The Patron Saint of Losing Sleep

LFL - The Patron Saint of Losing Sleep


by Diana Grisanti
Directed by Shannon Woolley Allison

MAR 15-24, 2018

The MeX Theater at The Kentucky Center
501 W. Main Street, Louisville, KY


Louisville Playwright Diana Grisanti’s
Patron Saint of Losing Sleep
is a swirling, fast-paced, surreal adventure in sleeplessness.

 Exploring effects of harassment and violence against women, LFL Founder and Co-Artistic Director Shannon Woolley Allison directs Looking for Lilith’s 2018 Women’s History Month production, The Patron Saint of Losing Sleep, by Louisvillian Diana Grisanti. Previously produced in Charlotte and Nashville, LFL’s production marks Patron Saint’s Louisville debut, although audiences will be familiar with Grisanti’s work with Actors Theatre of Louisville and Theatre [502]. This dynamic feminist piece, written in an unconventional narrative style that mirrors the disruption of insomnia, follows the surreal chaos that ensues when interventions of a sleep-deprived call center rep snowball out of control. LFL is delighted to be producing a second Louisville-based playwright following its commission of Nancy Gall-Clayton for its 15th Anniversary Festival this summer.

In The Patron Saint of Losing Sleep, Grisanti pulls the audience through a vibrant dream world as she delves into the nightmare of misogyny in various forms. Enter the mind of stressed-out Ada, a real estate call-center rep, who is experiencing a harrowing week due to chronic insomnia as her sleep-addled state spills into every facet of her waking life, both past and present. Director Allison elucidates, “Grisanti’s play raises timely questions about the nature of power dynamics and sexual harassment, and examines how intervening in others’ crises, despite best intentions, can go awry. It addresses these difficult topics in a way that manages to be both playful and resonant.”  
This LFL production highlights the talents of several company members. Founder & Co-Artistic Director Trina Fischer as Ada, and LFL company members Laura Ellis, Karole Spangler (appearing courtesy AEA) and Ebony Jordan (last seen in Carefully Taught) spearhead the cast, joined by Sean Childress (last seen in Prevailing Winds), and Ke’Leb Beauchamp (last seen in the staged reading of #WhatHappenedToDavid).
The production team includes company members Lindsay Chamberlin (well-known locally for costume design) making her debut as Assistant Director; Jill Marie Schierbaum as Scenic Designer; Holly Stone as Projections/Graphic Designer; and Laura Ellis as Sound Designer. Returning are Typh Hainer Merwarth as Costume Designer; Martin French as Lighting Designer; Vidalia Unwin as Stage Manager; and Haydee Canovas as Producer. Last seen on the stage in our 2017 remount of Alice in Black and White, Meg Caudill will be joining the team as Props Manager. 
Looking for Lilith returns to The MeX Theater at The Kentucky Center, 501 W. Main Street, Louisville, KY. Performance dates are: March 15, 16, 17, 19*, 22, 23, 24 at 7:30 p.m. Additionally, there is a 2:00 matinee on Saturday, March 24. Ticket prices are $21 general admission; $16 for Students, Seniors, and Military (serving or veteran). *LFL will host Community Night on Monday, March 19, offering $11 tickets for attendees. A Group Rate of $13 per person is available for groups of 10 or more with reservations required. All tickets must be purchased through The Kentucky Center  and include box office and processing fees. Contact The Kentucky Center at 800-775-7777 or 502-584-7777 or at Stay tuned for information about post-show talk-backs on and social media!
In partnership with The Kentucky Center, LFL is offering Audio Description (March 22), and ASL (March 16), BY REQUEST ONLY, at least 2 weeks in advance. Call the Kentucky Center Access Services hotline at 502-566-5111 (V) or 502-566-5140 (TTY) for information or reservations.

MAR 15, 16, 17, 19*, 22, 23, 24 | 7:30 pm
MAR 24 | 2:00 pm

TICKETS: $21 | $16 - Students/Seniors/Military
*Community Night - $11

Ticket prices DO NOT include Kentucky Center box office processing fees. Options for avoiding processing fees

Tickets are available through
The Kentucky Center Box Office

Audio Description and ASL available
Audio Description: March 22
ASL: March 16
BY REQUEST ONLY. Reservations must be made 2 weeks in advance. Please contact The Kentucky Center Access Services hotline at 502-566-5111 (V) or 502-566-5140 (TTY)

Ke'Leb Beauchamp, Sean Childress, Laura Ellis^, Trina Fischer^, Ebony Jordan^, Karole Spangler^†

Design & Production
Shannon Woolley Allison^ (Director), Lindsay Chamberlin^ (Asst. Director), Jill Marie Schierbaum^ (Scenic Designer), Holly Stone^ (Projections/Graphic Designer), Typh Hainer Merwarth (Costume Designer), Martin French (Lighting Designer), Laura Ellis^ (Sound Designer), Meg Caudill (Props Manager), Vidalia Unwin (Stage Manager), Haydee Canovas (Producer)

^LFL Company Member

†appearing courtesy AEA