December TBA – Live recording and radio performance of George Bernard Shaw’s THE DARK LADY OF THE SONNETS

March-April TBA – Presentation of films of Royal Shakespeare Company productions of LOVE’S LABOUR’S LOST and LOVE’S LABOUR’S WON (MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING)

March-May, 2015 – Shakespeare in the Parks MACBETH tour

June 3-August 9, 2014 – The 55th Season of Kentucky Shakespeare Festival in Central Park. 

June 3-July 25: “The Tempest.” Directed by Matt Wallace.

June 18-July 25: “The Taming of the Shrew.” Directed by Amy Attaway.

July 2-July 26: “Macbeth.” Directed by Matt Wallace.

• All three plays will be performed in repertory July 14-July 26.

July 25: Bard-a-Thon. Kentucky Shakespeare performs all three plays in one day.

July 29-Aug. 2: “The Comedy of Errors” performed by the Globe Players, Kentucky Shakespeare’s student production.

Aug. 4-9: Community Partners Week (other theater companies’ performances).

• “Recent and Relevant Shakespeare” New commissioned work form Theatre[502]

• “Chasing Ophelia” by Doug Schutte of The Bard’s Town Theatre.


• “Late Night Shakes” Improvised Shakespeare by the Louisville Improvisors at 10:30 p.m. June 27, July 11 and 18.

• All evenings include food trucks, an open bar called Will’s Tavern and pre-show entertainment provided by groups from throughout the community.


Now Playing
William Shakespeare’s family members were all illiterate.

WAVE 3 Editorial – July 17, 2012: Arts Community

July 17, 2012

By Ken Selvaggi, Wave 3, Published July 17, 2012
WAVE 3 Vice President and General Manager

Our community should take a bow at contributing to the most successful arts fundraising campaign in the country. The 11% increase in the Fund for the Arts campaign and the nearly $800,000 in new dollars topped all campaigns nationally. The more than $8 million raised was the third highest total in the 63 year history of the fund drive.

That’s fitting as Louisville is among only a dozen cities with a resident theatre, children’s theatre, opera, ballet, and orchestra. People in our area have an estimated 4,000 chances a year to see an arts performance of some kind.

The future looks even brighter as the producing artistic director of the oldest free outdoor Shakespeare Festival in the country – Kentucky Shakespeare Festival – envisions a destination tourism model for that company.

If Churchill Downs with the Kentucky Derby and Actors Theatre of Louisville with the Humana Festival of New American Plays can provide destination tourism, so can Shakespeare.

It works in smaller cities in Oregon, Utah and Alabama and can certainly work here. The economic impact in Cedar City, Utah with Utah Shakespeare was $35 million last year.

Kentucky Shakespeare will perform before its one millionth student next year with its education program that has served all 120 counties in Kentucky and many in southern Indiana. Performing from May to October with theatrical performances instead of just two months in Central Park would not only employ more folks year round in the arts community, but attract tourists for a week at a time who will help us all gain a greater rate of return on our investment in the arts.

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