About ShoeString Productions

ShoeString Productions is an informal collective of artists who come together to produce shows that are important to them.

Stones in His Pockets
photo by Shoestring Productions

The Glass Menagerie
photo by Michael Taggart

photo by Nick Smith

The Zoo Story
photo by ShoeString Productions

Dead Man Walking
photo by Ian Hust

Current Production

Local Theatre Artists Participate in National Reading Gun Control Theatre Action Week
Louisville, KY – for immediate release: ShoeString artists and friends will participate in the national Gun Control Theatre Action Week, May 27-June 2. The Louisville event will be on Friday, May 31 at 1741: A Collaboratory for Social Innovation at the corner of Frankfort Avenue and William Street. The reading, at  7:30p.m is free to the public; with a free-will donation to The Collaboratory requested. 

The Gun Control Theatre Action Week  is meant to spread this movement around the world swiftly and pointedly, to raise the conversation to a new level spur the worldwide community to take decidedly imperative action to restrict the sale of high-capacity semi-automatic weapons and their ammunition. The anthology 24 GUN CONTROL PLAYS (published by NoPassport Press) is intended to raise awareness and discourse around the need for Gun Control legislation and features plays by such well respected authors as Neil LaBute, Caridad Svich, Winter Miller, Lynn Manning, Oliver Mayer, Saviana Stanescu and many others. The May 31 Reading in Louisville will be a selection of plays from this anthology.

This year’s performers, who are also donating their time for this one-time event, include Mitzi Friedlander, Lee Look, Keith McGill, and Kristi Papailler.  Previously, ShoeString artists and friends participated in the international SHINSAI: Theaters for Japan reading in 2012 in support of earthquake relief, the national “Being Harold Pinter” reading in 2011, and director Kathi E.B. Ellis also organized a community-wide reading of “Lysistrata” as part of the international reading on International Women’s Day in 2003. Ellis states, “it’s very powerful to participate in a theatrical event, knowing that many other artists around the country, and word, are also lifting up their voices to help draw attention to an issue of such magnitudes. We’re excited and honored to participate in this initiative.”

Information about Gun Control Theatre Week can be found at http://www.nopassport.org/gun-control-theatre-action-2013. For additional information about the Louisville reading contact shoestringproductionsky@gmail.com

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ShoeString Productions
Gun Control Theatre Action Week
Friday, May 31, 7:30p.m.
1741: The Collaboratory for Social Innovation, 1741 Frankfort Avenue (at the corner of William St.), Louisville, KY.
The event is free. A freewill donation is requested.
Director: Kathi E.B. Ellis.  Actors: Mitzi Friedlander, Lee Look, Keith McGill, Kristi Papailler .


The first ShoeString Production was Edward Albee’s The Zoo Story, presented at the Rudyard Kipling, Louisville, February 2008, and at Natasha’s Cafe, Lexington, May 2008.

In February 2009, ShoeString artists collaborated with Assumption High School for their production of the stage version of Dead Man Walking, produced as part of Assumption’s annual Mission Week.

In December 2009, ShoeString produced Yasmina Reza's Art in partnership with Pyro Art Gallery.

In  June 2010, ShoeString Productions partnered with the Louisville Visual Art Association to produce Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie. It coincided with the 2010 National Glass Art Conference which took place in Louisville in June, 2010. This first-produced Williams' play was staged at the historic Water Tower.

In December 2012,  ShoeString Productions was hosted by The Alley Theater for their production of Marie Jones' Stones in his Pockets.

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