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The Alley Theater for Young Audiences, in partnership with The Louisville AIDS Walk, is thrilled to present their next play for families and youth, concluding their inaugural season: The Yellow Boat by David Saar and directed by Kathi E. B. Ellis.

The Yellow Boat is based on the true story of David and Sonja Saar's son, Benjamin, who was born with congenital hemophilia, and died in 1987 at the age of 8 of AIDS related complications, contracted during a blood transfusion.

A uniquely gifted visual artist, Benjamin's buoyant imagination transformed his physical and emotional pain into a blaze of colors and shapes in his fanciful drawings and paintings. A Scandinavian folksong tells of three little boats: "One was blue, one was red, and one was yellow as the sun. They sailed far out to sea. The blue one returned to the harbor. The red one sailed home too. But the yellow boat sailed up to the sun." Benjamin always concluded his bedtime ritual by saying, "Mom, you can be the red boat or the blue boat, but I am the yellow boat." Benjamin's remarkable voyage continues to touch audiences around the world.

A talented and warm cast will bring Benjamin’s imagination and love to life at The Alley Theater in April.  Join Alley TYA as they celebrate the life of a little boy!

Show dates:

Friday, April 8 at 7PM,

Saturday, April 9 at 2PM & 7PM,

Sunday, April 10 at 2PM, Friday,

April 15 at 7PM, & Sunday April 17 at 2PM



Tickets: $15.00, available online: or at the door. 

This play is suitable for ages 8 through adult.  Family viewing is encouraged.  

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Louisville AIDS Walk

The Alley Theater for Young Audiences
is committed to providing a safe, age appropriate environment where expression and creativity are fostered and encouraged.  Care is taken to select plays and events that enlighten, educate and entertain.

The Alley Theater and Art Sanctuary, it’s sister organization, are both 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations.  All donations are tax deductible.

The Alley Theater for Young Audiences
1205 E. Washington St., Suite 120
Louisville, Kentucky 40206

Phone: 502-713-6178
Price: Tickets: $15.00, available online: or at the door.