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Coming to IPAL - 2017

This performance is supported, in part, by grants from the Louisiana Division of the Arts , Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council administered by the Acadiana Center for the Arts. Funding also provided by the National Endowment for the Arts. ART WORKS!  . Additional Funding provided by the Iberia Parish Foundation, an affiliate of the Community Foundation of Acadiana.

Taking Leave

by Nagle Jackson

June 1-11, 2017

Iberia Performing Arts League (IPAL) announces “Taking Leave”, a heart-warming story, written by Nagle Jackson as its closing production of the season. The story is engrossing and vivid. Shakespeare professor Eliot Pryne is packing what he thinks is a suitcase and leaving what he thinks is a hotel. Battling Alzheimer's disease, he is "taking leave" of the real world and imagining a new one, but the transition is painful. His three daughters—a public school counselor, an actress in film, and a free-roaming ex-drug user must decide the next steps for their father. His alter-ego, seen only by the audience, charts this final voyage speaking as Eliot once did when he was the leading authority on Shakespeare's King Lear. As in Shakespeare’s play, there is a bittersweet realization that all will not be well, but Eliot’s taking leave will be a gentle one.


This heartwarming dramatic comedy is about family, living life to its fullest, and the imminence of one’s passing. The story depicts the often farcical behavior that goes along with this disease, and the conversations of “good talk”. The show has been known to have audiences weeping, but in the end, standing and cheering. As the alarming number of Alzheimer's victims keeps growing, the relevance of this play increases daily.  


The production will open the week-end of June 1, 2017 and run for two consecutive week-ends for a total of 8 performances with the last performance on Sunday, June 11, 2017. Thursday, Friday and Saturday performances are at 7:30 P.M.  The Sunday performances are at 3:00 P.M.  ALL tickets are $10 and general seating. Ticket outlets are Delaune's Pharmacy, Paul's Flowers, and The Daily Iberian in New Iberia. Tickets may also be purchased via EVENTBRITE or at the door at time of showing. **PLEASE TAKE NOTE: DUE TO CONTENT AND STRONG LANGUAGE- THIS PRODUCTION MAY NOT BE SUITABLE CHILDREN**. For more information regarding this production, please call 337-364-6114 or email ipal@cox.net and leave your name and a return phone number. Someone will return your call.


 This performance is supported, in part, by a grant from the Louisiana State Arts Council, through the Louisiana Division of the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts and administered through the Acadiana Center for the Arts