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Councilman James welcomes everyone to the 54th Season of Shakespeare in Central Park beginning June 11th

Wednesday June 4, 2014

For Immediate Release:
Democratic Caucus
Louisville Metro Council
Contact: Tony Hyatt 574-4137 / 526-3622

Louisville – A summer tradition returns to Central Park in Old Louisville for a 54th season when Kentucky Shakespeare once again presents Shakespeare in Central Park featuring 8 productions over 10 weeks totaling 56 performances.

“For many people, Central Park is one of the best venues to see the classics of William Shakespeare and this year we celebrate his 450th Birthday this summer,” says Councilman David James (D-6) the primary sponsor of this year’s summer season.

The best part is this year’s entire expanded program is free.

"We are so grateful for the support of Louisville Metro Government, Councilman David James, and Metro Council for helping to make this history-making expansion a reality. We will serve thousands this summer in Central Park June 11-August 17 and offer this product free to our entire community!” said Matt Wallace, Producing Artistic Director. “It's going to be a true festival. The Louisville Food Truck Association will be there every night, and community groups will present pre-show entertainment nightly at 7:15PM. We're partnering with dozens of great not-for-profits this summer.”

Kentucky Shakespeare will open the season with professional productions of A Midsummer Nights Dream on June 12, then Henry V on June 27, followed by Hamlet on July 11th. An ensemble cast of 17 professional actors will perform in all three productions. The Globe Players will present Love's Labour's Lost from July 31 to August 3 with a preview night on July 30.

There is something new added this year with Community Partners Weeks. This two-week run will showcase four local theatre companies and productions include: Le Petomane Theatre Ensemble, As You Like It; Walden Theatre, Pericles; Savage Rose Classical Theatre Company, King Lear; ShoeString Productions, Women of Will.

The season runs June 11th – August 17th

"This spring, thanks to the support of many Metro Council members, we served over 1,200 members in 8 metro parks spanning the city. We are so grateful for our spring tour sponsors Councilwoman Attica Scott (D-1), Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin (D-2), Councilman David Tandy (D-4), Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton (D-5), Councilman Tom Owen (D-8), Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh (D-9), Council President Jim King (D-10), Councilman Rick Blackwell (D-12), Councilwoman Vicki Aubrey Welch (D-13), Councilwoman Marianne Butler (D-15), Councilman Dan Johnson (D-21) and Councilman James Peden (R-23),” says Wallace.

“Shakespeare in Central Park is yet another reason why the arts are vibrant in Metro Louisville and important to our community. This year, Metro Council members have help bring the Bard to many other areas of the city so they can appreciate what we have enjoyed in Central Park,” says James.

The 2014 Shakespeare in Central Park Season:

3 Kentucky Shakespeare Professional Productions:


Directed by Matt Wallace

Preview: June 11

June 12 - July 26


Directed by Amy Attaway

Preview: June 26

June 27-July 26


Directed by Matt Wallace

Preview: July 10

July 11-27

Rotating Repertory Weeks (all 3 productions)

July 15-27

Globe Players Student Production:


Preview: July 30

July 31-August 3

4 Community Partners Productions in Rotating Repertory Over Two Weeks:

AS YOU LIKE IT presented by Le Petomane Theatre Ensemble

August 5, 7, 9

PERICLES presented by Walden Theatre

August 6, 8, 10

KING LEAR presented by Savage Rose Classical Theatre Company

August 13, 15, 17

WOMEN OF WILL presented by Shoestring Productions

August 12, 14, 16


Kentucky Shakespeare presents the oldest free Shakespeare festival in the United States and is the largest, in-school arts education provider in the Commonwealth. Mission: Grounded in the works of Shakespeare, we enrich our community by presenting accessible, professional theatre experiences that educate, inspire, and entertain people of all ages.

David James (D) 6