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04/16/2018

Shakespeare in the Parks Spring Tour

LOUISVILLE, KY – March 19, 2018 – Kentucky Shakespeare is proud to announce the 2018 SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARKS tour.  Their 6-actor, 80-minute production of A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM will tour to 25 Kentuckiana locations this spring, bringing free Shakespeare to local neighborhoods April 7-May 19, 2018.  

“For the fifth year in a row, in addition to our summer-long festival in Central Park, we’re delighted to tour free Shakespeare in the Park to parks across the area. This spring, we branch out further, touring to a record 25 parks, spanning distance from Chickasaw Park to La Grange, from New Albany to the Parklands of Floyds Park,” says Producing Artistic Director Matt Wallace. “This fun new adaptation of Shakespeare’s popular play is great for all ages and is filled physical comedy, hilarious characters, and lots of magic.” He added, “We have to thank the nineteen Louisville Metro Council members who’ve sponsored performances in their districts, plus White Clay, Locust Grove, Norton Commons, the Tyler Park Neighborhood Association, the Mayors and cities of Lyndon, New Albany, Jeffersonville, St. Matthews, La Grange, Shively, Pewee Valley and Jeffersontown. We’re grateful so many people have come together to bring this special free family event to neighborhoods across the area!”

The production is directed by Amy Attaway, Kentucky Shakespeare’s Associate Artistic Director, and features an ensemble cast of six professional actors: Shaleen Cholera as Lysander, Tamara Dearing as Titania, Charity Means as Hermia, Colin Nesmith as Oberon, Neill Robertson as Demetrius, and Sabrina Spalding as Helena. All of the actors also play other multiple roles in the production. The production features costumes by Donna Lawrence-Downs, sound design by Laura Ellis, and set design by Hannah Allgeier, with Racheal Luther as the stage manager.

Audience members are invited to bring their own chairs, blankets, and picnics for this free, family-friendly community event.

Kentucky Shakespeare will also tour the production to schools across the state as part of Shakespeare in American Communities, a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. Kentucky Shakespeare is one of 40 professional theater companies selected to participate in bringing the finest productions of Shakespeare to middle- and high-school students in communities across the United States.

Dates, Places and Times of the productions are as follows:

April 7, 2018 – 1:00PM

Baxter Square Park
301 South 12th Street, Louisville, KY 40203

Rain Space: Baxter Community Center
Sponsor: Councilwoman Barbara Sexton-Smith, District 4

 

April 7, 2018 – 6:30PM

Community Park, St. Matthews

310 Ten Pin Lane, Louisville, KY 40207

Rain Space: Waggener Traditional High School

Sponsor: City of St. Matthews

 

April 13, 2018 – 6:30PM

Norton Commons Amphitheater

10712 Meeting Street, Prospect, KY 40059

Rain Space: YMCA Norton Commons
Sponsor: Norton Commons

 

April 14, 2018 – 1:00PM

Carrie Gaulbert Cox Park

3730 River Road, Louisville, KY 40207

Rain Space: TBD

Sponsor: Councilwoman Angela Leet, District 7; Councilman Bill Hollander, District 9

 

April 14, 2018 – 6:30PM 

Emerson Park

1100 Sylvia St, Louisville, KY  40205

Rain Space: Shelby Traditional

Sponsor: Councilman Pat Mulvihill, District 10

 

April 15, 2018 – 1:00PM

Riverview Park

8202 Greenwood Rd, Louisville, KY 40258

Rain Space: Pleasure Ridge Park High School

Sponsor: Councilman Rick Blackwell, District 12

 

April 15, 2018 – 6:30PM

Chicasaw Park

1200 Southwestern Parkway, Louisville, KY 40211

Rain Space: TBD

Sponsor: Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton, District 5

 

April 20, 2018 – 6:30PM

Highview Park

201 Outer Loop, Louisville, KY 40228

Rain Space: Central Government Center

Councilman James Peden, District 23

 

April 21, 2018 – 1:00PM

LaGrange Park

Park Lane, LaGrange, KY 40031

Rain Space: City Place

Sponsor: City of LaGrange

 

April 22, 2018 - 1:00PM

Iroquois Park Amphitheater

2120 Rundill Rd, Louisville, KY 40214

Rain Space: Same

Sponsors: Councilwoman Vicky Aubrey Welch, District 13; Councilwoman Marianne Butler, District 15; Vitalis Lanshima, District 21; Councilman David Yates, District 25

 

April 22, 2018 – 6:30PM

Tyler Park

1501 Castlewood Avenue, Louisville, KY 40204

Rain Space: Same (Pavilion)

Sponsor: Councilman Brandon Coen, District 8; Tyler Park Neighborhood Association

 

April 27, 2018 – 6:30PM

Locust Grove

561 Blankenbaker Ln, Louisville, KY 40207

Rain Space: Same 

Sponsor: Locust Grove

 

April 27, 2018 – 10:00AM

Russell Lee Park 

701 Southern Ave, Louisville, KY 40211

Rain Space: Southwick Community Center

Sponsor: Councilwoman Jessica Green, District 1

 

April 28, 2018 – 6:30PM

Shively Park 

1902 Park Road, Shively, KY 40216

Rain Space: Shively Community Center

Sponsor: Shively City Council

 

April 28, 2018 – 1:00PM

Victory Park

701 Southern Ave, Louisville, KY 40211

Rain Space: St. Stephen Family Life Center

Sponsor: Council President David James, District 6

 

April 29, 2018 – 1:00PM

Robison Park

Robison Park Drive, Lyndon, KY 40222

Rain Space: Lyndon City Hall

Sponsor: City of Lyndon, Brent Hagan-Mayor

 

April 29, 2018 – 6:30PM

Sun Valley Park

6616 Ashby Lane, Louisville, KY 40272

Rain Space: Sun Valley Community Center

Sponsor: Councilwoman Cindi Fowler, District 14

 

May 6, 2018 – 6:30PM

Hounz Lane Park

2300 Hounz Ln, Louisville, KY 40223

Rain Space: Westport Road Baptist Church

Sponsor: Councilman Glen Stuckel, District 17

 

May 11, 2018 – 6:30PM

The Jeffersonian, Jeffersontown

10617 Taylorsville Road, Jeffersontown, KY 40299

Rain Space: The Jeffersonian

Sponsor: Mayor Bill Dieruf; Jeffersontown City Council

 

May 12, 2018 – 1:00PM

New Albany Amphitheater

201 E Water Street, New Albany, IN  47150

Rain Space: Silver Street Park

Sponsor: Jeff Gahan, Mayor, City of New Albany

 

May 12, 2018 – 6:30PM

Petersburg Park

5008 East Indian Trail, Louisville, KY 40218

Rain Space: Price Elementary

Sponsor: Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin, District 2

 

May 13, 2018 – 1:00PM

Broad Run Park – Parklands

11551 Bardstown Rd, Louisville, KY 40291

Rain Space: Same

Sponsor: Councilman Stuart Benson, District 20

 

May 13, 2018 – 6:30PM

Central Park – Pewee Valley

11551 Bardstown Rd, Louisville, KY 40291

Rain Space: Peewee Valley Presbyterian Church

Sponsor: City of Pewee Valley

 

May 18, 2018 – 6:30PM

Big Four Station Park

Big Four Pedestrian Bridge, Jeffersonville, IN 47130

Rain Space: Same

Sponsors:  Mike Moore, Mayor, City of Jeffersonville; Jeffersonville Public Art Commission; Jeffersonville Main Street; Jeffersonville Arts Alliance 

 

May 19, 2018 – 6:30PM

Story Avenue Park

1519 Story Ave, Louisville, KY 40206

Rain Space: Crescent Hill Methodist Church

Sponsor: Councilman Bill Hollander, District 9 and White Clay

 

If you would like to schedule an interview with Matt Wallace, Producing Artistic Director, or learn more about Kentucky Shakespeare, please contact Robert Silverthorn III at 574-9900 ext. 11 or rob@kyshakespeare.com. 

For more information about Kentucky Shakespeare visit www.kyshakespeare.com.

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