Bard's Cards night in Central Park during summer 2015.
Bard's Cards night in Central Park during summer 2015.

University of Louisville fans and alumni can don their Cardinal red apparel to show school spirit at free outdoor UofL talks and Kentucky Shakespeare performances June 4, July 16 and July 26.

The UofL College of Arts and Sciences, Commonwealth Center for the Humanities and Society and Kentucky Shakespeare are encouraging audience members to wear red to The Bard’s Cards evenings at Kentucky Shakespeare Festival in Central Park in Old Louisville.

UofL English professors and literature scholars will give pre-show talks, beginning at 7:15 p.m. on the C. Douglas Ramey Amphitheater stage, where the Kentucky Shakespeare performances will follow at 8 p.m. The events and speakers will be:

  • June 4: talk by Joseph Turner before the comedy “Much Ado About Nothing”
  • July 16: talk by Andrew Rabin before the history play “Richard II”
  • July 26: talk by Matthew Biberman before “The Merchant of Venice,” a production of Kentucky Shakespeare’s Globe Players high school training program.

Seating on benches is first come, first served, but patrons also are allowed to bring chairs and blankets. Food and beverages are available for purchase. Central Park is at 1340 S. Fourth St.; parking is available along the bordering Fourth, Magnolia, Sixth and Park streets.

More information is available online