LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The University of Louisville’s Belknap Theater season opens Sept. 19-23 with a work lampooning stereotypes and with post-curtain discussions of those issues.
The play is “The Trial of One Short-sighted Black Woman vs. Mammy Louise and Safreeta Mae.” The African-American Theater Program production is a mock trial that satirizes stereotypes about black women. Cincinnati playwright Marcia Leslie is expected at some performances, all of which feature audience “talkback” sessions afterward. The performances in September and again Feb. 1-2 will be in The Playhouse Theater.
The season continues with:
- “Julius Caesar,” the William Shakespeare play adapted to a modern Washington, D.C., setting, Thrust Theater, Oct. 24-31 and Nov. 1-4.
- “The Threepenny Opera,” a Bertolt Brecht-Kurt Weill musical satire set in a seedy London cabaret, Playhouse Theater, Nov. 28-Dec. 2.
- “Stop Kiss,” a Diana Son play about miscommunication and the fear of gaybashing, Thrust Theater, Feb. 26-March 2.
- “Trane: Beyond the Blues,” a Christine Rusch play about the life of jazz saxophonist John Coltrane, an African-American Theater Program selection, Thrust Theater, March 6-10.
- “The Importance of Being Earnest,” the Oscar Wilde play updated for American audiences, Thrust Theater, April 16-21.
The plays begin at 8 p.m. nightly during their runs with Sunday matinees beginning at 3 p.m. The box office opens one hour before performances, and reserved tickets should be picked up at least 30 minutes before curtain time.
Season tickets are $50 for the general public, $45 for people 65 or older and U of L faculty and staff members and $35 for students. Call the box office at (502) 852-6814 for season ticket orders, individual show prices or reservations.