Thursday, August 14, 2014

StageOne Family Theatre, Muhammad Ali Center, Kentucky Center to hold joint press conference on upcoming Muhammad Ali Partnership

StageOne Family Theatre, in partnership with the Muhammad Ali Center and the Kentucky Center, will hold a press conference on Thursday, August 21, at 10 a.m. in the Auditorium of the Muhammad Ali Center to announce their upcoming New Play Development Series project, And In This Corner…Cassius Clay; which will serve over 25,000 area school children at little to no cost. Press conference speakers will include Mayor Greg Fisher, JCPS Superintendent Dr. Donna Hargens, and Playwright Idris Goodwin; along with Executive leaders Peter Holloway (Producing Artistic Director, StageOne), Donald E. Lassere (President and CEO, Ali Center), and Kim Baker (President, The Kentucky Center).

With more than 30 world premieres over its long history, StageOne Family Theatre has always been committed to the creation of new plays for young audiences. Focusing on human rights issues, StageOne reached out to nationally acclaimed playwright Idris Goodwin to commission a new play on a young Cassius Clay, now known as Muhammad Ali, who grew up in a deeply segregated Louisville, KY. StageOne felt it was important to share Ali’s boyhood story, through the eyes of Goodwin, with the youth in this community in order to preserve Ali’s legacy and inspire the next generation of young leaders.

Sharing similar missions of inspiration and compassion, the Muhammad Ali Center and The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts were immediately approached as partners in this project. Collectively, a dual-venue experience was established for students grades four through twelve, providing them the opportunity to not only experience the play in the state-of the-art Bomhard Theater at the Kentucky Center, but also to tour the world-renowned Muhammad Ali Center at little to no cost. This collaboration aims to serve more than 25,000 students in just under a month.

Recognizing the tremendous impact this would have for these students, JCPS Superintendent Dr. Donna Hargens and Director of Curriculum Suzanne Wright set a goal for EVERY middle school student in the JCPS system to have this experience, and are working with StageOne to create a scholarship pool that would underwrite ticket costs for low-income schools, removing any financial barrier.

“Our investment in the arts is truly an investment in the future of our community,” said Dr. Donna Hargens, JCPS Superintendent. “The arts not only teach empathy, but build connections between students and the world around them; empowering each young mind with the ability to think for themselves and consider the kind of person they want to be.”

This project aligns with the Muhammad Ali Center’s goal of empowering young people to find their voice and become leaders in social justice issues.

“The Muhammad Ali Center could not be more pleased about this community partnership that will provide a whole new generation with the inspiring story of Muhammad Ali’s youth,” said Donald Lassere, President and CEO of the Muhammad Ali Center.  “We hope this theatrical rendition furthers the community pride in Louisville’s hometown hero, provides motivation for our young people to pursue greatness, and creates more excitement about Muhammad Ali’s legacy and its Louisville connection.”

Both organizations are proud to provide this opportunity to so many students across the community, many of whom would never be exposed to the arts outside of their schools. This experience would not be possible without the support and cooperation of The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts, which strives to provide artistically diverse performances of the highest quality. Since The Center’s opening in 1983, StageOne Family Theatre has been THE resident theater group of the Moritz Von Bomhard Theater; and continues to operate in tandem with the Kentucky Center through education and initiatives which expand and diversify audiences while enhancing their understanding, appreciation and support for the arts.

“The Kentucky Center is excited about this partnership because it harnesses our collective expertise to provide a very powerful and important educational experience to the youth in our community,” said Kim Baker, president of the Kentucky Center. “We strive to work with many organizations in an effort to grow our state’s arts heritage and to fulfill our mission. We are also proud to be a leader in the Compassion movement along with Mayor Fischer and other organizations. The Kentucky Center is fully committed to upholding the Charter for Compassion with elements such as empowerment, transparency, hospitality and abundance in all that we do.” 

In total, And In This Corner…Cassius Clay will run for 41 performances from January 20 – February 15, 2015. A preview night gala is planned for Saturday, January 17, 2015, Ali’s 73rd birthday. Justin Cornwell, a Chicago-based actor who graduated from Louisville’s Eastern High School and continued his education at the University of Louisville, is cast as Cassius.

Public performances are scheduled for January 19, 24 and 31, and February 7 and 14. Ticket buyers will also have the opportunity to experience the play and tour the Ali Center as both organizations will be offering discounts when they show their ticket stub. For more information about the dual field trip at the Kentucky Center and Muhammad Ali Center, visit this link: http://www.stageone.org/field-trip-and-in-this-corner-cassius-clay/.

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ABOUT THE PLAY
StageOne Family Theatre Presents
And In This Corner…Cassius Clay
There have been African American sports heroes whose celebrity helped shine light on the struggles of the communities from which they emerged, but there was no one more colorful, dynamic and larger than life than the one and only, the true greatest of all time, Muhammad Ali. Before he shook up the world he was just Cassius Clay, Jr., from Louisville, and the Louisville where he grew up in the 1950s was not like Louisville today…

ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT, IDRIS GOODWIN
Idris Goodwin is a playwright, spoken word performer and essayist. His play How We Got On, developed at the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, premiered in Actors Theatre’s 2012 Humana Festival and is being produced at theaters across the country. Goodwin is currently developing new stage works with Denver Center Theatre Company, as well as his world premiere with StageOne Family Theatre. This is Modern Art (co-written with Kevin Coval for Steppenwolf Theatre Company) was selected for the 2014 New Visions/New Voices program at the Kennedy Center. Goodwin is a Core Writer for The Playwrights’ Center and has enjoyed writing residencies with Berkeley Repertory Theatre and the New Harmony Project. These Are The Breaks (Write Bloody, 2011), his debut collection of essays and poetry, was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. He’s performed on HBO, The Discovery Channel, Sesame Street and National Public Radio. Goodwin teaches performance writing and hip hop aesthetics at Colorado College.


Urgent - Pandora Needs Replacement Actor

Pandora Productions is in URGENT need of a replacement actor for the role of:

ANTHONY in MY BIG GAY ITALIAN FUNERAL
 
The outgoing actor will sit down with the replacement to give blocking prior to rehearsals starting in earnest on Monday, August 18th @ 6:30 p.m.

They are looking for a tall leading male 25-35, a bit frantic.  Must play comedy and pathos well.
If interested please send a headshot and resume to artisticdirector@pandoraprods.org as soon as possible.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Underground Railroad Volunteer Acting Opportunity

Reprinted from email from Catherine Bache (catherine.bache@icloud.com) - no contact info was provided so I guess you should email her if interested...

Volunteer Opportunity:

- at least 2 volunteers to represent free African Americans 
(this scene can be two actresses, two actors, or one actor and one actress)
- all ages are welcome to participate

- this is an uplifting program that showcases a significant and often stereotyped aspect of our nation’s history, the Underground Railroad

- Scripts will be provided - this is not improv.
- Costumes will be provided.

For my Girl Scout Gold Award Project I am:
  • conducting research and creating a historical reenactment program by writing scripts for volunteer actors and actresses to present. 
  • putting on this program at regional historic sites. 
  • passing the scripts on to the National Park Service for them to make available to historic sites across the country.
The event will be held at:
  • Historic Locust Grove (Louisville), Friday, September 5th at 6:00 pm & 8:00 pm. (dinner will be provided)
  • John P Parker House (Ripley, Ohio), Saturday, October 11th at 2:00 pm (the cast will carpool with gas costs being covered and lunch being provided).
We will have 2 rehearsals:
  • Tuesday, August 12th at 7:30 pm - a walk through/explanation of the program, scripts will be handed out
  • A dress rehearsal. Date and time tba.
Other than attending the rehearsals and memorizing 3-5 minute scripts, there will be no other time commitments.

This program will be uplifting and empowering. I am trying to show the more true story of the UGRR and that the slaves that escaped were strong and clever and were helped by a variety of people other than just Quakers.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Rethinking....

Trying to update the "Now Playing" page is a lot of work.  I think the Culture Vulture's calendar is easier for people to find out what's playing so I will probably just defer to him.  You can find a link there on the right side of this page.  If anyone has any better ideas, let me know!

I will keep the auditions page updated, since I guess this is the only place to find out about auditions all in one place (assuming they send me info!)

So...it's back to the grindstone for me......

Dracula's Back, Y'all

Artistic Director Les Waters and Managing Director Jennifer Bielstein are thrilled to announce Fifth Third Bank’s Dracula, playing in the Bingham Theatre at Actors Theatre of Louisville, September 12-October 31, 2014.

Louisville’s favorite vampire is back, and he’s out for blood. This gothic fright-fest, based on the legendary novel by Bram Stoker, has become a Halloween cult classic. Dripping with suspense, Dracula is filled with thrills and chills to keep you on the edge of your seat.

With neither Louisville’s appetite for horror nor Actors Theatre’s ambitions to create the perfect thrill fest showing any sign of waning, this year’s production promises to be one that audiences will be dying to sink their teeth into.  William McNulty is back to direct his own adaptation of Bram Stoker’s famed novel and reprise his renowned role as Van Helsing. Randolph Curtis Rand returns in the title role and former Acting Apprentice Marc Bovino will reprise the role of Renfield for the seventh time. They will be joined by fellow Actors Theatre Apprentice alumni Alex Thompson (Mr. Briggs) and Joe Curnutte (Dr. Seward). In addition, several members of the 2014-2015 Acting Apprentice Company will be cast in the roles of Monster, Harker and Undead Woman. Ann Sonneville will make her Actors Theatre debut in the role of Lucy and local child actors Chandler Baker and MaryCharles Miller are dually cast in the role of the Undead Girl.
The creative team will feature scenic design by Paul Owen, lighting design by Tony Penna, costume design by Lorraine Venberg, sound design by Ben Marcum, and video design by Philip Allgeier.

In addition, Actors Theatre will host its annual Dracula Blood Drive in partnership with Fifth Third Bank and the Red Cross on September 25, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., at Fifth Third Bank at 4th Street Live! The event, which has become an annual tradition during the run of Dracula, aims to collect 50 pints! All blood donors will receive a complimentary pizza lunch provided by Bearno’s and will be entered into a drawing for two free tickets to Dracula.

Performances run from September 12-October 31, with an official opening on September 12. Actors Theatre is committed to providing an accessible theatre-going experience and offers an audio described performance on September 21 and an open captioned performance on October 11 during the run of Dracula. For more information on our facilities and all services offered, visit actorstheatre.org/visit/plan-your-visit/. Tickets are on sale now and are priced from $45. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Actors Theatre box office at 502.584.1205 or online at actorstheatre.org. Discount rates for groups of 10 or more are available by calling 502.585.1210.
 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

CenterStage 100th Season - It's a Party!

100th Season Launch Party Celebration

Event Time: Wednesday, July 30 at 7 p.m. • Only 300 seats available • FREE
Featuring performances from the upcoming 100th Anniversary Season of CenterStage. Enjoy birthday cake, drinks and check out memorabilia from our past seasons.
With only 300 seats available and with over 1,000 season subscribers invited this event will fill up quickly RSVP today.
Click here to reserve your seat or call 502-459-0660 for more information.

StageOne Family Theatre is rolling out its 68th season with new plays, movies and memberships!

2014-2015 Mainstage Series
Opening the season is a musical based on a traditional tale, Petite Rouge, a Cajun Red Riding Hood. If you love the classics, then you will adore this toe-tapping musical fairy tale as hot as the Louisiana swamps. A red-hooded duckling named Petite Rouge and her sidekick Cat lead the Big Bad Gator on a wild "duck" chase through New Orleans. Take a trip to the bayou in this saucy, Creole romp; heapin’ with a side of low country jazz, blues, and zydeco music!  Recommended for ages 4 and up.
October 11, 18*, 25 and November 1            2 pm
*Sensory Friendly Performance for patrons with Autism or other Sensory Sensitivities

Returning for a 21th engagement, StageOne continues the holiday tradition with The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. Woven in and out as a season staple since 1986, the Herdmans once again grace the stage for a Christmas event unlike any other.  Dubbed “the worst kids in the whole history of the world,” they lie, steal and cheat; and the whole town has gathered to see them ruin everything! Will the pageant be a disaster as everyone is expecting, or will the spirit of the season change the hearts and minds of the Herdman family? Recommended for ages 8 and up.
December 6*, 13 & 20                                       2 pm and 5 pm
*2 pm, Sensory Friendly Performance for patrons with Autism or other Sensory Sensitivities

WORLD PREMIERE! Keeping strong roots in new play development, StageOne presents And In This Corner…Cassius Clay written by playwright, Idris Goodwin.  There have been African American sports heroes whose celebrity helped shine light on the struggles of the communities from which they emerged. But there was no one more colorful, dynamic and larger than life than the one and only, the true greatest of all time, Muhammad Ali. Before he shook up the world he was just Cassius Clay, Jr. from Louisville, Kentucky; and the Louisville where he grew up in the 1950s was not like Louisville today…Recommended for ages 8 and up.
January 24* & February 14                                2 pm
January 31 & February 7                                    2 pm and 7 pm
*Sensory Friendly Performance for patrons with Autism or other Sensory Sensitivities

May 9* & 16                                                         11 am and 2 pm
*11 am, Sensory Friendly Performance for patrons with Autism or other Sensory Sensitivities

ALL SHOWS TAKE PLACE AT THE KENTUCKY CENTER

New this season
StageOne is excited to introduce a movie series for young adults; as well as offer our Pre-K “Storytellers” program as a season offering.  Both programs will launch in the fall and will be part of the new StageOne Family Theatre Membership program, which provides unlimited visits to StageOne for a bundled price. Memberships will also include special offers and discounts to various Kentucky Center events throughout the year. To purchase a membership, patrons can call 502.498.2436. Groups Rates are also available for parties of 12 or more. To purchase group tickets call 502.498.2447.
                

Looking for Lililth updates

  LFL  
2014-2015 Season Brings Works by Kentucky Natives!

  LFL Produces Provocative New and Recent Works by Kentucky artists -
Looking for Lilith, Arlene Hutton and Basil Kreimendahl
 
For its 14th season, Looking for Lilith Theatre Company is excited to announce that it will produce work by two award-winning KY women playwrights, as well as creating and presenting original LFL pieces. As always, their productions will explore historical and current issues of relevance to women and our community at large, living into LFL's mission to “examine history and interrogate today from women's experiences, frequently lifting up unheard or under-heard voices”, while doing so in some new and unexpected ways this season. They will continue and expand their outreach programming, including many after school Drama Clubs at area schools and a residency this fall with the young women at Boys' and Girls' Haven through a KFW Arts Meets Activism Grant.

The company kicks off its fall with limited engagement runs of two long-term projects. CHOICES: An Interactive Play on Cyberbullying and Suicide will have a weekend of rare public performances in September. In late Fall, they will share a work in progress based on current work with a group of women in Guatemala. This October, some of their Guatemalan partners will be coming for a visit to the U.S.. Using their visit as a catalyst, they will create a short play, incorporating what they have created together over the last 9 years and new scenes from this visit; exploring topics such as the struggle for female leadership in faith communities, health justice, and domestic violence.

Looking for Lilith’s 2014 Women’s History Month production is Arlene Hutton's As It Is In Heaven, set in the 1830's society of the Pleasant Hills Shaker Village in Harrodsburg, Kentucky. This utopian religious community is thrown into ultimately transformative upheaval when newcomers have ecstatic experiences, claiming to see angels. As It Is In Heaven has been well received by critics, with Herald saying the play is " …powerful and insightful…a thought-provoking piece, the message being that often we need not look as far as heaven to see angels here on earth…". On American Theatre Web, it was said that, "Hutton asks some universal questions about the nature of community and belief that are timeless. . ." As It Is In Heaven premiered on September 13, 2001 at the 78th Street Theater Lab in NYC.

LFL’s Spring show is Sidewinders, by Louisville native Basil Kreimendahl. Sidewinders pays homage to the Theatre of the Absurd, with clear derivations from Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot, and can claim a place in the nascent Transgender Rights Movement. It premiered at San Francisco's Cutting Ball Theater in October, 2013 where they described it thusly - "In this absurdist-Western romp through gender queerness, Dakota and Bailey are new friends who find themselves lost, possibly upside down, on a vast frontier. Their journey to getting right side up provokes questions of sex anatomy, transgenderism, and who we really are from the inside out." LFL Artistic Director Shannon Leigh Woolley says, "I think transgender issues are one of the most important and relevant under-heard voices in our society right now, and I think the framework of a "Western" is a really innovative way of exploring the issues with a sprinkle of the ridiculous. Westerns have so much emphasis on archetypes, and this script uses two characters who are simultaneously archetypal "cowpokes," while defying gender archetypes." Sidewinders was the winner of the 2013 Rella Lossy Award for playwriting.

Additionally, original work this season will center on the creation of a new play dealing with local environmental issues, to be produced in Fall of 2015. With partial funding from Alternate ROOTS, we will be researching and devising our newest play throughout the season, in preparation for the GLI's Arts and Cultural Attractions Network's year long initiative, YESFest (Year of Environment and Sustainability) in 2015. This Festival will be a celebration of the region's dynamic arts and cultural organizations united, exploring these important issues. LFL's play development will focus on environmental issues in our community and paying tribute to Rachel Carson and other women environmental activists. During the spring of 2015 community members will have the opportunity to participate in workshops that will explore area environmental issues through theatre devising techniques. This production will open LFL's 2015-2016 season in the fall of '15.

Once again, Looking for Lilith will offer pre-season flex passes, $50 for three shows if purchased by September 1. Individual tickets will be $18 for adults, $15 for students and seniors, with rates for groups of ten or more at $12 per ticket. Information about venues and specific dates will be announced in the near future. For more information about Looking for Lilith’s original productions, previous seasons, and extensive outreach programming – including in Guatemala – go to www.lookingforlilith.org

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Hello again!

I will try to put up announcements of shows and auditions as best as I can but please don't get mad at me if I miss something.  Also, it will probably not be as thorough as in the past - I am going to figure out a better way of posting the listings someday. 

So, keep me on your email list for announcements, and I'll do my best to publicize them. 

Saturday, March 8, 2014

This is the end.

I am not able to update this website any longer.  It's been a fun hobby, but I have no time to focus on theatre schedules and auditions.  I would urge the Theatre Alliance of Louisville to take up the task of posting audition notices instead.  I've enjoyed being a part of Louisville theatre life for the past nine years, and I've seen lots of incredible performances,  and I will go on applauding, long after the curtain is down.  Thank you for letting me be a part of the "show." 

- S. Deatrick

PS - Here is one last audition notice:


Hayswood Theatre announces auditions for the upcoming production of See How They Run.  Auditions will be held Sunday and Monday evenings March 9 & 10 at 7:00 p.m. at the theater, located at 115 South Capitol Avenue in Corydon.  

An audition packet is available on our website www.hayswoodtheatre.org.  Please download the packet prior to the auditions.

The packet contains:  audition and rehearsal information, a short synopsis of the play, cast of characters with descriptions and script scenes that will be used at the audition.  Headshots and resumes will be appreciated from those auditioning.

For further information please contact John Hardaway at (812) 844-1013,