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Actors Theatre announces Humana Festival

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By Actors Theatre of Louisville

In the midst of preparations for the nation’s most influential festivals of new work, the Humana Festival of New American Plays, Artistic Director Les Waters and Managing Director Kevin Moore announced Actors Theatre of Louisville’s 2017-2018 season.

The lineup features an entertaining and captivating assemblage of stories, including an epic two-part Tony Award-winning drama, a delightfully wacky comedy spun from a classic children’s song, a moving portrait of a community of workers in a Detroit auto plant, the revival of a hilarious Christmas romp and the return of the two most popular and beloved holiday shows in the region.

“I am very proud that we bring American theatre’s most compelling voices to Louisville,” said Les Waters. “Our 2017-2018 season affirms Actors Theatre’s commitment to sharing stories that not only entertain, but also encourage us to explore and redefine the world we live in now. These extraordinary plays offer our diverse audience of theatre goers moments of insight, beauty, humor and imagination.”

Moore added, “This is one of our most ambitious seasons yet, and one that should be experienced by all the communities Actors Theatre serves. Through our commitment to accessible performances, enrichment and educational programming, and highly flexible season packages and ticket options, we open our doors wide to ensure that everyone in Kentucky, Southern Indiana and beyond can have access to the best theatre in the region.”

Actors Theatre kicks off the Brown-Forman Series with Tony Kushner’s two-part theatrical masterpiece, “Angels in America.” Both plays will be directed by actors theatre’s associate artistic director, Meredith McDonough. “Part One: Millennium Approaches” and “Part Two: Perestroika” will run in rotating repertory from Aug. 29-Oct. 15. These celebrated plays, considered a landmark achievement in American playwriting, take place in the early days of the AIDS epidemic. Following a band of characters and their intersecting personal, political and spiritual crises, Kushner examines how the forces of history impact individual lives during a time of intense social change.

Actors Theatre will present Anne Washburn’s “Little Bunny Foo Foo” from Jan. 9-Feb. 4, 2018. Directed by Waters, this playful reimagining of the classic children’s song, with original music by Dave Malloy (currently represented on Broadway with the hit musical Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812), is goofy fun for anyone who is still (or has ever been) a kid.

A powerful and timely production of “Skeleton Crew” by Dominique Morisseau will take the stage Jan. 24-Feb. 11, 2018. This beautifully written drama traces the shifting bonds and power dynamics within a makeshift family of workers in the heart of Detroit’s struggling auto industry during the 2008 recession.

A special production, yet to be announced, will take the stage in November rounding out Actors Theatre’s Brown-Forman Series.

Actors Theatre will once again celebrate the holidays with Louisville’s favorite family traditions: Fifth Third Bank’s “Dracula,” adapted by William McNulty, Sept. 6-Nov. 2 and Fifth Third Bank’s “A Christmas Carol,” adapted by Barbara Fields, Nov. 21-Dec. 23. Added to the holiday offerings this year, Joe Mantello’s adaptation of David Sedaris’s hilarious and irreverent Christmas adventure, “The Santaland Diaries,” directed by Associate Artistic Director Meredith McDonough, will be produced in the Victor Jory Theatre Dec. 1-23.

The 2017-2018 season will culminate with the 42nd Humana Festival of New American Plays, Feb. 28-April 8, 2018. The festival is the country’s leading opportunity to see groundbreaking, brand new work by American theatre’s most talented writers. The festival is underwritten by the Humana Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Humana, Inc. The 42nd Humana Festival lineup will be announced in November.

The 2017-2018 season ticket packages are on sale now, with seven-Play Brown-Forman Series season ticket packages starting at just $140. Brown-Forman season ticket holders receive a host of benefits, including presale access to all tickets prior to the general public, flexible ticket exchanges, bridge toll reimbursement for Southern Indiana residents, parking discounts and invitations to special behind-the-scenes events. Discounted packages are also available for seniors, students, educators and individuals 35 years of age and under. Single tickets for Fifth Third Bank’s “Dracula” and “A Christmas Carol” as well as “The Santaland Diaries” will go on sale May 9 in conjunction with Louisville’s Hometown Tourist Celebration, and the entire 2017-2018 season will go on sale June 15.

Actors Theatre’s box office is located at 316 West Main St., Louisville, KY, 40202, and can be reached by calling (502) 584-1205.

Actors Theatre is committed to making the theater-going experience accessible to everyone, and offers open caption and audio-described performances throughout the season. Large print programs and assistive listening devices are also available at every performance.

For a full performance schedule and more information about Actors Theatre’s access services, visit actorstheatre.org/your-visit/seat-charts-and-accessibility/.