Smiles of a Summer ShPIeL Showcase

LOUISVILLE, KY., June 3, 2024— ShPIeL-Performing Identity announces the second annual summer theatrical showcase, Smiles of a Summer ShPIeL Showcase, highlighting Jewish and intersectional plays/performances of diversity — full and short plays, new and old, comedy and drama, and musical cabaret — spread out over three performance dates (see below) to add to your summer entertainment. Also included will be discussions for thought, the heart, spirit and connection.

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE: (For up to date info on performances see )

Thursday, July 25 at 7 pm, — — a staged reading of Who Will Carry the Word? by Charlotte Delbo in collaboration with the Bellarmine Theatre Department. Based on Delbo’s own experience in Auschwitz, this play explores the experiences of women in Auschwitz in a powerful and yet poetic rendition, confronting the necessity of at least one person’s survival to tell the truth of their stories.

Friday, July 26 at 7 pm (after Friday night Shabbat services and a nosh) — a wide variety of new short play readings from local and national playwrights, including the comic, tragic, and deeply relatable, these plays run the gamut of the human experience.

Sunday, July 28, 4 pm — Classically trained singer Arlecia Ebert from Chicago will join with David Y. Chack, ShPIeL’s Artistic Director to perform a variety of music from Black, Jewish, and intersectional artists. Favorite songs will include: Porgy and Bess, West Side Story, Fiddler on the Roof, and Into the Woods. Following will be standup comedy from Louisville favorite Keith McGill and friends.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: All of this is non-ticketed. Donations of $18 per person are appreciated to further our mission to create art that challenges antisemitism and celebrates intersectional identities. If you are interested in donating, please follow this link. Please contact Keneseth Israel Congregation call 502-459-2780 or email [email protected]

ShPIeL is a proud recipient of grants from the Jewish Heritage Fund. Sponsoring and contributing partners include Bellarmine University Theatre Department.