Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

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March 10, 2011

Kentucky Repertory gets new executive director

HORSE CAVE — Kit Sanderson has been the executive director for Kentucky Repertory Theatre for only two weeks, yet he has already rolled up his sleeves and gotten to work.

One of the first things Sanderson plans to do is offer annual memberships.

“The deal I’m trying to offer is $100 for an annual membership and that entitles you to a 60 percent discount on any of our tickets for two people. So, really the deal I’m offering is, if you can give me $100 for a year then you’ll never pay more for anything here than what you pay for a movie for two people.”

“Kit officially started March 1, and arrived in Horse Cave March 5, but he’s been working for us non-stop since we made the deal. He’s been contacting actors, directors, producers and playwrights from New York, Chicago and California to try to get them to Horse Cave, and I think they’re coming,” said Temple Dickinson, chairman of the theater’s board of directors.

Sanderson, who will also serve as the theater’s artistic director for a period of time, has a “heck of a track record in New York as a producer and director,” Dickinson said. “He’s done Shakespeare, he’s done new plays, he’s done wild and edgy pieces, he’s written plays of his own. He’s got over a dozen New York Times reviews of his shows. He’s impressed nearly everyone he’s met down here, with his experience, with his plans, with his willingness to listen, and with his energy.”

Prior to his arrival at Kentucky Rep, Sanderson was taking part in a Fulbright Foundation Research Fellowship in Norway, where he was working on a new musical adapted from late author James Michener’s “Voytek.”

Sanderson studied at New York University and at Yale University. He graduated from Yale’s School of Drama in 2005. He has also taught Shakespearean acting at Princeton and directing at Yale, and has worked as a producer, director and freelance director throughout his career.

Along with its usual live theatrical performances, Kentucky Rep will also offer music and dance performances, some of which will be original to Kentucky Rep, while others will be nationally touring shows.

There are plans to bring back the holiday comedy “A Tuna Christmas” and “A Christmas Carol.” The shows will run in repertory during the Christmas season.

Sanderson also would like to bring “A Raisin in the Sun” to Kentucky Rep as part of celebrating February as Black History Month.

“I want to serve every single person in the area who can get to this theater, and that includes people who love murder mysteries, so we are going to do ‘Murder Mystery II,” he said.

He plans to offer “MacBeth” free to the public and to present it on the lawn in front of the theater.

Sanderson also hopes to transfer some of the productions at Kentucky Rep to other cities, such as Chicago and New York.

There are no plans to have a permanent acting company at Kentucky Rep. Instead,  casting will be done from show to show.

“I prefer to cast every show the best it can be cast anywhere and everywhere,” Sanderson said.

Fundraising will be conducted for the theater as has been the case in the past. Also, the theater will continue its educational outreach.

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