Category Archives: Balagula Theatre

Parks and Rec shows it can revive Downtown Arts Center

When the Lexington Department of Parks and Recreation took over management of the Downtown Arts Center in July, new director Celeste Lewis was prepared for a getting-to-know-you period before arts groups and presenters bought into the new era. But quite … Continue reading

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Ryan Case’s John Hurt connection

Interviewing Ryan Case to preview Balagula Theatre’s production of 1984, we stumbled on a fun fact: Playing Winston in the dystopian story is the second time Ryan has played a role most memorably committed to film by BAFTA and Golden Globe-award winning … Continue reading

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Don’t forget Balagula’s E.G.O. on this huge weekend

The consensus here at Weekender Central is this is the biggest arts and entertainment weekend any of us can remember in Lexington in quite a while. The only thing we don’t seem to have is UK Football, and the Night … Continue reading

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Balagula Theatre’s season of premieres

Balagula Theatre has announced its 2013-14 season, which will debut with a world-premiere production outside the theater’s usual home of Natasha’s Bistro and Bar. All productions are Kentucky premieres. The lineup is: E.G.O.: The Passions of Eugene Gladstone O’Neill by … Continue reading

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Kevin Hardesty to return in Balagula Theatre’s Don Juan on Trial

Longtime Lexington actor Kevin Hardesty will return to local stages in the title role of Balagula Theatre‘s production Eric-Emmanuel Schmidt’s Don Juan on Trial. Hardesty has played many theater icons in Lexington, including the title role in two productions of Hamlet for the Lexington … Continue reading

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Expanded view: Longtime Lexington arts leaders on the state of area arts

In my column in the 2012-13 Arts Preview section of the Sept. 9 Lexington Herald-Leader, a handful of Lexington arts leaders who have been serving 15 years or more offered their opinions on how the arts have changed in the … Continue reading

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LexArts sets campaign record, aims much higher

  LexArts set a new record in its 2012 Campaign for the Arts, raising $1.05 million to be distributed among area cultural groups for general operating support and Community Arts Grants. But LexArts President and CEO Jim Clark said he … Continue reading

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Balagula Theatre’s 2012-13 season

Balagula Theatre at Natasha’s Bistro and Bar has announced its 2012-13 season. It opens with a play that has some intriguing local connections. The Kentucky premiere of Tracy Letts’ Bug plays Sept 9 to 12 and 16 to 19. The original … Continue reading

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Kentucky playwright’s classic set to debut in Paris, France

Prospect native Naomi Wallace’s One Flea Spare will make its debut at the Comédie-Française, the national theater of France, April 28 to June 12. In 2009, the play was accepted into the repertoire of the the 332-year-old theater, making Wallace and … Continue reading

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Central Kentucky Arts 2011: Big events and big changes

We did not have a major international event in Lexington this year like 2010’s Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, but it felt like a big year in the arts. WEG was a catalyst for a lot of big names and … Continue reading

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