Spotlight Series

Live performances in theater, dance, and comedy.

The Spotlight Series is for the cultural omnivore. Each Spotlight show is compelling, unique, and makes the broad spectrum of the arts more accessible to the public. This series continues the proud legacy of the Performing Arts Society of Acadiana (“PASA”), which led the presenting of theater and dance in Acadiana from 1989 until its merger into the AcA in 2015.

Opera, Performance, Spotlight

Handel, Agrippina

Time: Saturday, February 29, 202012:00 pm - 3:45 pm / James Devin Moncus Theater
About Handel’s tale of intrigue and impropriety in ancient Rome receives its first Met performances, with star mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato as the controlling, power-hungry Agrippina and Harry Bicket conducting. Sir David McVicar’s production ingeniously reframes the action of this black comedy about the abuse of power to “the present,” where it should loudly resonate. The […]
Cane Fire Film Series, Film, Performance, Spotlight

Don’t Be a Dick About It

Time: Monday, March 9, 20207:30 pm - 9:30 pm / Acadiana Center for the Arts
Presented by Cane Fire Films A Film By Ben Mullinkosson About Growing up in a loving home with their parents, brothers Peter and Matthew are crazy about each other—but also constantly at each other’s throats. Displaying their individual idiosyncrasies—Peter is obsessed with the TV show Survivor, and reenacts the elimination rounds every day in an […]
Opera, Performance, Spotlight

Wagner, Der Fliegende Holländer

Time: Saturday, March 14, 202012:00 pm - 2:00 pm / James Devin Moncus Theater
About Der Fliegende Holländer is the earliest of Wagner’s operatic creations to remain in the repertory. The two lead roles represent archetypes to which the composer would return, in one form or another, in most of his later works: the “otherworldly stranger” and the woman who sacrifices herself for his salvation. The work’s unearthly ambience is […]
Opera, Performance, Spotlight

Puccini, Tosca

Time: Saturday, April 11, 202012:00 pm - 3:00 pm / James Devin Moncus Theater
About Puccini’s melodrama about a volatile diva, a sadistic police chief, and an idealistic artist has offended and thrilled audiences for more than a century. Critics, for their part, have often had problems with Tosca’s rather grungy subject matter, the directness and intensity of its score, and the crowd-pleasing dramatic opportunities it provides for its lead […]
Opera, Performance, Spotlight

Donizetti, Maria Stuarda

Time: Saturday, May 9, 202012:00 pm - 3:00 pm / James Devin Moncus Theater
About A searingly dramatic setting of Friedrich Schiller’s play about Mary, Queen of Scots, and her political and personal rivalry with Queen Elizabeth I of England, Maria Stuarda had a troubled genesis, despite its musical and theatrical brilliance, and only recently achieved a place in the repertory. These two fearsome rivals embody different perceptions of […]

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