PHC Construction presents THE KENTUCKY CYCLE
by Robert Schenkkan

An epic in two parts directed by Kate Carruthers

Performances: March 14 - 30, 2014
Fridays @ 7:30 p.m. & Saturdays @ 2:00 p.m. (PART I) + Saturdays @ 7:30 p.m. & Sundays @ 2:00 p.m. (PART II)
Given the length of the entire play cycle, patrons have the option of seeing the full play over a span of two days.

WATCH the fabulous trailer by Ned Thorne!

“BPA captures the epic scope of 'Kentucky Cycle'.” Read the full review from Kitsap Sun Editor Michael Moore!

READ Luciano Marano's wonderful review in the Bainbridge Island Review!

READ Kitsap Sun editor Michael Moore's fabulous preview!

Special thanks to Kim Scott-Olson for the wonderful publicity photos!

Winner of the 1992 Pulitzer Prize. This sweeping epic of three families in eastern Kentucky spans 200 years of American history from 1775 to 1975. Fast-paced and finely drawn, Schenkkan's stunning cycle examines the myths of the American past that have created, for better or for worse, the country we are today using nine individual stories to trace the last 200 years through the saga of the Rowens, a fictional clan that scrapes and schemes to keep its hold on land it originally acquired by duping Cherokee Indians out of the their hunting ground. The cycle is epic in style when the plays are performed together, yet each individual play tells a powerful story on its own.

History is more than a static recitation of facts. By telling a story that covers 200 years, playwright Robert Schenkkan allows the audience to clearly see how facts become lost in the telling of our individual and collective histories. The Kentucky Cycle invokes such themes as violence and its role in shaping American History, “The American Dream, the reframing of American History into positive myth, personal integrity vs. greed, and the myth of the “unlimited” American Frontier. The Kentucky Cycle reveals how powerful myths are created from folk tales. Folk tales, which themselves do not rest on fact, but more on the identity of the story teller, and his or her agenda, fears, and character. These myths are more than romantic stories told around the campfire. They profoundly influence the present and shape our future.

The Kentucky Cycle is the first play in the 76-year history of the Pulitzer Prize to win without first staging a New York production.

TED DOWLING as Michael Rowen, Ezekiel Rowen, and Joshua Rowen, ROBERT BERGIN as Patrick Rowen, EVA JANE as Morning Star and Lana Toller, ANDY BUFFELEN as Richard Talbert and Sam, LAURA BANNISTER as Mary Anne Rowen and Rebecca Talbert, AUSTIN BENNETT as Tommy Jackson and Zach Rowen, RICKY COATES as JT Wells and Scotty Rowen, JIM ANDERSON as Judge Jim Goddard, ELENA FLORY-BARNES as Sallie and Sureta Biggs, BRACE EVANS as Jessie Biggs, Cassius Biggs, and Franklin Biggs, BILLY GLEESON as Jed Rowen and Earl Tod, TIM DAVIDSON as Jeremiah, SAM MCJUNKIN as Dragging Canoe, William Clarke Quantrill, and Abe Steinman, LUCIEN CARRO as Randall Talbert, JENNIFER PIPPIN MONTANEZ as Margaret Rowen and Lallie Rowen, DEBBI LESTER as Mary Anne Rowen and Joleen Rowen, DIANE WALKER as Mother Jones, FRED SAAS as Joe Talbert, JACKIE MCVAY as Rose Anne Talbert, RENEE MESSINGER as Julie Anne Talbert, JOSH MOFF as Joshua Rowen Jackson, NATHAN WHITEHOUSE as Zeke Rowen, and PETER DENIS as Thomas Nolan and Calvin Hayes.

View The Kentucky Cycle Genealogical Chart.

Pictured: THE ROWEN FAMILY; (left to right) Eva Jane, Austin Bennett, Debbi Lester, Robert Bergin, Nathan Whitehouse, Josh Moff, Ted Dowling, Billy Gleeson, Jennifer Pippin Montanez, Ricky Coates; Ted Dowling as Michael Rowen; Tim Davidson as Jeremiah; and Debbi Lester as Mary Anne Rowen. Photos by Diane Walker and Deirdre Hadlock.

Make a day of it! If you select Saturday matinees of PART I and evening performances of PART II, you’ll have plenty of time for dinner between them at one of our partner restaurants. Or choose different days or weekends entirely for a truly flexible ticket. 

RATED PG-13, Violence, Language

Produced by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service

BPA's outreach programs for The Kentucky Cycle are supported in part by a grant from Humanities Washington, a state-wide non-profit organization supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the state of Washington, and contributions from individuals and foundations.

Title Sponsor: PHC Construction
Media Sponsor: KUOW 94.9 FM Public Radio




Ticket Information

  • Adults - $27.00

  • Senior - $22.00

  • Youth, Students, Military, Teachers - $19.00

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