Carolyn Nur Wistrand's new play on Marie Laveau has just won the 2018 INKSLINGER NATIONAL PLAYWRITING AWARD and will receive a full production at Southeastern Louisiana University in February 2019. From the annals of New Orleans’ unique mythology the play captures the story of Marie Laveau as a young woman. The story follows Marie as she is transformed from a Catholic bride to a participant in African rituals in the Pre-Civil War French Quarter. When the Saint-Domingue priestess, Sanité Dédé, performs a midnight ritual cleansing in Marie’s cottage on St. Ann Street, the unexpected return of her husband, Jacque Paris, disrupts the ceremony, ultimately leading to Marie’s mystic awakening through African traditions. Filled with 19th century legendary Black Creole’s- the mysterious Jacque Paris, Vodou priestess Sanité Dedé, Conjure man Dr. John, quadroon Colette Delacroix, crippled laundress Mary Earle, and runaway slave Bras Coupé, the magic of the Vieux Carré is brought to life in this wickedly delicious tale of female empowerment, love, and magic.