Wear Pajamas to the Theater?

You Can, When the Show is in a Lingerie Shop

A Maiden playwright has teamed up with a Gastonia shop owner to bring a “Shakespearian” drama to life. The new play is called “Bailey and Ailynn–There Will be Blood!” It is based on an Irish legend and is told entirely in verse–some of it highly erotic. The shop is called The French Quarter and they specialize in joyful women’s fashions including shoes and lingerie. The world premier is scheduled for Friday July 14–RenFest Night and costumes are optional, while Saturday, is Pajama Night and flannel is welcome.

Playwright Rodney Robbins as The Stranger.

Rodney Robbins is an award-winning scriptwriter, a novelist and a recovering actor. This is not his first play, but it is the first one to reach the stage. Mary Cotes is a successful businesswoman. Hosting the show is part of the one-year anniversary celebration for her fashion boutique.

The 2,000 year-old legend of Bailey and Ailynn is about star-crossed lovers and the strange spirit who haunts them. The playwright took the legend and gave The Stranger a motive for trying to destroy the teens–revenge! The power of the play comes from The Stranger’s quest for vengeance, even if it means losing his very soul, and from the power of love. While the love poems of the star-crossed lovers are erotically charged, the poems of the parents are richer and speak of deeper layers of meaning.

The French Quarter sells lingerie, of course, but they also sells shoes, sun dressed, jumper, jewelry, scarves and more. Mary Cotes has teams up with some local designers to offer her customers one-of-a-kind fashion creations. Corset fitting is a specialty of the house. The shop has been in business for one year and is doing well.

Tickets are $15.00 and are available at the store. Seating is limited. Pajamas are optional. Tissues are suggested for this tale of love found and lost. The French Quarter is located at 105 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Way, Gastonia, NC 28052. The store is located two doors north of the Conference Center, where you’ll find plenty of free parking. For more information, or to reserve a ticket, call the store at 704-524-7757.