Arts and Humanities
2:16 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

YA Playwright Takes A Break To Write Award-Winning Adult Comedy

Lindsay Price, playwright. Her comedy "Drinking Perfume" won The Bard Award and will have its world premiere at The Bard's Town Theatre this week.
Credit Lindsay Price

Lindsay Price’s new romantic comedy is making its world premiere this week at The Bard’s Town, where it won the Bard Award, rising to the top of hundreds of submitted scripts to be selected for production this season. “Drinking Perfume” was the runner-up for the Bloomington Playwrights Project’s Reva Shiner Comedy Award last year. The play opens Thursday in the theater upstairs from the Highlands restaurant.  

Directed by Beth Tantanella, “Drinking Perfume” is a romantic comedy about Stan (Sean Keller) and Claudie (April Singer) – a nerdy guy in a bow tie and a pink-haired manic pixie dream girl type – thrust together by an unseen force that knows that there’s more to both of them than meets the eye.

Stan and Claudie are a bit different from Price’s usual protagonists in one way – they’re adults. Price has a thriving career as writer of plays for schools and student performers, like a young adult (YA) novelist for the stage.

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Arts and Humanities
7:00 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Theatre [502] Opens New Season: From Louisville to Paris, With Love

Ryan Lash and Kate Bringardner in Theatre [502]'s production of Mat Smart's "The 13th of Paris."
Credit Gil Reyes / Theatre [502]

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.”

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Arts and Humanities
7:00 am
Sun June 15, 2014

What You Need to Know About Charles Wright, the New U.S. Poet Laureate

Charles Wright, the newly-appointed U.S. Poet Laureate, reading at the Lannan Center for Poetics and Social Practice, Georgetown University, 2013.
Credit S L O W K I N G. / Wikimedia Commons

The Library of Congress announced Thursday that the next U.S. Poet Laureate would be 78-year-old Charles Wright. Wright, who is retired from the University of Virginia, is the author of more than 20 collections of poems. His work has won nearly every major award, including the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Ruth Lilly Prize. 

Wright is a Tennessee native, and succeeds Natasha Trethewey, an Atlanta-based poet with roots in Kentucky. His appointment is for one year, though the Library of Congress may extend it for two. The duties of the position are left largely to the individual laureates to define. Wright, for his part, tells NPR that he'll "probably stay here at home and think about things."

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Arts and Humanities
3:00 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Photos: Kentucky Shakespeare's Return Draw Big Crowd

Credit Alix Mattingly/WFPL News

Kentucky Shakespeare opened its 54th Shakespeare Festival Thursday with “A Midsummer Night's Dream”  in the C. Douglas Ramey Amphitheatre in Old Louisville's Central Park. 

About 700 people showed up. 

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.

Related: Erin Keane's Review of "A Midsummer Night's Dream."

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Arts and Humanities
12:01 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Kentucky Shakespeare Makes Triumphant Return to Central Park Stage

Tony Milder as Puck in Kentucky Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream."
Credit Matthew Chappell / Kentucky Shakespeare

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, all on a smaller budget than his predecessor’s.

Wallace planned three high-quality professional productions running in repertory 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. Here’s more on the full schedule.

If last night’s opening of the festival is an indication of the full season to come, Wallace has delivered on his promise.  

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Arts and Humanities
11:59 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Bunbury Theatre Closes Season with Likable Production of 'Art'

Dale Strange (Serge), Phil Lynch (Marc) and Joshua Loren (Yvan) in The Bunbury Theatre's production of Yasmina Reza's "Art."
Credit Bunbury Theatre

Your friend spends an extravagant amount of money on a painting. The painting, for all intents and purposes, looks like a solid white canvas. He insists it's beautiful, you insist it's garbage and he's been swindled by art-world pretense. Who's right? 

That's not really the question at the heart of Yasmina Reza's comedy "Art," which instead explores the relationships between Marc, Serge and Yvan, three men who find their friendships tested in the wake of Serge's purchase of a $200,000 all-white (or is it?) painting. 

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Arts and Humanities
3:56 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Second Life: New Exhibit Explores Taxidermy, Animal Bodies in Fine Art

A detail of Jennifer Angus' work.
Credit Erin Keane / WFPL News

Using stuffed animals in art isn’t a new technique - 19th century ornithology expert John James Audubon was also an accomplished taxidermist, and he drew many of his iconic birds of America from his own models posed in the field. But the artists in Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft’s new exhibit “Second Life” are taking the repurposing of bio-materials to a new level.

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Arts and Humanities
1:37 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Savage Rose Closes a Solid Season of Storms With 'The Tempest'

Brian Hinds as Prospero and Neill Robertson as Ariel in Savage Rose Classical Theatre's "The Tempest."
Credit Savage Rose Classical Theatre

Savage Rose Classical Theatre closes its fifth season this week — what it's been calling its "Season of Storms," a tribute to Shakespeare — with "The Tempest," the shipwrecked quasi-comedy considered to be Shakespeare's solo swan song. Directed by Kelly Moore in her company directorial debut, this production is a solid rendering of Shakespeare's cautionary and often-funny tale about the perils of malignant ambition and the power of forgiveness. 

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Arts and Humanities
7:00 am
Mon June 9, 2014

Kentucky Shakespeare Festival Kicks Off With Victorian-Themed 'Midsummer Night's Dream'

Dathan Hooper as Oberon, Tony Milder as Puck and Tia Davis as Titania in Kentucky Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream."
Credit Matthew Chappell / Kentucky Shakespeare

Last year’s Kentucky Shakespeare in the Park festival featured only one professional production, the Celtic-themed "Twelfth Night." This year, in honor of the Bard’s 450th 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. Here's the full schedule.

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.  

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Arts and Humanities
12:13 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Magic To Do: Theatre [502] Launches Original Play Series Based on Vintage Magician Posters

A rare lithograph advertising Howard Thurston's "The Vanishing Whippet" show hanging in the Baron's Theatre inspired the latest Theatre [502] show.

Theatre [502] continues to explore magic and history with a new series of original plays that launches this week.

Last season, Theatre [502] completed an ambitious, year-long serial play project. Written by Diana Grisanti and Steve Moulds, “The Stranger and Ludlow Quinn” unfolded the interlaced histories of legendary magician Harry Houdini and fictional (but no less legendary) Louisville magician Ludlow Quinn, as their respective greatest tricks ended up ensnaring Louisville teen Bonnie Burke, the unwitting bearer of a magical dynastic legacy.

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