Theatre [502]

Arts and Humanities
7:00 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Theatre [502] Opens New Season: From Louisville to Paris, With Love

Ryan Lash and Kate Bringardner in Theatre [502]'s production of Mat Smart's "The 13th of Paris."
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In just three seasons, Theatre [502] has established itself as a necessary addition to Louisville’s theater scene. The company has staged the Louisville premieres of award-winning playwrights’ work that otherwise might go unproduced locally, from Sarah Ruhl's "Dead Man's Cell Phone" to Annie Baker’s “The Aliens.”

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Arts and Humanities
2:15 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Halloween Special: Theatre [502] Stages Reading of First Half of Serial Magic Play

Scott Anthony and Douglas Scott Sorenson in "The Stranger and Ludlow Quinn."
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Theatre [502] has slowly rolled out its original serial play about magic and Louisville, "The Stranger and Ludlow Quinn," every first Friday since June, one fifteen-minute episode at a time. Ludlow Quinn is a fictional magician plying his mediocre craft in Louisville in the early 1900s when he meets a mysterious stranger who helps him unlock the secrets of great magic. The play travels back and forth in time between Quinn's life and that of Bonnie Burke, a contemporary teenager who finds a mysterious, powerful book in her great-grandmother's Old Louisville attic.

To catch the audience up, the play's first five episodes will receive a staged reading on Halloween, 7 p.m. at the Baron's Theatre in Whiskey Row Lofts next to the Second Street Bridge.

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Arts and Humanities
2:22 pm
Sun October 6, 2013

REVIEW | Theatre [502] Bids High with 'Auctioning the Ainsleys'

Neill Robertson (Aiden Ainsley), Erica McClure (Amelia Ainsley) and Cara Hicks (Annalee Ainsley) in Theatre [502]'s production of Laura Schellhardt's "Auctioning the Ainsleys."
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Memories are woven into the things we hold onto — we don’t get souvenir from memory for nothing. How do some objects end up telling the story of a family and others put out with the trash? When we forget the story behind a thing, does it become just another useless trinket? Can we neutralize a memory’s power by destroying the stuff to which it clings?

Laura Schellhardt explores these questions and the lingering effects of guilt and resentment on adult children of a domineering father and emotionally-absent mother in “Auctioning the Ainsleys,” a play about a traumatized family of auction house professionals who can’t separate themselves or their stories from their stuff.

Directed by co-artistic director Amy Attaway, Theatre [502] closes its third season with a touching and darkly funny production. Strong work by a cast crackling with chemistry and an elegantly restrained production team ground Schellhardt's poetic script and its many magical moments in emotional realism. 

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Arts and Humanities
4:00 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Theatre [502]'s 'Auctioning the Ainsleys' Is a YPAS Family Affair

Cara Hicks, Neill Robertson, Leah Roberts, Pat Allison, Lucas Adams, and Erica McClure in Theatre [502]'s "Auctioning the Ainsleys." Roberts, Robertson, and McClure all studied with Allison at Louisville's Youth Performing Arts School.
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It’s been said that actors don’t retire— they just open their next act.

Pat Allison taught drama at Louisville’s Youth Performing Arts School for 31 years before hanging up her grade book last year. Now, she’s back on stage in the upcoming Theatre [502] production of Laura Schellhardt’s “Auctioning the Ainsleys,” a dark comedy about a family of auctioneers. She plays Alice, the matriarch of the Ainsley family.

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Arts and Humanities
6:32 am
Mon June 24, 2013

REVIEW | 'Dead Man's Cell Phone' a Game-Changer for Theatre [502]

Dara Tiller as Hermia in Sarah Ruhl's "Dead Man's Cell Phone."
Theatre [502]

Theatre [502] has produced consistently intriguing productions of recent and relevant plays since its inaugural season in 2011. Their list of produced playwrights is growing into a Who’s Who of younger award-winning dramatists: Annie Baker, Peter Sinn Nachtrieb, Jordan Harrison, Rajiv Joseph, Marco Ramirez, Mat Smart. Top-notch acting and directing and thoughtful design have been their hallmarks.

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