Arts Groups Offer Discounted Tickets Again This Season

Some Louisville arts groups say they will continue a program that offers discounted tickets to many performances. WFPL’s Elizabeth Kramer has more. The Kentucky Center, the Fund for the Arts and its member groups launched the Arts Rush program in January. From then through the end of the season, the program sold more than 2,500 […]

Kennedy Center Head Advises Kentucky Arts Groups

The president of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts visited Louisville and Lexington today to talk to arts groups about surviving the recession. WFPL’s Elizabeth Kramer has more. [LISTEN HERE to the public forum with Michael Kaiser in Louisville hosted by Marc Masterson, the artistic director of Actors Theatre of Louisville, or right click […]

Ray Fry, Who Worked at Actors Theatre, Dies

An actor who had a long career at Actors Theatre of Louisville died Monday. WFPL’s Elizabeth Kramer reports. Ray Fry was 86 and began working at Actors Theatre of Louisville in 1974. For more than two decades Fry created new roles each season and in performances during the Humana Festival of New American Plays. Jeff […]

Actors Theatre Stages High School Students' Plays

On Sunday and Monday, Actors Theatre of Louisville puts the words of students from the region on stage in a play festival. WFPL’s Elizabeth Kramer has more. The New Voices Play Festival features eight plays by area high school students. The festival is not a stand-alone event, says Lee Look, who coordinates the festival and the […]

'Wild Blessings': Wendell Berry's Passions Reframed

LISTEN TO THE STORY Wendell Berry, the Kentucky-based agrarian philosopher, has been described as our era’s heir to Emerson and Thoreau — a writer concerned with the importance of community, and with the lessons we can learn from the natural world. Now, the Actors Theatre of Louisville is putting his ideas on stage. There were […]

Actors Theatre Kicks Off 33rd Humana Festival

Actors Theatre of Louisville kicks off the 33rd Humana Festival of New American Plays this week amid concerns about the weak economy. WFPL’s Elizabeth Kramer has more. This year’s Humana Festival will premiere eight new works over the next five weeks. While many arts groups are starting to scale back activities, Actors Theatre managing director […]

Arts Groups Watch, Plan for Economic Fallout

Sure, the end-of-the-year holidays have significant meaning for different faiths, but this time is also when arts organizations take stock of their current season…and plan for the next. WFPL’s Elizabeth Kramer reports on how the current economy is factoring into what we might see and hear in the future. Summer’s high fuel costs and the […]

Actors Theatre Announces Humana Festival Plays

Actors Theatre of Louisville has announced the lineup for next year’s Humana Festival of New American Plays. WFPL’s Elizabeth Kramer reports. The 2009 festival has plays that have local appeal, including works based on Louisville’s Rubbertown and the writing of Kentucky author Wendell Berry. But Actors Theatre artistic director Marc Masterson says the festival includes […]

Do Women Playwrights Get their Due in Louisville?

A group of women playwrights is calling tonight’s event a “town hall” meeting. But the town they are in is huge. Tonight, they are meeting at the New York home of New Dramatists, the non-profit center that provides resources to help develop new playwrights. Their reason is a complaint: that New York’s leading Off Broadway […]

The Rise of Political Theater in Louisville

As this year’s political season goes into full swing, so does the beginning of the theater season. In recent years, political theatre — even in Louisville — has more widespread. WFPL’s Elizabeth Kramer reports. Over the past decades, theater season in Louisville has come with a slate of plays with political content. Actors Theatre of Louisville has […]