A Picnic at Kentucky Center [Theater]


As hot as it is outside, why not take the Picnic inside in the form of As Yet Unnamed Theatre Company's production starting July 16.

All performances of Picnic will take place at the MeX Theater in the Kentucky Center for the Arts, located at in downtown Louisville. Performances will take place on July 16, 17, 23, and 24 at 8 p.m. each night. Matinee performances, meanwhile, will take place on July 18 and 25 at 2:30 p.m.

Tickets for the show are all general admission and are $16 per person. Tickets can be purchased by going to the Kentucky Center box office, going to the Kentucky Center website, or by calling 502-584-7777.

Picnic involves two households over a Labor Day weekend. Hal, a drifter, has been taken in by Helen Potts, who owns one of the homes. Flo Owens is wary of Hal, however, believing him to be a temptation risk for her two daughters. Flo may be right, as one of the daughters, Madge, considers giving up a shot at marrying into a rich lifestyle for Hal's excitement.

The Picnic cast includes Carrie Cooke, Jeff Ketterman, Andrew McGill, Carolyn Hollbrook, Grace Poganski, Victoria Barnes, Josh O'Brien, Sandy Cohrs, Emily Miller, Howard Whitman, Jane Schuster, and Elaine Hackett. Gary Tipton directed the production, of which William Inge created and won a Pulitzer Prize.

Inge's production was on Broadway, first at the Music Box Theatre in 1953 and again as a revival in 1994 at the Criterion.  A movie version was released in 1955 with William Holden as Hal, Kim Novak as Madge, and Betty Field as Flo.   

Picnic is the last show of As Yet's 2009-2010 season, which also included Forbidden Broadway, Sabrina Fair, and Little Mary Sunshine. More information about the show or the theatre company can be found at the As Yet Unnamed Theatre Company's website

(Image from AYUTC website)