Erin Keane

Arts and Humanities Reporter

Erin Keane covers Louisville's vibrant arts and humanities scene for WFPL. A former newspaper theater critic and arts writer, she has lived in Louisville since 1994 and is a graduate of the Kentucky Governor's School for the Arts, Bellarmine University's communications program and Spalding University's graduate creative writing program. 

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Arts and Humanities
12:28 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Kentucky Shakespeare's Jon Patrick O'Brien Anchors Strong, Traditional 'Hamlet'

Jon Patrick O'Brien as Hamlet, addressing alas, poor Yorick's skull (uncredited) in Kentucky Shakespeare's "Hamlet."
Credit Holly Stone/Kentucky Shakespeare

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.

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Arts and Humanities
3:57 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Kentucky Shakespeare Breaks Own Attendance Records in Central Park

Kentucky Shakespeare counted 707 in attendance on opening night of "A Midsummer Night's Dream," the first of eight productions to run in Central Park this summer.
Credit Alix Mattingly / WFPL News

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.

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. 

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Arts and Humanities
12:27 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

This Week: Pop-Up Outdoor Bourbon Baroque Concert in Willow Park

John Austin Clark and Nico Fortin, co-founders of Bourbon Baroque.
Credit Bourbon Baroque

Louisville's hippest classical music chamber ensemble wheels their harpsichord into Willow Park this week for an impromptu free performance. Bourbon Baroque is known for staging the music of the 17th and 18th centuries in unorthodox performance spaces to encourage a more social approach to classical music. The company will announce their 2014-15 season at the free concert,  7 p.m. Wednesday in the gazebo at the small Cherokee Triangle neighborhood park. 

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Local News
9:00 am
Sun July 6, 2014

Comparing the Jersey Boys Film to the Musical

Credit Warner Bros.

It’s not hard to see how Clint Eastwood could be seduced into directing a film adaptation of the buoyant stage musical “Jersey Boys.” The Tony Award-winning history of 1960s pop legends Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons hits the musical theatre trifecta — it’s an incredible true story told by memorable characters performing iconic songs.

The show’s most rare quality, its tough-guy energy, must appeal to a guy like Eastwood. Conventional wisdom says an offer to adapt the show for film would be an offer he couldn’t refuse.

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Arts and Humanities
4:26 pm
Sat June 28, 2014

Kentucky Shakespeare's Dynamic 'Henry V' Resonates

Matt Lytle as "Henry V."
Credit Holly Stone/Kentucky Shakespeare

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 15th-century setting.

“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.

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Arts and Humanities
2:27 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Louisville Underground Music Archive Puts All 'Burt the Cat' 'Zine Issues Online

Burt the Cat Fanclub Newsletter, a music-oriented 'zine published in Louisville in the mid-Nineties.
Credit Louisville Underground Music Archive / University of Louisville

Thanks to the librarians at the Louisville Underground Music Archive (LUMA), you can browse every issue of Burt the Cat Fanclub Newsletter, an off-beat pop culture 'zine produced in Louisville in the mid-'90s by now-respectable citizen and attorney Paul Curry, who named the publication after his cat.

The entire run of Burt, as it's known, was one of the first big scores by the archive. Headquartered in the University of Louisville's Ekstrom Library's Archives and Special Collections, LUMA is collecting and preserving anything related to Louisville's punk, hardcore and underground music scene, which Burt covered extensively from 1995-2002. 

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Arts and Humanities
11:32 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Watch the Trailer for Kentucky Shakespeare's 'Henry V'

Kentucky Shakespeare's production of "Henry V"
Credit Kentucky Shakespeare

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.

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Arts and Humanities
12:31 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Crazy In Love With Theatre [502]'s '13th of Paris'

Cory Hardin as Vincent and Ryan Lash as Jacques in Theatre [502]'s production of Mat Smart's "The 13th of Paris."
Credit Bill Brymer / Theatre [502]

Every family has its ghosts. They judge, they guide. They walk alongside the living, exerting their silent, inescapable influences over decisions large and small. In Mat Smart's beautiful and elegiac play "The 13th of Paris," the more we learn about the ghosts that haunt Vincent, a young man who flees his ordinary life in Chicago for the elusive magic of Paris, the more we understand why he has such a hard time recognizing happiness when it presents itself.  

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Arts and Humanities
7:00 am
Sun June 22, 2014

Attendance Soars for Kentucky Shakespeare, Can the Company Keep It Up?

Kentucky Shakespeare counted 707 in attendance on opening night of "A Midsummer Night's Dream," the first of eight productions to run in Central Park this summer.
Credit Alix Mattingly / WFPL News

Kentucky Shakespeare's return to Central Park after an abruptly-canceled run last summer is an undeniable success. If the opening week audiences for "A Midsummer Night's Dream" are any indication, the community approves of the direction new producing artistic director Matt Wallace is steering the company. This year's opening week saw a 70 percent increase over 2013, including 700 in the house for opening night and almost 900 for Saturday, June 14. 

(Update: The company is reporting a house of 1,200 for last night's performance, their largest yet.)

"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.  It really feels like a homecoming for many of us in the community."

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Arts and Humanities
7:00 am
Sat June 21, 2014

Who Will Play the First Louisville Outskirts Fest? Tara Jane O'Neil, Antietam, and More

Tara Jane O'Neil
Credit Megan Holmes

Organizers of the new Louisville Outskirts Festival have been busy staging fundraiser shows for the inaugural festival celebrating women and music planned for October 10-12. Last night, for the organization's third benefit show, the guys got involved - all-male groups (how often do we get to specify that?) Xerxes, Coliseum and Anwar Sadat took the stage at The New Vintage to raise some money for the nonprofit, and organizers made their first of several announcements about lineup and venues for the October event.

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