The 2018-2019 Season


by David Sedaris
adapted by Joe Mantello
directed by Meredith McDonough
November 15—December 23, 2018
in the Victor Jory Theatre

As the Christmas countdown begins, a disgruntled elf gives us a hilarious behind-the-scenes tour of Macy’s Santaland. Delightfully irreverent and packed with David Sedaris’s signature wit, The Santaland Diaries is a holiday classic for those of us who prefer our eggnog spiked.


Fifth Third Bank’s A CHRISTMAS CAROL

based on the book by Charles Dickens
adapted by Barbara Field
directed by Drew Fracher
November 20—December 23, 2018
in the Pamela Brown Auditorium

Celebrate the warmth of the holidays with Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim, and the spirits of Christmas Past, Present and Future. Actors Theatre’s rendition of Dickens’ classic tale is brought to new life with visual splendor and joyous music.



by Dominique Morisseau
January 8—February 2, 2019
in the Bingham Theatre

Dominique Morisseau’s Pipeline thrusts audiences into the classroom in this wrenching portrayal of a mother and son wrestling with the American education system’s “school-to-prison pipeline” for men of color. The New York Times calls Morisseau “a playwright of piercing eloquence,” as Louisville audiences discovered during last year’s production of Skeleton Crew.

Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin

lyrics and music by Irving Berlin
book by Hershey Felder
directed by Trevor Hay
January 29—February 17, 2019
in the Pamela Brown Auditorium

Featuring beloved standards like “God Bless America,” “There’s No Business Like Show Business” and “White Christmas,” Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin melds song and story in a love letter to the man whose work continues to define the great American songbook.

43rd Humana Festival of New American Plays


adapted for the stage by Ismail Khalidi and Naomi Wallace
from the novel of the same name by Sinan Antoon
directed by Mark Brokaw
commissioned by Actors Theatre of Louisville
March 1 – April 7, 2019
in the Bingham Theatre

In this haunting adaptation of Sinan Antoon’s award-winning novel, Ismail Khalidi and Kentucky native Naomi Wallace (One Flea Spare) draw a moving portrait of an Iraqi man’s struggle to reconcile family obligations with his artistic dreams, amid the devastation of war.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   .


by Lucas Hnath
directed by Les Waters
commissioned by Actors Theatre of Louisville
March 5 – April 7, 2019
in the Victor Jory Theatre

Everyone who ever died is here, just in a different part of here. And if you listen, really listen, you can hear them. An eerie new play from the Tony-nominated author of A Doll’s House, Part 2 and The Christians.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                . 


by Lily Padilla
directed by Marti Lyons
co-world premiere with Victory Gardens Theater
March 13 – April 7, 2019
in the Bingham Theatre

College students reckoning with a classmate’s assault channel their rage and confusion into a self-defense workshop. Visceral and provocative, How to Defend Yourself examines the impact of rape culture, on campus and beyond.                                                                        



by Dave Harris
directed by Awoye Timpo
March 19 – April 7, 2019
in the Pamela Brown Auditorium

With blistering wit and bold candor, Everybody Black is a satirical presentation of The Black Experience™—from slavery to Obama, and from a sitcom all the way to outer space.




by Kara Lee Corthron, Emily Feldman and Matthew Paul Olmos
directed by Will Davis
performed by the actors of the 2018-2019 Professional Training Company
commissioned by Actors Theatre of Louisville
February 24 – April 7, 2019
in the Bingham Theatre 

Writing for the actors in this season’s Professional Training Company, three fearless playwrights dive into the absurd and sometimes hilarious world of collective delusion, and the alarming places it can lead.


Past Shows

Fifth Third Bank’s DRACULA

originally dramatized by John L. Balderston and Hamilton Deane
from Bram Stoker’s world-famous novel, Dracula
adapted by William McNulty
September 7—October 31, 2018
in the Bingham Theatre

Louisville’s favorite vampire is back! This fast-paced, fright-filled adaptation of Bram Stoker’s gothic tale is a Halloween treat that drips with suspense—and even more blood.


The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

a play by Simon Stephens
based on the novel by Mark Haddon
directed by Meredith McDonough
September 18—October 10, 2018
in the Pamela Brown Auditorium

The Tony Award-winning play, based on the popular novel by Mark Haddon, is a masterful portrait of fifteen-year-old Christopher, a mathematics prodigy who is autistic.


A Doll’s House, Part 2

by Lucas Hnath
directed by Pirronne Yousefzadeh
October 2—November 4, 2018
in the Victor Jory Theatre

Obie Award-winning playwright and Humana Festival alumnus Lucas Hnath’s work takes the stage in Louisville once again with A Doll’s House, Part 2, which imagines Nora’s return 15 years after the final, iconic moments of Henrik Ibsen’s seminal masterpiece A Doll’s House. In what The New Yorker called Hnath’s “strongest yet,” Nora and the Helmer family grapple with “the compromises we all make for comfort, and the faith required to make a change” (TheaterMania).

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