kentucky shakespeare http://wfpl.org en Kentucky Shakespeare's Jon Patrick O'Brien Anchors Strong, Traditional 'Hamlet' http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-shakespeares-jon-patrick-obrien-anchors-strong-traditional-hamlet <p>How well we know “Hamlet,” one of Shakespeare’s most adaptable plays. The tragedy of a young man consumed with revenge for his father’s death is constantly quoted and referenced, gently parodied and violently re-imagined, its best quotes pinballing through art and pop culture. But Kentucky Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” side-steps the temptation to transform, staging a fairly traditional production anchored by Jon Patrick O’Brien’s powerful performance as the young prince.</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 16:28:20 +0000 Erin Keane 9779 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky Shakespeare's Jon Patrick O'Brien Anchors Strong, Traditional 'Hamlet' Kentucky Shakespeare Breaks Own Attendance Records in Central Park http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-shakespeare-breaks-own-attendance-records-central-park <p>Kentucky Shakespeare is having a record-breaking summer. More than 13,000 patrons have attended the free outdoor Shakespeare performances in Louisville’s Central Park since this year’s festival opened June 12.</p><p>That tops attendance at the 2001 summer festival - 12,420 - which set the previous record, and there are still five weeks left in the current Central Park season.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 19:57:15 +0000 Erin Keane 9767 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky Shakespeare Breaks Own Attendance Records in Central Park Former CEO of Kentucky Shakespeare Sues Company, Alleges Unpaid Bonus http://wfpl.org/post/former-ceo-kentucky-shakespeare-sues-company-alleges-unpaid-bonus <p>The former CEO of Kentucky Shakespeare who resigned amid a scandal last year has filed a lawsuit against his former company, alleging he is owed more than $100,000 in bonus pay, according to a <a href="http://www.wdrb.com/story/25937465/controversial-former-kentucky-shakespeare-ceo-claims-he-is-owed-109000-bonus">WDRB report</a>.&nbsp;</p> Sat, 05 Jul 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Staff 9714 at http://wfpl.org Former CEO of Kentucky Shakespeare Sues Company, Alleges Unpaid Bonus Kentucky Shakespeare's Dynamic 'Henry V' Resonates http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-shakespeares-dynamic-henry-v-resonates <p>Kentucky Shakespeare braved the rain last night to bring their second mainstage production to Central Park. Directed by Amy Attaway, the company’s strong, energetic “Henry V” is a dynamic, fast-paced study in leadership that resonates beyond its 15<sup>th</sup>-century setting.</p><p>“Henry V” runs through July 6 with performances Tuesday-Sunday at 8 p.m. at the C. Douglas Ramey Amphitheatre in Old Louisville’s Central Park. All performances are free and feature pre-show entertainment starting at 7:30 p.m.</p> Sat, 28 Jun 2014 20:26:48 +0000 Erin Keane 9666 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky Shakespeare's Dynamic 'Henry V' Resonates Watch the Trailer for Kentucky Shakespeare's 'Henry V' http://wfpl.org/post/watch-trailer-kentucky-shakespeares-henry-v <p>Kentucky Shakespeare opens its second mainstage festival production Friday in Central Park. "Henry V" is best known for its rousing St. Crispin's Day speech, but it looks like Amy Attaway's staging (with fight direction by J. Barrett Cooper) isn't pulling any fight scene punches.</p><p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 15:32:38 +0000 Erin Keane 9648 at http://wfpl.org Watch the Trailer for Kentucky Shakespeare's 'Henry V' Attendance Soars for Kentucky Shakespeare, Can the Company Keep It Up? http://wfpl.org/post/attendance-soars-kentucky-shakespeare-can-company-keep-it <p><a href="http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-shakespeare-makes-triumphant-return-central-park-stage">Kentucky Shakespeare's return to Central Park</a> after <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-shakespeare-festival-cancels-remainder-twelfth-night-run">an abruptly-canceled run last summer</a> is an undeniable success. If the opening week audiences for "A Midsummer Night's Dream" are any indication, the community approves of the direction <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/it-feels-coming-home-matt-wallace-rejoining-kentucky-shakespeare">new producing artistic director Matt Wallace</a> is steering the company. This year's opening week saw a 70 percent increase over 2013, including 700<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;in the house for opening night and almost 900 for Saturday, June 14.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">(Update: The company is reporting a house of 1,200 for last night's performance, their largest yet.)</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">"I'm pretty speechless and happily overwhelmed by the success of the first week," said Wallace in an email last week. "I cannot begin to thank this community enough. &nbsp;It really feels like a homecoming for many of us in the community."</span></p><p> Sun, 22 Jun 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Erin Keane 9590 at http://wfpl.org Attendance Soars for Kentucky Shakespeare, Can the Company Keep It Up? Photos: Kentucky Shakespeare's Return Draw Big Crowd http://wfpl.org/post/photos-kentucky-shakespeares-return-draw-big-crowd <p>Kentucky Shakespeare opened its&nbsp;54th Shakespeare Festival Thursday with “A Midsummer Night's Dream” &nbsp;in the C. Douglas Ramey Amphitheatre in Old Louisville's Central Park.&nbsp;</p><p>About 700 people showed up.&nbsp;</p><p>This year’s Shakespeare Festival comes with some changes, including an extended stage, a wireless microphone system to amplify the actors’ voices—as well as a new artistic director, Matt Wallace.</p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 19:00:00 +0000 Ashlie Stevens & Alix Mattingly 9562 at http://wfpl.org Photos: Kentucky Shakespeare's Return Draw Big Crowd Kentucky Shakespeare Makes Triumphant Return to Central Park Stage http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-shakespeare-makes-triumphant-return-central-park-stage <p>Last summer, things weren’t looking so hot for the oldest free outdoor Shakespeare festival in the country. Kentucky Shakespeare’s summer season in Central Park had dwindled to a single professional production, which then closed early due to managerial issues that culminated in the artistic director’s resignation in July. But when former artistic associate Matt Wallace, then head of Shakespeare Behind Bars, came back to the company as the new artistic director, he promised he’d turn things around and make the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival better than ever,&nbsp;all on a smaller budget than his predecessor’s.</p><p>Wallace planned <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-shakespeare-festival-kicks-victorian-themed-midsummer-nights-dream">three high-quality professional productions running in repertory</a> for the price of one, along with a high school conservatory show and four community partner productions (for a total of 56 performances, running through mid-August) by employing local talent and resources and good old-fashioned community partnership. <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-shakespeare-expands-springsummer-season-parks">Here’s more on the full schedule</a>.</p><p>If last night’s opening of the festival is an indication of the full season to come, Wallace has delivered on his promise.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 16:01:54 +0000 Erin Keane 9561 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky Shakespeare Makes Triumphant Return to Central Park Stage Kentucky Shakespeare Festival Kicks Off With Victorian-Themed 'Midsummer Night's Dream' http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-shakespeare-festival-kicks-victorian-themed-midsummer-nights-dream <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Last year’s Kentucky&nbsp;Shakespeare in the Park festival featured only one professional production, the Celtic-themed "Twelfth Night." This year, in honor of the Bard’s 450</span><sup>th</sup><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> birthday, the professional company will stage a comedy, a history, and a tragedy on the C. Douglas Ramey Amphiteatre stage in Old Louisville’s Central Park. <a href="http://kyshakespeare.com/performances/shakespeare-in-the-park/">Here's the full schedule</a>.</span></p><p>The bucolic setting will be integrated into Paul Owen's set design, said artistic director Matt Wallace in a recent interview, with an extended stage that wraps around three large trees that flank the stage. The company has a new wireless microphone system that will help amplify the actors throughout the park no matter where they are – on stage, sitting in a tree or running up and down the aisle. &nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Erin Keane 9503 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky Shakespeare Festival Kicks Off With Victorian-Themed 'Midsummer Night's Dream' Kentucky Shakespeare Brings the Bard to Nine More Louisville Parks http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-shakespeare-brings-bard-nine-more-louisville-parks <p>When Kentucky Shakespeare executive director Matt Wallace took the reins of the organization last summer, one of his priorities was to put the focus back on free, outdoor Shakespeare productions that reach as many local patrons as possible.</p><p>To that end, <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-shakespeare-expands-springsummer-season-parks">Wallace announced that 2014 would see the launch of Shakespeare in the <em>Parks</em></a>. The list of dates and times for performances of an eight-actor, 90-minute "Hamlet" production in nine local parks were released today.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 19:00:20 +0000 Erin Keane 8898 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky Shakespeare Brings the Bard to Nine More Louisville Parks