Sept. 14, 2019 at 7:00 pm
Location: Beaubourg Theatre [614 Gravier St.]
Hot steamy New Orleans, LA is the setting for this love story that is laced with pure Southern sexiness. Main characters Celia DuBois and Jeffrey Jackson are going through the ups and downs of love and are experiencing the consequences of past relationships where there was a lack of self-love. Relationship issues, skin color bias, domestic violence, distrust, self-doubt and irresponsible sexual behavior are just a few of the issues that is placed under a microscope and then enlarged for the reader to absorb as both characters speak in first person, giving the reader an up close and personal view of the story being told. Benny's Place, a Coffee House/Cafe located in the French Quarters of New Orleans; charming and visually nostalgic embodying the ambiance of a 1940s juke joint, is where Celia and Jeff meet. Benny Thibodeaux, the proprietor (or as Benny pronounces, pro pie ta) of the cafe is a New Orleans native whose wisdom and clairvoyance is the motivational balm that both Celia DuBois and Jeffrey Jackson are in desperate need of.
Meet the cast
Coffee-Colored Dreams talk w/Pamela-Davis Noland
Where are you from? How has that shaped you as a writer? How does living in New Orleans affect your writing?
I'm from Lake Charles, LA. Growing up in a very small community of Black people; there were lots of fascinating stories told. Quite a few of them end up in my writings.
I moved to New Orleans to write. The very essence of the city inspires me.
Which character from COFFEE-COLORED DREAMS do you most identify with, if any?
I most identify with Celia but only because we're both writers and both strong willed Black women. And I'm sure I've made some of the dating mistakes that she has. But that's pretty much where it ends.
How would you describe your "community?"
Very small but mighty. All of us are lovers of the Arts.
How do you formulate new ideas for plays or novels?
My favorite form is adaptation. I love making old stories new again; spinning them and making them relevant to the present.
What is your favorite word?
What are you reading right now?
'Mid-City Errands' by Ronald Fisher. A wonderful story told through the eyes of a 7 year old little boy who grew up on Columbus Street in Midcity, New Orleans. Great history about Bayou Road area.
What is your least favorite word?
What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
What ideas are driving your writing right now?
The history of Bayou Road and the incredible stories about the people who lived, worked and strived there.
In your opinion, why does theatre matter?
I can't think of a better way to tell a story! We learn about human motivation and psychology; people and cultures; self-expression can be developed and creativity can flourish.
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