Theatre [502]’s Small Batch Series: Theatrical Experiences and Experiments affords Louisville artists and audiences an opportunity to connect while exploring new collaborations and modes of storytelling in the pursuit and realization of recent, relevant, quality theatre.

… In other words, Small Batch is our opportunity to try new things. We hope you’ll come experiment with us!

The Stranger and Ludlow Quinn

by Diana Grisanti and Steve Moulds

directed by Amy Attaway and Gil Reyes

First Fridays from June 2013 - April 2014
10-15 minute performances, every hour on the hour from 7pm - 10pm at Baron’s Theater
The Stranger and Ludlow Quinn

He put the rabbit in the hat. He mastered time and space. He bested Houdini. He’s the magician’s magician. He’s Ludlow Quinn, and he’s returned to Louisville.

You may not have heard of this fabled magician, but high school freshman Bonnie Burke is about to learn his dramatic story. When Bonnie uncovers an ancient tome in her great-great-great grandmother's attic that belonged to the mysterious Mr. Quinn, she gets swept up in a century of Louisville lore and legend.

There’s a little extra magic on First Friday Trolley Hops this year: from June 2013 through April 2014, Theatre [502] will offer new monthly installments of The Stranger and Ludlow Quinn by Steve Moulds and Louisville native Diana Grisanti. Each 8- to 15-minute play is informed by vaudeville, cabaret, and magic-style performances, with a uniquely Louisville twist. You don’t have to see them all to get the full story, but if you do you’ll be glad you did.

Cast and Crew


Diana Grisanti
Steve Moulds

The Actors:

Leah Roberts
Eli Keel
Douglas Scott Sorenson
Becca Willenbrink
Scott Anthony
Alexandria Sweatt
Alexendra Drexelius
Geoffrey Barnes

The Crew:

Stage Manager Starr Peters
Lighting Designer Jesse AlFord
Sound Designer Scott Anthony
Assistant Director/Videographer
Chapters 2 and 3
Amos Dreisbach
Venue and Tickets

First Friday of every month
June 2013 - April 2014
Performances are 10-15 minutes,
Every hour on the hour from 7pm - 10pm

Baron’s Theater
131 W. Main St

Tickets are FREE!

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Thom Pain (based on nothing)

by Will Eno

directed by Mike Brooks

Featuring Gil Reyes

November 14 - 24
The Stranger and Ludlow Quinn

Thom Pain (based on nothing) is a full length theatrical offering for the second exciting year of the Slant Culture Theatre Festival. Billed as a laboratory for uncommon theatre, and boasting the work of five core Louisville theatre companies, Slant is a chance to celebrate theatre in Louisville as we share artists and audiences with a wide-range of what our city has to offer.

See Thom. See Thom try. Try Thom, try. In a hilarious and heartbreaking display of humanity, Thom Pain subverts the tropes of solo performance and, perhaps in spite of himself, forges an unforgettable bond with his audience. An illuminating autobiography of a trying man; Thom Pain (based on nothing) is a lyrical puzzle box that promises an unforgettable night at the theater.

Thom Pain (based on nothing) is one of three plays that sparked a conversation on aesthetics between three friends and led them to become three Co-Artistic Directors. Theatre [502] isn’t bringing this rare treat back to the stage – we’d argue it never left. With an updated script and an extra five years of collaboration, we offer you this rare glimpse at not just our heart, but maybe your own. Don't miss this chance to experience the play that helped propel Will Eno (now familiar to Louisville audiences for his 2013 Humana Festival offering Gnit) to his standing as one of the most important theatrical voices of this generation.

Visit Slant’s website to learn about all the exciting Festival offerings!


July 18 - 20

The Bear Loves Honey is a traveling production by White Flag Performance Group. Theatre [502] is happy to host this peer theatre for a performance and workshop.

White Flag Performance Group’s mission declares a dedication “to interdisciplinary dialogue and touring to connect and collaborate with a diverse range of communities,” and now Louisville will be included in that dialogue. In addition, Theatre [502]’s artists will have the chance to further their theatrical training with a special workshop on ensemble building and devised theatre with the folks from White Flag.