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The Young American Shakespeare Festival

May 9-19 at CTC

Three Plays by William Shakespeare:


Every year, CTC’s Walden Theatre Conservatory students and staff put together this festival celebrating the works of the Bard. This year’s plays are Macbeth, The Winter’s Tale, and Henry V—three kings and three very different outcomes. The Young American Shakespeare Festival is the largest and longest-running such Festival by and for young people in the nation.

Directed by Hallie Dizdarevic, music directed by Meg Caudill
May 9, 11, 14, 17 @ 7:30 – May 19 @ 8:00
Spurred on by a prophecy and emboldened by his ambitious wife, Macbeth murders the king of Scotland and seizes the crown for himself. But power comes at a steep price as his tyranny and paranoia leave allies dead or fleeing for their lives. Even his wife succumbs to madness in this bloody and tragic fall of a once brave leader.
The Winter’s Tale
Directed by Charlie Sexton
May 11 @ 2:00 – May 12, 16, 18 @ 7:30 – May 19 @ 4:00
Driven mad by a suspected infidelity between his wife and his lifelong friend, a king makes disastrous choices that strip him of everything he holds dear. But destiny (and possibly magic) offers a chance for forgiveness via a bear’s pursuit, a shepherd’s discovery, and a pair of lovers’ determination to be together.
Henry V
Directed by Jennifer Pennington, featuring Nevertheless Arts Ensemble
May 10, 15 @ 7:30 – May 12, 18 @ 2:00 – May 19 @ 12:30
The young and charismatic English king has grown to respect the demands and sacrifices of rule, and he offers inspiration to his soldiers even as he doubts his own resolve to continue the war for the throne of France. The risks are huge, the cause is debatable, and bloodshed – of enemies and countrymen alike – is the only certainty.

Thu May 9 @ 7:30 – Macbeth
Fri May 10 @ 7:30 – Henry V
Sat May 11 @ 2:00 – Winter’s Tale
Sat May 11 @ 7:30 – Macbeth
Sun May 12 @ 2:00 – Henry V
Sun May 12 @ 7:30 – Winter’s Tale
Tue May 14 @ 7:30 – Macbeth
Wed May 15 @ 7:30 – Henry V
Thu May 16 @ 7:30 – Winter’s Tale
Fri May 17 @ 7:30 – Macbeth
Sat May 18 @ 2:00 – Henry V
Sat May 18 @ 7:30 – Winter’s Tale
Sun May 19 @ 12:30 – Henry V
Sun May 19 @ 4:00 – Winter’s Tale
Sun May 19 @ 8:00 – Macbeth

Performed at Commonwealth Theatre Center on the Nancy Niles Sexton Stage: 1123 Payne Street, Louisville, KY 40204.

Ticket prices are the same online or in person at the door. All shows are $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. House opens 30 minutes before curtain and seating is general admission. May 19th is Marathon day, see all three shows in one day. Marathon tickets are $25 + fees and are pre-sale only. **Yellow complimentary ticket passes and promotional coupons will not be accepted on marathon day.

For sold out shows, reserved tickets will be released to those on standby five minutes before the show starts. Released tickets are non-refundable.

Box office opens 1 hour before curtain, with house opening 30 minutes before curtain. Parking is on-street (parallel, no meters) or in the lot at the rear of the theatre.

Tickets are non-refundable.

Venue Information

Commonwealth Theatre Center Inc.
1123 Payne St.
Louisville, KY 40204
(502) 589-0084
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Organizer Information

Commonwealth Theatre Center, Inc.

1123 Payne Street
Louisville, KY 40204
(502) 589-0084

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