The journal of a Kentucky culture vulture
Just days after making its debut on Animal Planet’s Call of the Wildman, Pioneer Playhouse announced its 2012 season, which will include a otherworldly Kentucky history play, a return to Tuna, Texas, and a season-ending performance by one of the Bluegrass’ favorite resident comedians.
Here’s the lineup:
June 8–23: Dracula Bites! by V. Cate and Duke Ernsberger – A backstage featuring an egotistical director and a community theater production of the vampire story.
June 26–July 7: Picasso at the Lapin Agile by Steve Martin – The Wild and Crazy Guy supposes a meeting between Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso at a Parisian café.
July 10–July 21: Bottoms Up! by Gregg Kreutz – A Zumba instructor, a Caribbean Hotel, a suitcase full of cash and money launders from Cleveland – imagine the possibilities.
July 24–Aug. 4: High Strangeness by Elizabeth Orndorff – The latest play from Orndorff’s pen is about the supposed 1976 UFO abduction of three Kentucky women on Ky. 78 between Stanford and Hustonville. It is one of the few UFO cases in the United States that has not been explained.
Aug. 7–18: Tuna Does Vegas by Jaston Williams, Joe Sears, and Ed Howard – According to the Playhouse website, “When conservative radio talk show host Arles Struvie announces that he and his wife, Bertha Bumiller, are going to renew their vows in Sin City, all of Tuna, Texas tags along! Two men act out all the parts…including Vegas showgirls and Elvis impersonators–in this affectionate send-up of small town life. A comedy full of viva, baby!” If you loved Greater Tuna and Tuna Christmas, you know what you’re doing in early-mid August.
Aug. 24 & 25: Etta May – She’s been all over the country, all over the airwaves, but Etta May maintains her home right here in the Bluegrass.
Check the website for ticket information. And actors, rest assured that if snakes get back in the dressing room, the Turtleman will come to save the day.
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