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The Girl Crazy Queer & Other Fairy Tales by Allie Fireel

October 27, 28, & 29 at 7:30pm
This play will be a fictionalized excavation of experiences at key points in the life of non-binary bi-polar queer. It will recount real-world events and use fairy tales and myths, traditional and original, to explore facets of identity. Can one be little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf? Can Icarus ever just fly safely in the sky, or is he doomed to a death of unreasonable highs and deadly plunges? The fairy tales and myths will incorporate a mix of the theatrical disciplines outside of theatre, including some of the following: shadow puppetry, object theatre, projection, dance, magic, burlesque, slam poetry, and if the occasion arises, air guitar. I believe that for theatre to thrive in our multi-platform media landscape, it must be uniquely theatrical. The working title is a reference to the two insults used against me in childhood, as well as my lifelong love of magical stories.

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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.
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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2022 - 2023 Season


September 3-17, 2022
Casey is a young, broke Elvis impersonator at a run down bar in the Florida Panhandle. He has everything going for him, including a flashy sequin jumpsuit. But just like that he loses his gig, rent is overdue and his wife announces a baby on the way. So when Elvis leaves the building and a drag show moves in, “The King” transforms into an all-out queen with the help of some new friends who become the second family Casey never saw coming. With snappy zingers and dance-worthy numbers, this wildly entertaining story will challenge your assumptions with extraordinary humor and depth. Filled with music and humor–and plenty of sequins–this joyful, acclaimed new play is a reminder that the path to prosperity and fulfillment may sometimes take an unexpected star turn. An hilarious, heartwarming, and unlikely new comedy.

UNEXPECTED JOY book & lyrics by Bill Russell & music by Janet Hood

November 4, 5, 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19 @ 7:30 p.m.; November 6 @ 2:30 p.m.; November 13 @ 5:30 p.m.; November 14 at 7:00 p.m.
The story of three generations of female singers, long-held family tensions, and a week together where change is in the air. In modern-day Cape Cod, Joy, a baby boomer and proud hippie, is holding a memorial concert for the other half of her popular musical duo, Jump & Joy. When her tightly wound, conservative daughter and her sweet, rebellious granddaughter arrive from Oklahoma, sparks fly as one family seeks to find the common ground in their different values, dreams, and goals. A heartfelt and hilarious story that celebrates diversity and acceptance, Unexpected Joy weaves folk-rock, pop, and blues in bringing together a family that hasn’t experienced true joy in decades.

DOT by Coleman Domingo

January 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, 28 @ 7:30 p.m.; January 15 @ 2:30 p.m.; January 22 @ 5:30 p.m.; January 23 @ 7:00 p.m.
This holiday season, the Shealys dare you not to laugh as they reconnect around their aging mother in the heart of a West Philly neighborhood, where they find that losing your memory and losing your mind are two completely different things. The holidays are always a wild family affair at the Shealy house. But this year, Dotty and her three grown children gather with more than exchanging presents on their minds. As Dotty struggles to hold on to her memory, her children must fight to balance care for their mother and care for themselves. This twisted and hilarious new play grapples unflinchingly with aging parents and midlife crises.

GODSPELL (Revival) book by John Michael Tebelak, music & lyrics by Stephen Schwartz

March 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25 @ 7:30 p.m.; March 12 @ 2:30 p.m.; March 19 @ 5:30 p.m.; March 20 @ 7:00 p.m.
Based on the Gospel according to Matthew, Godspell was the first musical theatre offering from composer Stephen Schwartz who went on to write such well-known hits as Wicked, Pippin, and Children of Eden. In our updated version of the show we’ll feature a troupe of as many diverse queer players we can find, who will team up with Jesus to teach his lessons in a our new queer aware age through parables, games, and tomfoolery. Godspell features the international hit, “Day by Day”, as well as an eclectic blend of songs ranging from pop to vaudeville, as Jesus’ life is played out onstage. Even after the haunting crucifixion, Jesus’ message of kindness, tolerance and love lives vibrantly on.

IT SHOULD’A BEEN YOU book and lyrics by Brian Hargrove, music by Barbara Anselmi

May 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27 @ 7:30 p.m.; May 14 @ 2:30 p.m.; May 21 @ 5:30 p.m.; May 22 @ 7:00 p.m.
In a world where nothing is what it seems, religions collide, Machiavellian plots are revealed, promises broken, secrets exposed, and hope springs from the most unlikely of places. Is it the latest conflict in the Middle East? No, it's just the Steinberg wedding. The bride is Jewish. The groom is Catholic. Her mother is a force of nature, his mother is a tempest in a cocktail shaker. And when the bride's ex-boyfriend crashes the party, the perfect wedding starts to unravel. The charming, funny and original musical invites you to a wedding day you'll never forget, where anything that can go wrong does and love pops up in mysterious places.

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