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Announcing the 2013-2014 Theatre Arts Season.


Shakespeare’s last work, mythical and historical dramas and a classic comedy will be among the plays the University of Louisville’s Department of Theatre Arts will perform in its upcoming season.

All shows will be at the Thrust Theatre, 2314 S. Floyd St., unless otherwise noted. The 2013-2014 season shows will be:

  • “The Tempest,” William Shakespeare’s final play about a ship wreck on a nearly deserted island where fools and kings learn to temper revenge with mercy and forgiveness, Sept. 25-29, Rinda Frye directing
  • “Monsieur Baptiste, the Con Man,” Roger Furman’s adaption of Jean Baptiste Moliere’s comedy “Tartuffe” is about a con man’s pursuit of wealth and fortune as he infiltrates a wealthy household,  Nov. 20-24, The Playhouse, 1911 S. Third St., Lundeana Thomas directing
  • “Dead Man Walking,” a drama by Tim Robbins gives audiences an eyewitness account of the death penalty as seen through the eyes of Sister Helen Prejean, a Catholic nun who became an advocate for abolition of the death penalty and was spiritual advisor for a convicted rapist and murderer, Jan. 29-Feb. 2, Russell Vandenbroucke directing
  • “Sylvia,” a fast-paced comedy by A.R. Gurney, is about a husband who brings home a dog (played by an actor) who becomes the man’s best friend,  much to the dismay of his wife, Feb. 26-March 2, Daniel R. Hill directing
  • “Gem of the Ocean,” by August Wilson, tells the story of Aunt Ester, a 285-year-old matriarch who welcomes a former slave, a former criminal and others into her home as she guides them through a spiritual awakening, April 9-13, The Playhouse, director to be determined

UofL’s African American Theatre Program, which is celebrating its 20-year anniversary, will produce “Monsieur Baptiste, the Con Man” and “Gem of the Ocean.”

All plays begin at 8 p.m. with additional Saturday or Sunday matinees. Season tickets are $65 for the general public, $50 for UofL students, employees and people age 65 and older. Tickets for individual shows also are available. For details call 502-852-6814.

Click here to download our 2012-2013 Season Ticket Order Form.


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Theatre Arts and the Liberal Arts

The Theatre Arts Department is part of the College of Arts and Sciences.   Among the college's essential goals are:

  • That all students undertake research so that they experience the excitement of new knowledge and change
  • That all students be exposed to major ethical dilemmas they will face in the world
  • That all students look at the world through the eyes of someone different from themselves.

In the classrooms, rehearsal rooms, and shops of the Theatre Arts Department, we engage these lofty goals every day.  Check out our degree programs listed under Academics for more information on the degrees offered at the University of Louisville, Theatre Arts Department.

Theatre in Production

Opportunities for students to learn theatre by making it include:

Mainstage Productions

Annual season of fully-produced shows directed by faculty or guest artists and designed by faculty or advanced graduate and undergraduate students.   Anyone may audition for all productions.   The repertoire includes classics, contemporary plays, and musical theatre.

Studio Theatre

Student produced, directed, acted, designed, and managed work that emphasizes the play and performance over production values.  Repertoire includes one-act plays, lesser known works, and new material.

Repertory Company

Tours culturally-diverse classic, folk, and modern plays to local schools.

Career Opportunities

Our graduates live in the world as:

  • Actors in the professional theatre, television, and film in America and several foreign countries.
  • Designers of scenery, lighting, and costumes from coast to coast.
  • Scenic artists and technicians for professional theatres and production companies.
  • Teachers in public and private schools, junior colleges, colleges, and universities.
  • Businesswomen (and men), parents, play-goers, and plain folk whose daily lives are enriched by a deeper understanding of the power and potential of art.



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