LWTA – 70 Years of Pioneer Playhouse

June 19, 2019 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Lunch with the Arts: 70 Years of Pioneer Playhouse
Wednesday, June 19 | 12pm to 1pm
$5 at the door ($3 students)

Pioneer Playhouse, Kentucky’s Oldest Outdoor Theatre, is celebrating 70 years in the Bluegrass with the 2019 summer season (June 7 – August 17.) Heather Henson (Managing Director) and Robby Henson (Artistic Director) will talk about the vibrant history of this one-of-kind theatre, which was founded in 1950 by their father Eben C. Henson. Over the years, many Hollywood stars have gotten their start at the Playhouse, including John Travolta, Lee Majors, Bo Hopkins, and Jim Varney. The Hensons will share memories and will talk about the challenges of keeping a theatre going for 7 decades. They will also highlight the 2019 season, giving a preview of the third show in the line-up, Breaking Up With Elvis, which was written by Robby Henson.

Breaking Up with Elvis (July 9 – July 20) is part of the “Kentucky Voices” series of original plays Pioneer
Playhouse has been producing for 11 years, plays that celebrate some aspect of Kentucky history and
heritage. This play was inspired by the “Elvis concert that never was “ at Lexington’s Rupp Arena in

Big thanks to our 10th anniversary season sponsors, Direct Experience in Artistic Living, Inc (DEAL) and Stuart Powell Ford Lincoln Mazda