The Bard's Town Theatre is a 501c3 nonprofit theatre located on Bardstown Road in the Louisville, KY artistic borough known as "The Highlands." Still considered a fledgling theatre company, The Bard's Town Theatre has already become "a force to be reckoned with," earning a "Best Theatrical Production" award for its production of "Chasing Ophelia," and also a "Best Live Theatre" nod for its work overall.
Since opening its doors, The Bard's Town Theatre has produced world premieres of Chasing Ophelia, Misses Strata, The Kings of Christmas, Strike Zone, The Snowflake Theory, and 16 ten-minute plays. The company has also produced the OBIE-award winning A Bright New Boise, and taken part in the largest election year theatre festival in history with 44 Plays for 44 Presidents.
The Bard's Town Theatre occupies the 2nd level of The Bard's Town Restaurant and Pub, a Shakespearean-themed restaurant known for its artistically delicious food, a menu filled with Shakespearean puns, and support of local artists...from visual artists to musicians, comedians to poets.
The Bard's Town Theatre takes its name quite seriously..."Bard." Rather than being a Shakespearean theatre (as the name seems to suggest), The Bard's Town Theatre actually looks to do what Shakespeare did in his day: focus on the creation of new work. While we love Shakespeare (perhaps more than most), and we love Beckett, Stoppard, Coward, Simon, Kushner, and so on, our goal is to produce the works that haven't been performed over and over again.
This endeavor, then, is a bit of a dangerous one, but also an exciting one. With "Oklahoma," "Hamlet," and so on, the audience comes to the theatre with distinct expectations, with an already shared knowledge. With new work, there are no expectations to be had. For us, this is what makes theatre so much fun.
Our eventual goal is to build a resident pool of playwrights, actors, directors, and technicians who share our vision of the theatre process, and to--with these great people--tell the stories that should be told.