Arts and Humanities
7:00 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Good Girls Don't: Play Explores Victorian Female Photographer's Life and Work

"Hester Street, Egg Stand Group," Lower East Side of Manhattan, 1895
Alice Austen Alice Austen House Museum Collection

In the Victorian era, genteel young ladies were expected to be proficient in those arts considered appropriately feminine , like sketching, singing and dancing. But photography, with its bulky, messy equipment, wasn't thought a suitable hobby for a young lady. Alice Austen (1866-1952) was a bit of a rebel, though. The daughter of a well-t0-do Staten Island family, Austen discovered photography at age 10 and grew up to be one of the groundbreaking American female photographers of the  19th and early 20th century.

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Arts and Humanities
2:22 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

REVIEW | 'Chasing Ophelia' Is More than a Romantic Comedy

Beth Tantanella and Ryan Watson in "Chasing Ophelia" at The Bard's Town.
The Bard's Town Theatre

Neurotic writers manipulating their self-aware fictional characters isn’t a new device, but unlike similar stories, The Bard’s Town’s funny and engaging “Chasing Ophelia” isn’t concerned with picking the navel of the writer’s creative processes or artistic tensions. For a romantic comedy, this play’s concerns are remarkably, well, theological: is an unseen, omniscient being really in charge of us, and how do we deal with feeling abandoned by him?

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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
3:44 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Meet the Man Who Made Baseball History in 'Jackie and Me'

John Vessels as Pee Wee Reese and Jeremy Sonkin as Jackie Robinson in Stage One's production of "Jackie and Me."
Credit Stage One Family Theatre

Stage One Family Theatre commemorates Black History Month with a play about Jackie Robinson, the first African American man to play in baseball’s major leagues. The first baseman broke the unwritten color barrier in 1947. The story takes a contemporary student back in time to witness Jackie Robinson’s historic first season with the Brooklyn Dodgers.

Playwright Stephen Dietz adapted the play from Dan Gutman’s novel, a volume in his “Baseball Card Adventures” series. 

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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
4:41 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

U of L Partners with Stage One on Stage, in Class

"Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters," produced by the University of Louisville in partnership with Stage One Family Theatre.
Stage One

A new partnership between the  University of Louisville's theater arts department and Stage One Family Theatre will add at least one university-produced play for younger audiences to Stage One’s programming. 

Stage One serves more than 100,000 children, teachers and chaperones every school year. U of L's repertory company sends  graduate students into area schools to perform plays for young audiences. They're teaming up on  “Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters,” a musical based on a folktale from Zimbabwe, which will be the first university repertory play to receive an expanded production in the Bomhard Theatre. 

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Arts and Humanities
7:00 am
Mon January 28, 2013

Power Pop Love: 'Girlfriend' Musical Opens at Actors Theatre

The iconic cover of Matthew Sweet's 1991 landmark power pop album "Girlfriend."

It’s been called the best power pop album of all time. Matthew Sweet’s “Girlfriend” is a beautiful paradox – a break-up album that is lyrically devastating but sonically optimistic, and it features a killer roster of musicians, including Lloyd Cole, Television’s Richard Lloyd and both members of the Indigo Girls. The 1991 anime-style video made Sweet an MTV star, back when music videos were still the reason to watch MTV.

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Arts and Humanities
7:00 am
Thu January 24, 2013

The Big Break: Looking Ahead

On our audio diary series The Big Break, our apprentices gear up for audition season. Louisville Ballet trainee Claire Horrocks explains why January kicks off her least favorite time of year, while Actors Theatre of Louisville apprentice Samantha Beach explains the audition showcase the apprentices host for casting directors and agents during the Humana Festival. 

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Arts and Humanities
1:24 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

REVIEW | "Flashdance-The Musical" Dances for Its Life

Emily Padgett as Alex and Matthew Hydzik as Nick in the national tour of "Flashdance - The Musical."
Kyle Froman Broadway Across America

Broadway has seen no shortage of iconic, music-fueled films adapted for the stage in recent years, to varying degrees of success. “Sister Act” and “Footloose” met with mixed critical responses, but “Hairspray” knocked the ball out of the park, winning eight Tony Awards.  “Flashdance” is the latest Eighties film to get the Broadway musical treatment, and the musical is previewing with a national tour before it makes its way to New York later this year.

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Arts and Humanities
3:56 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

Why You Should Go See 'The Tens'

Every year, Actors Theatre of Louisville produces a slate of ten-minute plays featuring the members of the acting apprentice company. Many of the plays are directed by directing interns, and literary interns serve as dramaturgs, too. The plays are selected from submissions to the annual National Ten-Minute Play Contest, some of which go on to be produced for the final weekend of the Humana Festival of New American Plays. 

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