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2018/19 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. New for this season, we’re offering online ticketing! If you have questions for the box office, please call us at 502.589.0084.

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Ticket prices are as follow (does not include taxes or fees):

  • 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. 

Blue Stockings

September 20 – 29
by Jessica Swale, directed by Heather Burns
In this moving, comical story of Victorian women fighting for the future of education, Tess and her fellow first-years are determined to win the right to graduate from Girton College, Cambridge. But distractions of love, the class divide, and the strength of the opposition stand in the way of change.

The Laramie Project

October 11-20
by Moisés Kaufman & members of Tectonic Theater Project, directed by Mitchell Martin
CTC commemorates the 20th anniversary of Matthew Shepard’s death by honoring the ongoing campaign for LGBTQ rights. “Hate is not a Laramie value,” but after a gay man is brutally beaten, a small town copes with an act of violence while the nation watches. Based on interviews, the play shows how people can directly or indirectly motivate hatred and intolerance, and how a community grows toward acceptance and hope.

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

November 8-17 
music/lyrics by William Finn, book by Rachel Sheinkin, conceived by Rebecca Feldman, directed by Mera Kathryn Corlett, music direction by John Austin Clark
An odd assortment of spelling champions learns that winning – and losing – isn’t everything. The tweens spell their way through a series of words while candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their lives. This 2005 Tony winner for Best Musical Book is a riotous ride, complete with audience participation!

The Ugly Duckling

Date November 17 @ 10:30 | A play for younger audiences by the Blue Apple Outreach Touring Company 
by Geraldine Ann Snyder, directed by Mera Kathryn Corlett, music director Jecorey Arthur
This musical reimagining of Hans Christian Andersen’s classic begins with a comical egg-hatching ballet and ends with an empowering message of belonging. In between, our protagonist is rejected from a family of ducks for being “different” and sets off seeking a place to feel at home. Featuring a fresh score incorporating rap and live sound mixing, this version stays true to the lesson that every creature is entitled to acceptance & love – though they sometimes spring from unlikely places.

Almost, Maine

January 17 – 26 
by John Cariani, directed by Charlie Sexton
Falling in love is tough. Falling out of love is tough. In the mythical town of Almost, Maine, residents find themselves falling in or out of love in unusual, hilarious, and magical ways. This play of vignettes captures the moments when life takes us by surprise, and looks at love from different angles.

Young Playwrights Festival 2019

February 6-17
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.

The Trials of Robin Hood

February 6-17 | Featuring the Young Company of the Walden Theatre Conservatory
by Will Averill, directed by Meg Caudill
King Richard returns from the Crusades to find a kingdom in upheaval, and he calls a trial to determine what’s happened in his absence – and who he should hold responsible. Robin Hood, Maid Marian, and the Sheriff of Nottingham share their own versions of events, leaving the audience to decide which testimony is true. This funny take on a classic features intermediate actors from the Walden Theatre Conservatory.

StoryTime Theatre – Native American Myths

Date TBD | A play for younger audiences by the Blue Apple Outreach Touring Company 
written/directed by the company
Rabbit, Bear, and Coyote are a rambunctious yet charming group of animals present in the mythic traditions of many Native American nations. Their rambles, tricks, and dares lead to the creation of the constellations, the length of Rabbit’s tail, and other universal curiosities as this play shares the cultural stories of how the natural world came to be. The performance + Q&A session grows comprehension of literary genre. Show features a set & props hand-made from familiar objects, demonstrating that resourcefulness is a gateway to creative expression.

Cabaret

March 7-23 | Performed by CTC’s Professional Company-In-Residence 
book by Joe Masteroff, music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb, directed by Seth Lieber, music direction by John Austin Clark
“There was a cabaret, and there was a master of ceremonies, and there was a city called Berlin, in a country called Germany, and it was the end of the world.” The Weimar Republic’s liberties and libertines are whipped away by the rising storm of fascism in this groundbreaking, heartbreaking musical that’s as shocking as it is familiar.

May 9-19  |  Young American Shakespeare Festival 2019

The Walden Theatre Conservatory at Commonwealth Theatre Center made history in 2017, becoming the first youth conservatory in the world to fully 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.

Macbeth

by William Shakespeare, directed by Hallie Dizdarevic
Spurred on by a prophecy and emboldened by his ambitious wife, Macbeth murders the king of Scotland and seizes the crown for himself. But power comes at a steep price as his tyranny and paranoia leave allies dead or fleeing for their lives. Even his wife succumbs to madness in this bloody and tragic fall of a once brave leader.

Henry V

by William Shakespeare, directed by Jennifer Pennington
The young and charismatic English king has grown to respect the demands and sacrifices of rule, and he offers inspiration to his soldiers even as he doubts his own resolve to continue the war for the throne of France. The risks are huge, the cause is debatable, and bloodshed – of enemies and countrymen alike – is the only certainty.

The Winter’s Tale

by William Shakespeare, directed by Charlie Sexton
Driven mad by a suspected infidelity between his wife and his lifelong friend, a king makes disastrous choices that strip him of everything he holds dear. But destiny (and possibly magic) offers a chance for forgiveness via a bear’s pursuit, a shepherd’s discovery, and a pair of lovers’ determination to be together.

2018/19 Season Brochure

Recent Seasons

2017/18

A Wrinkle In Time
John Glore, adapted from the novel by Madeleine L’Engle
dir. Heather Burns

The Crucible
Arthur Miller
dir. Charlie Sexton

Welcome To Wandaland (Regional Premiere)
Ifa Bayeza
dir. Karen Edwards-Hunter, assistant director Julane Havens

The Comedy of Oedipus (Regional Premiere)
Ali Salem, trans. by Pierre Cachia & Desmond O’Grady
dir. Mera Kathryn Corlett

The Trojan Women
Euripides, trans. by Edith Hamilton
dir. Hallie Dizdarevic

Young Playwrights Festival 2018
Walden Theatre Conservatory playwrights
dir. Keith McGill et al.

Circe and Ulysses (World Premiere)
Naomi Iizuka
dir. Sabrina Spalding

The Merry Wives of Windsor
William Shakespeare
dir. Jennifer Pennington, assistant director Meg Caudill

Measure for Measure
William Shakespeare
dir. Charlie Sexton

Richard III
William Shakespeare
dir. Heather Burns

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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