Le Petomane Theatre Ensemble

Arts and Humanities
3:30 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Louisville Writers Pull Back the Curtain on Robin Hood Play

Abigail Bailey Maupin and Greg Maupin
Stage One

As two of the six co-artistic directors of Louisville’s Le Petomane Theatre Ensemble, Abigail Bailey Maupin and Greg Maupin have built dozens of original shows from scratch. But when Stage One Family Theatre commissioned them to write a new play about Robin Hood, they faced new challenges.

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Arts and Humanities
11:07 am
Fri September 27, 2013

REVIEW | Wacky Variety Show 'Test Subjects' Kicks Off Le Petomane's Tenth

Kyle Ware and Kristie Rolape in Le Petomane Theatre Ensemble's "Test Subjects."
Credit Sean Donaldson / Le Petomane Theatre Ensemble

One of Louisville's on-stage gems quietly celebrated its tenth anniversary last night at The Bard's Town. Le Petomane Theatre Ensemble kicked off a decade in production with one-third of the troupe in "Test Subjects," a two-hander comedy about the love/hate relationships we have with our handheld devices presented through a Warner Bros.-meets-Vaudeville lens. 

As tenth anniversary season kick-offs go, this production was under-stated but effective — like a champagne toast garnished with Pop Rocks. 

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Arts and Humanities
2:44 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Le Petomane Opens Tenth Season with Comedy Experiment

Kyle Ware and Kristie Rolape in Le Petomane Theatre Ensemble's "Test Subjects."
Credit Sean Donaldson / Le Petomane Theatre Ensemble

The Le Petomane Theatre Ensemble has been creating and performing original comedies in Louisville for ten years. They open their anniversary season tonight with “Test Subjects,” an original two-person comedy that pays homage to the troupe’s comedy influences.

“Test Subjects” runs through October 6 at The Bard’s Town.

Like all Le Petomane shows, “Test Subjects” started with a title and cast availability. Out of six ensemble members (they all share the artistic director mantle), Kyle Ware and Kristie Rolape were available, so they built the show from the ground up through the group’s highly collaborative devising process.

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Arts and Humanities
4:00 pm
Mon May 27, 2013

Concert-ed Effort: A Le Petomane Musical Retrospective

Gregory Maupin, Kyle Ware and Abigail Bailey Maupin in "5 Things" (magic baby pool in background).
Le Petomane Theatre Ensemble

Le Petomane sang a hymn to a magic baby pool in “5 Things,” their love letter show to music, films and books. In “A Derby Carol,” they submitted a request in song for Louisville to hang a banner in honor of native son Ned Beatty. 

The ensemble will perform these numbers and other audience favorites in “Concert-ed Effort,” an evening of Le Petomane original songs Friday and Saturday at The Bard’s Town

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Arts and Humanities
7:30 am
Fri February 8, 2013

No Punchbacks: Le Petomane Builds Smart, Silly Shows from Scratch

Kristie Rolape tries on her mask and baby fists.
Erin Keane WFPL News

When the members of Louisville's Le Petomane Theatre Ensemble head into rehearsal for a new play, they don’t have a script. They don’t have a director. What they have is an idea and roughly 500 years of comedic history behind them.

Their new show, "No Punchbacks," is an homage to traditional Punch and Judy puppet shows, which owe a significant comedic debt to Italian commedia dell'arte. Co-artistic director Greg Maupin (all six troupe members are co-artistic directors) calls commedia “the sitcoms of 16th century Italy.”

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Arts and Humanities
9:30 am
Mon September 3, 2012

Le Petomane Opens New Season

In “Time Flies,” four time travelers wander from their births back to the beginning of the universe and forward to the end of time. Along the way, they stage a hip hop tribute to a famous clock maker and engage in a bout of bare-knuckle boxing.

In other words, it’s a typical absurdist Le Petomane show. Co-producing artistic director Kyle Ware says this play is a study in anachronism, with philosophical undercurrents.

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