King Lear comes to JSP Amphitheatre June 9-11 & 16-18

Director Kathi E.B. Ellis and Josephine Sculpture Park Artistic Director, Melanie VanHouten announce the 2016 production, “King Lear,” sponsored by the Kentucky Employees Credit Union, which will be performed June 9-11 & 16-18 at 7p.m. each evening at Josephine Sculpture Park, 3355 Lawrenceburg Road, Frankfort, KY. Tickets for the performance can be purchased in advance at KECU and Completely Kentucky (both in Frankfort) starting May 1st. Tickets are also available at the park prior to each evening’s performances and on the JSP website. General admission tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for youth ages 5-10, or reserve preferred $20 seating tickets for premium picnic tables and lawn chair locations HERE.

Josephine SummerStage is a unique partnership between the visual and performing arts. This year’s production introduces St Paul “City Artist” Aaron Dysart to JSP where he will be in residence the week of May 23 to create this year’s sculpture. Dysart is one of two Minneapolis artists who are part of an innovative public arts program to bring art to municipal buildings. He joins VanHouten and Ellis (Louisville) together with Sound Designer Phyllis Free (Atlanta, GA) who have been part of the core creative team since the 2011 inception of SummerStage.  Other core team members who have been participated for all six years are Megan Burnett (Louisville) as voice coach (who studied at Shakespeare’s Globe in London), independent artist Lee Look (Louisville) as fight choreographer, stage manager Lauren Camargo (Lexington) and music coordinator Meg Caudill (Louisville). Costume designer Lindsay Chamberlin (Louisville) returns for her third year and movement coach Nicolette Boese (Louisville) returns for her second year. Annabelle Renshaw (Frankfort) returns as props assistant this year.

Each Josephine SummerStage production is grounded in the natural landscape of the park and also foregrounds the natural world, embracing the outdoor environment in which the story unfolds. In this year-long celebration of the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death, Josephine SummerStage takes up a play that conflates the power of the natural world with humanity’s slender grasp on sanity. Director Ellis sets this tale in a primitive environment where the threshold between the gods and mankind is palpable wherein Dysart’s sculpture overhangs the characters reminding them of their mortality.

The acting company includes returning performers Clint Gill (Shelbyville); Louisville-area actors Megan Adair, Alana Ghent, Alphaeus Green, Ebony Jordan, Keith McGill, Doug Sumey, and Brian West. Joining the company for the first time are Michael Van Zant (Cincinnati); Louisville-based Ke’Leb Beauchamp, Casey Moulton, and fight choreographer Lee Look; and Karl Seitz (Shelbyville.)  This is the first year that the acting company has included an artist from Ohio, demonstrating the growing commitment of area artists to be part of this unique regional endeavor.

Audience members are encouraged to arrive early in the evening to picnic & explore the grounds of Josephine Sculpture Park. Take the opportunity to view more than forty sculptures & murals on exhibition, and bring lawn chairs, blankets, etc. for a comfortable evening of Shakespeare under the stars. The park entrance is located at 3355 Lawrenceburg Rd, Frankfort, KY.  JSP is less than three miles south of I64; parallel to US HWY 127S.

Josephine SummerStage is proud to be a community partner of “Will in the Ville,” a regional consortium celebrating the First Folio exhibit at the Frazier Museum in Louisville in the fall of 2016. The traveling First Folio initiative is part of the national 400th anniversary celebrations.

The Kentucky Employees Credit Union proudly supports the arts in our community and returns to Josephine SummerStage as title sponsor for the fifth year. Additional production support comes from the KY Arts Council, the Fund for the Arts Power2Give program, LG&E and KU, area businesses and organizations, and generous individual donors.

See YOU under the STARS!

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