theatre

Arts and Humanities
12:53 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Actors Theatre's Bloody 'Dracula' Ushers in Autumn's Long, Dark Nights

Ann Sonneville and Randolph Curtis Rand in "Dracula" at Actors Theatre of Louisville.
Credit Bill Brymer / Actors Theatre of Louisville

An odd foreigner's moved into the crumbling abbey up the hill. The newspapers are reporting awfully strange stories. Young Dr. Seward has watched, helpless, while his beloved fiancée has wasted away before his own eyes. His best friend Jonathan Harker's gone missing abroad.  And his other patients, already suffering from mental illnesses, are getting ... restless. Time to call in his old friend Van Helsing, whose obsession with the occult might shed some light on Seward's ever-darkening days. 

Read more
Arts and Humanities
12:14 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

No Performance-Enhancing Drugs Needed in Theatre [502]'s Strong, Swift 'Red Speedo'

Jon Patrick O'Brien and Michael Mayes in Theatre [502]'s production of Lucas Hnath's "Red Speedo."
Credit Bill Brymer / Theatre [502]

Louisville's Theatre [502] continues its mission to produce “recent and relevant” plays this month with the second production of their fourth season, an outstanding production of Lucas Hnath’s “Red Speedo.” Not a word is wasted in Hnath’s tight, emotional story about an aspiring Olympic swimmer who wins big while taking performance-enhancing drugs.

Read more
Arts and Humanities
2:29 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Theatre [502] Dives Into Athletic Doping Controversy with Lucas Hnath’s ‘Red Speedo’

Jonathan O'Brien (left) and Michael Mayes in rehearsal for Theatre [502]'s production of Lucas Hnath's "Red Speedo."
Credit Chris Petot / Theatre [502]

Lucas Hnath’s plays have a knack for making you change your mind. In “The Christians,” which premiered in the Humana Festival of New American Plays at Actors Theatre of Louisville earlier this year, a pastor’s spiritual change-of-heart is called into question when his congregation questions his motives. In his professional premiere, “Death Tax,” which opened in the 2012 Humana Festival, questions about end-of-life care take provocative and surprising turns.

Read more
Arts and Humanities
7:00 am
Mon September 1, 2014

The Heart of Shakespeare Explored in Actors Theatre's New, Remixed 'Love's Labour's Lost'

Director Dominique Serrand in "Love's Labour's Lost" rehearsal with actors Richard Prioleau and Kimiye Corwin.
Credit Phillip Allgeier / Actors Theatre of Louisville

Actors Theatre of Louisville opens its new season this week with Shakespeare’s oldest love story, but you’ve never seen “Love’s Labour's Lost” like this before. The comedy is adapted, altered and re-imagined by The Moving Company’s Steve Epp, Nathan Keepers and Dominique Serrand, who remixed the original script to put the words of Shakespeare’s other lovers – from all 37 of his plays – into these characters’ mouths.

Read more
Arts and Humanities
7:00 am
Fri August 29, 2014

What Is Love? Le Petomane Alumni Want Your Stories for New Play

Tony Dingman (left) and Kyle Ware, alumni of Le Petomane Theatre Company and co-founders of Think Tank Theatre Company.
Credit Submitted photo

When Le Petomane Theatre Ensemble announced earlier this year that they were calling it quits after a decade of irreverent, intelligent devised stage comedies and re-imagined classics, the co-artistic directors hinted at some of their future plans. This week, Le Petomane alums Kyle Ware and Tony Dingman announced their new venture, Think Tank Theatre Company.

Read more
Arts and Humanities
7:58 am
Sun August 17, 2014

Fair Play: Kentucky Playwrights Show Off Blue-Ribbon Works at State Fair

Quilts on display at the Kentucky State Fair.
Credit Erin Keane / WFPL News

Dairy goats and blueberry pies aren’t the only champions at this year’s Kentucky State Fair. The commonwealth’s playwrights also compete to show their works on the fair stage. Founded by Corinth-based playwright William McCann in 2012, the Kentucky New Play Series selects six short plays written by Kentuckians from an open competition to premiere at the state fair. This year, two of the six winning works are written by Louisville playwrights, Brian Walker and Nancy Gall-Clayton.

Read more
Arts and Humanities
4:47 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

CenterStage Celebrates 100 Years of Theatre By Louisville's Jewish Community Center

The cast of Neil Simon's "Biloxi Blues" at the Jewish Community Center, 2003-04.
Credit Jewish Community Center

The Jewish Community Center’s theater company, CenterStage, is the oldest continuously-operated theatre company in Kentucky. They staged their first production, a revue called "Behind the Scenes,"  in 1913 as the Young Men’s Hebrew Association Players at the old YMHA downtown. 

WFPL’s Erin Keane speaks with artistic director John Leffert about the theater’s history and centennial season. 

Read more
Arts and Humanities
12:16 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Savage Rose Transfers Successful 'Lear' to Kentucky Shakespeare Stage

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

Kentucky Shakespeare Festival hosted its final opening night of the Central Park summer season last night with Savage Rose Classical Theatre's impressive "King Lear," anchored by a powerful performance in the starring role by out-going Savage Rose founder and artistic director J. Barrett Cooper. If you caught Savage Rose's original production this past March at Walden Theatre, there won't be many surprises, but the transfer to the larger C.

Read more
Arts and Humanities
3:19 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

Savage Rose Founder Says Goodbye, Interim Leadership Announced

J. Barrett Cooper and Kelsey Thompson in Savage Rose Classical Theatre's production of "King Lear."
Credit Kelly Moore / Savage Rose Classical Theatre

The founder of Louisville's Savage Rose Classical Theatre is moving on. Although actor/director/educator J. Barrett Cooper once believed “I was going to die here,” he’s actually moving to California next week to lead the theater department at Idyllwild Arts Academy, the prestigious boarding school where he’s taught in the summer program for several years.

Read more
Arts and Humanities
7:52 pm
Sun August 10, 2014

CenterStage Opens 100th Season With Resonant, Relevant 'Spring Awakening'

Lauren McCombs as Wendla and Austin Lauer as Melchior in CenterStage's "Spring Awakening."
Credit CenterStage

The more things change, the more they stay the same. So says “Spring Awakening,” the rock musical that opens the season at CenterStage, which celebrates 100 years of theater at Louisville’s Jewish Community Center this year. With music by singer/songwriter Duncan Sheik and book and lyrics by Stephen Sater, “Spring Awakening” blends the story of Frank Wedekind’s controversial German fin de siècle play of the same name with a contemporary rock soundtrack, compressing more than a century’s worth of still-relevant teen angst and sexual tension into one powerful show.

Read more

Pages