Conveniently located near the bustling Bywater and its growing food scene, a new theater space has made its home. Husband and wife team Dustan and Laura Costine recently renovated and opened a new performance venue called Playhouse Nola, at 3214 Burgundy St.. This intimate theater will provide the New Orleans acting community with an alternative space for rehearsals, performances and workshops.
As film actors themselves, the duo wanted to create a place that allows a more intimate style of acting. “Instead of having to project across a large room, you perform in a more nuanced style of acting, similar to film. This will allow New Orleans film actors to be able to work on their craft in a live setting,” says founder and owner Dustan.
Groups from The New Movement, a comedy and improv training theater, have put on a few shows in the space over the past few weeks. With the help of friends and fellow actors/comedians Jesse Spots and Brian Tarney, this theater is primed for its grand opening on Oct. 25th when it will feature a production of Art by Yasmina Reza.
Other upcoming shows include a one-man juggling show called After the Drop, and an original Clown Mafia comedy called Send in the Clown, both for this year’s Fringe Festival. In addition to performance, local film actor and Second City comedy training center alum Joshua Toups will be using the space for his Improv for Film Actors workshop on Oct. 25th from 2 p.m.-5 p.m.
Dustin himself is staying busy by adapting four short stories by Gabriel Garcia Marquez for a play called Eyes of a Blue Dog that will premiere mid November.
“We are also looking for people from the community that want to produce plays and we are open to just about any idea. We want to make the theater accessible and easy for producers/directors to be able to put a production up. We eventually want to add a children’s theater and add productions in Spanish and French.”