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LouisvilleKY’s Actors Theatre announces departure of Les Waters

  Louisville, KY – Les Waters and the Board of Directors announced today that Mr. Waters will step down as Artistic Director after six seasons at the helm of the Tony Award-winning Actors Theatre of Louisville. Waters will depart in the summer of 2018, following the close of the 2017-2018 season, to pursue personal projects. Les Waters said today, “It has been a privilege to lead, along with Jennifer Bielstein and lately Kevin E. Moore, one of America’s great artistic institutions. I am deeply grateful to the Board, staff, artists, volunteers and audiences for all their support. Together we have had considerable success…


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LouisvilleKY’s Famous festival of plays kicks off today

FEATURING WORLD PREMIERES BY Jeff Augustin, Jorge Ignacio Cortiñas, Sarah DeLappe, Tasha Gordon-Solmon, Claire Kiechel, Basil Kreimendahl, Chelsea Marcantel, Molly Smith Metzler, Ramiz Monsef Louisville, KY – Actors Theatre of Louisville Artistic Director Les Waters and Managing Director Kevin E. Moore are very proud to announce the lineup for the 41st Humana Festival of New American Plays. A cultural highlight for theatregoers, artists and industry professionals across the country, the Humana Festival runs March 1 through April 9, 2017. This year’s Festival program will feature six world premieres, including (in order of opening): o I Now Pronounce by Tasha Gordon-Solmon o We’re…


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LouisvilleKY’s Actors Theatre Will Kick Off The New Year With Lady Day At Emerson’s Bar And Grill January 3 – 29, 2017  

  Louisville, KY – Artistic Director Les Waters and Managing Director Kevin E. Moore are delighted to announce the cast and creative team for Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill. This commanding and moving play, written by Lanie Robertson, directed by Bill Fennelly and featuring Deidrie Henry as Billie Holiday, is set in the intimate atmosphere of the Bingham Theatre. The production will preview on January 3 and 4, open on January 5, and run through January 29 as part of the Brown-Forman Series, and it is underwritten by D.D. Williamson & Co. Tickets are available at 502.584.1205, online at ActorsTheatre.org, or in person by visiting the Actors…


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LouisvilleKY’s famous festival announces new line-up of plays

  Louisville, KY – Actors Theatre of Louisville Artistic Director Les Waters and Managing Director Kevin E. Moore are very proud to announce the lineup for the 41st Humana Festival of New American Plays. A cultural highlight for theatregoers, artists and industry professionals across the country, the Humana Festival runs March 1 through April 9, 2017. This year’s Festival program will feature six world premieres, including (in order of opening): I Now Pronounce by Tasha Gordon-Solmon We’re Gonna Be Okay by Basil Kreimendahl Cry it Out by Molly Smith Metzler Recent Alien Abductions by Jorge Ignacio Cortiñas The Many Deaths…


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LouisvilleKY’s Favorite Holiday Tradition Returns

Actors Theatre of Louisville presents Fifth Third Bank’s A CHRISTMAS CAROL November 22 – December 23, 2016 Louisville, KY – Artistic Director Les Waters and Managing Director Kevin E. Moore are delighted to announce Fifth Third Bank’s A Christmas Carol, based on the book by Charles Dickens, adapted by Barbara Field and directed by Drew Fracher. Dickens’ classic tale of hope and redemption finds extraordinary new life in Actors Theatre’s joyous staging. Celebrate the splendor of the holidays with this spectacular production brimming with festive fun, soaring ghosts and cheerful carols that will charm audiences of all ages. A Christmas…


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LouisvilleKY’s Actors Theatre presents apprentice’s new play

  Louisville, KY – Artistic Director Les Waters and Managing Director Kevin E. Moore are proud to announce the first in a trio of new plays written for the 2016-17 Professional Training Company, every every minute by Emily Feldman. every every minute kicks off the second annual New Play Project, a series of three one-act plays commissioned by Actors Theatre to feature this season’s Acting Apprentices. Directed by Michael Legg, every every minute will be performed on September 26 at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. andSeptember 27 at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. in the Victor Jory Theatre as part…


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Louisville Ky’s Actors Theatre announces 2016-2017 Season

Photos from Actors Theatre’s Facebook Page. Louisville, KY – Today, in the midst of preparations and rehearsals for one of the nation’s most influential festivals of new work, the 40th Humana Festival of New American Plays, Artistic Director Les Waters proudly announces Actors Theatre of Louisville’s 2016-2017 Season. The lineup features an exhilarating range of stories, including a madcap comic romp, a musical journey based on the life and songs of Billie Holiday, one of Shakespeare’s best-known tragedies, a charming look at the revelations in a small-town acting class, and a powerful drama set during the Detroit riots of 1967…


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New Actors’ Production Luna Gale Takes on Real Issues

There are a lot of problems that real people deal with, stuff that we read about in the media, maybe, that never really hit home in our own lives. Maybe you know someone who is dealing with addiction or abuse — two topics that are addressed in Rebecca Gilman’s Luna Gale, which premiered Oct. 8 at Actors Theatre. You can see it through Oct. 25 in the Pamela Brown Auditorium.   Gilman’s play is set in Iowa, Cedar Rapids actually, which could be anywhere in America. A social worker has too many cases, and the ones she does have pull…


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Louisville’s Actors Theatre kicks off the season with August Wilson’s Seven Guitars

Louisville, KY – Artistic Director Les Waters and Managing Director Jennifer Bielstein are thrilled to kick off Actors Theatre of Louisville’s 2015-2016 Season with August Wilson’s Seven Guitars directed by Colman Domingo (author of the 2015 Humana Festival premiere Dot and Tony Award nominee for his role in The Scottsboro Boys). The cast will feature; Joniece Abbott-Pratt (The Good Negro at the Public Theater), Joaquina Kalukango (Holler If Ya Hear Me and Godspell on Broadway), Forrest McClendon (The Scottsboro Boys on Broadway), J. Alphonse Nicholson (Dominique Morisseau’s Aumtun’s Harvest at Lincoln Center Theater), Harold Surratt (Susan-Lori Parks’ Father Comes Home…


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THE WEEK: Let me Tell You About My Golf Score, and More

THE WEEK is, well, late this week. Sorry about that. On Thursday, when I usually put it together, I was hosting a special dinner for my son Nick (an ex-Rusty guest who is leaving to study Theatre in Italy) and my son Josh (who turned 24 Friday). Check out my account of our hiking trip to Red River Gorge on LouisvilleKY.com. If you’re like me, you hate it when people come up and think you’ll be interested in how their round of golf went. So with apologies in advance, the other reason THE WEEK didn’t happen on time was that…