Now Accepting 2017-2018 Season Applications Through
August 4, 2017!

Actors Theatre welcomes community groups and charities to celebrate new work with us on Opening Night! Through this program, sponsored in part by Brown-Forman, we invite groups who may not otherwise be able to attend on their own to join us for an evening of contemporary American theatre—created in Louisville—at a can’t-miss world-premiere performance.

Community groups and charities are granted tickets based on the organization’s mission, the individuals they serve and their ability to fully utilize any donated tickets.

Who Can Apply for an opening night Ticket Grant?

  • 501(c)(3) charities and community groups that serve individuals in the greater Louisville and Southern Indiana area that for various reasons do not have the resources to attend a performance on their own. (Counties served include Bullitt, Shelby, Jefferson, Oldham, Henry and Spencer in Kentucky; and Floyd, Harrison and Clark in Indiana.)

What are the rules?

  • Applications must be received by Friday, August 4, 2017.
  • Ticket usage is tracked and groups must use no less than 80% of the tickets donated in order to receive future ticket grants.
  • Anyone in attendance, regardless of age, must have a ticket. No children under the age of four will be admitted.
  • Once tickets are awarded, they cannot be exchanged for a different performance.
  • Tickets awarded through the grant program cannot be resold. Charities that sell any donated tickets will be permanently disqualified from the program.

Are there restrictions?

  • Ticket requests should be made for a minimum of 10 people and a maximum of 150 people per production.
  • Each group may apply for as many as three productions.
  • Groups may not receive more than one ticket grant per season.
  • There is no guarantee that any show will be awarded to an applying group.

How do I know if my group is granted tickets?

  • You must complete all parts of the application. Applications will be available June 27, 2017.
  • Applications are reviewed by Actors Theatre staff. Approval and seating location will be determined by what is available at the time your application is reviewed.
  • You will receive an email from Melissa Hines, Marketing Manager (mhines@actorstheatre.org) with the show information for which you have been awarded tickets no later than two weeks prior to the performance date. Actual tickets will not be available at the time of your initial notification.
  • You will receive a second email from a member of the Box Office staff at Actors Theatre when your tickets are available for pick-up at the Box Office.
  • A single group representative must make arrangements to pick up the tickets at Actors Theatre with a valid photo I.D. in advance of the performance.

What else do I need to know if tickets are awarded to my group?

  • On the date of your production, please plan to arrive no later than 30 minutes prior to the start of the performance. Latecomers are admitted at the discretion of the House Manager.
  • Paid parking is available in the Actors Theatre Garage, with entrances on Third Street and Main Street.

Thank you for your interest in the Actors Theatre Community Ticket Grant Program. We look forward to working with you!


2017-2018 Season Available Dates

Limited tickets available at Opening Night performances, unless otherwise noted. Availability of tickets is subject to change; dates will sell out. Please refer to ActorsTheatre.org for information on age recommendations and content advisories. We are not responsible for any objections to content of shows chosen by a selected group.

Angels in America, Part One: Millennium Approaches

by Tony Kushner
directed by Meredith McDonough

Thursday, August 31, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.
Pamela Brown Auditorium

A web of friends, lovers, and strangers try to make sense of the world in the midst of the AIDS crisis. And then a celestial messenger comes crashing through the ceiling—literally. A Pulitzer Prize-winning meditation on American politics, religion, power, sexuality, and justice.

Audience Advisory: Contains nudity, strong language, graphic sexual content and other material only appropriate for mature audiences.
Age Recommendations: Ages 16+

Fifth Third Bank’s Dracula

originally dramatized by John L. Balderston and Hamilton Deane
from Bram Stoker’s world-famous novel, Dracula
as adapted and directed by William McNulty
Friday, September 8, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
Bingham Theatre

His fangs are bared. His eyes glow crimson. Louisville’s favorite vampire is back! Based on Bram Stoker’s gothic tale of the immortal Transylvanian count and his unexpectedly feisty human prey, this fast-paced, fright-filled adaptation is a Halloween treat that drips with suspense—and even more blood.

Audience Advisory: Contains strobe light, fog effects and gunshot. Not for the faint of heart.
Age Recommendations: Ages 11+

Angels in America, Part Two: Perestroika

by Tony Kushner
directed by Meredith McDonough

Thursday, September 21, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.
Pamela Brown Auditorium

The second half of Kushner’s cosmic-scale portrait of America, Perestroika steers the characters introduced in Millennium Approaches towards revelation, reconciliation, and—perhaps most daringly—hope. They wrestle with Angels (and with their own demons), and discover the exquisite pain and joy of human progress.

Audience Advisory: Contains nudity, strong language, graphic sexual content and other material only appropriate for mature audiences.
Age Recommendations: Ages 16+

Fifth Third Bank’s A Christmas Carol

based on the book by Charles Dickens
adapted by Barbara Field
directed by Drew Fracher
Friday, November 24 at 8:00 p.m.
Pamela Brown Auditorium

Celebrate the warmth of the holidays with Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim, and the spirits of Christmas Past, Present and Future in this delightful take on an old favorite. A beloved family tradition for more than four decades, Actors Theatre’s rendition of Dickens’ classic tale is brought to new life with visual splendor and joyous music.

Audience Advisory: None.
Age Recommendations: Ages 5+

Skeleton Crew

by Dominique Morisseau
directed by Steve H. Broadnax III

Saturday, November 25 at 8:00 p.m.
Bingham Theatre

Faye, Dez, and Shanita are a tight-knit trio of auto workers who always look out for each other. When rumors fly about their factory’s closing, all three face tough decisions about the future, while their foreman, torn between his team and his career, has to decide where his loyalties lie. As the Great Recession hits Detroit, is it time for all of them to start looking out for themselves? With compassion and insight, acclaimed playwright Dominique Morisseau takes a timely, compelling look at blue-collar America.

Audience Advisory: This play contains strong language.
Age Recommendations: Ages 12+

Little Bunny Foo Foo

by Anne Washburn
music by Dave Malloy
directed by Les Waters

Saturday, January 20 at 8:00 p.m.
Bingham Theatre

Butterflies are fluttering and breezes are blowing in the enchanted forest, and one saucy bunny just can’t stop boppin’ all the field mice on the head. Will the Blue Fairy be forced to curb his mischief and turn him into a Goon? In this fun-filled play with music, renowned playwright Anne Washburn and Tony-nominated composer Dave Malloy—joined by a sensible Skink, a carnivorous Catmonster, and a band of Gentlemen Toads—spin an effervescently delightful entertainment.

Audience Advisory: None.
Age Recommendations: Ages 5+

The Magic Play

by Andrew Hinderaker
directed by Halena Kays
featuring magician Brett Schneider
Thursday, January 25, 7:30 p.m.
Pamela Brown Auditorium

A successful magician takes the stage to perform card tricks and share personal anecdotes, under the illusion that he’s in control. But this time, the deck might be stacked against him. For there are some memories that, once conjured, can’t be made to disappear—and sometimes sleight of hand can’t summon the magic we need most. Filled with surprising twists and dazzling spectacle, The Magic Play is an exhilarating and poignant exploration of love, loss, and the importance of letting go.

Audience Advisory: This play contains strong language.
Age Recommendations: Ages 12+

42nd Humana Festival of New American Plays

lineup and grants available November 2017
made possible by a generous grant from the Humana Foundation

See it first. See it here.
The Humana Festival of New American Plays is the premier event of its kind, celebrating some of the most talented voices in the American theatre. Each year, thousands of theatregoers come to Louisville for the opportunity to see groundbreaking works before they travel to stages across the nation and around the world. Experience these new plays before anyone else—and when they receive acclaim in New York, Chicago and further afield, you can take pride in having seen them first here at Actors Theatre.

Complete the Application Form Today!

Click here to complete the Community Ticket Grant Application online.
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