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Pandora Productions Announces

Shows and Casting for the 2017-2018 Season

Every family has a story to tell…

LOUISVILLE, KY – July 13, 2017 – Pandora Productions is pleased to announce the 2017-2018 Season that centers around the stories of family. The season includes: Sordid Lives; Falsettos; Harbor; Victor/Victoria and Die, Mommie Die! (full show descriptions, performance dates, directors, cast as well as composers, lyricists and playwrights are listed below).
Casting for the season is now complete and Pandora Productions, in the spirit of our community theatre roots, is proud that all roles have been cast with unique actors. Every role this season will be played by an actor not seen otherwise in the season. This, we believe, increases the visibility of actors who might not have a chance at a role and opens up our productions to a whole new audience. Louisville is blessed with so many talented actors and Pandora is proud to be a part of such a thriving arts community and excited to feature the talents of as many as possible, some new to us, for the 2017-2018 Season. (*denotes an actor new to Pandora Productions)
We open our season with the hilarious, over-the-top comedy Sordid Lives by Del Shores under the leadership of Guest Director Jason Cooper.
Performances: September 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23 @ 7:30 p; 17 @ 5:30 p; & 24 @ 2:00 p
Peggy has died in a motel room under questionable circumstances. As sisters Latrelle and LaVonda cope with this tragi-scandal, they reconsider the plight of Peggy’s flamboyant transvestite son, their Brother Boy, whom Peggy slapped into an insane asylum 20 years ago. Meanwhile, Latrelle’s son Ty, a New York-based actor, faces the prospect of “coming out” to his mother, LaVonda’s best friend Noleta, waxes furious about husband G.W.’s infidelity, Brother Boy tries to pacify a power-mad therapist intent upon his “de-homosexualization,” as Peggy’s sister Sissy, the sweet moral center of the piece, struggles with severe cigarette withdrawal.
SISSY                                    Rena Cherry Brown*
NOLETA                              Jessica Tanselle*
LATRELLE                          Susan McNeese-Lynch
LA VONDA                          Glenna Godsey*
TY                                          Jake Minton*
G.W.                                      Craig Nolan Highley*
WARDELL                           Mike Slaton
ODELL                                  John Aurelius*
JUANITA                             Jessica Sharpenstein*
BROTHER BOY                  Shane Whitehead
DR. EVE                               Jennifer Poliskie
BITSY MAE                         Mandi Elkins Hutchins
REV. BARNES                     Eric Sharp
PEGGY                                  Emily Miller*
Pandora’s Artistic Director returns to direct William Finn and James Lapine’s Falsettos. A seamless pairing of March of the Falsettos and Falsettoland, acclaimed off-Broadway musicals written nearly a decade apart, Falsettos won 1992 Tony Awards for best book and best musical score.Returning after a successful collaboration with Drury on Hedwig & The Angry Inch are Michael Vettraino as Musical Director and Alfred Dale Jones, Jr. as Choreographer.
Performances: November 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18 @ 7:30 p; 12 @ 5:30 p; & 19 @ 2:00 p
Marvin struggles to create a ‘tight knit family’ out of his eclectic array of core relationships after he leaves his wife and young son to live with another man. His ex-wife marries his psychiatrist, and Marvin ends up alone. Two years later, Marvin is reunited with his lover on the eve of his son’s bar mitzvah, just as AIDS is beginning its insidious spread and he is forced to reckon with his own views on love, responsibility, and what it means to be a man. At once an intimate family drama and neurotic urban comedy, but also a keenly observed meditation on the new American Family.
MARVIN                             Alex Cooper
TRINA                                 Lauren McCombs
JASON                                 Roman Tate*
WHIZZER                           Andrew Newton
MENDEL                             Ken Robinson
CHARLOTTE                      Hannegan Roseberry*
CORDELIA                          Nicole Casteel*
With the new year, Pandora brings the best of off-Broadway with Harbor by Chad Beguelin. Drury directs this serio-comedy with performances: January 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20 @ 7:30 p; 14 @ 5:30p; & 21 @ 2:00 p
Ted and Kevin are a newly-wed couple whose seemingly idyllic life in an affluent subset of the Hamptons is disrupted when Kevin’s estranged, ne’er-do-well sister Donna and 15-year-old niece Lottie arrive unannounced at their Sag Harbor home. The bonds between kith and kin are strained and Kevin and Ted’s already uneven relationship is tested when the cash-strapped Donna reveals she is pregnant and begins pressuring the couple into raising her child themselves. Alternately biting and touching, this comedy is about the constantly shifting nature of the meaning of family.
KEVIN                                 Jacob Cooper
TED                                     David Galloway
DONNA                              Lauren Argo
LOTTIE                               Brooklyn Durs*

In a rare appearance, the company’s Artistic Director takes the stage as Pandora pushes her own boundaries, bursting into Spring 2018 with the ambitious Victor/Victoria. This musical with book by Blake Edwards, music by Henry Mancini & Frank Wildhorn, lyrics by Leslie Bricusse & Frank Wildhorn will be guided by Guest Director James Bohr with Musical Direction by Phillip Morgan and Choreography by Frank Goodloe.
Performances: March 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24 @ 7:30 p; 18 @ 5:30 p; & 25 @ 2:00 p
Life’s complications are both hilarious and touching when refined soprano Victoria finds herself down on her luck in Paris. On the brink of starvation, she is rescued by Toddy who gets a brilliant idea: dress Victoria as a man, and pass her off as a female impersonator. Victoria finds success in her new role, only to fall in love with King Marchan, who in turn, is terrified to find himself falling for a man, and refuses to be believe that “Victor” is a man. Hired detectives, spurned business associates, a crazed showgirl and a sweet bodyguard serve to make Victoria’s life a whirlwind of complications.
VICTOR/VICTORIA         Julie Allen*
TODDY                                Michael J. Drury
KING                                    Brent Gettelfinger
NORMA                               Amanda Kyle Lahti
SQUASH                              Bryce Wiebe
LABISSE                              Brad Lambert
CASSELL                             Rusty Henle
SAL                                       Andy Epstein
RICHARD                            Isaiah Hein*
Erin Jump*, Marcia Ziegler*, Leila Toba*, Maggie Patton, Paula Lockhart*,
Jenna Ryan*, Isaiah Hein*, Andy Epstein, Jonathon Porter, Elliott Talkington*,
Gerry Robertson & Sean Patrick
And finally, rounding out the season is another Charles Busch classic, Die, Mommie Die! Directed by Drury with performances: May 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19 @ 7:30 p; 13 @ 5:30 p; & 20 @ 2:00 p
Ex-pop singer, Angela, is trapped in a hateful marriage with film producer Sol Sussman. Desperate to find happiness with her younger lover, an out of work TV actor Tony, Angela murders Sol with the aid of a poisoned suppository. Greek tragedy meets Hollywood kitsch as Angela’s daughter, Edith, convinces her emotionally disturbed brother, Lance, that they must avenge their father’s death by killing their mother. Lance slips some LSD into her after-dinner coffee which reveals some surprises and a twist ending that has the dirty laundry of the Sussman family aired out once and for all.
ANGELA                            Jack Wallen*
SOL                                     Sean Childress
TONY                                 Michael Lee Stein
BOOTSIE                           Laura Ellis
EDITH                                Sabrina Spalding
LANCE                               Eli Lucas*
All shows in the 2017-2018 Season will be performed at Pandora Productions’ home, The Henry Clay Theatre in the Henry Clay building located at 604 South Third Street, 3rd Floor, Downtown Louisville.
Single tickets are available for $20 in advance and $22 day of show and can be obtained online at, or via phone at 502.216.5502.
Subscriptions for the 2017-2018 Season are now available: Regular $90, Senior/Student $80 for a 5-show season and represents a 20% savings off the single ticket pricing. Subscribers enjoy free exchanges and first choice on special events. Subscriptions will be available through the run of Sordid Lives.