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Photo provided by Le Petit Theatre -- Jackie Alexander, writer and director of 'The High Priestess of Dark Alley.'  

“The High Priestess of Dark Alley,” a contemporary New Orleans drama from writer Jackie Alexander (“Brothers from the Bottom”), opens this weekend at Le Petit Théâtre du Vieux Carré.

The play, which first premiered off-Broadway in 2009 at the Billie Holiday Theatre in New York, centers on longtime 7th Ward resident Celeste Thibodaux, a Creole woman whose contempt toward the dark-skinned African-Americans living in the neighborhood is well known. When Celeste inserts herself into the romantic lives of her two grown daughters, Claire and Janee, the women clash over issues of color, class and sexuality, exposing generational differences that threaten to divide the family.

“While ‘The High Priestess of Dark Alley’s’ story is universal, the characters are defined by life in New Orleans, and I’m thrilled to bring them home,” said Alexander, a New Orleans native.

“The High Priestess of Dark Alley” also is directed by Alexander. The play stars Janee Michelle, Nicoye Banks, Dennis Dannel, Zeb Hollins III, Kris Sidberry and Traci Tolmaire.