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What Do You Say to a Shadow? An Original One-Act Play by Michael Allen Zell

*NU* Theatre

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*NU* is proud to present its first original work, What Do You Say To A Shadow?, an original one act by local author Michael Allen Zell. When a seemingly normal old lady walks into a bookstore, the bookkeeper dismisses her as just a regular old book sniffer. But as she tells her story, he finds that there’s a little more to this little old lady then meets the eye.

Starring Mary Pauley and Richard Mayer.
Directed by Angela Strohm.



“Delightfully atmospheric “What Do You Say To a Shadow" . .marks the emergence of an exciting new voice in theatre.”


Michael Allen Zell writes with rich imagery and a flair for cleverly poetic speech.”


"In one of the most remarkable performances of the year, Mary Pauely grips the audience tightly in her hand as the old woman spinning her stories. She handles Zell’s language with a natural appeal. . . Pauley charms the audience as surely as she does the bookseller. She is pushy and vulnerable, calculating and sweet.”


“ . . .with a wonderfully understated performance, Richard Mayer's talent shines, particularly because he creates such a complete character without having a lot of lines to help him along.”

"Director Angela Jo Strohm gives the actors room to weave their magic within the confines of the simple bookstore set, creating enough action as Pauley’s character roams about but never drawing the attention away from the language.”

"*NU* Theatre deserves special accolades for bringing Zell to audience’s attention. I eagerly await future work from this bright new voice for the stage.”

-Theodore Mahne, The Times-Picyune

Have questions about What Do You Say to a Shadow? An Original One-Act Play by Michael Allen Zell? Contact *NU* Theatre


The Shadowbox Theatre
2400 St Claude Ave
New Orleans, LA 70117


*NU* Theatre

*NU* Theatre is a newly formed theatre troupe in New Orleans, dedicated to bring new and upcoming actors, actresses, writers, directors, and all encompassing artisans to a stage near you and presented to a large audience. We seek to introduce new talent, presenting difficult works that challenge both the performers and audience alike, while simultaneously producing fine and entertainment, as well as thought-provoking, theatre in the New Orleans area.

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