinary measure of sheltering gays in her home who had been abandoned by their families. Dennis Ward's award winning play, Chez Gisele, is a portrait painting of those years and will have its third production since 2010.

For further details, contact Cite des Arts at 337-291-1122 or Ted Richard at 337-501-8993 or Acadiana PRIDE Festival atacadianapride@gmail.com.

The other dates are March 28, 29th, April 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13. Evening shows are 7:30, Sunday matinees are 2:00 p.m.

 

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