Leading directors, experts on black theater to speak at UofL


    LOUISVILLE, Ky.– The University of Louisville’s African American Theatre Program will bring some of the nation’s leading experts on black theater to Louisville to speak in two free, public presentations.

    Barbara and Carlton Molette, seasoned playwrights and directors, will lead a town-hall-format discussion on the elements of Afro-centricity in performance and production at 12:30 p.m., Oct. 25, in the Thrust Theatre, 2314 S. Floyd St. The talk will be followed by a question-and-answer period and free pizza for attendees.

    The Molettes have extensive experience in all areas of theater, from writing and performance to production and design. Their titles include professors emeritus, authors and playwrights. Their new play “Presidential Timber” premiered at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. in September.

    On Nov. 5 Kenny Leon, who is known for his work on Broadway and regional theater, will work with theater students during the day followed by a 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. question-and-answer session and an inside look at theater. The “Inside Actor’s Studio” program will be at the Playhouse, 1911 South Third Street.

    Leon produced a remake of the film “Steel Magnolias” that premiered earlier this month on Lifetime TV with an all-black cast. He is one of the foremost African-American directors in the U.S. and is co-founder and artistic director for Atlanta’s True Colors Theatre Company, an organization dedicated to the diversity and preservation of African American classics. His current projects include a stage adaptation of “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” and a musical inspired by the work of rapper Tupac Shakur.