Bright Ideas 
by Eric Coble

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How far would you go for your child? For Genevra and Joshua Bradley, the question is no longer hypothetical. Their 3-year-old son, Mac, is next on the waiting list to get into the Bright Ideas Early Childhood Development Academy - and everyone knows once a child is accepted, his life will unfold with glorious ease. Josh and Gen have had to scramble all their lives to get this far…and now they are one fatal dinner party away from the ultimate success as parents: The Right Preschool. Bright Ideas creates an outrageously funny look at what happens when a horde of soccer Moms cross the line for good!

January 14 -23, 2022

Cinema on the Bayou
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The 17th Cinema on the Bayou Film Festival, like so many film festivals and other events in the time of COVID-19, will be both in-person and online this year.  We will present over 200 Official Selections, including narrative and documentary feature and short films, as well as animated and experimental films.  Films will be available to watch online at your convenience from the comfort of home throughout the Festival. In addition, we will have daily in-person screenings at Cité des Arts, including Opening and Closing Night Films. To view the full schedule and to purchase tickets go to  All in-person screenings will be in compliance with applicable COVID-19 requirements.


January 26 - February 2

Second Saturday ArtWalk 
Featuring Artists
Beth Finch & Dyan Schnaars
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Beth Finch, PhD.  is a community theater performer, choral singer,  retired associate professor, and most importantly, a grandmother.  After ending a career of teaching business at Southern University and ULL, she found time to indulge in all the creative activities that had been put aside.   Her paintings include both oils and acrylics; and range from colorful, whimsical to more representational landscape scenes.

Dyan Schnaars, JD.  is Louisiana born and raised. She is a proud wife and mother and a divorce attorney by day. Dyan paints and does community theater as an outlet from her high stress career. She strives to create art full of color that evokes wonder and joy in the viewer. Her favorites are seascapes or farmlands, but any subject evoking peace and majesty appeals to her. 


January 8 - January 31

  Bloodline by Ernest J. Gaines
adapted for the stage by Patricia Cravins & Maureen Brennan
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Photo Credit:  Ernest J. Gaines Center


What happens when someone suddenly arrives in your world and decides the old rules need to be changed, but the ones in power insist on maintaining the status quo, even though the world around them has already begun to change?  Do you challenge a violent, fetid and decaying institution with threats of committing the same sorts of violence?  Or do you wait for things to take their natural course? What are the physical and psychological consequences to everyone involved?   It depends on which side you are on.  These questions rise from the fertile yet decaying soil of  the Laurent plantation in Ernest J. Gaines’s powerful short story BLOODLINE, adapted for the stage by Patricia Cravins and Maureen Brennan.  BLOODLINE addresses these questions with Mr. Gaines’s powerful and sometimes humorous prose that still resonates today.  BLOODLINE is presented by Cité des Arts as part of our celebration of Black History Month.



February 18 -27, 2022

Traversing trauma through performance art
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Catharsis explores the connection between artistic expression and healing.  Local performers share their personal trauma and offer release through theatre. Featuring original works by artists, dancers, actors, and musicians, Catharsis provides two nights of raw emotion that explore the isolating nature of pain and the cathartic realization that no one is alone.


MARCH 4 & 5

Southern Gothic Film Festival
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Southern Gothic Entertainment proudly presents Southern Gothic Film Festival; Lafayette Louisiana's first and only horror fest!!  Our mission is to showcase unique voices from all around the independent horror film community! The event will take place in the historical Cite' des Arts theatre and will be hosted by one of our talented queens of our local drag community, Miss Martini Bear!

We are serving horror films from all over the world including Canada, Germany, Italy, the UK, and the US!! There will also be an opportunity for a Q&A session after every block of films in order for the audience to interact with the filmmakers and ask questions about their films!

The festival will be Halloween themed so costumes are highly encouraged!  Click HERE for news, updates and to follow.


MARCH 11 & 12

The Importance of Being Earnest 
by Oscar Wilde

The Importance of Being Earnest is widely regarded as one of the great works of modern literature, and Oscar Wilde an inaugurator and master of Modernism.  This brilliantly funny farce about mistaken identities, secret engagements and lover’s entanglements is filled with Wilde’s mischievous wit and subversive insights about the English upper class, the vanity of high society and truth itself.  The play is directed by Margot Hasha and features Brian Galyean, Colin Smith, Sandra Broussard, Kylie Latolais, Ryan Kolb, Christy Leichty, Edward Demahy and Joe Riehl.

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