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Sounds like a Christmas play, right?
The theater describes St. Nicholas as, “the misadventures of a theatre critic from Dublin who follows a beguiling young woman to London where he is unexpectedly drawn into a coven of vampires. Equal parts haunting and hilarious, St. Nicholas is a perfect example of great Irish storytelling by one of the top playwrights of our time.”
It is also storytelling by the author of AGL’s next Main Stage production, The Seafarer, which runs Dec. 1-11.
Presenting St. Nicholas is visiting artist Jerome Davis, artistic director of Burning Coal Theatre in Raleigh, N.C. Davis has also directed or performed at Trinity Rep in Providence, R.I.; the New Jersey Shakespeare Festival; and New York’s Avalon Rep, 29th Street Rep, New Dramatists, Soho Rep, the Barrow Group and Columbia University.
There are only three performances: 8 p.m. Oct. 28, 29 and 2 p.m. Oct. 30.
Also offering up spooky theater this weekend is Lexington Children’s Theatre with The Tales of Edgar Allan Poe and SummerFest with a revival of its production of The Rocky Horror Show at Buster’s Billiards and Backroom Oct. 30 and 31.
The Change for Art involves area artists taking old city parking meters and turning them into works of art that still collect money, now to support art.
At 6 p.m., John Darko’s meter will be revealed at the Kentucky Theatre and he will discuss the piece.
Described as a meter about math, mystery and chaos, Darko wrote in an email, “My work is driven by an obsession with the ancient mystery which lies at the heart of human existence. I hope to provide a counterpoint to the barrage of trivia which constitutes our information-based society and give others the opportunity to experience wordless wonder and quiet curiosity.”
Darko’s meter will bring the total number of meters to four, with others located at Whitaker Bank Ballpark, Good Foods Market and Cafe, and Buster’s Billiards and Backroom. To date, the meters have raised $5,500 through individuals and collections from the meters.
Change for Art founder Robbie Morgan, who is also the campaign manager for LexArts, wrote that the project’s, “overall goal is to raise $10,000 to support the ‘Artist Opportunity Fund’ so that we can distribute small project grants to working artists. That portion of the program will be open to musicians, writers, theatre artists and so on. We want to see the end of the term ‘starving artist’ and see financially solvent artists who contribute to the community culturally and economically.”
The project is looking for sponsors and locations for 2012. Contact Change for Art at email@example.com.
About Rich Copley & Copious Notes
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