Theatre 502

Arts and Humanities
6:00 am
Mon October 8, 2012

REVIEW: Silence Is Golden in [502]'s 'The Aliens'

Brandon Cox, Scott Anthony and Zachary Burrell in Theatre [502]'s "The Aliens."
Theatre [502]

Theatre [502] closes its season with another successful production of a relevant and recent award-winning play. Annie Baker's “The Aliens” (2010 Obie Award for best new American play) is a love letter to the fragility of chosen families and the gentle geniuses our fast-paced society quietly leaves behind. Delicately understated performances by the three actors and careful direction by co-artistic director Mike Brooks make this hushed beauty an unlikely exclamation point on the end of the new company's second season.

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Arts and Humanities
4:15 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

Beckett Meets Bukowski in Theatre [502] Season Closer

Zach Burrell and Brandon Cox in "The Aliens."
Theatre [502]

Theatre [502] closes its second season with Annie Baker’s “The Aliens,” an Obie Award-winning play about three misfits who bond behind a Vermont coffee shop.

“The Aliens” opens Friday in the Victor Jory Theatre at Actors Theatre of Louisville and runs through Oct. 13.

Theatre [502] co-artistic director Mike Brooks says when he read “The Aliens" two years ago, it jumped to the top of the company’s “must-produce” pile. 

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Arts and Humanities
6:00 am
Mon August 6, 2012

Review: 'Gruesome Playground Injuries'

Mike Brooks (Doug) and Leah Roberts (Kayleen) in Rajiv Joseph's "Gruesome Playground Injuries."
Theatre [502]

There was a time when summer didn't yield such an abundance of theatrical riches in Louisville, with the big houses dark and maybe a handful of small company revivals to sustain us through the long humid season.

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Arts and Humanities
4:20 pm
Mon July 30, 2012

Love Written in the Scars: 'Gruesome Playground Injuries' Opens Friday

Leah Roberts (Kaylene) and Mike Brooks (Doug) in Theatre [502]'s production of Rajiv Joseph's "Gruesome Playground Injuries."
Gil Reyes Theatre [502]

Love hurts. It also bleeds, scars and sometimes needs a trip to the emergency room. 

Theatre [502] continues its second season this week with Rajiv Joseph’s “Gruesome Playground Injuries.” Leah Roberts and company co-artistic director Mike Brooks will play Kayleen and Doug, two accident-prone lovers who trace their 30-year relationship from the schoolyard to adulthood, beginning at age 8. 

The play opens Friday and runs through August 11 in the Victor Jory Theatre at Actors Theatre of Louisville. 

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Arts and Humanities
4:04 pm
Mon June 4, 2012

Review: Typographical Dystopia a Love Letter to the Printed Word

Laurene Scalf as Professor Lorraine Wexler in Theatre [502]'s production of Jordan Harrison's"Futura."

Five years ago, when playwright Jordan Harrison began writing “Futura,” the death of print still sounded like an ominous prophecy, one that could be enlarged into the stuff dystopian fantasies are made of. Today, that dread is palpable to some, and the paperless future is almost here.

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Arts and Humanities
3:40 pm
Thu May 31, 2012

Theatre [502]'s 'Futura' Is Now

Betsy Huggins and Laurene Scalf in Theatre [502]'s production of "Futura" by Jordan Harrison.
Bill Brymer

When director Amy Attaway started working on Jordan Harrison’s typographical dystopian play “Futura,” she had just bought her first iPad. One of the first news stories she read on her tablet was about Encyclopedia Britannica discontinuing its print edition.  The sinister future Harrison devised, where handwriting, printing, paper and books are outlawed and all written materials are part of “The Big Collection” in the cloud, suddenly felt very close.

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