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King Lear at JSP - June 2016

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King Lear opens in 1 week!! 

NEW sculpture created and installed in the amphitheatre – check
costume parade complete – check
instruments hung back stage – check

WHAT’S NEXT???

Get your tickets TODAY: reserve a picnic table or front row!


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SummerStage at JSP has traditionally explored Shakespeare through a non-traditional lens and in 2016 we will continue to do so as we welcome visiting sculptor Aaron Dysart, into the core creative team.

Aaron received his MFA in sculpture from the University of Minnesota in 2002, and has since taught at multiple colleges throughout the Twin Cities and has exhibited his work nationally. He has received awards from Franconia Sculpture Park, Forecast Public Art and Public Art St. Paul. In 2013 the Minnesota State Arts Board, through the Artist Initiative program, funded a self-created artist residency on a working cattle farm in southeastern Minnesota. Recently, Dysart was part of a collaborative team of artists who created and exhibited the Plume Project which utilized live data from a NASA satellite to light a power plant’s steam plume in St. Paul, MN. He is a current City Arts Collaboratory Fellow through Public Art St. Paul and lives and works in Northeast Minneapolis. We are thrilled that he will be the lead sculptor and visiting artist for JSP’s King Lear in 2016.

 

Aaron Dysart was in residence May 22-29 to create his new sculpture Later, to be featured in King Lear at JSP!

Aaron Dysart was in residence May 22-29 to create his new sculpture Later, to be featured in King Lear at JSP!

Sponsored by Kentucky Employees Credit Union – Directed by Kathi E.B. Ellis.

Featuring a new sculpture by Aaron Dysart called Later. Please sign up for our newsletter and special event information to get email updates and special ticket offers (Click HERE).


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Upcoming Events:

June 4: Great American Brass Band Festival (Danville, KY) Stop by the JSP art activity booth at the GABBF 12-4pm at the Creation Station!!

June 9-11 & 16-18: JSP Shakespeare SummerStagepresents King Lear under the stars! Tickets available NOW online and at KY Employees Credit Union, Completely Kentucky or Wilson Nurseries (all in Frankfort).

July (dates TBA): Artist led workshops and artists in residence working at JSP. This year we’ll explore ceramics and photography, sculpture and the environment through a series of workshops and classes!! Emails to come when dates are determined, stay tuned for details!

July 19: Workshop for Home School Teachers – Air Quality, Climate, and Forestry: Systems as a Theme for Teaching and Learning8am-3:30pm Registration REQUIRED: Questions? Call Elizabeth Schmitz, KEEC, at 502-564-5937

Sept. 11: Annual Fall Arts Festival11am-6pm hands-on experiential art FUN for all ages and abilities.


Family DISCOUNT night is June 10! Kids get in FREE, so pack up the whole crew, bring a picnic, bring the dog, and enjoy a night of wonder with the entire family (or neighborhood!!).


KECU Logo 2Audience members are encouraged to arrive early in the evening to picnic & explore the grounds of Josephine Sculpture Park. Take the opportunity to view more than forty sculptures & murals on exhibition, and bring lawn chairs, blankets, etc. for a comfortable evening of Shakespeare under the stars. The park entrance is located at 3355 Lawrenceburg Rd, Frankfort, KY. JSP is less than three miles south of I64; parallel to US HWY 127S.

The Kentucky Employees Credit Union proudly supports the arts in our community and returns to Josephine SummerStage as title sponsor for the fifth year. Additional production support comes from the KY Arts Council and area businesses and organizations.


Rain Policy:

In the event of inclement weather the Josephine SummerStage production will be performed as scheduled. The production venue will be moved inside the JSP barn for a very special, intimate performance! The performance time will still be at 7p.m.
Audience members are welcome to bring their picnics and comfortable lawn chairs as usual and to set up in the shelter of the barn (chairs will be provided inside). Park volunteers will be available to assist  getting you from the parking area to the barn. Information about whether the performance will be inside or outside on days with rain will be posted on the Josephine Sculpture Park website and Facebook page as early as we are able to make the determination about where to perform for the safety of our actors and comfort of our audiences. If you have questions, contact us or call 502-352-7082.

About King Lear at JSP

Josephine SummerStage is a unique partnership between the visual and performing arts. This year’s production introduces St Paul “City Artist” Aaron Dysart to JSP. He will be in residence the week of May 23 to create this year’s sculpture. Dysart is one of two Minneapolis artists who are part of an innovative public arts program to bring art to municipal buildings. He joins VanHouten and Ellis (Louisville) together with Sound Designer Phyllis Free (Atlanta, GA) who have been part of the core creative team since the 2011 inception of SummerStage.  Other core team members who have been participated for all six years are Megan Burnett (Louisville) as voice coach (who studied at Shakespeare’s Globe in London), independent artist Lee Look (Louisville) as fight choreographer, stage manager Lauren Camargo (Lexington) and music coordinator Meg Caudill (Louisville). Costume designer Lindsay Chamberlin (Louisville) returns for her third year and movement coach Nicolette Boese (Louisville) returns for her second year. Annabelle Renshaw (Frankfort) returns as props assistant this year.

Each Josephine SummerStage production is grounded in the natural landscape of the park and also foregrounds the natural world, embracing the outdoor environment in which the story unfolds. In this year-long celebration of the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death, Josephine SummerStage takes up a play that conflates the power of the natural world with humanity’s slender grasp on sanity. Director Ellis sets this tale in a primitive environment where the threshold between the gods and mankind is palpable wherein Dysart’s sculpture overhangs the characters reminding them of their mortality.

The acting company includes returning performers Clint Gill (Shelbyville); Louisville-area actors Megan Adair, Alana Ghent, Alphaeus Green, Ebony Jordan, Keith McGill, Doug Sumey, and Brian West. Joining the company for the first time are Michael Van Zant (Cincinnati); Louisville-based Ke’Leb Beauchamp, Casey Moulton, and fight choreographer Lee Look; and Karl Seitz (Shelbyville.)  This is the first year that the acting company has included an artist from Ohio, demonstrating the growing commitment of area artists to be part of this unique regional endeavor.

Audience members are encouraged to arrive early in the evening to picnic & explore the grounds of Josephine Sculpture Park. Take the opportunity to view more than forty sculptures & murals on exhibition, and bring lawn chairs, blankets, etc. for a comfortable evening of Shakespeare under the stars. The park entrance is located at 3355 Lawrenceburg Rd, Frankfort, KY.  JSP is less than three miles south of I64; parallel to US HWY 127S.

Josephine SummerStage is proud to be a community partner of “Will in the Ville,” a regional consortium celebrating the First Folio exhibit at the Frazier Museum in Louisville in the fall of 2016. The traveling First Folio initiative is part of the national 400th anniversary celebrations.

The Kentucky Employees Credit Union proudly supports the arts in our community and returns to Josephine SummerStage as title sponsor for the fifth year. Additional production support comes from the KY Arts Council, the Fund for the Arts Power2Give program, LG&E and KU, area businesses and organizations, and generous individual donors.