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Theater in Old Louisville

Among the many attractions of the Old Louisville historic district is a lively performing arts tradition.  The Kentucky Shakespeare Festival delights thousands every mid summer with its free performances of The Bards classics in Central Park.  The University of Louisville offers the Belknap Playhouse, the U of L Dance Theater, and the Thrust Theater.  And of course, we're all proud of the Youth Performing Arts School.


Join us for another great season of daring and innovative theatre. This year we offer classics with an edge: deconstructed Shakespeare in a futuristic setting; Oscar Wilde updated with American flair; a Brecht/Weill musical staged in a cabaret with the audience right in the middle. And we offer new plays that explore the ironies and joys of modern life from sexual stereotypes and homophobia to hot, hot jazz. Find out why we're the best entertainment bargain in town.

Season tickets for six great shows cost only $50 for the General public, $45 for faculty, staff, or seniors, and $35 for students. To order, call our BOX OFFICE at 852-6814.

THE 2001-2002 SEASON:

The Trial of One Short-Sighted Black Woman Versus Mammy Louise and
by Marcia L. Leslie Directed by Lundeana Thomas an AATP production
Guest Designers: Felix Cochren, Scenic Kathy Perkins, Lighting
Sept. 19-23, Feb.1-2 in the Playhouse

A mock-trial that defuses the power of stereotypes about black women, described by The Chicago Tribune as "a lightly-rollicking vehicle of wit, humor, and history." Cincinnati playwright Marcia L. Leslie "is a new voice, ready to wear Lorraine Hansberry's mantle of the young and gifted." (Backstage)

by William Shakespeare Adapted and directed by Bert Harris
Oct. 24-31 and Nov. 1-4 in the Thrust

A radical deconstruction of Shakespeare's political classic, set in a city very much like Washington, D.C., in the very near future.

by Berthold Brecht Music by Kurt Weill Translated by Mark Blitzstein
Directed by Gina Kaufmann
Nov. 28-Dec. 2 in the Playhouse

Set in a cabaret, Brecht's witty satire of the business class brings the audience right into the middle of the action in London's seedy underworld. You'll find yourself surrounded by Weill's greatest songs like Mac the Knife and Pirate Jenny.

by Diana Son Directed by Rinda Frye
Feb. 26-March 2 in the Thrust

"A kiss is still a kiss," or is it? If the couple in question are two women, a simple kiss in public can spell disaster. A comedy about miscommunication and missed opportunities haunted by the specter of gaybashing, whose "whispered message is that we must hurry to embrace the possibilities in our hearts, for our lives and loves always hang by a thread." (Variety)  more

by Christine Rusch Directed by Nefertiti Burton an AATP production
March 6-10 in the Thrust

A jazzy evening that explores the life of saxophonist, John Coltrane. Journey with young John from his youth in South Carolina to the height of his musical career as he struggles to find his artistic voice and to conquer the evils that threaten to overcome him. more

by Oscar Wilde Directed by James Tompkins
April 10-21 in the Thrust

Described by Wilde as "a trivial comedy for serious people," Earnest has delighted audiences since its premiere in 1895. Updated with American panache, yet remaining, as Wilde would say, "just too utterly utterly," this is Oscar Wilde at his wittiest. And let's face it, in matters of grave importance, style, not sincerity, is the vital thing.

For more information contact Rinda Frye, publicity director, at 852-7682 or rlfrye01@athena.louisville.edu

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