Theatre 502

Arts and Humanities
9:27 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Kentucky Arts Council Honors Three Louisville Writers with Al Smith Fellowships

Three of the six recipients of the 2014 Al Smith Fellowships from the Kentucky Arts Council live in Louisville. This year's $7,500 fellowship awards recognize literary excellence in mid-career professionals. Applications for the next fellowship cycle will be considered in musical composition and visual art. 

This year's Al Smith Fellows in the literary arts:

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Arts and Humanities
12:31 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Crazy In Love With Theatre [502]'s '13th of Paris'

Cory Hardin as Vincent and Ryan Lash as Jacques in Theatre [502]'s production of Mat Smart's "The 13th of Paris."
Credit Bill Brymer / Theatre [502]

Every family has its ghosts. They judge, they guide. They walk alongside the living, exerting their silent, inescapable influences over decisions large and small. In Mat Smart's beautiful and elegiac play "The 13th of Paris," the more we learn about the ghosts that haunt Vincent, a young man who flees his ordinary life in Chicago for the elusive magic of Paris, the more we understand why he has such a hard time recognizing happiness when it presents itself.  

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Arts and Humanities
12:13 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Magic To Do: Theatre [502] Launches Original Play Series Based on Vintage Magician Posters

A rare lithograph advertising Howard Thurston's "The Vanishing Whippet" show hanging in the Baron's Theatre inspired the latest Theatre [502] show.

Theatre [502] continues to explore magic and history with a new series of original plays that launches this week.

Last season, Theatre [502] completed an ambitious, year-long serial play project. Written by Diana Grisanti and Steve Moulds, “The Stranger and Ludlow Quinn” unfolded the interlaced histories of legendary magician Harry Houdini and fictional (but no less legendary) Louisville magician Ludlow Quinn, as their respective greatest tricks ended up ensnaring Louisville teen Bonnie Burke, the unwitting bearer of a magical dynastic legacy.

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Arts and Humanities
3:51 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Object Permanence: Theatre [502] Closes Season with 'Auctioning the Ainsleys'

Cara Hicks and Leah Roberts as sisters Annalee and Avery in Theatre [502]'s production of Laura Schellhardt's "Auctioning the Ainsleys."
Credit Theatre [502]

Wise people say possessions can't make us happy. But in Laura Schellhardt's "Auctioning the Ainsleys," a dark comedy about a family of auctioneers who identify fiercely with the physical objects that surround them, stuff matters.

Directed by co-artistic director Amy Attaway, "Auctioning the Ainsleys" is the final production in Theatre [502]'s third mainstage season.

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Arts and Humanities
7:00 am
Mon August 19, 2013

Review | 'Edgewise' Sees War Through Young Eyes

Casandre Elyse Medel (Emma) and Eli Keel (Louis) in Theatre [502]'s production of Eliza Clark's "Edgewise."
Credit Theatre [502]

A gunfight breaks out on the highway. Another day, another massacre in Eliza Clark's near-future dystopian war-torn America, in which air strikes on major targets and street battles are now routine. The war has waged for eight long years, moving up from the capitol toward New York, and nobody knows who to trust anymore. When a wounded man who's obviously keeping secrets stumbles into a New Jersey fast-food restaurant where three teens work, they have to make a decision—which side is he on?

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Arts and Humanities
4:30 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Page-turner on Stage: Theatre [502] Opens Thriller 'Edgewise'

Ian Weber and Michael Mayes in Theatre [502]'s "Edgewise."
Credit Theatre [502]

Louisville’s Theatre [502] continues its third season this week with a speculative war thriller set in a fast food restaurant. Written by Eliza Clark, “Edgewise” is set in a near-future dystopian America in the grips of a global war. Against this chaotic backdrop, three teenagers report to work at a fast-food burger chain. 

"Somebody's got to turn the fryers on," says director Mike Brooks. "Folks are going to work and they're going to hit the drive-thru whether there's an air strike going on or not." 

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Arts and Humanities
4:35 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

Please Silence Your Phones: Theatre [502] Opens Season with "Dead Man's Cell Phone"

Susan Brooks as Jean and Robert McFarland as Gordon in "Dead Man's Cell Phone."
Theatre [502]

It happens every day. You're sitting in a café, and you hear a cell phone ringing and ringing. Why won't someone answer that phone? 

In Sarah Ruhl's dark comedy "Dead Man's Cell Phone," there's a legitimate (and obvious, given the title) reason why, but Jean, a stranger, walks over and answers it anyway. Gordon, as it turns out, is not available. Not now, not ever again. But Jean embarks on a strange journey, attending the dead man's funeral and trying to discover who he was. 

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Arts and Humanities
11:55 am
Fri June 7, 2013

Use Your Illusions: Magic Play Launches in Monthly Installments

Louisville magician Baron LaValle (Lawrence Jones) at home with a woman and children posing with props, including a levitation device, and a box sawed in two, 1962.
Royal Photo Company Collection Photographic Archives, University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky.

Theatre [502] pulls back the curtain on Louisville's rich magic history tonight with the launch of a new play project, "The Stranger and Ludlow Quinn."  Directed by co-artistic director Amy Attaway, the play is the first entry in this season's Small Batch Series of the company's innovative side projects.

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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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Arts and Humanities
4:33 pm
Mon December 10, 2012

Theatre [502] Optimistic About the End of the World

Brandon Cox, Scott Anthony and Zach Burrell in Theatre [502]'s season two production of Annie Baker's "The Aliens."
Theatre [502]

Louisville's Theatre [502] has one eye on the end times and the other on next year. 

On Wednesday, the company will present their last Small Batch event of the year, a staged reading of Eric Pfeffinger’s “Accidental Rapture."

The Small Batch Series is Theatre [502]’s roving side stage—their opportunity to produce events that don’t quite find a place in the company’s mainstage season.

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