Thursday, April 21, 2011

What Happens When Macbeth Comes to Josephine? Auditions for Site-Specific Production this June

April 11, 2011. For Immediate Release -- Josephine Sculpture Park, Melanie Van Houten Executive Director, and independent theatre director Kathi E.B. Ellis announce auditions for their collaborative production of Macbeth centered around “The Crucible” sculpture in the Park located in Frankfort.
Auditions will be held on Saturday, April 23 (Shakespeare’s birthday!):
 1:00p.m. at the Kentucky History Center, downtown Frankfort
 4:00p.m. at the Alley Theater, 1205 Washington Street (The Pointe), Louisville.

This production seeks women to perform all the roles. Actors should prepare a Shakespearean monologue; there will also be cold readings from the text of Macbeth. Headshot and resume preferred. To schedule an audition slot contact

The production opens at Josephine Sculpture Park, 3355 Old Harrodsburg Road, Frankfort on Friday, June 3 and runs six performances, closing on Sunday, June 12. Company members will receive a stipend.

Information about JSP is at and about Kathi E.B. Ellis is at The production is funded in part by the Kentucky Foundation for Women, Kentucky Employees Credit Union, and individual contributions.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Theatre Alliance of Louisville to Hold 2011 Unified Auditions

Louisville, KY, April 18, 2011 – The Theatre Alliance of Louisville will hold its fifth annual unified auditions on May 14th, 2011 at the Hartford Building of the Jefferson Community College Campus on the southeast corner of First and Gray streets.

The unified auditions offer local actors a unique opportunity to audition for 16 theatres and organizations casting for multiple shows on the same day.

This years participating companies include (in alphabetical order, to date) Actors Theatre of Louisville Apprentice/Intern Company, The Alley Theater, The Alley Theater for Young Audiences, The Bard’s Town, Bunbury Theatre, Center Stage, Kathi E. B. Ellis, Emerging Artists Group, Julie Hamberg, Little Colonel Playhouse, Looking for Lilith Theatre Company, Louisville Repertory Company, Pandora Productions, Savage Rose Classical Theatre Company,Theatre 502, and Whodunnit Mystery Theatre.

The day’s schedule will run as follows:

8:15AM: Actor Registration opens in the main lobby of The Hartford Building
9:00AM: Monologue and Song (optional) Session begins
(Actors are presented to a room of representatives from each theater. Actor must perform either two 60 second contrasting monologues or one 60 second monologue and 16 measures of a song; accompanist will be provided) *
10:00AM: Actor Registration ends
1:00PM: Monologue and Song Session ends
1:30PM -2:00 Movement Session (movement for non-dancers)
2:15PM- 2:45:Dance Session begins
(For actors who dance with representatives of theatres which produce musicals)
3:00PM: Individual Company Meetings/Call back Session begins
(Some companies will post a call back sheet after the Monologue session requesting an additional meeting/audition with specific actors)
5:00PM: Individual Company Meetings/Call back Session ends

*Actors will be given a number and presented to room of representatives in groups of 10.

All actors are encouraged but not required to participate in each Session (Monologue and Song; Movement; Dance) of the day. Actors participating in any session throughout the day must register from 8:15-10:00AM and registration is on a first come first served basis.

All actors should bring 16 copies of their photograph (8X10 preferred) and resume.

Parking - big flat lot at Broadway and Second (student lot not faculty lot). Park on 1st Street side, and Hartford Building is directly opposite.

For more information, please email questions to

The Theatre Alliance of Louisville’s mission is to unite and strengthen the local theatre community. TAL is a member of the Arts and Cultural Attractions Council of Louisville and Arts Kentucky.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

NORTH opens tonight

NORTH opens tonight at the Downtown Arts Center, Lexington, KY. Tickets are available at the box office. The show, featuring Christina Ritter as Anne Morrow Lindberg, begins at 7:30. Pictured is Christina Ritter in the Chicago production of NORTH.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Bards Town's Theatre to Open May 11, 2011

Final preparations are underway, and the The Bard's Town new theatre will open on May 11, 2011, with it's inaugural show: Doug Schutte's new comedy CHASING OPHELIA, directed by Scot Atkinson. The Bards Town is located at 1801 Bardstown Rd, Louisville, KY 40205...on the corner of Bardstown Rd. and Speed Ave. in the Louisville Highlands.

CHASING OPHELIA charts the course of a ne-formed character named Ned, who finds love, loses love, and chases after love--wreaking havoc as he does.

The show features Ryan Watson, Beth Tantanella, Nadeem Ziman, Jason Cooper, ...Tad Timberlake, and Doug Schutte

Advance ticket sales will be available on our website ( in mid-April. Tickets are $12-14 in advance, and $13-15 day of show. Seating for the show will be limited, so purchase early for your desired date.

Tickets can also be reserved by calling 749-5275.

ADDED BONUS: Each ticket purchased for the show will include a 10% off coupon to dine at The Bard's Town either before or after the show. A wonderful selection of "beverages" will be available DURING the performance.


Wed, May 11. 7:30 PM
Fri, May 13. 7:30 PM
Sat, May 14. 7:30 PM
Sun, May 15. 7:30 PM
Wed, May 18. 7:30 PM
Thu, May 19. 7:30 PM
Fri, May 20. 7:30 PM
Sat, May 21. 7:30 PM

Questions? Email Doug Schutte at

Monday, April 4, 2011

NORTH is now playing the South!

NORTH, a new play by the for/ward company opens at the Downtown Arts Center in Lexington, Kentucky on Thursday April 7th for five performances. The play is about a charged meeting between writer Anne Morrow Lindbergh and French pilot and author Antoine de Saint Exupery.

Called "wistful, poetic, and wise" by the Chicago Tribune and given four stars by Chicago Time Out, NORTH is constructed entirely from the writings of Anne and Charles Lindbergh and Saint Exupery.\

NORTH runs April 7, 8, & 9 at 7:30pm and April 9 & 10 at 2:00pm.

For more information and for tickets visit

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Festival of Funky Fresh Fun Opens April 14th

Finnigan Productions presents its fourth annual festival of new plays by local playwrights, Finnigan’s Festival of Funky Fresh Fun, running April 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, & 23 at 7:30pm at The Rudyard Kipling, located at 422 W. Oak Street. Finnigan’s Festival of Funky Fresh Fun is the second production in Finnigan’s seventh season in Louisville.

Finnigan’s Festival of Funky Fresh Fun is a celebration of local theatre artists in the disciplines of playwriting, acting and directing, with scripts from ten local writers, directed by ten local directors and performed by sixteen local actors. The plays were selected by a committee of theatre artists who regularly contribute to Finnigan shows.

Finnigan’s Festival of Funky Fresh Fun’s plays include a man who swears he sees and hears a singing frog in Looney Tunes by Ben Unwin; a third wheel gets more than he’s bargained for in Roommates by Carlos Manuel; an appliance whisperer set on helping home appliances evolve in Home School by Carolyn Biggs; in the future sex is outlawed but people still want to learn about it in The Librarian by Nancy Gall-Clayton; if you think your job is hard try choir directing in The Da-da, da-da, da-da, da song by Mitch Fields; monkeys explore their humanity in Double Helix by Tad Chitwood; quality family time takes on new meaning in Home Movies by Kevin Gibson; Brittany the transvestite chicken is back in the third installment of the zany adventures of a slightly touched family from London, KY in The Wettest Beak by Sherry R. Deatrick; gypsies, collectors and assholes vie for the object of their affections in Slut for Kush-Balls by Brian Walker; and speed dating hits new…speeds…in Water, water, everywhere… by Bryce Woodard.

Directing credits for Finnigan’s Festival of Funky Fresh Fun are being shared by several local directors, including, Necessary Theatre’s artistic director Tad Chitwood; Pandora Productions’ artistic director Michael Drury; Louisville Repertory Company’s Amy Lewis; StageLab’s founding co-principal and a member of the Kentucky Playwrights Workshop, Inc., Kathi E. B. Ellis; first time director Amelia Pantalos; returning festival director (and winner of last year’s audience favorite play) Becky LeCron; returning director and regular contributing artist George R. Bailey; local actor Jeremy Sapp; local playwright Ben Unwin; and Finnigan’s Brian Walker

Finnigan’s Festival of Funky Fresh Fun is being produced by Louisville native and artistic director of Finnigan Productions, Brian Walker and longtime collaborator Kelly Kapp. Walker’s previous writing/producing credits include The Time I was Kidnapped by the Church, Smoke This Play, Great American Sex Play, my daddy’s name is Big Oil, Shot Me Down, dirty sexy derby play and ZOMBIE!. Walker is a member of the Kentucky Playwrights Workshop, Inc. Kapp has been a member of Finnigan’s acting company since its first season and serves as drama director at Mercy Academy.

Finnigan’s Festival of Funky Fresh Fun’s cast includes local talents George R. Bailey, Sarah East, Laura Ellis, Natalie Fields, Joe Hatfield, Kelly Kapp, Shaun Kenney, Becky LeCron, Corey Long, Taylor Milks, Kimberly Peterson, Leah Roberts, Michael Roberts, Neill Robertson, Jenn Starr Tennant, Eric Welch and Bryce Woodard.

Reservations for dinner and the show may be made by calling The Rudyard Kipling at 502.636.1311. Tickets are only $12.

Finnigan’s Festival of Funky Fresh Fun was written and conceived by adults for adults and due to adult language and situations, it is not recommended for anyone under the age of seventeen.

Finnigan Productions is a member of the Theatre Alliance of Louisville and the Kentucky Theatre Association.