An Original Production
Created by Looking for Lilith Theatre Company
Directed by Kathi E.B. Ellis
Nov 6-14, 2015
The MeX Theater at The Kentucky Center
501 W. Main Street, Louisville, KY
Looking for Lilith kicks off the 2015-2016 season with our newest original play, Prevailing Winds.
Our tenth original play is focused on environmental issues in relation to Rubbertown and its surrounding communities, as well as how race and class have played into the Louisville community's dialogue and action around these issues. We have interviewed community members of this area of Jefferson County, together with industry representatives, environmentalists and activists, scientists and people in the media, to create a multi-faceted exploration of the complex interrelationships in this part of our community.
This play will be LFL's 10th collaboratively created piece, and we have been researching and devising this project throughout the past year and a half. Joining the cast of Prevailing Winds are company founders Shannon Woolley Allison and Jennifer Thalman Kelpler; company member Ebony Nolana Jordan; and returning actors J.D. Green and Sean Childress (Louisville Repertory Company member). Joining an LFL cast for the first time are Dana Hope and Mandi Hutchins. Company member Kathi E.B. Ellis directs the production, with company members Jill Marie Schierbaum and Holly Stone providing scenic and projections design respectively. Longtime collaborator John Newman designs lights. Returning to LFL are Haydee Canovas as producer and Sam Jenkins as stage manager. Linda and Mandy Cox, members of the devising team, will be props managers. Original music and sound design will be created by Erin Fitzgerald. The Devising Directors, who led the creation process of the script, were Co-Artistic Directors Shannon Woolley Allison and Trina Fischer. Allison says, “the opportunity to tell a story about our hometown is very exciting, and it is the first time we have done so in fourteen years of creating original work.”
Prevailing Winds is LFL's contribution to the ACA YES! Fest — A Year of Environment and Sustainability, a year-long celebration of the region's dynamic arts and cultural organizations united, exploring these important issues. As part of our company's commitment to community involvement and partnerships, this production is co-sponsored by Louisville Repertory Company. LFL has received partial funding from Alternate ROOTS, Louisville Metro Council, the Arts and Cultural Attractions (ACA) Network of GLI, and the Kentucky Foundation for Women in support of the research, devising, and production phases of our tenth original work.
What our audiences are saying:
If you live and breathe anywhere in the Louisville region, you need to see Prevailing Winds - Marty Rosen, LEO Weekly
I especially appreciate the play's balance, its accuracy, its fairness, and the opportunity it allows for all of us to hear stories and see events through the lens of other community members' eyes.
Having grown up in Rubbertown and having my high school bus go down Lee's Lane to Dreamland, this play had a special meaning to me. Great production, presented in an unique way.
Growing up in the west end I was always aware of these issues and a lot of the images of Southwestern Parkway and Chickasaw Park is literally in my backyard so it all hits close to home.
Best of all the Lilith writers present our air pollution problems with a complexity that...is so important and is so often left out.
A valuable platform [for] an ensemble of voices participating in our community's ongoing environmental dialogue.
Shannon Woolley Allison^, Sean Childress†, J.D. Green, Dana Hope, Mandi Hutchins, Ebony Nolana Jordan^, Jennifer Thalman Kepler^
DESIGN & PRODUCTION:
Jill Marie Schierbaum^ (Scenic Designer), Holly Stone^ (Projections and Graphic Designer), John Newman (Lighting Designer), Erin Fitzgerald (Original Music), Linda and Mandy Cox (Props Managers), Sam Jenkins (Stage Manager), Haydee Canovas (Producer), JC Nixon† (Co-Producer)
Research and Devising Team Members: Shannon Woolley Allison^ (Devising Co-Director), Lauren Argo, Haydee Canovas, Linda Cox, Mandy Cox, Kathi E.B. Ellis^, Trina Fischer^ (Research/Devising Co-Director), Arnita Gadson, J.D. Green, Sam Jenkins (Devising Project Manager), Ebony Nolana Jordan^, Keith McGill, Typh Hainer Merwarth^, Jay Marie Padilla, Jill Marie Schierbaum^, Holly Stone^ (Research Co-Director)
^LFL Company Member
†LRC Board Member