IN THE PONY PALACE/FOOTBALL
Walden Theatre | by Tina Satter, directed by Alec Volz
High school football culture goes lateral in this clever subversion of the gridiron that features peppy cheerleaders, a coarse coach, a mascot suffering identity crisis, dynamic heroes on the Owls football team, and an all-female cast.
Nov 16 5 pm | Nov 17 3 pm | Nov 21 7 pm | Nov 23 3 pm
THOM PAIN (BASED ON NOTHING)
Theatre  | by Will Eno, directed by Mike Brooks, featuring Gil Reyes
See Thom. See Thom try. Try Thom, try. In a hilarious and heartbreaking display of humanity, Thom Pain subverts the tropes of solo performance and, perhaps in spite of himself, forges an unforgettable bond with his audience. An illuminating autobiography of a trying man; Thom Pain (based on nothing) is a lyrical puzzle box that promises an unforgettable night at the theater.
Thom Pain (Based on Nothing) is one of three plays that sparked a conversation on aesthetics between three friends and led them to become three Co-Artistic Directors. Theatre  isn’t bringing this rare treat back to the stage – we’d argue it never left. With an updated script and an extra five years of collaboration, we offer you this rare glimpse at not just our heart, but maybe your own. Don’t miss this chance to experience the play that helped propel Will Eno (now familiar to Louisville audiences for his 2013 Humana Festival offering Gnit) to his standing as one of the most important theatrical voices of this generation.
Nov 16 7 pm | Nov 20 9 pm | Nov 22 7 pm | Nov 24 5 pm
THEATRE DU GRAND-GUIGNOL
“The Final Kiss” by Maurice Level and “Tics, or Doing the Deed” by Rene Berton
Savage Rose Classical Theatre Company | directed by Tony Prince
Savage Rose is very excited to offer two definitive plays from the Theatre du Grand-Guignol in Paris in the early 20th Century. Theatre du Grand-Guignol (the literal translation is “Theatre of the Big Puppet”) ran from 1897-1962 and specialized in brutally naturalistic styles of both tragedy and comedy. “The Final Kiss” deals with revenge and a crime passion, while, “Tics, or Doing the Deed” is a hysterical sex farce dealing with two couples’ desperate pursuits of adultery.
Nov 16 3 pm | Nov 17 5 pm | Nov 21 9 pm | Nov 23 7 pm
Louisville Improvisors | created/improvised by the ensemble
It ís what happens when work and our private lives collide
Nov 15 10 pm | Nov 17 7 pm | Nov 22 9 pm | Nov 23 5 pm
ON THE CIRCUIT
Le Petomane Theatre Ensemble | created/performed by the ensemble
Featuring original music and physical comedy, the play asks–and answers–vital scientific questions. Among them: “What happens when Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla are forced to do a vaudeville double act together?”
Nov 16 9 pm | Nov 20 7 pm | Nov 23 9 pm | Nov 24 3 pm
ADDITIONAL OFFERINGS Special to the Festival:
THE MOTH StorySLAM
The Moth | produced by Tara Anderson, hosted by Erin Keane
The Moth StorySLAM is an open-mic storytelling competition that happens the last Tuesday of every month at Headliners in Louisville (plus in twelve other cities around the country). The Moth is delighted to present the Slanty version of the StorySLAM as part of the festival this year! The theme for the special Slant Culture edition is ATTITUDE. Prepare a 5-minute true story on that theme and you can put your name into the hat that night. We choose 10 storytellers at random, and each story is scored by 3 teams of judges selected from the audience. Bring a story to share or just come to listen. Storytelling guidelines are at http://themoth.org/tell-a-story/storytelling-tips. It’s old-fashioned analog entertainment!
Nov 15 – doors at 7 pm, show at 7:30 pm
THEATRE DU GRAND-GUIGNOL:
From Shakespeare to Grindhouse: History, Influences, and Legacy
Savage Rose Classical Theatre Company | lecture by J. Barrett Cooper
Exploring the rich history of the genre of horror and terror, this lecture looks into the history of the Theatre Grand Guignol; how it took its cue from the “naturalistic” theatre of its own time and that of Shakespeare and the Jacobeans revenge plays 400 years earlier. The lecture will also examine the stage practices of the time; secrets to mixtures of blood and special effects that were so private that many were kept in safes. Also the lecture will touch upon the influence it had on the B-Movies and Grindhouse films and Quentin Tarantino.
Nov 16 2 pm
CONTEMPORARY PLAYS AND PLAYWRIGHTS
facilitated by Gil Reyes
The American Theatre is full of new plays and new playwrights making exciting advances in our field. Keeping up with all of the newest work is difficult — especially in our day-job-plus lives. In his experience working directly with playwrights in the development of new plays and as a Co-Artistic Director of Theatre , whose commitment to recent an relevant theatre for Louisville audiences keeps him in constant “research and read” mode, Gil Reyes has his eye on a wide variety of emerging writers and their work. In this session, Gil will give a brief intro to some of the most exciting things happening in contemporary dramatic literature, and leave you with resources to learn more..
Nov 23 2:30 pm
DEAD ASTRONAUTS – A Comic Monologue
Louisville Improvisors | by Chris Anger, directed by Alec Volz
I come from a long line of comics with heart trouble. Throw in childhood depression, high blood pressure, alcoholism, drug addiction, adultery, divorce and what you get is just another average American family story. But it’s mine, not yours.
It starts with a trip to the emergency room with chest pains. What follows is a look back to what led me up to that moment and how dead astronauts played an important enough part of my growing up that I put them in the title. It’s an honest and somewhat open look at my life, which like any life, is equal parts comedy and tragedy.
Nov 16 9 pm | Nov 17 4 pm | Nov 21 9 pm | Nov 24 5:30 pm
Slant Culture Theatre Festival | written & performed by Teresa Willis, directed by Jennifer Pennington
At once funny and insightful, Teresa Willis’ award-winning solo performance piece examines conditioned racism in the well-meaning heart. Following one white woman’s journey from innocence to apathy to awakening, Eenie Meanie employs music, video, and spoken word using Willis’ own experiences to provide a deeply personal perspective on baby-boomer racism.
Nov 16 7:30 pm | Nov 21 7:30 pm | Nov 24 4 pm
‘TIS PITY SHE’S A WHORE
Baby Horse Theatre Group | written by John Ford, adapted by Jon Becraft
John Ford’s controversial tale of incest and bloodshed, reimagined as a gore-riddled haunted house. There is no lighting except the various handheld flashlights given to random audience members before the show. These lights are the only things that will reveal what lurks in the shadows around you.
Nov 16 10:30 pm | Nov 17 7:30 pm | Nov 20 9 pm | Nov 23 10:30 pm
CHOICES: An Interactive Play on Cyberbullying and Suicide
Looking for Lilith | developed by the ensemble, directed by Jennifer Thalman Kepler
“Choices” is an interactive theatre piece in the Forum Theatre style of Augusto Boalís Theatre of the Oppressed. Audience will observe a 20 minute play about 15 year old Hannah, a victim of cyber-bullyng, followed by 40 minutes of ìinterventionsî in which audience members can advise Hannah, or even replace her onstage!19.
Nov 16 2:30 pm | Nov 20 7:30 pm | Nov 23 5:30 pm | Nov 24 2:30 pm
PLAY: A COMEDY
Walden Theatre Alumni Company | written Jaime Mire, directed by Benjamin Park
Play: A Comedy is a show that takes the heavy issue of domestic abuse and places it into the eyes of two innocents, Jessica and Joey, ages 8 and 9, who have just befriended each other. While smattered with tinges of comedy, watching these two youths struggle to understand mental and physical abuse is as shocking as it is true to so many around the world.
Nov 15 7 PM | Nov 16 4 PM | Nov 22 10:30 PM | Nov 23 7:30 PM
THIS IS MY HEART FOR YOU
Pandora Productions | written by Silas House, directed by Michael Drury
An honest attempt to unravel the religious, social, and deeply emotional social complexities of one of the most misunderstood religions in America. There are dark, difficult questions pressing down on the people of Apppalachia that can only be solved from within.
Nov 15 10 PM | Nov 17 5:30 PM | Nov 22 7:30 PM | Nov 23 9 PM
Marrow Street Theater | written by Rachel White, directed by Brian Hinds
The Gardeners is an art theater piece combining the artwork of sculptor Patrick White and the writing of Rachel White to tell the story of a robot tomato gardener living with a family of plugged in humans. It is a tragic-comedy sci-fi fable about our current state of virtual connectedness.
Nov 15 8:30 PM | Nov 16 5:30 PM | Nov 22 9 PM | Nov 23 4 PM