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September 23, 2009

UofL Theatre opens new season with ‘Come Down Burnin’

LOUISVILLE, Ky. –“Come Down Burnin,” by Kia Corthron, opens the fall season for University of Louisville’s Department of Theatre Arts.

Presented by the department and its African American Theatre Program, the play will be performed Sept. 30 – Oct. 4 at 8 p.m. nightly plus a 3 p.m. matinee on Oct. 4. All performances will take place at the The Playhouse at 1911 S. 3rd Street.

Kia Corthron’s drama tells the story of two sisters who grapple with the effects of poverty, ignorance and disability in order to provide for their children.

Directed by Nefertiti Burton, associate professor and associate dean for the College of Arts and Sciences for International, Diversity and Outreach Programs, the play explores the challenges faced each day as the characters attempt to overcome obstacles in their Appalachian home.

“Sometimes conditions force good people to make decisions that society may condemn,” Burton said. “Scraping by to feed your children and attempting to make a living put people in positions most of us can relate to.”

Burton said that the explosive topics in the play, such as abortion, will engage the audiences. Talkback discussion between audience, cast and guests are scheduled for most performances.

Season tickets for all five plays this season are $50 for the general public, $40 for UofL employees and people 65 and older and $35 for students. Individual show tickets are $12 for the general public, $8 for faculty, staff, students and senior citizens. For tickets and information, call 502-852-6814 or visit


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