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Balagula Theatre Sets Up Shop In The Lexington Public Library

Lexington’s Balagula Theatre is on the move. The company will soon take up residence at the Lexington Public Library’s Farish Theater.

The company has been calling Natasha’s Bistro & Bar home for close to a decade, but now the troupe is branching out, signing a yearlong contract with the Central Public Library. Co-artistic director Ryan Case says Natasha’s music performance schedule was leaving less time for Balagula to rehearse.

"The theatre had grown to a degree where it was time to step out and stand on our own two feet," he explains.

As for the company’s oftentimes unorthodox contemporary productions, Case says they will fit well into the new space.    

"The Farish Theater and the library itself have been very welcoming to the Balagula Theatre, offering us the terms that we had and the artistic flexibility and freedom that we need in order to bring our programming to the audience," he says.

Five of Balagula’s seven plays this season will be performed at the Farish Theater, and the remaining two will be presented at the Downtown Arts Center.

Josh James fell in love with college radio at Western Kentucky University's student station, New Rock 92 (now Revolution 91.7). After working as a DJ and program director, he knew he wanted to come home to Lexington and try his hand in public radio.