The Stranger Disease is an immersive, original, historically inspired performance about yellow fever in nineteenth-century New Orleans. The project is a collaboration between The Louisiana State Museum, Friends of the Cabildo, and Goat in the Road Productions.
Set in 1878, The Stranger Disease follows seven people who live in, or orbit around, Madame John’s Legacy, as rumors of what would be one of the city’s worst yellow fever epidemics begin to spread. Navigating post-Reconstruction New Orleans, as well as a romance that crosses the color line, the characters must decide whether to stay or leave the city.
During the show, audience members will be able to freely explore the historic property, following the characters and story lines they choose. An accompanying exhibit, free and open to the public during the weekdays, will highlight LSM’s collection and the rich history of Madame Johns’ Legacy.