Once on This Island

Tuesdays - Sundays

January 29–February 23, 2020

In the Pamela Brown Auditorium

Run Time: 85 minutes | There will be no intermission.
An enchanted tapestry from a distant shore.
The New York Times

Artistic Director Robert Barry Fleming helms a Caribbean-infused tribute to the resilience of the human heart—and to love’s extraordinary power to tear down walls and transform our lives. Set on a tropical island ruled by temperamental gods, this Tony Award-winning musical follows orphaned peasant girl Ti Moune, who falls for Daniel, the son of a wealthy family. Ti Moune is determined to be with her beloved at any cost, but can her courage overcome the age-old prejudices separating their different worlds?

Audience Advisory:
Contains racial prejudice, some violence and discussion of sex. Includes flashing lights, thunder sounds and some fog.
Age Recommendations: 10+

book and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
music by Stephen Flaherty
based on the novel My Love, My Love by Rosa Guy
directed and choreographed by Robert Barry Fleming

Special Events

Enhance Your Visit

Tech Event

Don’t miss this opportunity to see how a play comes to the stage with a sneak peek of Once on This Island!

Community Conversation

Join Robert Barry Fleming and community leaders for a conversation exploring important Louisville topics.

Teen Night

Calling all teens, grades 8-12! Enjoy pre-show activities, a performance and a post-show discussion with the artists.

Post-Show Discussion

Join the artists for a discussion of the play— focusing on the text, themes and characters.

Transformative Community Partner: WaterStep

WaterStep is an international organization based in Louisville that serves communities without clean water. Their goal is to empower these communities to solve their own long-term water needs. 

Read more about this partnership

Accessibility at Once on This Island

Learn more about Once on This Island with our Sensory Friendly information, arrival guide and breakdown of choices to make at the show.

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Plan Your Trip

Your Visit

If this is your first time coming to the theatre, or it's been awhile since your last visit, here are some useful tips to know before you go.


Make a reservation at MilkWood, owned and operated by celebrity chef Ed Lee.