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Portraying ‘Kingfish’ for fundraiser Suire show benefits ‘Balconies’

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Posted: Friday, October 5, 2012 2:00 pm

Jay Suire pressed the flesh around Essanee Theater Thursday night, channeling the character he portrays for two hours in the one-man show, “Kingfish.”

Suire said the show brings Huey P. Long back to life to not only talk about his life growing up poor in Winnfield, becoming a salesman and then a politician, but also to talk about his assassination and the state of politics and politicians today.

Suire, a Crowley native who practices law in Lafayette, has been doing the show on and off since 1998 because of his attraction to Louisiana politics and the colorful characters who inhabit it. And, of course, Long was one of the most colorful.

“Huey P. Long is the yardstick by which everyone else is measured,” Suire said.

The evening was a fundraiser for this year’s New Iberia Beneath the Balconies, sponsored by the Iberia Preservation Alliance.

The group sold tickets to the show for $20 and tickets for the show and a reception before for $30.

Cathy Indest is the president of the New Iberia Cultural Resources Association, one of the Alliance members.

She said this morning that although the group won’t know the total raised until Monday, 150 tickets were sold for the event with the majority being for the reception and the show.

Indest said the Alliance has also received some grant money, but still needs additional funding to defray expenses of Beneath the Balconies.

Anyone wishing to donate can contact Indest at 364-1603.

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