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Arts and Humanities
8:45 am
Fri November 28, 2014

Three Members of Actors Theatre of Louisville Talk About Reimagining 'A Christmas Carol'

Credit Actors Theatre of Louisville

After 39 seasons, one of Louisville’s most loved holiday productions  needed a face-lift. Fifth Third Bank’s “A Christmas Carol,” which is presented by Actors Theatre of Louisville, has undergone some major shifts since the last holiday showing.

We talked to three different members of the production for  their perspectives on the changes and learned what theatre-goers can expect this year:

The Director’s Perspective

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Arts and Humanities
1:53 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Humana Festival of New American Plays Lineup Announced

Credit Actors Theatre of Louisville

Actors Theatre of Louisville on Tuesday announced the lineup for the 2015 Humana Festival of New American Plays.

The 39th iteration of the world-renowned festival begins March 4 and runs through April 12. It will feature six world premieres and the bill of three 10-minute plays, which will be announced in January.

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Arts and Humanities
12:28 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Actors Theatre's 'The Last Five Years' Examines the Anatomy of a Break-Up

Autumn Hurlbert and Jed Resnick in "The Last Five Years" at Actors Theatre of Louisville.
Credit Bill Brymer / Actors Theatre of Louisville

Even in its most amicable and civilized incarnations, divorce is a tricky subject. Relationships are work, we tell each other. And in America, at least, we meet a reluctance to do the work—even if it means putting up with conditions that are, at best, beneath your needs—with suspicion. We would like to be able to identify the shirker, the one who didn't make it work.

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Arts and Humanities
12:00 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

Musical Coming to Actors Theatre Examines One Couple's 'The Last Five Years'

Jed Resnick (Jamie) with Autumn Hurlbert (Cathy) in the background during rehearsals for Actors Theatre of Louisville's upcoming production of Jason Robert Brown's "The Last Five Years."
Credit Philip Allgeier / Actors Theatre of Louisville

In Jason Robert Brown’s intimate, two-actor musical “The Last Five Years,” the audience meets rising-star writer Jamie as he meets and falls in love with Cathy, a struggling actress. Things go well, until they don’t. But what sets this show apart from the usual failed romance is where Cathy is at the top of the show—she begins the show five years later, at the end of her relationship with Jamie, looking back, then tells her side of the story in reverse chronological order. 

They’re only at the same point in their relationship once, ever-so-briefly.

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Arts and Humanities
12:53 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Actors Theatre's Bloody 'Dracula' Ushers in Autumn's Long, Dark Nights

Randolph Curtis Rand and Erika Grob in "Dracula" at Actors Theatre of Louisville.
Credit Bill Brymer / Actors Theatre of Louisville

An odd foreigner's moved into the crumbling abbey up the hill. The newspapers are reporting awfully strange stories. Young Dr. Seward has watched, helpless, while his beloved fiancée has wasted away before his own eyes. His best friend Jonathan Harker's gone missing abroad.  And his other patients, already suffering from mental illnesses, are getting ... restless. Time to call in his old friend Van Helsing, whose obsession with the occult might shed some light on Seward's ever-darkening days. 

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Arts and Humanities
12:41 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Radical Remix of 'Love's Labour's Lost' Feels Like Falling in Love

Nathan Keepers (Moth) with (left to right) Brandon Garegnani (Dumaine) and Richard Prioleau (Ferdinand, King of Navarre) in The Moving Company's adaptation of "Love's Labour's Lost" at Actors Theatre of Louisville.
Credit Richard Tyler Rowley / Actors Theatre of Louisville, 2014

It’s been a banner birthday year for the Bard here in Louisville. First Savage Rose Classical Theatre’s solid productions of “King Lear” and “The Tempest,” followed by Kentucky Shakespeare’s resurrection summer, with eight very different productions filling the Central Park amphitheatre for weeks on end, and now Actors Theatre of Louisville celebrates Shakespeare’s presumed 450th birthday with an inventive, stylized and thoroughly satisfying production of the romantic comedy “Love’s Labour’s Lost.” This production of Shakespeare’s early rom-com takes plenty of liberties with the source material, but its crash of the ridiculous into the sublime perfectly encapsulates the feeling of falling head over heels in love.  

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Arts and Humanities
7:00 am
Mon September 1, 2014

The Heart of Shakespeare Explored in Actors Theatre's New, Remixed 'Love's Labour's Lost'

Director Dominique Serrand in "Love's Labour's Lost" rehearsal with actors Richard Prioleau and Kimiye Corwin.
Credit Phillip Allgeier / Actors Theatre of Louisville

Actors Theatre of Louisville opens its new season this week with Shakespeare’s oldest love story, but you’ve never seen “Love’s Labour's Lost” like this before. The comedy is adapted, altered and re-imagined by The Moving Company’s Steve Epp, Nathan Keepers and Dominique Serrand, who remixed the original script to put the words of Shakespeare’s other lovers – from all 37 of his plays – into these characters’ mouths.

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Arts and Humanities
12:23 pm
Sun April 6, 2014

Actors Theatre of Louisville Closes 38th Humana Fest With Shorts, New Play Awards

Actors Theatre of Louisville closed its 38th annual Humana Festival of New American Plays yesterday with the world premiere of three ten-minute plays in the Pamela Brown Auditorium. 

These short works joined the six full-length plays that opened throughout the six-week festival. Read all of WFPL's coverage of the Humana Festival here

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Arts and Humanities
11:42 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Your Indispensable Guide to the 2014 Humana Festival Plays

John Clarence Stewart and Sally Diallo in Kimber Lee's "brownsville song (b-side for tray)," Humana Festival of New American Plays, 2014.
Credit Bill Brymer / Actors Theatre of Louisville

As of last weekend, all of the full-length productions have opened in the Humana Festival of New American Plays at Actors Theatre of Louisville. (A bill of ten-minute plays runs the final weekend only.) The festival is open through Sunday, April 6. That's a mere week and a half to fit in a whole festival's worth of world premiere plays. Here's the schedule with ticket information.

Wondering which play(s) are worth your time? Have to choose only one of six shows? Don't panic. Here's your guide to the Humana Festival from someone who's seen it all. 

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Arts and Humanities
10:56 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Humana Festival Director Ian Frank on Apprentice Showcase 'Remix 38'

Zach Wymore and Mirirai Sithole in "Remix 38," Humana Festival of New American Plays at Actors Theatre of Louisville, 2014.
Credit Bill Brymer / Actors Theatre of Louisville

Ian Frank, himself a former member of the apprentice company, returns to Actors Theatre of Louisville this year to direct "Remix 38," the apprentice anthology showcase. This year's playwrights -  Jackie Sibblies Drury, Idris Goodwin, Basil Kreimendahl, Justin Kuritzkes and Amelia Roper - were charged with an homage assignment. Each playwright received snippets of dialog and image from nine previous Humana Festival world premiere plays to jumpstart their work. The result is nine individual short plays that are united by the festival itself, not by theme. 

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