Arts & Culture

UK Theatre’s 'Bike America' to Explore Self-Discovery

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UK Department of Theatre and Dance brings "Bike America" to the Bluegrass Feb. 13-16, at Guignol Theatre.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 3, 2020) Racing onto the Guignol Theatre stage, University of Kentucky Department of Theatre and Dance's “Bike America” follows a millennial woman’s supposed self-discovery journey. This modern bicycle odyssey will run Feb. 13-16, at Guignol, located inside the Fine Arts Building.

Written by award-winning playwright Mike Lew, “Bike America” captures the story of a woman looking to have her own "Eat Pray Love" experience through her cross-country bicycle trip from Boston to California. While adventuring across America, Penny creates her own unique right-of-passage exploration as she cruises through small towns and big cities and encounters a lively bunch of fellow travelers.

“Bike America” will pedal its way into Guignol 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Feb. 13-15, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16. Tickets to “Bike America” are $10 for students with a university ID and $15 for the general public, plus additional processing fees. Seating is reserved. To purchase tickets to UK Theatre and Dance’s productions at Guignol Theatre, contact the Singletary Center by phone at 859-257-4929, online at, or in person at the ticket office.

UK Theatre will offer a Valentine's Day special of 2-for-1 tickets available only for the performance the evening of Friday, Feb. 14. Grab your tickets in person at the venue that evening or contact the Singletary Center box office at 859-257-4929 for more information.

The Department of Theatre and Dance, part of UK College of Fine Arts, is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Theatre. Students in the department get hands-on training and one-on-one mentorship from professional faculty and renowned guest artists in acting, directing, playwriting, theatrical design and technology. From mainstage productions to student-produced shows, students have plenty of opportunities to participate on stage or backstage. Special programs include a musical theatre certificate, education abroad, as well as a thriving dance program that emphasizes technique, composition, performance and production.

Bike America is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French Inc., a Concord Theatricals Company, and with the support of production sponsor Broke Spoke Community Bike Shop.

The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion four years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" three years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for five straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.