Apply Now for Community Ticket Grants to the 42nd Humana Festival of New American Plays

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, February 9, 2018
  • 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 75 people per production.
  • 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 January 17, 2018.
  • 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 Tory Parker, Marketing Apprentice ( 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!

42nd Humana Festival 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 for information on age recommendations and content advisories. We are not responsible for any objections to content of shows chosen by a selected group.

Marginal Loss

by Deborah Stein
directed by Meredith McDonough

Thursday, March 8, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.
Pamela Brown Auditorium

Days after 9/11, the few surviving employees of an investment firm based near the top of the Twin Towers gather in a New Jersey warehouse. Shell-shocked and grief-stricken, they work around the clock to reconstruct what’s left of their company with determination, pen and paper, and a temp who just wants to help. But as they struggle to recoup their losses, they wonder: what does getting “back to normal” really mean?

Audience Advisory: 12+
Age Recommendation: Contains strong language.

Evocation to Visible Appearance

by Mark Schultz
directed by Les Waters
Sunday, March 18, 2018 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: 14+
Age Recommendations: Contains strong language and violence.

42nd Humana Festival of New American Plays

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.

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Actors Theater of Louisville
316 West Main St.
Louisville, KY 40202
Box Office: 502.584.1205
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