Zachary Burrell & Jessica May in The Stranger & Ludlow Quinn.
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After four seasons of growing audiences, numerous “Best of” awards, and bottomless supplies of artistic fulfillment and good times, Louisville’s award-winning Theatre  seeks to enlarge their ambition for Season 5. As part of a donors event on May 8, Co-Artistic Directors, Amy Attaway, Mike Brooks, and Gil Reyes announced an expanded fifth season slate of five main stage plays and five additional new works for its First Friday series.“This is going to be our biggest season yet, not just in the number of plays but in their capacity to entertain and provoke Louisville audiences,” said Amy Attaway, one of three Theatre  Co-Artistic Directors. “These ten plays embody everything we’ve built our reputation on — regional premieres, commissions from local writers, comedy with edge, intellect with heart, and magic.”
In addition to the main stage productions, Theatre  will continue its First Friday series of original works at the Baron’s Theatre, with five new “Ludlow Quinn Presents” plays. This season will feature local playwrights, Brian Walker, Rachel White, and Eli Keel, and welcome new guest directors, including Keel, Amos Driesbach, Rachel Vidal, John Rooney, and Lucas Adams.
Added Attaway, “I love the great reviews and awards, but the thing that thrills me the most is when an excellent Louisville artist says they want to work with us and collaborating to build a product that we’re all proud of.”
The Fifth Season line-up:
Rich Girl, by Victoria Stewart, directed by Gil Reyes
June 5-13 at the MEX
Claudine’s mother has it all: she’s wealthy, successful, and famous. Claudine is awkward, shy, and forever living in her mother’s shadow. When a dashing artist sweeps Claudine off her feet, her mother is convinced that all he’s after is her money. A modern retelling of the Henry James novel Washington Square, Rich Girl is a moving and funny new play about mothers and daughters, love and money, and whether they can ever coexist. The News-Herald calls it “beautifully written – a thoroughly delightful entertainment!”
The Two Lobbyists of Verona by Diana Grisanti and Steve Moulds, directed by Amy Attaway
August 5-9 at C. Douglas Ramey Amphitheatre in Central Park
Part of Kentucky Shakespeare’s Community Partners Week A new work commissioned by Theatre .
Failure: a Love Story by Phillip Dawkins, directed by Gil Reyes
November 6-14 at the Baron’s Theatre
Set in 1928, the last year of each of the Fail Sisters’ lives. Nelly was the first of the Fail girls to die, followed soon after by her sisters Jenny, June and Gerty. As with so many things in life—blunt objects, disappearances and consumption—they never saw death coming. A magical, musical fable that traces the sisters’ triumphs and defeats, lived out in the rickety two-story building by the Chicago River that was the Fail family home and clock shop. This funny, moving and profoundly wise play reminds us that in the end, all that remains is love.
Qualities of Starlight by Gabriel Jason Dean, directed by Mike Brooks
March 25-April 2 at Parkside Studio: Inside Iroquois
Theo Turner is a young cosmologist on the verge. But Theo’s “big bang” isn’t theoretical. His universe explodes when he and his wife travel to Attapulgus to deliver news about an impending adoption and discover that Theo’s aging parents are meth addicts. A comedy about the frailty of faith, the unspoken bonds of family, and the mysterious expansion of the universe.
River City by Diana Grisanti, directed by Amy Attaway
June 10-19, 2016 at the MEX
Just weeks after her father’s death, Mary discovers a childhood photograph of him from a past he never talked about. Determined to excavate her heritage, Mary goes on a quest to uncover a half-century of family and town secrets buried in the West End of Louisville, Kentucky. Sometimes, going back home means leaving life behind