past versions of the show ::
May 6, 2016, The Blue Moon Theatre of Metairie, Louisiana ::
a fifth draft of the full staging of Moon Cove in three performances in one school day (!) for the students and faculty of EJHS | East Jefferson High School campus
Apr 15-17, 2016, The Garret Theatre of New Orleans ::
a fifth draft of the full staging of Moon Cove as part of the first-ever InFringe Fest | 4210 Saint Claude Avenue | Fri-Sun at 9pm | tickets $7 | www.infringefest.org
Nov 3 & 5, 2013, The Shadowbox Theatre of New Orleans ::
a fourth draft of the full staging of Moon Cove as part of the first-ever SoloMania Fest | 2400 Saint Claude Avenue | Sun & Tues at 7pm | tickets $10 | 504.298.8676 | www.theshadowboxtheatre.com
Summer 2013, the gallery space at the Arts Council of New Orleans ::
Woodruff's photograph "Little Homestead," a still image from the Moon Cove media projection, was included in the international gallery show Cemeteryscape, an annual benefit for Save Our Cemeteries, Inc. | www.cemeteryscape.org
Nov 30-Dec 1 & Dec 3-4, 2012, The Shadowbox Theatre of New Orleans ::
a third draft of the full staging of Moon Cove | 2400 Saint Claude Avenue | Fri-Sat at 11pm, Mon-Tue at 8pm | tickets $15 | 504.298.8676
Nov 1-Nov 2, 2012, Istre Cemetery at Mermentau Cove in Lower Acadia Parish, Louisiana ::
for 20 hours, Woodruff conducted a traditional vigil as a performance installation in the style of La Toussaint (All Saints/All Souls Day), & also as the culminating event for the "Toussaint-a-Thon" fundraiser | the cemetery is the resting place of Woodruff's father, grandparents, & great-grandparents, & is also a National Historic Register site
About the Toussaint-a-Thon ::
The fundraiser, in which donors submitted contributions via PayPal, was to generate monetary support & awareness for upcoming performances of Moon Cove; 30% of contributions went to preservation efforts at Istre Cemetery, Inc.
About Woodruff's Vigil Installation ::
Two centerpieces in the artist's Moon Cove story are La Toussaint traditions & Istre Cemetery, & the show spotlights the historic & cultural significance of Cajun life in rural Louisiana, as well as precious locations such as Istre. The cemetery is a National Historic Register site because it is the home to the only extant examples of Cajun wooden "grave houses." When such structures were common a century ago, Istre had around 40 of the houses; today, only three original ones remain.
Woodruff's vigil for La Toussaint artfully observed the traditional religious holiday, & proved to be a meaningful experiment in reverence, respect, & personal, intimate art. Her time during the event, in keeping with historical practices of mourning, consisted of candle lighting, prayer, storytelling & singing of hymns, & physical upkeep of her Thibodeaux & LeBlanc relatives' gravesites. The event was extensively documented using photography & high-definition video, & received considerable positive publicity in Southwest Louisiana. The time was a beautiful, joyous experience; huge thanks to those who've donated.
Mar 31, 2012, Byrdie's Cafe & Gallery of New Orleans ::
a ritual-style installation for SWANDay that became the inspiration for the La Toussaint vigil later in 2012 | 2422A Saint Claude Avenue | free admission
Jul 28, 2009, Goddard College of Plainfield, Vermont ::
a second draft of the full staging of Moon Cove | 123 Pitkin Road | Haybarn Theatre, 10:30am | free admission | www.goddard.edu
Aug 20-Sep 21, 2008, Voodoo Mystere Lounge of New Orleans ::
a nine-show run of the first full staging of Moon Cove | 718 North Rampart Street | Sats 9pm, Suns 7pm | tickets $10
Debut: Apr 19, 2008, Dramarama 15 at the Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, Louisiana ::
a raw incarnation of the earliest version of Moon Cove | 900 Camp Street | Rehearsal Hall, 10:15pm | festival tickets $12
Pictured this page :: Amy Woodruff as The Narrator in Moon Cove,
and during her 20-hour vigil performance for La Toussaint.
Special thanks to those who appear as ancestor characters in this project's digital footage ::
Blake Buchert | Jason Giaccone | Melissa Prejean | Kresenda Raasch