The ongoing series in which local performers interpret personal letters written by culturally vital individuals from various times and Louisiana communities. Performances are free and open to the general public. Ordinarily, readings are live. Due to COVID-19, programming is currently podcast, listen HERE

The 2021 Season:

A Cotton Office in New Orleans
A Cotton Office in New Orleans by Edgar Degas, painted in New Orleans, Louisiana, 1873. The painting is in the collection of Musee des Beaux-Arts de Pau, Pau, France.

March 25: The Letters of Edgar Degas

A podcast reading of personal letters surrounding his residence during 1872 and 1873 in the Crescent City. Degas accompanied his brother René to New Orleans where he observed his paternal family’s business managing the trade of cotton. This painting captures a moment during the decline of that business, the Cotton Office, which went bankrupt shortly thereafter.

Upon his return to France, Edgar learned that René had also bankrupted the family. It was about this time and occasioned by the family misfortune that he turned his trade as a serious painter into a livelihood.

Stay tuned for more details and further listings of this year’s programming.