BALAGULA THEATRE: NEW SEASON, NEW FUNDING AND NEW SPACE TO EXPLORE

 

The Balagula Theatre Company is excited to announce its new partnership with LexArts that has chosen Balagula to receive its General Operating Support for the FY2014. Jim Clark, LexArts CEO, explains LexArt’s decision to support the theatre: “Balagula’s commitment to the development of new work and the reinterpretation of modern classics makes it a critical force in Lexington’s cultural life.” ”We are honored to become LexArts partners, we appreciate the trust invested in our young theatre to fulfill its mission to deliver intelligent, innovative and inspiring theatre to audiences in Kentucky worthy of artists’ engagement, audiences’ attention and community’s resources,” says Natasha Williams, Balagula’s co-Director. “The fact that an innovative drama theatre is added to the list of LexArts partners that includes such well established and highly deserving organizations as Lexington Philharmonic, Lexington Children’s Theatre, Lexington Art League, Lexington Living Arts and Science Center and Central Kentucky Youth Orchestra is a great testimonial to Lexington’s dedication to develop a well balanced, comprehensive approach to sustaining diverse cultural life worthy of a Great American City”. spacer.gif divider2.gif Season 2013-2014 Programming Balagula’s Season 2013-14 is the theatre’s testament to its dedication to bring exciting new programming to the Kentucky Stage. From a World Premiere of the Kentucky Women Writers Conference Competition for women playwrights (172 submissions from US, Canada, Italy, France and Russia) to four Kentucky Premiers of the plays that despite receiving world recognition, have not yet been produced in Kentucky, the Season is a smorgasbord of new interpretations of contemporary classics (The Two Character Play by Tennessee Williams, 1984 by George Orwell in the new adaptation by Michael Gene Sullivan), innovative and highly original new voices (Terrorism by Presnyakov Brothers (Russia) and works of women playwrights both internationally renowned (Dinner by Moira Buffini) and aspiring to receive national recognition (E.G.O. by Jo Morello). The Season 2013-14 will open with the World Premiere of E.G.O.: THE PASSIONS OF EUGENE GLADSTONE O’NEILL by Jo Morello (September 13-15, 20-22) at the Downtown Art Center. For the first time Balagula will mount a new production outside of the well familiar and comfortable space of Natasha’s Bistro where Balagula has been performing since its enticement. Says Jim Clark: “LexArts is very pleased to be working in partnership with Balagula Theatre and the Kentucky Women’s Writers Conference to bring this new work to life. The Downtown Arts Center gives Balagula Theatre amble space to spread its artistic wings to tackle this giant of the American theatre – Eugene O’Neill. “ According to Ryan Case, the play’s producer, “Balagula is thrilled to be working in a new environment that creates different challenges and opens new possibilities. It enhances our thinking “out of the box”, a “black box” of our theatre, in this case. Our partnership with LexArts reaches far beyond financial support: it helps us feel a part of a bigger process of building Lexington’s culture.” Season 13-14 Poster 2 spacer.gif divider2.gif 2013-2014 Season “E.G.O.: THE PASSIONS OF EUGENE GLADSTONE O’NEILL” by Jo Morello September 13-15, 20-22 “THE TWO CHARACTER PLAY” by Tennessee Williams November 3-6, 10-13 “TERRORISM” by The Presnyakov Brothers Jan 12-15, 19-22 “1984” by George Orwell, Adapted by Michael Gene Sullivan March 9-12, 16-19 “DINNER” by Moira Buffini Learn more about these exciting plays at our website! Season Tickets: $75 Season Ticket Season Ticket for Five Plays (Any Performance Day) Season Tickets will be available starting July,15 and can be ordered by visiting www.balagula.com. Community Partnerships. Balagula Theatre will continue its partnerships with community based non-profits by dedicating its performances to raising awareness of environmental, social and cultural issues facing our community, and donating parts of performances’ proceeds to support our partners’ projects. “We are dedicated to breaking barriers and participating in creating a sustainable world and integrated compassionate worldview on stage and off”, says Balagula’s Artistic Co-Director Natasha Williams, echoed by the other Co-Director Ryan Case: “Artists and audiences are people first… and theatre is passionate about people!”
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