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Loyola theatre students and professor perform at Le Chat Noir

May 1, 2009

C. Patrick Gendusa, assistant professor of theatre arts, and former and current students from the theatre program at Loyola University New Orleans, will perform in Steve Major’s original screenplay, “My Baby’s Daddies,” at Le Chat Noir theatre, 715 St. Charles Avenue, on Monday, May 11, at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public.

Those participating in the production include Monica Harris, a 2007 theatre arts graduate who currently serves as assistant business and box office manager at Loyola, Tracy Cochran, a junior psychology major and theatre arts minor from New Orleans and Joshua Eichhorn, a junior theatre arts major from New Orleans.

“My Baby’s Daddies” is a comedy that follows a sharp-tongued Manhattan lawyer and his mensch of a school teacher partner as they head to Bible Belt Mississippi to fulfill their dream of becoming gay dads.

Majors, a post-Katrina transplant to New Orleans, says, “the comedy is loosely based on my own experiences.”

“My partner and I have a three year old and a four year old,” said Majors. “We’ve been mistaken for brothers, divorced dads and social workers. People either can’t imagine we’re gay dads or don’t want to believe it.”

Majors began the screenplay several years ago, but revisited the script recently when he heard speculation that Louisiana might join Arkansas in banning gays from adopting.

“They say if you can make people laugh, you can open their heart,” said Majors. “If this ever hits the big screen, perhaps it might make a difference.”

The reading is part of the Crosstown Reading Series, a collaborative effort by Le Chat Noir and local theatre groups to encourage original writing and new plays in New Orleans.

For more information about the show, visit www.mybabysdaddiesmovie.com.

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