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2019/20 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!

She Kills Monsters

September 19-28, 2019
by Qui Nguyen, directed by Heather Burns
A comedic romp into the world of fantasy role-playing games, She Kills Monsters tells the story of high schooler Agnes Evans as she deals with the death of her younger sister, Tilly. When Agnes stumbles upon Tilly’s Dungeons & Dragons notebook, she finds herself catapulted into a journey of discovery and action-packed adventure in the imaginary world that was her sister’s refuge. In this high-octane dramatic comedy laden with homicidal fairies, nasty ogres, and ’90s pop culture, acclaimed playwright Qui Nguyen offers a heart-pounding homage to the geek and warrior within us all.

Top Girls

October 11-19, 2019
by Caryl Churchill, directed by Hallie Dizdarevic
Marlene has been promoted to managing director of a London employment agency and is celebrating. The symbolic luncheon is attended by women in legend or history who offer perspectives on maternity and ambition. In a time warp, these ladies are also her co-workers, clients, and relatives. Marlene, like her famous guests, has had to pay a price to ascend from proletarian roots to the executive suite: she has become, figuratively speaking, a male oppressor.

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead

November 14-23, 2019
by Tom Stoppard, directed by Jennifer Pennington
The fabulously inventive tale of Hamlet as told from the worm’s-eye view of the bewildered Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, two minor characters in Shakespeare’s play. In Tom Stoppard’s best-known work, this Shakespearean Laurel and Hardy finally get a chance to take the lead role, but do so in a world where echoes of Waiting for Godot resound, where reality and illusion intermix, and where fate leads our two heroes to a tragic but inevitable end.

Rumpelstiltskin

November 16, 2019  |  A play for younger audiences by the Blue Apple Outreach Touring Company
by Mera Kathryn Corlett, music by Jacqui Blue
A new spin on a Brothers Grimm classic! After her father tells a lie, the miller’s daughter finds herself in over her head with the stakes (and the straw) piled high. With limited choices, she attempts to save herself their way until at last she recognizes her own ability to problem solve and determine her fate. Exploring themes of integrity, self reliance, and resiliency, this play with music will captivate and inspire young minds to think beyond limitations.

Pride and Prejudice

January 16-25, 2020
adapted by Janet Munsil from the novel by Jane Austen, directed by Charlie Sexton
A delightful comedy of manners written just over 200 years ago, this beloved classic of British literature captures the social adventures of the Bennet sisters. Janet Munsil’s adaptation captures the romance and wit of the independent-minded Elizabeth Bennet and enigmatic Mr. Darcy as they spar for family, friendship and love.

The Secret Garden

February 13-16, 2020  |  Featuring the Young Company of the Walden Theatre Conservatory
adapted by Pamela Sterling from the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, directed by Meg Caudill
Young Mary Lennox is sent to the moors of Yorkshire to live with her uncle after her parent’s death in India. Encouraged by the warmhearted maid Martha and her brother Dickon, she explores the grounds and discovers a forgotten garden. This joyous story about the blossoming of the earth and the human spirit is a delight for the imagination. Performed by intermediate actors from the Walden Theatre Conservatory’s Young Company.

Young Playwrights Festival 2020

February 19-23, 2020
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.

A Streetcar Named Desire

March 12-21, 2020  |  Featuring CTC’s Professional Company-In-Residence
by Tennessee Williams, directed by Charlie Sexton
The play reveals to the very depths the character of Blanche du Bois, a woman whose life has been undermined by her romantic illusions, which lead her to reject—so far as possible—the realities of life with which she is faced and which she consistently ignores. The pressure brought to bear upon her by her sister, with whom she goes to live in New Orleans, intensified by the earthy and extremely “normal” young husband of the latter, leads to a revelation of her tragic self-delusion and, in the end, to madness.

Storytime Theatre
Legends: On the Trail of Daniel Boone

March 21, 2020  |  A play for younger audiences by the Blue Apple Outreach Touring Company
by Mera Kathryn Corlett
Three students hike the woods of Iroquois park in a search for evidence of the real Daniel Boone. Along the trail, they investigate fact vs. legend as they entertain themselves with the bold stories of the Kentucky frontiersman. 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.

May 7-17  |  Young American Shakespeare Festival 2020

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.

Much Ado About Nothing

by William Shakespeare, directed by Jennifer Pennington
This beloved comedy turns on the courtship and scandal involving young Hero and her suitor, Claudio, but the witty war of words between Claudio’s friend Benedick and Hero’s cousin Beatrice often takes center stage. (description by Folger Library)

Hamlet

by William Shakespeare, directed by Charlie Sexton
The Danish prince returns after the death of his father to avenge the king and trap the usurper, setting into motion a web of plots leading to madness, exile, and death for almost every major player. 

The Servant of Two Masters

by Carlo Goldoni, directed by Mera Kathryn Corlett
Double the work, double the money, double the trouble! When Truffaldino, a wily servant, finds himself with the opportunity to work for two masters at the same time, he wildly miscalculates the demands that will be placed on him. In order to get away with it, he’s got to balance disguises, secret identities, and, worst of all, LOVE.

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 for most shows are as follow (does not include taxes or fees). Young Company shows, Blue Apple Outreach shows, and others will have show-specific pricing. Please see the show page on our blog for details.

  • 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. 

2018/19 Season Brochure

Recent Seasons

2018/19

Blue Stockings
Jessica Swale
dir. Heather Burns

The Laramie Project
Moisés Kaufman and members of Tectonic Theater Project
dir. Mitchell Martin

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
music/lyrics by William Finn, book by Rachel Sheinkin, conceived by Rebecca Feldman
dir. Mera Kathryn Corlett, music directed by John Austin Clark

Almost, Maine
John Cariani
dir. Charlie Sexton

Young Playwrights Festival 2019
Walden Theatre Conservatory Playwrights
dir. student directors

The Trials of Robin Hood
Will Averill
dir. Meg Caudill

Cabaret
book by Joe Masteroff
music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb
dir. Seth Lieber, music direction John Austin Clark

Macbeth
William Shakespeare
dir. Hallie Dizdarevic, music direction Meg Caudill

Henry V
William Shakespeare
dir. Jennifer Pennington

The Winter’s Tale
William Shakespeare
dir. Charlie Sexton

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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