Le Petit Theatre Brings Tennessee Williams' "Baby Doll" To The Stage In New Orleans Premiere


NEW ORLEANS – Le Petit Theatre is celebrating Tennessee Williams with the New Orleans premiere of "Baby Doll," based on the one-act play “27 Wagons Full of Cotton,” and the screenplay for the 1956 film. "Baby Doll" is a dark comedy set in the sweltering summer heat of 1950s Mississippi that explores the desires, desperation and prejudices of two rival cotton gin owners and their attempts to seduce a young bride after a suspected act of arson. Audiences will experience the journey of Baby Doll Meighan as she struggles to find her voice while delaying the sexual advances of her overbearing husband.

Performance dates of "Baby Doll" are March 15-31 at Le Petit Theatre, 616 St. Peter St. New Orleans, LA 70116. Subscriptions and single tickets are available weekdays from 12 – 5 p.m. at the Box Office (504) 522-2081 or online anytime at www.lepetittheatre.com. 

The cast includes Maggie Windler as Baby Doll Meighan; Paul Whitty as  Archie Lee Meighan; Todd D’Amour as Silva Vicarro; and Janet Shea as Aunt Rose Comfort.

Directed by Artistic Director Maxwell Williams, the creative team for "Baby Doll" includes Steven Schepker (Scenic Designer), Kaci Thomassie (Costume Designer), Joshua Courtney (Lighting Designer), Tyler Kieffer (Sound Design), Nathan Norris (Assistant Director), Mad Props – Destany Gorham and Ellen Bull (Props Design), Michelle Kelleher (Stage Manager), Katie Shea Bandit (Assistant Stage Manager) and Whitney Randall (Dramaturg).


The company is continuing their LPT TheatrePLUS outreach during this production with the following events:

  • Behind the Curtain: Sunday, March 17

Join members from the creative team for a discussion immediately following the show.


  • Bike Night: Thursday, March 28

FREE valet bike parking with Le Petit Theatre and Bike Easy at 7:00 p.m.


  • Industry Night: Monday, March 25 7:30 p.m.

Enjoy $25 discounted tickets for this performance.


  • Book Club: Sunday, March 24 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. "27 Wagons Full Of Cotton" by Tennessee Williams.

Le Petit Theatre is partnering with Octavia Books this year for a book club. Purchase the books at Octavia Books and enjoy a 20 percent discount. For more information, please visit www.lepetittheatre.com.


Le Petit Theatre’s season concludes with "The Pianist of Willesden Lane" opening May 10. Single tickets are available by calling the box office weekdays from 12 – 5 p.m. at (504) 522-2081 or online anytime at www.lepetittheatre.com. Groups of 10 or more receive a 10 percent discount on their order. Le Petit Theatre, a cornerstone of the New Orleans arts community since 1916, impacts more than 30,000 people annually through its mainstage productions and educational programming. Details and ticketing information are available on their website.




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