World Premiere Production

April 20 - May 22, 2016


Ensemble Studio Theatre
549 W 52nd Street, 2nd Floor


General Admission: $30
Reserved Seat: $40
Student/Senior: $15


Satomi Blair
Mikumari Caiyhe
Curran Connor
Merissa Czyz
Sasha Diamond
Lynnette R. Freeman
Alex Grubbs
Marcia Haufrecht
Megan Hill
Emily Kunkel
Jay Patterson
Ronald Alexander Peet
Samantha Sembler
Shannon Tyo
Amir Wachterman

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Sariva Goetz (Music Direction and Vocal Arrangements)
Katie Spelman (Choreographer)
Nick Francone (Set Designer)
Suzanne Chesney (Costume Designer)
Ryan Seelig (Lighting Designer)
Shane Rettig (Sound Designer)
Justin Cox (Props Designer)
Joe Lankheet (Production Manager)
Eileen Lalley (Production Stage Manager)
Samantha Honeycutt (Assistant Stage Manager)


Hiro has to stop her baby sister from marrying a man she hardly knows, but that means returning to Kentucky and the home she’s put behind her. Hiro’s quest will confront forgotten friends, former flames, and the family she fled. Will she save her sister and escape back to Manhattan, or will years of therapy be undone by a single wedding weekend back in her old Kentucky home?


BROOKLYN RAIL: Bringing Kentucky Home
"Leah Nanako Winkler—Japanese-born, Kentucky-raised playwright—has been self-producing her work in New York for years. Winkler has a singular voice, piercingly funny and irreverant, and surreptiously affecting…"

THE NEW YORK TIMES: A Wedding Reunion Goes Down Like a Shot of Whiskey in 'Kentucky'
“'Kentucky' marks the full-length debut of a distinctive new voice — mouthy, sly and bourbon sweet, with the expected kick."

"The playwright Leah Nanako Winkler has created a sort of millennial Odyssey, chronicling the rustic homecoming of a New York City transplant…"


TDF STAGES: You Think You Know Kentucky, But You Don't
"If you’ve never been to Kentucky, you may still think you know what it’s about: bourbon, horses, bluegrass. However, playwright Leah Nanako Winkler would beg to differ…"

PLAYBILL: Exclusive Photo Shoot with the Cast of Kentucky

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