Lagniappe (pronounced “LAN-yap”) is the old New Orleans custom of a shopkeeper adding a little something extra to a purchase as a gift for good measure. In New Orleans lagniappe is a way of life. As Mark Twain wrote in Life on the Mississippi, it is “a word worth traveling to New Orleans to get.”
These three short plays, with an epilogue for lagniappe, take you on a journey with two families, ordinary people in the extraordinary times before, during and after Katrina. It explores the meaning of home through the eyes of the ones who stayed, the ones who left, the ones who couldn’t make it back, who made it back and the ones who didn’t make it at all.