Savage Rose Classical Theatre

Arts and Humanities
12:31 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

REVIEW | Savage Rose's Miraculous 'King Lear' Is Both Tragic and Fun

J. Barrett Cooper as Lear and Kelsey Thompson as Cordelia in Savage Rose Classical Theatre's "King Lear," 2014.
Credit Kelly Moore / Savage Rose Classical Theatre

Let the trumpet sound! The classical players of Louisville's Savage Rose ensemble have done the near-impossible with "King Lear." Their three-hour tragedy of a medieval king undone, first by hubris and then by dementia, is more than an excellent and faithful Shakespeare production. It's also fun

Directed by Alec Volz and J. Barrett Cooper, who also plays the title role, "King Lear" runs through March 30 at Walden Theater on Payne Street.

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Arts and Humanities
4:08 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

A Continuous Loop: Absurdist Comedy 'The Bald Soprano' Runs Back-to-Back

Brian Hinds and Victoria Reibel in Savage Rose Classical Theatre's production of Eugene Ionesco's "The Bald Soprano."
Credit Savage Rose Classical Theatre

When Tad Chitwood decided to direct a production of "The Bald Soprano," Eugène Ionesco’s absurdist satire of middle-class manners, he found the most common English translation from French a bit timid – not to mention out-dated, with its jokes about 1950’s British bourgeoisie.

“That doesn’t really resonate with American audiences," says Chitwood. "He was poking fun at clichés that don’t really exist anymore. Not only do they not exist, they tend to be British and French clichés of the mid-twentieth century. You’d read it and think okay, I guess that was funny once. So it had to be adapted, not just translated.”

Chitwood got to work on a new translation with an updated American sensibility. The show is produced by Savage Rose Classical Theatre, and it opens Friday at The Bard's Town.

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Arts and Humanities
3:43 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

American Drama in Three One Acts

Karina Strange and Jon Patrick O'Brien in Pendleton King's "Cocaine."
Savage Rose Theatre Company

Any list of celebrated American 20th century dramatists will include Pulitzer Prize winners Tennessee Williams and William Saroyan. Their work is a natural fit for Louisville's  Savage Rose Classical Theatre, which draws on a classical repertoire covering roughly 2,000 years of theater, from the ancient Greeks to the 20th century modern classics. 

Savage Rose's "American One Acts," which opens tonight in the Kentucky Center's MeX Theatre, features Williams' "27 Wagons Full of Cotton" and Saroyan's "Hello Out There." But it's Pendleton King's "Cocaine" that's the intriguing dark horse,  the kind of lesser-known, infrequently-staged classic that Savage Rose is known for producing.

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Arts and Humanities
4:02 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

Savage Rose Announces Season of Storms

Mike Slaton as Algernon and J. Barrett Cooper as Lady Bracknell in the March 2012 Savage Rose Theatre Company production of Oscar Wilde's "The Importance of Being Earnest."
Shana Lincoln Savage Rose Theatre Company

Savage Rose Classical Theatre Company has announced its 2013-14 season, which artistic director J. Barrett Cooper is calling "our season of storms." The next season, which begins in November with the Slant Culture Theatre Festival, is a tribute to William Shakespeare, with full productions of "Twelfth Night," "King Lear" and "The Tempest" planned. 

"We believe Shakespeare is the greatest playwright to have lived, and the spark that lit the fire of all playwrights to come after him," Cooper said at a season release celebration Sunday night. 

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Arts and Humanities
3:42 pm
Tue October 16, 2012

Scottish Play Haunts Amphitheater's Parkside Studio

Jenni Cochran and J. Barrett Cooper as Lady and Lord Macbeth.

Just in time for Halloween, Savage Rose Classical Theatre Company opens a production of the eerie Shakespeare tragedy "Macbeth." The bloody tale of renegade power, murder and madness opens Thursday at Iroquois Amphitheater's Parkside Studio

Metro Parks transforms the amphitheater stage into Parkside Studio by closing off the large stage's usually invisible fourth wall, creating an intimate, indoor stage (for days so foul and fair alike). 

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