Kentucky Shakespeare Festival http://wfpl.org en 'It Feels Like Coming Home': Matt Wallace on Rejoining Kentucky Shakespeare http://wfpl.org/post/it-feels-coming-home-matt-wallace-rejoining-kentucky-shakespeare <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Kentucky Shakespeare board of directors announced today that Matt Wallace, former artistic associate at Kentucky Shakespeare and current Shakespeare Behind Bars artistic director, <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-shakespeare-names-matt-wallace-producing-artistic-director">would be the company's new producing artistic director</a>. The appointment follows Brantley Dunaway's&nbsp;July 15 resignation. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Wallace is already on the job, and he spoke with WFPL's Erin Keane this afternoon about coming back to the organization to which he feels both professionally and emotionally attached.&nbsp;</span></p><p><strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">How do you feel stepping into this role now, in 2013?</span></strong></p><p>I’m excited to get this company on the right track, to get us going into the future while honoring the past and trying to learn from what has worked and what hasn’t worked in the past, to take us forward.</p><p> Wed, 31 Jul 2013 20:01:49 +0000 Erin Keane 6312 at http://wfpl.org 'It Feels Like Coming Home': Matt Wallace on Rejoining Kentucky Shakespeare Sonnets, Scenes, Soliloquies: Actors To Stage Free Outdoor Shakespeare http://wfpl.org/post/sonnets-scenes-soliloquies-actors-stage-free-outdoor-shakespeare <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A group of local actors are mounting an afternoon of free Shakespeare in Memorial Park this weekend.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The &nbsp;event, "Sonnets, Scenes, and Soliloquies," will present the actors' favorite scenes and speeches from Shakespeare's work in Memorial Park&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;(971 S.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">4th</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;St.), on August 4, 2-3 p.m</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. A reception at <a href="http://www.vault1031.com/">Vault 1031</a> (1031 S.&nbsp;</span>6th<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;St.) performance space will follow.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Brian Hinds is one of the event's organizers. Hinds&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">was an actor living in New York when he first traveled to Louisville to work a summer season with the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">He says he "had been floundering" in New York, but fell in love with Louisville and its theater community after a summer performing under the stars in Central Park.</span></p><p>"What I remember most fondly about my years at Kentucky Shakespeare were the families sitting in the front rows," says Hinds. "Kids who were wandering through the park would stop and watch. I have such a clear memory of the faces of a group of boys smiling and listening during a production of 'Pericles.'"</p><p> Mon, 29 Jul 2013 21:24:30 +0000 Erin Keane 6282 at http://wfpl.org Sonnets, Scenes, Soliloquies: Actors To Stage Free Outdoor Shakespeare Document | What the Kentucky Shakespeare Board Heard About Brantley Dunaway http://wfpl.org/post/document-what-kentucky-shakespeare-board-heard-about-brantley-dunaway <p>In August 2012, the Kentucky Shakespeare board <a href="/post/ex-kentucky-shakspeare-employees-former-ceo-brantley-dunaway-abusive-financially-irresponsible">met to discuss allegations made against Brantley Dunaway, </a>then the chief executive and producing artistic director.&nbsp;</p><p>Dunaway&nbsp;answered to the allegations from a report made by board member—and now board president—Allen Harris. Here are excerpts from the board minutes.</p><p>The full document is posted at the bottom.</p> Tue, 16 Jul 2013 18:53:52 +0000 Staff 6136 at http://wfpl.org Document | What the Kentucky Shakespeare Board Heard About Brantley Dunaway Ex-Kentucky Shakespeare Employees: Former CEO Brantley Dunaway Abusive, Financially Irresponsible http://wfpl.org/post/ex-kentucky-shakespeare-employees-former-ceo-brantley-dunaway-abusive-financially-irresponsible <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Kentucky Shakespeare CEO and producing artistic director Brantley </span>Dunaway<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> resigned Monday, a week after it was revealed his wife and Kentucky Shakespeare actress Madison </span>Dunaway<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> requested and received an emergency protective order against him, alleging domestic abuse.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The action led to the abrupt </span>cancellation<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> of the remainder of the company's run of “Twelfth Night” in Central Park, which Madison </span>Dunaway<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> was starring in. But former employees and documents obtained by </span>WFPL<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> attest to a longer, deeper history of employee abuse and potential financial mismanagement within Kentucky Shakespeare.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Tue, 16 Jul 2013 18:53:46 +0000 Erin Keane 6137 at http://wfpl.org Ex-Kentucky Shakespeare Employees: Former CEO Brantley Dunaway Abusive, Financially Irresponsible Kentucky Shakespeare CEO Brantley Dunaway Resigns http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-shakespeare-ceo-brantley-dunaway-resigns <p>The Kentucky Shakespeare board of directors released a statement this afternoon stating that CEO and producing artistic director Brantley Dunaway has resigned. Mon, 15 Jul 2013 20:15:19 +0000 Erin Keane 6128 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky Shakespeare CEO Brantley Dunaway Resigns Director Brantley Dunaway Placed on Administrative Leave from Kentucky Shakespeare http://wfpl.org/post/director-brantley-dunaway-placed-administrative-leave-kentucky-shakespeare <p>Kentucky Shakespeare board chair Allen Harris has confirmed that producing artistic director and CEO Brantley Dunaway&nbsp;is on leave from the organization. On Thursday, the board voted to place Dunaway, who is Kentucky Shakespeare's top executive, on paid administrative leave through July 22, 2013.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 12 Jul 2013 18:37:05 +0000 Erin Keane 6099 at http://wfpl.org Director Brantley Dunaway Placed on Administrative Leave from Kentucky Shakespeare Kentucky Shakespeare Cancellation Followed Actress' Accusations of Domestic Abuse Against Director http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-shakespeare-cancellation-followed-actress-accusations-domestic-abuse-against-director <p class="p1">The abrupt cancellation of Kentucky Shakespeare Festival's run of "Twelfth Night" followed the resignation of lead actress Madison Dunaway, who left the production after requesting and receiving an emergency protective order on Monday evening against Kentucky Shakespeare producing artistic director Brantley Dunaway, who directed the production.&nbsp;</p><p class="p1">The two have been married for eight years and have two children.</p> Thu, 11 Jul 2013 20:29:24 +0000 Erin Keane 6088 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky Shakespeare Cancellation Followed Actress' Accusations of Domestic Abuse Against Director Kentucky Shakespeare Board Member on Twelfth Night: "Something We Didn't Feel We Could Overcome" http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-shakespeare-board-member-twelfth-night-something-we-didnt-feel-we-could-overcome <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-shakespeare-festival-cancels-remainder-twelfth-night-run">abrupt </a></span><a href="http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-shakespeare-festival-cancels-remainder-twelfth-night-run">cancellation</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-shakespeare-festival-cancels-remainder-twelfth-night-run"> of the remainder of Kentucky Shakespeare’s production</a> of “Twelfth Night” in Central Park has raised questions about the company’s ability to deal with departing cast members. The company announced yesterday that after an unnamed cast member resigned, the production, directed by producing artistic director Brantley </span>Dunaway<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, would not move forward. &nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Dunaway&nbsp;has not returned requests for an interview.</span></p><p>Board chair Allen Harris says after Tuesday evening’s performance was canceled (“I imagine that was Brantley’s decision”), Dunaway and the board’s executive committee made a joint decision to cancel the remainder of the performances, which they announced yesterday. The show was scheduled to run through Sunday.</p><p> Thu, 11 Jul 2013 18:45:24 +0000 Erin Keane 6085 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky Shakespeare Board Member on Twelfth Night: "Something We Didn't Feel We Could Overcome" Kentucky Shakespeare Festival Cancels Remainder of 'Twelfth Night' Run http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-shakespeare-festival-cancels-remainder-twelfth-night-run <p>One of the mantras of the theater business is “the show must go on.” But after abruptly cancelling Tuesday evening’s Shakespeare in the Park performance of “Twelfth Night,” Kentucky Shakespeare announced today that the remainder of the run is off. Producing artistic director Brantley Dunaway also directed the production.</p><p>According to a release, an unnamed cast member resigned for personal reasons, and, due to budget restrictions, the production had no understudies to step in:</p> Wed, 10 Jul 2013 16:29:42 +0000 Erin Keane 6068 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky Shakespeare Festival Cancels Remainder of 'Twelfth Night' Run REVIEW | Love Fools: Kentucky Shakespeare Opens Winsome 'Twelfth Night' http://wfpl.org/post/review-love-fools-kentucky-shakespeare-opens-winsome-twelfth-night <p>The Kentucky Shakespeare Festival opened its 54<sup>th</sup> season last night with a winsome Celtic-styled “Twelfth Night, or What You Will.” Directed by producing artistic director Brantley Dunaway, this gender-switching, mistaken identity romantic comedy is sweet enough to serve as a date-night destination but sufficiently silly for a night out with friends, too.</p><p>A storm wrecks a ship off the coast of Illyria, separating spirited Viola (Madison Dunaway) from her twin brother, Sebastian (Kyle Curry), whom she assumes dead. These are dangerous times for a lady unaccompanied, so she dons men’s clothing and transforms into “Cesario” to enter into service with the local duke, Orsino (the quite funny John Pasha), a preening, love-sick goof mooning over his neighbor, Olivia (Rosie Ward).</p><p> Fri, 21 Jun 2013 16:01:13 +0000 Erin Keane 5860 at http://wfpl.org REVIEW | Love Fools: Kentucky Shakespeare Opens Winsome 'Twelfth Night'