Woodford County: Theater hotbedFiled under: Central Kentucky Arts News, The Humana Festival of New American Plays, Theater, Woodford County Theatre; Tagged as: Actors Theatre of Louisville, Aubin Munn, Crish Barth, Dara Jade Tiller, Hill Cattle, Humana Festival of New American Plays, Joanna Jerome, Midway Festival of Plays, The Importance of Being Earnest, The Woodford Theatre
Woodford County may be a bedroom community of Lexington, but this weekend it is a hotbed of local theater.
Continuing in Versailles is The Woodford Theatre’s production of The Importance of Being Earnest, which got high marks from the H-L’s own Candace Chaney. Over in Midway, the Thoroughbred Theatre is opening the inaugural Midway Festival of Plays, a lineup of seven 10-minute plays.
The 10-minute format has its roots in Kentucky at Actors Theatre of Louisville’s Humana Festival of New American Plays, though we rarely get to see the format around here. In a nice little piece of synergy, Earnest features Dara Jade Tiller, a former Acting Apprentice at Actors Theatre who performed in the 2008 Humana Festival.
The whole Woodford theatrical weekend shows nice synergy in the area theater scene. Both productions are creations of Woodford Countians, but have drawn plenty of interest from the Lexington theater community and others.
So, if you’re looking for an excuse to take a little drive out through horse country this weekend, here it is.
2 Responses to “Woodford County: Theater hotbed”
i love the idea that our best and brightest talents on and off the stage are spreading it around the Bluegrass. As a matter of fact, I’ve been fortunate enough to have the astonishing acting of Adam Luckey and the talents of Todd Pickett on lights to bring “The Diviners” to life at the Washington Opera House in Maysville through Oct. 17th. Come check it out. This is what its all about, great artists, great art, great state.
Mike hit the nail on the head. Great artists, great art, great state. I love driving the scenic byways between Lexington and Maysville (as I do between Lexington and Versailles) soaking up the natural beauty and then getting the chance to play on a fabulous stage in utterly charming towns like Maysville and Versailles..
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Raised by opera-loving parents in a rock ’n’ roll world, Rich Copley has parlayed his broad interests into his career writing about arts and entertainment. Since 1998, he has covered performing arts, film and faith-based popular culture for the Lexington Herald-Leader, the daily newspaper in Lexington, Ky. MORE | E-mail Rich