Women tell their stories in ‘Monologues and Musings’

Advocate file photo -- 'Monologues' writer and producer Nell Nolan: 'You might not even recognize me. At least, I hope you won’t.'
Advocate file photo -- 'Monologues' writer and producer Nell Nolan: 'You might not even recognize me. At least, I hope you won’t.'

Those who know Nell Nolan as the longtime social columnist for The Times-Picayune, and now for The New Orleans Advocate, will have a rare occasion to see her step out of her public persona and take on the characters of other New Orleans women of different stripes and strata.

On the evenings of Oct. 1 and Oct. 2, Nolan, her niece, Ashley Nolan, and former Times-Picayune editorial cartoonist Steve Kelley will present Nolan’s “Monologues and Musings ... for Money, Honey II” onstage at the Mid-City Theatre.

The two-act show, produced and primarily written by Nolan, is a benefit for Cancer Crusaders.

Showtime both nights is at 8 and most of the $25 ticket price will go to the all-volunteer Cancer Crusaders organization for cancer research at LSU and Tulane Medical Centers.

Nolan describes the show as a series of vignettes delivered in a variety of accents, both foreign and native-born.

The accents will be representative of the city’s Hispanic, “Yat” and Uptown cultures.

As Nolan explains, “Each woman tells a story. Some are funnier than others. Some are a little more touching than others. One’s a little bit outrageous, but that’s kind of fun, too.”

Elaborating on some of the skits in which she diverges widely from her public persona, Nolan laughs, “You might not even recognize me. At least I hope you won’t.”

Unlike her most recent acting appearance this past summer in Le Petit Theatre’s production of “Love, Loss and What I Wore,” Nolan emphasized that “This is not considered a staged reading.”

The “Monologues and Musings” show will consist of two acts with an intermission. Nolan opens and closes each act with her monologues, Ashley Nolan appears in the first act and Kelley performs one of his original, New Orleans-themed standup comic routines in the second. The show is about two hours long.

‘Monologues and Musings ... for Money, Honey II’

WHEN: Oct. 1-2, 8 p.m.

WHERE: Mid-City Theatre, 3540 Toulouse Street, New Orleans

TICKETS: $25 contribution to Cancer Crusaders

INFO: (504) 488-1460; website www.midcitytheatre.com