Youth like summer morn, age like winter weather,
Youth like summer brave, age like winter bare.
–William Shakespeare, “The Passionate Pilgrim”

Walden Theatre invites you to SUMMER BRAVE by William Inge, directed by Charlie Sexton. The play opens one week from today and runs September 13-22 on Walden Theatre’s Nancy Niles Sexton Stage.

SUMMER BRAVE is Inge’s thoughtful revision of his Pulitzer Prize winning play Picnic. Set in a small Kansas town in the late ’50s, the play begins on the afternoon before the community’s annual Labor Day feast, with the arrival of handsome former football star Hal Carter. This rough-hewn charmer provokes gossip and censure among the middle-aged women of the neighborhood–along with a not inconsiderable amount of wistfulness for a life that’s passing them by.

But Hal also awakens new feelings and dreams in teenage sisters Madge and Millie. Though on track for wildly different futures, the beautiful Madge and the smart tomboy Millie both find themselves drawn to Hal in a ways that upend their expectations and reveal their deepest vulnerabilities.

“Inge had a true gift for portraying small town characters with big dreams,” said Walden Theatre Artistic Director Charlie Sexton, who directs this production. “SUMMER BRAVE is a play that deals with the sizzle and fire of young love and the consequences thereof, and also with older characters who are either doomed to let life pass them by or determined not to let it happen.”

The play is Walden Theatre’s first offering in the 2012/13 Season of Plays. For more about the full season, click here or visit

September 13-22
Evening performances
@7:30pm Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays
Matinée performances
@ 2:00pm Saturdays (matinée pricing on 2nd Thursdays)

All shows at Walden Theatre’s Nancy Niles Sexton Stage
1123 Payne Street, Louisville, KY 40204

For tickets, call 502.589.0084. Prices $8-$15.

Box office opens 1 hour before curtain.
Doors open 30 min before curtain.
Seating is general admission.
Theatre is fully accessible.

Please call for special seating needs.