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SCROOGE IN ROUGE (Campy Comedy) by Ricky Graham

November 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20 @ 7:30 p.m.; 7, 14 @ 5:30 p.m.; 21 @ 2:00 p.m.
This quick-change, cross-dressing version of the Charles Dickens classic is set in a Victorian music hall. The Royal Music Hall Twenty-Member Variety Players are beset with a widespread case of food poisoning. This leaves only three surviving members to soldier on through a performance of A Christmas Carol. The undaunted trio gamely face missed cues, ill-fitting costumes, and solving the problem of having no one to play Tiny Tim. Done in the style of British Music Hall, this show abounds in bad puns, bawdy malapropisms, naughty double-entendres, and witty songs. A raucous holiday treat!

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For over 25 years, Pandora Productions has been the only theatre company in the Louisville Metro area and most of Kentucky exclusively dedicated and most trusted to tell the stories of the LGBTQ+ communities.
Pandora Productions has been telling the stories of the LGBTQ+ community for over 25 years. Born from a small, crazy idea of three artists who wanted to create a musical based on the myth of Pandora, the company has grown to be a shining star in the Louisville arts firmament. Performing a 5 show mainstage season in the Henry Clay Theatre, the company presents bold, cutting edge, award winning musicals, dramas and comedies as well as hosted two national new play competitions. The company celebrates local, regional and national playwrights writing on LGBTQ+ themes with our PlayDates with Pandora series and brand new Intersections project. Under the leadership of the company’s long time Producing Artistic Director, Michael J. Drury, the company has enjoyed fast growth, artistic achievement and prominence in Louisville and nationally.

LAND ACKNOWLEDGMENT
Pandora Productions, performing at the Henry Clay Theatre, acknowledges that we are situ-
ated on the traditional land of the Adena, Hopewell, Miami, Osage, Shawnee and Cherokee
East people. We respect their enduring presence and historical stewardship of these lands.

Our Vision

Profound relatedness and belonging by and for our diverse human community.

Our Mission

Pandora Productions celebrates the transformational power of theatre and with curiosity, courage and conviction, we will:
  • Entertain, engage and inspire our audience, the Kentucky/Indiana region and the greater human community with bold, cutting edge theatrical events giving voice to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Questioning experience;
  • Explore artistic expressions of the commonality and diversity of human experience within the spectrum of sexuality and gender identity;
  • Examine our shared connections and responsibilities as a society, building community by exposing the beauty and dignity of all people and
  • Enliven and ignite the unfailing hope and triumph of the human spirit.

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2021 - 2022 Season

SCROOGE IN ROUGE (Campy Comedy) by Ricky Graham

November 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20 @ 7:30 p.m.; 7, 14 @ 5:30 p.m.; 21 @ 2:00 p.m.
This quick-change, cross-dressing version of the Charles Dickens classic is set in a Victorian music hall. The Royal Music Hall Twenty-Member Variety Players are beset with a widespread case of food poisoning. This leaves only three surviving members to soldier on through a performance of A Christmas Carol. The undaunted trio gamely face missed cues, ill-fitting costumes, and solving the problem of having no one to play Tiny Tim. Done in the style of British Music Hall, this show abounds in bad puns, bawdy malapropisms, naughty double-entendres, and witty songs. A raucous holiday treat!

THE CAKE (Serio-Comedy) by Bekah Brunstetter

Performances: January 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22 @ 7:30 p.m.; 9, 16 @ 5:30 p.m.; 23 @ 2:00 p.m.
With cake so good you could take a nap in it, a surprise lesbian wedding, and a reality show announcer whose narrative style can get a little too personal, this sweet comedy just might make you laugh until you cry. Frosting will fly when Della, a North Carolina Baker and devout Christian, is asked to bake a wedding cake for her best friend’s daughter. Her joy is short-lived when she learns that the intended is another bride. She struggles to reconcile her deeply-held belief in “traditional marriage” and the love she has for the woman she helped raise, Della finds herself in strange new territory as she tries to figure out how her faith and her love for family can co- exist.

HEAD OVER HEELS (Musical Comedy) conceived by + original book by Jeff Whitty, adapted by James Magruder, music + lyrics by the Go-Go's

March 4, 5, 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19 @ 7:30 p.m.; 6, 13 @ 5:30 p.m.; 20 @ 2:00 p.m.
With a plot containing usurped kingship, unlikely lovers, and gender-fluid disguises and featuring the songs of The Go-Go’s and based on The Countess of Pembroke’s Arcadia. It’s a story of unconditional love and acceptance told as the royal court of Arcadia is threatened by the mystical Oracle of Delphi with the loss of its “Beat,” the divine power that ensures the kingdom’s prosperity. King Basilius, whose own title is at stake, forces the members of the royal family and court on a journey to the woods in an attempt to escape the Oracle’s seemingly unavoidable prophecies., and uses some of the greatest pop rock hits of the late 20th century.

A VERY SORDID WEDDING (Comedy) by Del Shores

Performances: April 29, 30, & May 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21 @ 7:30 p.m.; 1, 15 @ 5:30 p.m.; 22 @ 2:00 p.m.
It’s 2015, and seventeen years later, the sordid saga continues with all the same crazy characters we love. After a chance meeting with a dangerous criminal, Brother Boy, who has added Loretta and Dolly to his repertoire, is forced out on the run. Ty has a new boyfriend and is coming home with him for the anniversary memorial service in honor of Peggy at Bubba’s Bar. The Southside Baptist Church is planning an “Anti-Equality Rally” to protest the advancement of same-sex marriage. Both events are to take place on the same night, so the cast of colorful characters are all on a collision course for shenanigans and fireworks, and a surprise wedding!

SHAKESPEARE’S R & J by Joe Calarco

January 28 – February 5, 2022
Four young prep school students decide to vary their very governed lives. After school, they all take turns reading Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet aloud. The Bard’s words and the story itself are thrilling to the boys, and they become swept away, enmeshed in the emotion so much so that they break school rules in order to continue their readings. The rigidity of their lives begins to parallel the lives of the characters in the play: roles in the family, society, and gender soon seem to make all the sense in the world, and then, suddenly, they seem to make no sense at all. Two eventually emerge playing Romeo and Juliet exclusively, bringing a whole new dimension to the proceedings. Perceptions and understanding are turned upside-down as the fun of play-acting turns serious, and the words and meanings begin to hit home and universal truths emerge.

INTERSECTIONS by Various Playwrights (National New Play Search)

Dates to be Determined
Pandora Productions launches her 2nd National New Play Search for plays that explore the many intersections of the LGBTQ+ community and other marginalized communities. Specifically, we are interested in seeing plays that intersect with the Black, Latinx, Indigenous communities. BIPOC playwrights especially encouraged to submit. Plays selected will be given either a reading or a small production outside our home theatre.

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