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
11:28 am
Mon November 5, 2012

Overview: Slant Culture Theatre Festival

In biology, a slant culture occurs when you tilt the test tube to maximize your potential area for cellular growth.

The producing companies of the Slant Culture Theatre Festival are taking a similar approach: by joining forces for an 11-day festival, they hope to create conditions—and a culture—that are favorable to growth for all of the performers and organizations.

Slant Culture opens at Walden Theatre Thursday and runs through Sunday, November 18. 

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Arts and Humanities
7:00 am
Mon November 5, 2012

Acclaimed Broadway Director to Speak at U of L

Leading Broadway director Kenny Leon will speak at the University of Louisville today. The public event, styled on “Inside the Actor’s Studio,” is sponsored by U of L's African American Theatre Program and begins at 5 p.m. at the Playhouse on Third Street.

Leon is the co-founder and artistic director of Atlanta’s True Colors Theatre, a company dedicated to producing and preserving the diversity of African American theater. 

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Arts and Humanities
5:08 pm
Sat November 3, 2012

Cinderella: Beyond the Ever After

After opening its season with Puccini's beautiful yet tragic "Tosca" and following up with Benjamin Britten's somber "The Prodigal Son," the Kentucky Opera moves to the lighter side of the genre with Jules Massenet's "Cinderella." Directed by John de los Santos, the opera follows the storyline from the classic fairy tale most know and love from the Disney animated classic—mean stepmother and stepsisters oppress a beautiful and sweet girl who is rescued by a charming Prince with the help of a fairy godmother and a forgotten glass slipper.

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Arts and Humanities
2:34 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Louisville Novelist's "Ghosting" Makes Year's Best-of List

Louisville author Kirby Gann's third novel "Ghosting" was named to Publisher's Weekly's 2012 top fiction book list

Gann is managing editor at Louisville's Sarabande Books and teaches fiction writing in the Spalding University Master of Fine Arts in Writing program. He is the author of "The Barbarian Parade" and "Our Napoleon in Rags," also set in Kentucky. 

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Arts and Humanities
7:00 am
Fri November 2, 2012

First Friday Five: November

Bob Thompson's "The Entombment"

It’s fine to hit the downtown First Friday Trolley Hop without a plan. Park, wander in and out of galleries, grab a drink or dinner with friends and hop a TARC trolley from one end of downtown to the next and back—you’re sure to find something to catch your eye or ears.

But with so many events and gallery receptions happening at once, it’s easy to get overwhelmed, so every month we take a look at five don’t-miss art events happening during the hop.

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Arts and Humanities
3:15 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

New Women's Theater Company Debuts with Ephron Show

The Eve Theatre Company, a new women's theater company, opens its first production this week. Their first show is “Love, Loss and What I Wore,” the Drama Desk Award-winning anthology of monologues that the Los Angeles Times calls “a cross between ‘The Vagina Monologues’ and ‘What Not to Wear’.”

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Arts and Humanities
8:00 am
Thu November 1, 2012

The Big Break: What's Your Type?

  • Samantha, Claire and Brad reflect on playing to and against their types.

This week on our audio diary series "The Big Break," Actors Theatre apprentice Samantha Beach prepares for mock auditions while learning how to embrace being cast as a certain type. Louisville Ballet trainee Claire Horrocks goes through the process of developing her character for her very first public performance with the company, while Kentucky Opera studio artist Brad Raymond switches from villain to comic relief in "Cinderella."

Arts and Humanities
2:34 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

'44 Plays for 44 Presidents' Takes 'Long View' of the Oval Office

Amy Steiger, Ben Gierhart, Stephanie Adams, and Colby Ballowe in The Bard's Town Theatre's production of "44 Plays for 44 Presidents."
Doug Schutte The Bard's Town Theatre

“George Washington in the Garden of Eden” opens the show with a creation story. James Garfield’s “Dance of a Thousand Ironies” is a tragic ballet. Thomas Jefferson isn't memorialized, he's roasted, stand-up comedy-style, by Benjamin Franklin. 

The Neo-Futurists of Chicago premiered "43 Plays for 43 Presidents" ten years ago (Actors Theatre of Louisville staged a production in 2008) with a brief play for each occupant of the Oval Office—Grover Cleveland gets two, since his terms weren't consecutive.

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Arts and Humanities
4:25 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

Louisville Ballet Opens Studio for Intimate Performance

Erica De La O and Douglas Ruiz dancing Ben Needham-Wood's "Apollo and Daphne."
Louisville Ballet

The Louisville Ballet opens its second annual Studio Connections program this week. The company will transform its East Main Street rehearsal studio into a black box theater for the production, which opens Wednesday and runs through Saturday evening. 

“It’s a popular venue for a certain group of people who really enjoy seeing things up close, ” says ballet mistress Mikelle Bruzina. "You get a real sense of the work being done, you can see everyone’s expressions, and you feel even much more so a part of what’s going on on stage.”

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