Theatre [502] http://wfpl.org en Theatre [502] Opens New Season: From Louisville to Paris, With Love http://wfpl.org/post/theatre-502-opens-new-season-louisville-paris-love <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In just three seasons, Theatre [502] has established itself as a necessary addition to Louisville’s theater scene. The company has staged the Louisville premieres of award-winning playwrights’ work that otherwise might go unproduced locally, from Sarah Ruhl's "Dead Man's Cell Phone" to Annie Baker’s “The Aliens.”</span></p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Erin Keane 9564 at http://wfpl.org Theatre [502] Opens New Season: From Louisville to Paris, With Love Halloween Special: Theatre [502] Stages Reading of First Half of Serial Magic Play http://wfpl.org/post/halloween-special-theatre-502-stages-reading-first-half-serial-magic-play <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Theatre [502] has slowly rolled out its </span>original&nbsp;<a href="http://wfpl.org/post/use-your-illusions-magic-play-launches-monthly-installments">serial play about magic and Louisville, "The Stranger and Ludlow Quinn,"</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> every first Friday since June, one fifteen-minute episode at a time. Ludlow Quinn is a fictional magician plying his mediocre craft in Louisville in the early </span>1900s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> when he meets a mysterious stranger who helps him unlock the secrets of great magic. The play travels back and forth in time between Quinn's life and that of Bonnie Burke, a contemporary teenager who finds a mysterious, powerful book in her great-grandmother's Old Louisville attic.</span></p><p>To catch the audience up, the <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/208306109341928/">play's first five episodes will receive a staged reading on Halloween</a>, 7 p.m. at the Baron's Theatre in Whiskey Row Lofts next to the Second Street Bridge.</p><p> Wed, 30 Oct 2013 18:15:16 +0000 Erin Keane 7379 at http://wfpl.org Halloween Special: Theatre [502] Stages Reading of First Half of Serial Magic Play REVIEW | Theatre [502] Bids High with 'Auctioning the Ainsleys' http://wfpl.org/post/review-theatre-502-bids-high-auctioning-ainsleys <p>Memories are woven into the things we hold onto &mdash;&nbsp;we don&rsquo;t get <em>souvenir</em> from <em>memory</em> for nothing. How do some objects end up telling the story of a family and others put out with the trash? When we forget the story behind a thing, does it become just another useless trinket? Can we neutralize a memory&rsquo;s power by destroying the stuff to which it clings?</p><p>Laura Schellhardt explores these questions and the lingering effects of guilt and resentment on adult children of a domineering father and emotionally-absent mother in &ldquo;Auctioning the Ainsleys,&rdquo; a play about a traumatized family of auction house professionals who can&rsquo;t separate themselves or their stories from their stuff.</p><p>Directed by co-artistic director Amy Attaway, Theatre [502] closes its third season with a touching and darkly funny production. Strong work by a cast crackling with chemistry and an elegantly restrained production team ground Schellhardt&#39;s poetic script and its many magical moments in emotional realism.&nbsp;</p><p> Sun, 06 Oct 2013 18:22:39 +0000 Erin Keane 7117 at http://wfpl.org REVIEW | Theatre [502] Bids High with 'Auctioning the Ainsleys' Theatre [502]'s 'Auctioning the Ainsleys' Is a YPAS Family Affair http://wfpl.org/post/theatre-502s-auctioning-ainsleys-ypas-family-affair <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It&rsquo;s been said that actors don&rsquo;t retire&mdash; they just open their next act.</span></p> Thu, 03 Oct 2013 20:00:00 +0000 Erin Keane 7085 at http://wfpl.org Theatre [502]'s 'Auctioning the Ainsleys' Is a YPAS Family Affair REVIEW | 'Dead Man's Cell Phone' a Game-Changer for Theatre [502] http://wfpl.org/post/review-dead-mans-cell-phone-game-changer-theatre-502 <p>Theatre [502] has produced consistently intriguing productions of recent and relevant plays since its inaugural season in 2011. Their list of produced playwrights is growing into a Who’s Who of younger award-winning dramatists: Annie Baker, Peter Sinn Nachtrieb, Jordan Harrison, Rajiv Joseph, Marco Ramirez, Mat Smart. Top-notch acting and directing and thoughtful design have been their hallmarks. Mon, 24 Jun 2013 10:32:52 +0000 Erin Keane 5875 at http://wfpl.org REVIEW | 'Dead Man's Cell Phone' a Game-Changer for Theatre [502]