Arts and Humanities
2:10 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

REVIEW | Actors Shine in 'Topdog/Underdog'

Brian Lee West and Keith McGill rehearse "Topdog/Underdog."
Actors Choice

Actor's Choice opened Suzan-Lori Parks' Pulitzer Prize-winning drama "Topdog/Underdog" Thursday in the Henry Clay Theatre. Directed by Kathi E.B. Ellis, this tense, finely-acted two-hander explores the relationship between two adult brothers, Lincoln and Booth, as they struggle with a legacy of abandonment by their parents, masculine identity, racism and the lure of a life of crime. 

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Arts and Humanities
1:31 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

REVIEW | Raw Truths, Compelling Performances in 'The Whipping Man'

Frankie Alvarez (Caleb), Michael Genet (Simon) and Biko Eisen-Martin (John) in "The Whipping Man" at Actors Theatre of Louisville
Alan Simons Actors Theatre of Louisville

Meredith McDonough makes her directorial debut in her new role as associate artistic director at Actors Theatre of Louisville with a powerful production of Matthew Lopez's heartbreaking Civil War drama "The Whipping Man." Set against the backdrop of the days between General Lee's surrender at Appomattox and President Abraham Lincoln's assassination, "The Whipping Man" is the riveting emotional story of thre

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Arts and Humanities
7:00 am
Thu January 10, 2013

The Big Break: Stretching in New Roles

Week 14 of The Big Break

On our audio diary series The Big Break, two of our artists stretch their artistic muscles in rehearsal this week. Louisville Ballet trainee Claire Horrocks finds the most difficult work in her upcoming Choreographer Showcase is a contemporary dance, because she has focused so intently on ballet movements since she started college. Actors Theatre of Louisville apprentice Samantha Beach takes to the air in rehearsals for the Humana Festival apprentice showcase "Sleep Rock Thy Brain," a collection of one-act plays that all feature flying—as in, strap the actors into harnesses, hoist them high and let them act in mid-air—as a metaphor for sleep. 

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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
7:49 am
Mon January 7, 2013

"The Whipping Man: On Equality, Freedom and the Legacy of Slavery

Actors Theatre of Louisville associate artistic director Meredith McDonough makes her directorial debut in her new role this week with Matthew Lopez's popular drama "The Whipping Man," set against the backdrop of Passover observances at the end of the Civil War.

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Arts and Humanities
5:05 pm
Wed January 2, 2013

The Bard's Town Expands Programming with Third Season

Colby Ballowe, Stephanie Adams, Doug Schutte and Amy Steiger in 2012's "44 Plays for 44 Presidents."
The Bard's Town Theatre

In just two seasons, The Bard’s Town Theatre has assembled a strong ensemble of regular performers—so regular, in fact, that some have taken to working in the restaurant downstairs, so on any given opening night you might order your pre-show Much Ado About Empanadas from the same actor who will have you laughing  or crying on stage upstairs.

“By and large, our audience still comes into our theater without any preconceived notions, as in, they’re not sure what they’re getting,” says executive artistic director (and restaurant co-owner) Doug Schutte with a laugh. “I think that’s a good thing.”

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Arts and Humanities
11:00 am
Tue January 1, 2013

Library U Course Explores Changing Role of American Theater

Zan Sawyer-Dailey
Actors Theatre of Louisville

The Louisville Free Public Library’s Library U course for January is on the changing role of American theater. Actors Theatre of Louisville associate director Zan Sawyer-Dailey will offer an an insider’s look at the art of making theater at the Main Library

Sawyer-Dailey’s course will cover the history of the regional theater movement and Actors Theatre, how the theater’s artistic decisions are made, and offer a look at the upcoming Humana Festival of New American Plays.  

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Arts and Humanities
4:04 pm
Mon December 31, 2012

Pulitzer Winner 'Topdog/Underdog' Opens in Lousiville

Brian Lee West and Keith McGill practice their card skills during "Topdog/Underdog" rehearsal.
Actors Choice

Louisville's Actor's Choice theater company opens a production of Kentucky native Suzan-Lori Parks’ Pulitzer Prize-winning play “Topdog/Underdog” this week. 

"Topdog/Underdog" is the story of two adult African American brothers who struggle with poverty, work, racism, the lure of crime and their own close yet tense relationship. Directed by Kathi E.B. Ellis, "Topdog/Underdog" opens  January 10 at the Henry Clay Theatre

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Arts and Humanities
12:59 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

REVIEW | 'The Kings of Christmas' Tells Familiar Story Slant

Christmas stories take the larger Nativity narrative—the arrival of an ambassador of peace, goodwill and redemption—and put the metaphor to work on individual transformations, those personal moments when generosity of spirit triumphs over our meaner, selfish natures. The best results are both heartwarming and as unique as the transformed individuals themselves.

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Arts and Humanities
7:30 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

Theatre [502] Announces Third Season

Amy Attaway, Gil Reyes and Mike Brooks, co-artistic directors of Louisville's Theatre [502].
Erin Keane WFPL News

When the three artistic directors of Theatre [502] launched their first season in 2011, they weren’t sure if Louisville would buy what they were selling—newer plays by buzz-worthy playwrights whose work speaks to theater-goers hungry for recent, relevant work, like Peter Sinn Nachtrieb's "Hunter Gatherers" (season one) and Annie Baker's "The Aliens" (season two).

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