theater http://wfpl.org en Actors Theatre Celebrates Golden Anniversary with Block Party http://wfpl.org/post/actors-theatre-celebrates-golden-anniversary-block-party <p>Fifty years ago, the founders of <a href="http://Actors Theatre of Louisville turns fifty this year.">Actors Theatre&nbsp;of Louisville</a> were upstarts, theater revolutionaries caught up in the ground-swell of the American regional theater movement, determined to de-centralize professional theater and embed it in communities across the country. The organization turns 50 this year. Mon, 12 Aug 2013 18:36:56 +0000 Erin Keane 6434 at http://wfpl.org Actors Theatre Celebrates Golden Anniversary with Block Party The Upside of Downsizing: Workplace Comedy 'Reduction in Force' Opens at The Bard's Town http://wfpl.org/post/upside-downsizing-workplace-comedy-reduction-force-opens-bards-town <p>In the wake of the financial collapse of 2008, it’s a familiar story in Louisville and beyond – a corporation announces plummeting profits and staff layoffs, prompting a company-wide rash of panic, paranoia and self-preservation. But playwright Patricia Milton finds the biting humor in those tales of individual desperation and corporate self-interest in her workplace comedy “Reduction in Force.” &nbsp;</p> Tue, 23 Jul 2013 18:02:45 +0000 Erin Keane 6216 at http://wfpl.org The Upside of Downsizing: Workplace Comedy 'Reduction in Force' Opens at The Bard's Town 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' Kentucky Shakespeare Opens Celtic-themed 'Twelfth Night' http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-shakespeare-opens-celtic-themed-twelfth-night <p><a href="http://A lot of it is simple shape. Handpainted stenciled designs on fabric and leather. “You have all of these beautiful Celt stenciling on things: Celtic knots, Celtic animals, the Trinity knot, wonderful things. You’re going to see some really interesting embellishments of really simple garments.”">Kentucky Shakespeare Festival</a> opens its 54th free Shakespeare in Central Park season this week with a Celtic-themed production of “Twelfth Night.” Directed<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;by producing artistic director Brantley&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Dunaway</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, the romantic</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;comedy features the adventures of &nbsp;heroine Viola, who disguises herself as a man (Cesario) when she’s rescued from a shipwreck and separated from her twin brother. She goes to work for a Duke, who asks her to intervene on his behalf with his romantic interest, who falls for Viola in disguise instead.</span></p><p> Tue, 18 Jun 2013 19:04:39 +0000 Erin Keane 5824 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky Shakespeare Opens Celtic-themed 'Twelfth Night' Review | 'Motherhood' Gets the Last Word http://wfpl.org/post/review-motherhood-gets-last-word <p>The Eve Theatre company continues its inaugural season this week with the anthology play “Motherhood Out Loud,” a follow-up to November’s “Love, Loss, and What I Wore.” Directed by Nancy Hoover, “Motherhood Out Loud” boasts a writing team of 13 playwrights, including Pulitzer Prize finalist Theresa Rebeck and Pulitzer winner Beth Henley, with the mission of challenging&nbsp;traditional ideas of what it means to be a mother and a family.</p> Sun, 09 Jun 2013 16:00:00 +0000 Erin Keane 5703 at http://wfpl.org Review | 'Motherhood' Gets the Last Word American Drama in Three One Acts http://wfpl.org/post/american-drama-three-one-acts <p>Any list of celebrated American 20th century dramatists will include Pulitzer Prize winners Tennessee Williams and William Saroyan. Their work is a natural fit for Louisville's &nbsp;<a href="http://new.savagerosetheatre.com/">Savage Rose Classical Theatre</a>, which&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">draws on a classical repertoire covering roughly 2,000 years of theater, from the ancient Greeks to the&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">20th</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;century modern classics.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Savage Rose's</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;"American One Acts," which <a href="http://www.kentuckycenter.org/Events/American-One-Acts/10704#tab-show-information-link">opens tonight in the Kentucky Center's </a></span><a href="http://www.kentuckycenter.org/Events/American-One-Acts/10704#tab-show-information-link">MeX<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Theatre</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, features&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Williams' "27 Wagons Full of Cotton" and </span>Saroyan's<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> "Hello Out There."&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But it's Pendleton King's "Cocaine" that's the intriguing dark horse, &nbsp;the kind of lesser-known, infrequently-staged classic that Savage Rose is known for producing.</span></p><p> Thu, 06 Jun 2013 19:43:33 +0000 Erin Keane 5675 at http://wfpl.org American Drama in Three One Acts Women's Theatre Company Explores Family Life, Out Loud http://wfpl.org/post/womens-theatre-company-explores-family-life-out-loud <p>Designed to celebrate family while shattering traditional notions of parenthood, “<a href="http://motherhoodoutloud.com/">Motherhood Out Loud</a>” is the second production by Eve Theatre Company, a new Louisville stage production company whose mission is to explore the human experience from a female perspective.</p> Mon, 03 Jun 2013 20:06:06 +0000 Erin Keane 5635 at http://wfpl.org Women's Theatre Company Explores Family Life, Out Loud Blooming Where You're Planted: Robot Memory Play Finds Home in Tim Faulkner Building http://wfpl.org/post/blooming-where-youre-planted-robot-memory-play-finds-home-tim-faulkner-building <p>Sometimes beautiful theatre happens in unlikely spaces. When Tim Faulkner Gallery moved from East Market Street to Butchertown last spring, the new digs gave the gallery room to breathe. A whole building on the intimate, tree-lined Franklin Street showcases not only to the many artists Faulkner represents, but also the art parties the gallery has become known for. Tim Faulkner Building also houses studios rented to artists, Matt Anthony's Record Shop, a used bookstore and other small enterprises. Mon, 20 May 2013 16:47:04 +0000 Erin Keane 5466 at http://wfpl.org Blooming Where You're Planted: Robot Memory Play Finds Home in Tim Faulkner Building Watch | 'Friend Factory' Streaming Through HowlRound TV http://wfpl.org/post/watch-friend-factory-streaming-through-howlround-tv <p>Louisville playwright Brian Walker is having a busy week. The revival of his 2006 comedy "Great American Sex Play" <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/great-american-sex-play-explores-sexuality-common-ground">opens Thursday at the Kentucky Center's MeX Theatre</a>, and tonight, his new play "The Friend Factory" will receive a staged reading at Tennessee Repertory Theatre in Nashville.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 14 May 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Erin Keane 5373 at http://wfpl.org Watch | 'Friend Factory' Streaming Through HowlRound TV 'Great American Sex Play' Explores Sexuality, Common Ground http://wfpl.org/post/great-american-sex-play-explores-sexuality-common-ground <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Louisville Repertory Company closes its </span>20<sup>th</sup><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> season this week with a titillating revival. Louisville playwright </span><a href="http://site.lourep.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Brian Walker’s “Great American Sex Play</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">,” which premiered in 2006 with Walker’s own </span>Finnigan<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Productions, opens in the Kentucky Center’s </span>MeX<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Theatre<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Thursday. Mon, 13 May 2013 19:29:30 +0000 Erin Keane 5371 at http://wfpl.org 'Great American Sex Play' Explores Sexuality, Common Ground