ARTY FACTS: Woodford Theatre to present ‘Frankenstein, ‘On Golden Pond’

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June 1, 2014 

The Woodford Theatre has announced a 2014-15 season that will open with a play written by the man whose directorial effort closed out the just-finished season.

This will be the first season programmed since Trish Clark was named as the theater’s permanent artistic director, following a year as the interim director.

Performances are Fridays through Sundays, except where noted. Adult subscriptions are $90, and student subscriptions are $58. They are available by calling (859) 873-0648. For more information, visit Woodfordtheatre.com  .

Frankenstein, adapted by Bo List from Mary Shelley’s novel. List directed the production of Big River that just closed the 2013-14 season with critical kudos and sold-out houses. His Frankenstein has had performances around the country since it premiered at SummerFest in 2011; it is set to be published by Dramatic Publishing. (Oct. 10-26, plus special performances Oct. 30, 31.)

A Christmas Story, music and lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, book by Joseph Robinette. The hit 1983 movie has been on stages as a play, including The Woodford Theatre’s. But this is the musical version that premiered on Broadway in 2009. (Dec. 5-21.)

On Golden Pond, by Ernest Thompson. The story of an elderly couple coming back to their summer home was seared into pop culture consciousness by the 1981 movie starring Henry Fonda, Katherine Hepburn and Jane Fonda. (Jan. 30-Feb. 15.)

Sense and Sensibility, adapted by Jon Jory from the novel by Jane Austen. One of the iconic Actors Theatre of Louisville artistic director’s several scripts based on the work of Jane Austen, this is the story of sisters Elinor and Marianne, who must help each other after their ideal men break their hearts. (March 20-April 5.)

Smokey Joe’s Café, by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. This hit revue presents 40 of the classic early rock ‘n’ roll tunes by Leiber and Stoller, including On Broadway, There Goes My Baby and Stand by Me. (May 8-24.)

Frazier Museum loses executive director

The executive director of the Frazier History Museum in Louisville is stepping down from the job after seven years of guiding the Louisville attraction. Madeleine Burnside took over as executive director in 2007 after a national search. During her tenure, the museum’s name changed to better reflect its mission of presenting local, regional, American and international history. Frazier Board Chairman Walter Crutcher says her leadership helped take the museum to a new level. He says the museum’s board will begin a national search for a new executive director. The museum was opened by Owsley Brown Frazier in 2004. It is a member of the Smithsonian Affiliate Membership Program and the American Association of Museums.

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