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A Haunting Evening at LNW Theatre: Experience the Poignant 'Lafayette No 1'

Updated: Nov 6, 2023

This Tuesday, November 14th at 7:30pm, a night of dramatic elegance and compelling storytelling awaits at Lincoln Northwest High School. LNW Theatre proudly presents its one act competition play, 'Lafayette No 1', offering the audience not just a glimpse into a gripping historical drama but also the chance to savor some post-show treats with the LNW Performing Arts Boosters.

As the curtain rises, viewers will be transported to the streets of 1816 New Orleans, a city plagued not only by the yellow fever epidemic but also by the societal neglect of its most helpless residents, the orphans. These children, dismissed by many as the "Forgotten," find an unexpected champion in Lizzie Landry. Lizzie, a young girl whose compassion shines like a beacon amidst the darkness of the epidemic, risks everything to aid these destitute youths with the simple gift of bread from her mother’s benevolent employer.

'Lafayette No 1' delves into the raw and often untold stories of these orphans, their struggles for survival, and their fight for recognition. The play is a haunting reminder of the past's harsh realities and a call to not overlook the marginalized. Lizzie's journey intertwines with the orphans' plight, thrusting her into a battle against a society that would rather turn a blind eye than extend a helping hand.

This narrative is as stirring as it is timely, a stark commentary on social responsibility and communal accountability. It’s a story about the resilience of the human spirit and the enduring quest for justice, themes that resonate across centuries and continue to be relevant in today’s world.

The production itself is a testament to the prowess of LNW Theatre, with its commitment to bringing quality performances that are both evocative and thought-provoking. With a running time of about 30-45 minutes, 'Lafayette No 1' is a concentrated dose of high-caliber theater that promises to leave audiences deeply moved and reflective.

And the experience doesn't end with the final bow. The LNW Performing Arts Boosters are set to make the evening even more memorable by offering coffee and cinnamon rolls for a small fee. This post-performance gathering is not just a chance to indulge in delicious treats but also an opportunity for the audience to mingle, discuss the powerful themes of the play, and perhaps even meet the talented cast and crew who bring 'Lafayette No 1' to life.

The one-act format of the play makes it an accessible medium for all—perfect for those new to theater and seasoned theatergoers alike. It’s a snapshot, a concentrated piece of art that delivers its message with precision and emotional depth. For students and the community around Lincoln Northwest High School, this event is more than just a night at the theater; it's a communal experience, a shared journey through a poignant chapter of history.

As we look forward to the premiere, it's clear that 'Lafayette No 1' is more than just a play; it's a cultural event that offers insight, challenges perspectives, and celebrates the strength of the human spirit. In a world where the vulnerable are often overlooked, this play stands as a powerful reminder of the impact of empathy and the importance of community support.

So, mark your calendars for an unforgettable evening at Lincoln Northwest High School. This is a free performance and is set to be a night of profound storytelling and engaging conversation, all wrapped up in the warm embrace of the LNW Theatre family and the Performing Arts Boosters. Don’t miss your chance to be part of this exceptional theatrical event. Join us as we honor the forgotten voices of history and bring their stories into the heart of our community.

See you at the theater!



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