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2017/18 Season

Join our company for another exciting season of classic and contemporary theatre produced by theatre professionals and students, and performed by teen actors enrolled in our much-lauded Conservatory Program alongside shows featuring the talents of our staff company, alumni, and community partners. It’s looking exciting!

Tickets, venue, dates, and times

Shows perform on Thursdays-Fridays-Saturdays at 7:30pm and matinee performances are Saturdays at 2pm within the date ranges indicated for each production. Reservations can be made up to 3 weeks in advance by contacting the box office by email or phone: 502.589.0084. Ticket prices are as follow:

  • EVENING: Adults $15, Students/Seniors $10.
  • MATINEE: Adults $10, Students/Seniors $8.
  • ARTS CARD: Please present card at box office for 2-for-1 tickets.
  • GROUPS: Groups may qualify for reduced ticket prices. Call for reservations.
  • YOUNGER AUDIENCES: Plays for younger audiences are typically $5. Contact us for details.

Most performances take place on the Nancy Niles Sexton Stage at our Payne Street facility. The theatre is accessible; please call for special seating requests. House opens 30 minutes before curtain and seating is general admission. Free parking is available on-street (no meters!) or in the small lot at the rear of the building.

A Wrinkle In Time

September 21 – 30
by John Glore, adapted from the novel by Madeleine L’Engle, directed by Heather Burns
Meg Murray has had a rebellious attitude ever since her father disappeared. When a mysterious stranger tumbles into her life, Meg, her brother and a friend get pulled into the universe’s fight against evil to find her missing father.

The Crucible

October 12-21 | Co-production of Professional Company In Residence with Conservatory
by Arthur Miller, directed by Charlie Sexton
In the rigid theocracy of Salem, rumors of women practicing witchcraft galvanize the town’s fears and suspicions. When a young girl accuses Elizabeth Proctor of being a witch, a frenzied trial ensues. Written in 1953 and based on historical people and events, Miller’s drama provided a mirror against the hysteria of the Red Scare in Cold War America.

Welcome to Wandaland

November 9-18 
by Ifa Bayeza, directed by Karen Edwards-Hunter, assistant director Julane Havens
4th grader Wanda is on a mission to learn everything there is to know in the world so that she can pass an intelligence test and catapult into a newly desegregated “gifted” school. As she learns about Civil Rights, the Cold War, & the Space Race, her test mania collides with her understanding of her place in this world.

Red Riding Hood

November 11 | A play for younger audiences by the Blue Apple Outreach Touring Company 
by Geraldine Ann Snyder, directed by Mera Kathryn Corlett, music directed by Bob Ramsey
Set in Louisville in the 1920s, Red Riding Hood must walk through Central Park to visit her ailing grandmother. Along the way, she encounters a washed-up pair of vaudeville comedians: Mr. Wolfie and his sidekick Mr. Moley. The duo’s harebrained attempts to steal Red’s basket of goodies results in a hilarious sequence of events!

The Comedy of Oedipus

November 30-December 9 
by Ali Salem, directed by Mera Kathryn Corlett
In this inversion of the Greek classic, satirist Ali Salem delivers our mythic hero to the Thebes of ancient Egypt where he defeats the Sphinx and ushers in 5,000 years of technological advancement in just a matter of days. Despite some radical changes, the city’s inequality, fear, and corruption remain unsolvable riddles in this hilarious regional premiere.

The Trojan Women

January 25 – February 3 
by Euripides, directed by Hallie Dizdarevic
The women of Troy are left homeless and await sale as slaves after their husbands are murdered and children stolen by a war in which they had no say. As our world contends with the greatest refugee crisis since WWII, this ancient Greek play is a haunting reminder of the repetition of history’s worst moments.

Young Playwrights Festival 2018

February 14-17
by Walden Theatre Conservatory playwrights, various directors
A festival of original short plays created and developed in Walden Theatre’s playwriting workshop, celebrating the talents of student playwrights, actors, designers, and directors.

StoryTime Theatre – Fables: Anything But Aesop

February 17 | A play for younger audiences by the Blue Apple Outreach Touring Company 
written/directed by Mera Kathryn Corlett
Aesop is perhaps the most famous fabulist in history, but this is not a show about him! A lively troupe of actors is determined to perform fables from all over the world as long as they are not from Aesop. This funny, family-friendly play brings to life stories from Brazil, China, Ghana, and India. Includes a short Q&A with the artists.

Circe and Ulysses

March 1-10 
by Darcy Cleaver, directed by Mitchell Martin
The sorceress Circe has made a sport of reeling in seafarers and keeping them for her pets. But with the arrival of Ulysses—the hero of Homer’s Odyssey (and catch of the century?)—she finds herself ensnared by forces beyond her power in this world premiere play about love, fate, and fun in the sun written by a Louisville playwright.

May 10-20  |  Young American Shakespeare Festival 2017

In 2017, Commonwealth Theatre Center made history by becoming the first theatre conservatory for young people to produce the complete canon of Shakespeare’s plays. The company builds on this unmatched achievement each year with The Young American Shakespeare Festival—the largest and longest-running such Festival by and for young people in the nation.

The Merry Wives of Windsor

by William Shakespeare, directed by Jennifer Pennington
Short on funds and searching for fun, the legendary Falstaff—newly arrived in the quiet burg of Windsor­—attempts a seduction of two women he believes are in love with him. But when the women discover he’s used the same letter for them both, they turn the tables on the rogue in this rousing Elizabethan farce.

Richard III

by William Shakespeare, directed by Heather Burns
The dastardly Richard will claim the throne for his own, and neither allies nor family are safe in this finale to Shakespeare’s Wars of the Roses. No rest for the wicked. No mercy for the weak. No villain ever confided so much in the audience.

Measure for Measure

by William Shakespeare, directed by Charlie Sexton
Although technically a comedy, this enduring “problem play” deals with corruption and political hypocrisy among the powerful even as it delivers an entertaining blend of plots, tricks, and disguises in the build to a climax skewering the prevailing misogyny of the day.

View/print the 2017-18 Season Brochure

Recent Seasons

2016/17

Tartuffe
Moliere, adapt. Richard Wilbur
dir. Charlie Sexton

A Bright Room Called Day
Tony Kushner
dir. Hallie Dizdarevic

King Lear
(Co-Production w/ UofL Dept. of Theatre Arts)
William Shakespeare
dir. Jennifer Pennington

Pinocchio
Moses Goldberg, adapted from Carlo Collodi, music by Scott Kasbaum
dir. Mera Kathryn Corlett

Rhinoceros
Eugene Ionesco, trans. by Derek Prouse
dir. Hal Park

Cyrano de Bergerac
adapt. Anthony Burgess, from Edmond Rostand
dir. Melinda Crecelius

Young Playwrights Festival 2017
Walden Theatre Conservatory playwrights
dir. Keith McGill et al.

Good Kids
Naomi Iizuka
dir. Sabrina Spalding

King John
William Shakespeare
dir. Jennifer Pennington

A Midsummer Night’s Dream
William Shakespeare
dir. Charlie Sexton

Henry VIII
William Shakespeare
dir. Heather Burns

2015/16

The Importance of Being Earnest
Oscar Wilde
dir. Charlie Sexton

Acts of God
Mark Rigney
dir. Sabrina Spalding

The Fighting Frogs vs. Victoria Vanderbilt
Valerie Work
dir. Mera Kathryn Corbett

Misalliance
George Bernard Shaw
dir. Hal Park

Kafka’s Metamorphosis
adapt. Steve Moulds
from Franz Kafka’s novel
dir. Hallie Dizdarevic

Young Playwrights Festival 2016
various student playwrights
various directors

Failure: A Love Story
Philip Dawkins
dir. Ben Park

Henry VI, Part 1
William Shakespeare
dir. Jennifer Pennington

Henry VI, Part 2
William Shakespeare
dir. Charlie Sexton

Henry VI, Part 3
William Shakespeare
dir. Neill Robertson

2014/15

Harvey
Mary Chase
dir. Hallie Dizdarevic

Three Sisters
Anton Chekhov
adapted by Criag Lucas
dir. Charlie Sexton

The Snow Queen
Stanton Wood
based on the Hans Christian Andersen story
dir. Neill Robertson

Jane the Plain
August Schulenburg
dir. Alec Volz

Uncle Vanya
Anton Chekhov
adapted by David Mamet
dir. by Hal Park

Romeo & Juliet
William Shakespeare
dir. Julane Havens

Young Playwrights Festival
Various Directors

The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui
Bertolt Brecht
dir. Alec Volz

The Beaux’ Stratagem
George Farquhar
dir. Hallie Dizdarevic

Henry IV, Part 1 & 2
William Shakespeare
dir. Julane Havens

2013/14

Summer and Smoke
Tennessee WIlliams
dir. Charlie Sexton

Six Characters in Search of an Author
Steve Moulds
adapted from the play by Luigi Pirandello
dir. Hallie Dizdarevic

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
from the novel by C.S. Lewis
dramatized by Joseph Robinette
dir. Melinda Crecelius

In the Pony Palace / Football
Tina Satter
dir. Alec Volz

Jane Eyre
Christina Calvit
adapted from the novel by Charlotte Brontë
dir. Alec Volz

Young Playwrights Festival
Various Directors

The Country of the Blind
Frank Higgins
adapted from the story by H.G. Wells
dir. Julane Havens

As You Like It
William Shakespeare
dir. Charlie Sexton

Richard II
William Shakespeare
dir.  J. Barrett Cooper

Pericles, Prince of Tyre
William Shakespeare
dir. Julane Havens

2012/13

Summer Brave
William Inge
dir. Charlie Sexton

Oresteia
Aeschylus, translated by Peter Meineck
dir. Julane Havens

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
from the story by Washington Irving
adapted by Christopher Cartmill
dir. Brian Hinde

Salvation Road
D.W. Gregory
dir. Alec Volz

Great Expectations
from the novel by Charles Dickens
adapted by Nick Ormerod & Declan Donnellan
dir. Alec Volz

Young Playwrights Festival
Various Directors

Quilters
Barbara Damashek & Molly Newman
dir. Hallie Dizdarevic

The Liar
Pierre Corneille
adapted by David Ives
dir. Charlie Sexton

Two Gentlemen of Verona
William Shakespeare
dir.  J. Barrett Cooper

The Tempest
William Shakespeare
dir. Julane Havens

2011/12

Anon(ymous)
Naomi Iizuka
dir. Julane Havens

Frankenstein
Nick DiMartino
from the Mary Shelley novel
dir. Charlie Sexton

A Night of Poe
Edgar Allan Poe
dir. Hallie Dizdarevic

Phantom Band
Krista Knight
dir. Alec Volz

Julius Caesar
William Shakespeare
dir. Alec Volz

Young Playwrights Festival
Various Directors

The American Clock
Arthur Miller
dir. Lucas Adams

Titus Andronicus
William Shakespeare
dir. Charlie Sexton

Volpone
Ben Jonson
dir.  J. Barrett Cooper

Cymbeline
William Shakespeare
dir. Julane Havens

2010/11

Camino Real
Tennessee Williams
dir. Julane Havens

The Learned Ladies
Moliere
dir. Charlie Sexton

The Disappearance of Daniel Hand
Dan O’Brien
dir. Alec Volz

To Kill a Mockingbird
Christopher Sergel
from the Harper Lee novel
dir. Charlie Sexton

Young Playwrights Festival
Various Directors

Waiting for Lefty
Clifford Odets
dir. Lucas Adams

Othello
William Shakespeare
dir. Charlie Sexton

Twelfth Night
William Shakespeare
dir.  J. Barrett Cooper

Antony and Cleopatra
William Shakespeare
dir. Alec Volz

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