Stage House Farewell – 2016

“Parting is such sweet sorrow…”


Dear Friends of Kentucky Shakespeare,

We’re looking for volunteers to help us take down the vertical part of our stage house this Saturday, November 19.  We’re not going anywhere, and the stage isn’t going anywhere – it’s just time for the upright structure to say goodbye.

This beautiful stage house, designed by Paul Owen in 1992, has given us a versatile and inspiring place to play, and it holds many memories of magic in the park.

When it was constructed, however, it wasn’t meant to last for decades. In 2014 Paul redesigned the horizontal stage structure, incorporating the trees and a thrust, and that part will remain as our foundation as we move forward. We’ve been repairing and patching the vertical portion every summer, and due to structural and safety issues this part will be taken down on November 19.  This will allow for greater flexibility, a clean slate and a re-imagined future in Central Park. The vertical pieces will then have their encore on the set of our ROSENCRANTZ & GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD at the Kentucky Center in January, then they’ll move along into theatre history.

Similar to Shakespeare in the Park in NY, the omnidirectional stage will rest without a permanent upright structure in the off-season. Work with Paul has begun on the design for next summer, incorporating the natural beauty of the park and the next chapter for the C. Douglas Ramey Amphitheater, serving many thousands in the years to come.

Saturday, November 19 – starting at 8:30AM in Central Park.  If you’re able to volunteer, please let us know – it would be a great help. We’ll provide lunch, a fun time with a good group of people, and lots of gratitude.

Thanks for your support of YOUR Kentucky Shakespeare as we re-imagine the future.

If you can join us, please email

– Your Kentucky Shakespeare Family


“Now join your hands, and with your hands your hearts.”