ACTORS THEATRE OF LOUISVILLE ANNOUNCES FALL LINEUP
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May 18, 2022
Actors Theatre of Louisville will offer three live, in-theater productions in the Fall of 2022. Memberships provide first access to tickets and a free digital library of audio and video content, and start at zero cost to join. Tickets for the fall in-theater productions will go on sale to Members on July 12, 2022. Please see full Membership details and additional benefits here: Memberships | Actors Theatre.
LIVE ON STAGE:
Dracula by Kate Hamill, a feminist revenge fantasy based loosely on the novel by Bram Stoker, will run in the Bingham Theater September 7-18, 2022. Louisville’s Jennifer Pennington will direct this thrilling new adaptation, which bounces between humor and horror to reimagine the vampire classic. The cast will feature top-tier Kentucky talent including LaShondra Hood as Doctor Van Helsing, Justin Jackson as Jonathan Harker, Abigail Bailey Maupin as Renfield, Mark Mozingo as Doctor George Seward, Brittany “Beebee” Patillo as Lucy Westenra, and Dara Jade Tiller as Marilla/Maid. They are joined by Alanna Darby as Drusilla/Merchant/Miller, Nick Jordan as Dracula, and Lipica Shah as Mina Harker. The creative team includes Fight Choreography by David Anzuelo, Voice & Dialect Coaching by Joy Lanceta Coronel, and Dramaturgy by Miss Hazel Jade. Tickets go on sale to members July 12 and to the public on August 2, 2022.
FANNIE: The Music and Life of Fannie Lou Hamer
FANNIE: The Music and Life of Fannie Lou Hamer by Cheryl L. West, co-produced with Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre Company (Atlanta, GA) and with the August Wilson African American Cultural Center, City Theatre Company, and DEMASKUS Theater Collective (Pittsburgh, PA), will run in the Pamela Brown Auditorium October 12-23, 2022. In this story filled with music, inspired by the legacy of voting rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer, “the songs take us beyond the facts of Hamer’s life into something deeper about what steeled her,” noted the Chicago Sun-Times. Hamer, who was born into a family of Mississippi sharecroppers, went on to serve as a leader in the Civil Rights Movement and to co-found the Freedom Democratic Party, fighting for justice with the conviction that "Until I am free, you are not free either." Atlanta-based artist Joy Vandervort-Cobb directs this acclaimed celebration of Hamer's life and leadership, which interweaves her story with spirituals and protest songs, inviting the audience to raise their voices for justice! Tickets go on sale to members July 12 and to the public on September 6, 2022.
A Christmas Carol: Ghost Story
A Christmas Carol: Ghost Story by Charles Dickens, adapted and directed by Robert Barry Fleming, in collaboration with Agile Lens and Heavenue, will run in the Bingham Theater December 14-23, 2022. This innovative mixed reality production combines Louisville actor Gregory Maupin’s dynamic live performance as Ebenezer Scrooge with a spirit world realized through motion-capture technology, bringing a contemporary consciousness to the classic tale of greedy indifference transformed into grace. Tickets go on sale to members July 12 and to the public on November 1, 2022.
"I'm elated to share these three in-person productions with our audiences this Fall," said Executive Artistic Director Robert Barry Fleming. "Kate Hamill's funny, dark and insightful adaptation of Dracula will subvert expectations of this long-standing annual tradition. Next, Fannie Lou Hamer's story will take center stage in Cheryl L. West's galvanizing play with music, FANNIE, shining a spotlight on voting rights issues that continue to affect many Kentuckians to this day. And closing out the calendar year, A Christmas Carol: Ghost Story, previously shared as a research and development lab production, will continue to experiment with mixed reality technology to explore new meaning in Dickens' classic text of redemption and renewed hope in our potential for empathy and human connection."
Actors Theatre of Louisville’s storytelling (r)evolution continues online through the Member Library (free to all Members), premium streaming productions, explorations in virtual reality, and through broadcast community conversations. The most recent addition to the Member Library collection is the innovative puppet film The Other America: An Anne Braden Story by Squallis Puppeteers. The film tells the 1954 story of the Wades and the Bradens, two families who challenged Louisville’s segregated housing market. The Member Library also hosts ongoing series including Louisville Sessions, which celebrates the vast sound, feel, and artistry of Kentucky’s dynamic music scene. Upcoming new exclusive releases include sessions with Cicily Bullard and the Trip J Band.
Beyond the stage and screen, Actors Theatre of Louisville’s commitment to unlock human potential, build community and enrich quality of life extends into classrooms, healthcare facilities, and more. Learning and Creative Engagement classroom residencies based on the virtual reality experience Ali Summit will resume in the fall semester. Actors Theatre of Louisville’s partnership grows with nurse and choreographer Tara Rynders of The Clinic, combining art, music, movement, and caring science to create immersive experiences and resiliency workshops for healthcare professionals. After sharing a virtual workshop presentation in the Fall of 2021, Actors Theatre and Tara Rynders will offer an in-person workshop at MindFest on May 21, 2022, and will continue to develop this work at the intersection of arts and wellness.
"Actors Theatre of Louisville makes art radically accessible by offering stories on many different platforms," shared Board President Scott Schaftlein. "It's thrilling that our work is enjoyed on stage by Louisville locals as well as streamed online or experienced in VR by people from Germany to Japan. The three fall in-person productions bring fresh and relevant perspectives that re-envision familiar stories, while the multi-platform offerings and the option for a free membership allow anyone anywhere in the world to engage with excellent and impactful storytelling."
Spring 2023 live in-theater productions will be announced at a later date. Join our Memberships to receive all upcoming programming and event announcements throughout the year.
Actors Theatre of Louisville programming is made possible in partnership with our Major Annual Institutional Funders: Brown-Forman Corporation, Fund for the Arts, the Kentucky Arts Council, and the Shubert Foundation. With special thanks to our members, donors, and volunteers.