Kentucky Shakespeare Festival

Arts and Humanities
2:53 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Ex-Kentucky Shakespeare Employees: Former CEO Brantley Dunaway Abusive, Financially Irresponsible

Credit Mathew McFerren/Colorado Shakespeare Festival

Kentucky Shakespeare CEO and producing artistic director Brantley Dunaway resigned Monday, a week after it was revealed his wife and Kentucky Shakespeare actress Madison Dunaway requested and received an emergency protective order against him, alleging domestic abuse.

The action led to the abrupt cancellation of the remainder of the company's run of “Twelfth Night” in Central Park, which Madison Dunaway was starring in. But former employees and documents obtained by WFPL attest to a longer, deeper history of employee abuse and potential financial mismanagement within Kentucky Shakespeare. 

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Arts and Humanities
4:15 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Kentucky Shakespeare CEO Brantley Dunaway Resigns

Brantley Dunaway
Kentucky Shakespeare

The Kentucky Shakespeare board of directors released a statement this afternoon stating that CEO and producing artistic director Brantley Dunaway has resigned.

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Arts and Humanities
2:37 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

Director Brantley Dunaway Placed on Administrative Leave from Kentucky Shakespeare

Brantley Dunaway
Kentucky Shakespeare

Kentucky Shakespeare board chair Allen Harris has confirmed that producing artistic director and CEO Brantley Dunaway is on leave from the organization. On Thursday, the board voted to place Dunaway, who is Kentucky Shakespeare's top executive, on paid administrative leave through July 22, 2013. 

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Arts and Humanities
4:29 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Kentucky Shakespeare Cancellation Followed Actress' Accusations of Domestic Abuse Against Director

Brantley Dunaway
Kentucky Shakespeare

The abrupt cancellation of Kentucky Shakespeare Festival's run of "Twelfth Night" followed the resignation of lead actress Madison Dunaway, who left the production after requesting and receiving an emergency protective order on Monday evening against Kentucky Shakespeare producing artistic director Brantley Dunaway, who directed the production. 

The two have been married for eight years and have two children.

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Arts and Humanities
2:45 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Kentucky Shakespeare Board Member on Twelfth Night: "Something We Didn't Feel We Could Overcome"

The abrupt cancellation of the remainder of Kentucky Shakespeare’s production of “Twelfth Night” in Central Park has raised questions about the company’s ability to deal with departing cast members. The company announced yesterday that after an unnamed cast member resigned, the production, directed by producing artistic director Brantley Dunaway, would not move forward.  

Dunaway has not returned requests for an interview.

Board chair Allen Harris says after Tuesday evening’s performance was canceled (“I imagine that was Brantley’s decision”), Dunaway and the board’s executive committee made a joint decision to cancel the remainder of the performances, which they announced yesterday. The show was scheduled to run through Sunday.

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Arts and Humanities
12:29 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Kentucky Shakespeare Festival Cancels Remainder of 'Twelfth Night' Run

One of the mantras of the theater business is “the show must go on.” But after abruptly cancelling Tuesday evening’s Shakespeare in the Park performance of “Twelfth Night,” Kentucky Shakespeare announced today that the remainder of the run is off. Producing artistic director Brantley Dunaway also directed the production.

According to a release, an unnamed cast member resigned for personal reasons, and, due to budget restrictions, the production had no understudies to step in:

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Arts and Humanities
12:01 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

REVIEW | Love Fools: Kentucky Shakespeare Opens Winsome 'Twelfth Night'

Peter Riopelle as Feste and Jonathan Visser as Malvolio (caged) in Kentucky Shakespeare Festival's "Twelfth Night."
Melissa Donald Productions Kentucky Shakespeare Festival

The Kentucky Shakespeare Festival opened its 54th 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.

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).

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Arts and Humanities
3:04 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Kentucky Shakespeare Opens Celtic-themed 'Twelfth Night'

Kentucky Shakespeare Festival opens its 54th free Shakespeare in Central Park season this week with a Celtic-themed production of “Twelfth Night.” Directed by producing artistic director Brantley Dunaway, the romantic comedy features the adventures of  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.

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Arts and Humanities
3:54 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Kentucky Shakespeare Eyes 2014 for Expanded Theater Festival

The Kentucky Shakespeare Festival is moving forward with a 2013 summer season and with establishing an annual "destination model" summer theater festival in Louisville. 

Last summer, the festival’s board gave themselves a February deadline to raise an extra $300,000 to fully fund two summer productions in advance or cancel the 2013 season. The oldest annual free Shakespeare in the Park festival will open “Twelfth Night” in Central Park in June

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Arts and Humanities
4:33 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Kentucky Shakespeare Festival Summer Season Moving Forward

Kentucky Shakespeare Festival

Producing artistic director Brantley Dunaway confirmed today that the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival will stage a summer season. Though the organization produces the oldest free annual Shakespeare in the Park festival in the United States, the future of the festival was uncertain at the end of last season. 

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