From left, Matt Jackson, Cecile Monteyne, A.J. Allegra, Keith Claverie, Alex Ates and Ashley Ricord Santos, members of the NOLA Project theater ensemble. 

National and local politics have punch with the upcoming season of the NOLA Project, the city's professional ensemble theater company.

"This season is very much informed by an examination of our political situation, both local and national," said A.J. Allegra, artistic director for the company. "We wanted a season that spoke to a sense of unease that we detect right now in America and a great sense of change that we feel both as a nation and as a city settling into our new normality."

Opening the season will be "Urinetown," the musical look at a dystopian future with water shortages and government-enforced bans on toilets. The Tony Award-winning show by Mark Hollmann and Greg Kotis will run Sept. 29 to Oct. 15 at the Robert E. Nims Theater at UNO and is coproduced by Theatre UNO.

Local auteur Jim Fitzmorris' "The Battle for New Orleans" hits the boards November 2018 at the St. Alphonsus Art and Culture Center in Uptown's Irish Channel. The show, which touches on several locally relevant themes, will be a world premiere and follow-up to "A Truckload of Ink," the 2013 production also about the city.

"Men On Boats" looks at an 1869 expedition of four boats through the Grand Canyon on the Colorado River. Jaclyn Backhaus' all-female production of the show is a regional premiere and will be March 22 to April 8 at Lions Gate Theatre at Lusher Charter School.

A new adaptation of "The Three Musketeers" will wrap the season May 9-27 when the NOLA Project stages its annual outdoor production at the Sydney and Walda Bestoff Sculpture Garden at New Orleans Museum of Art in City Park. Pete McElligott's adaptation blends the pith of Monty Python with Alexandre Dumas' French classic adventure story. 

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