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The Road to Damascus weaves a biblical story with a fairy tale in a modern lens

Kathy Randels in The Road to Damascus
Courtesy of Sean LaRocca
Kathy Randels in The Road to Damascus

ArtSpot Productions'The Road to Damascus is a solo performance that uses the story of Saul, or St. Paul’s conversion experience, as a metaphor for awakening to the persecutorial nature of white supremacy. It also weaves in a modern retelling of Little Red Riding Hood to explore how sexual trauma leads some women to cause harm to themselves and others. We hear more from writer and performer Kathy Randels.

Mardi Gras may be over, but festival season has only just begun, with St. Patrick’s Day, French Quarter Fest, and Jazz Fest just around the corner. One challenge to all of these events is accessibility. You have to physically be able to go to parades, concerts, and balls, which can be especially difficult for the elderly, many of whom have physical limitations or disabilities.

Thankfully, at St. Margaret's at Mercy nursing home, if you can’t go to the Mardi Gras, they bring the Mardi Gras to you. Louisiana Considered’s Alana Schreiber has the story.

A former Catholic church in New Orleans' Marigny neighborhood is quietly evolving into a multi-use performance and event space. Julian Mutter, CEO of The New Marigny Theatre at Church of Arts and Sciences and WWNO board member, tells us how this space is transforming into a hub of creativity and community.

Today’s episode of Louisiana Considered was hosted by Karl Lengel. Our managing producer is Alana Schreiber and our digital editor is Katelyn Umholtz. Our engineers are Garrett Pittman, Aubry Procell, and Thomas Walsh. 

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Karl Lengel worked at New Orleans Public Radio for more than two decades before leaving the station in 2023.
Alana Schreiber is the managing producer for the live daily news program, Louisiana Considered. She comes to WWNO from KUNC in Northern Colorado, where she worked as a radio producer for the daily news magazine, Colorado Edition. She has previously interned for Minnesota Public Radio in St. Paul and The Documentary Group in New York City.