Louisiana Voices of Women

Upcoming Performances

"the things you least expect"

by joan vail thorne

directed by aileen hendricks

LA VOW THEATRE COMPANY presents Joan Vail Thorne’s provocative and amusing play THE THINGS YOU LEAST EXPECT on November 18 & 19 (7:30 p.m.) and 20 (2:30 p.m.) at Theatre Baton Rouge Studio, 7155 florida blvd. baton Rouge, La 70806.


In her late sixties, Clare Gardiner gets a second chance to follow her dreams of long ago to travel and pursue art.  The play raises many questions about age, love and self fulfillment in life.  Clare defies one of the most powerful taboos in our society when she and a much younger man, Sam, fall in love.  She runs off to Italy, leaving her older sister Myra and daughter Caroline to worry and wonder about her escapades. Her adventures lead to a surprising ending.

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CAst Bios

Dianne EoDuard (myra)

I was a teacher…a most un-teacherly teacher…one of my favorite students said.  And I took those words as compliment indeed.  In fact, much of who I am…writer, painter, actor, collector of things odd and ornamental…is prefixed by an “un”.  For I have lived passionately and unconventionally.

Jerel M. Giarrusso (cllare)

Jerel M. Giarrusso, an accredited, veteran public relations professional, is retired as the Director of Communications for the Louisiana Office of Juvenile Justice. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from LSU, and branched into public relations after several years in news reporting. A New Orleans native, Jerel and her husband, Ted Hansen, have two adult children and share their mini-estate with a horse, several dogs and cats, and innumerable rose bushes. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, Bible study, gardening, writing, photography, travel, cooking, creative needlecraft and history studies, in no particular order. Active in civic affairs and in her church, she participates in annual Central American missions as a member of the church mission team.

Although she enjoys attending stage and cultural productions, Jerel’s only stage appearance since junior high school about a half century ago, was LA VOW’s recent production of The Exact Center of the Universe.  She appreciates the opportunity that LA VOW has given her to learn stagecraft and appear on its stage.  Jerel credits much of what she has learned about theatre to her daughter, AEA Stage Manager Elena Hansen, MFA, who currently teaches stage management at the University of Northern Colorado.

Robert J. Wilson (Sam)

Robert J. Wilson is making his LA VOW debut in The Things You Least Expect, but has been involved in theatre for more than 30 years. An actor and director, Robert performed in/directed a host of productions ranging from Guys & Dolls, Crazy for You, Bye Bye Birdie, Neil Simon’s Fools, Why We Fall, Charlotte’s Web, House for Sale, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Wintertime, Proof (Asst. Dir.), Carol: A Broken Chain, Lend Me a Tenor, and many more. He has worked with troupes/companies across South Louisiana, including Acadiana Repertory Theatre, Opelousas Community Theatre, Theatre Baton Rouge (then-BRLT), Dee Cothern’s Cabaret Theatre, Denham Springs Area Community Theatre, and Thespian Troupe 5034 (Lifetime Member). Robert is a Central native and is thrilled to return to the BR stage. He lives here in Baton Rouge with his loving partner Roger and their adorable yappy chihuahuas.

K.K. Landreneaux (Caroline)

K.K. is from St Francisville, a BRCC acting student and this play is her LA VOW and stage debut.

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