Actors Theatre Names Former Intern Associate Artistic Director

California-based director Meredith McDonough returns to the Actors Theatre of Louisville artistic staff this fall, where she began her career as a directing intern 14 years ago. The new Actors Theatre of Louisville associate artistic director went on to serve two seasons as associate director of the apprentince/intern company before leaving in 2001 for the […]

Critics Honor Humana Festival Play

On the final Saturday night of the Humana Festival of New American Plays, Actors Theatre of Louisville packs the Pamela Brown Auditorium for an evening of ten-minute plays. But first, the best of the previous year’s regional premieres are recognized. The American Theatre Critics Association hands out a combined $40,000 from the Harold and Mimi […]

“Michael von Siebenburg” Seeks Redemption in Smart, Dark Comedy

You can’t go back to Constantinople, the song cautions. And anyway, according to 500-year-old Crusades survivor Michael von Siebenburg, “Christendom isn’t what it used to be.” What is? A man accepts that uncovering the secret to life everlasting means leaving behind all he once had. But now, not even the tender meat of the innocents […]

“Oh, Gastronomy!” Serves a Feast for the Stage

Take a director and a dramaturg with one big idea. Add five playwrights, 22 young actors, and at least one banjo to make “Oh, Gastronomy!,” this year’s witty and surprisingly touching Actors Theatre of Louisville apprentice showcase. Conceived by apprentice/intern company associate director Amy Attaway (who also directed) and literary manager Sarah Lunnie (dramaturg) and […]

New Actors Theatre Artistic Director to Stage Two Plays Next Season

The new artistic director at Actors Theatre of Louisville is already making his mark. Les Waters—who was hired in November and moved to Louisville last month—says he had complete involvement in selecting the theater’s next season of plays. Actors Theatre announced their 2012-13 season last week. Waters says he hopes the eclectic range of work, […]

Money Talks in Psychological Thriller “Death Tax”

“Nobody does something for nothing,” Maxine states flatly from her hospital bed. That’s the golden rule for the characters of Lucas Hnath’s “Death Tax,” a dense psychological thriller centered around an elderly woman’s ability to manipulate her caretakers and family. Directed by Ken Rus Schmoll, “Death Tax” premiered Thursday at Actors Theatre of Louisville’s 36th […]

Man vs. Monster: “Michael Von Siebenburg Melts Through the Floorboards” Playwright Talks Cost of Living for the Undead

Baron Von Siebenburg is a man out of time. Immortality isn’t what it used to be for the 500-year-old vampire anti-hero of “Michael Von Siebenburg Melts Through the Floorboards,” playwright Greg Kotis’s dark comedy premiering Saturday in the Humana Festival of New American Plays at Actors Theatre of Louisville. “It’s a play about a man […]

Honesty Has Its Price in ‘Eat Your Heart Out’

Honesty might be a virtue, but its price, vulnerability, proves steep for some in Courtney Baron’s “Eat Your Heart Out,” a forthright exploration of the demands of unfulfilled desire. Directed by Adam Greenfield, “Eat Your Heart Out” is the fourth play to open in the 36th Humana Festival of New American Plays at Actors Theatre […]

Actors Theatre Apprentice Showcase Celebrates Food

There’s just over a week left in the Humana Festival of New American Plays at Actors Theatre of Louisville. While most of the parts in the festival’s ten world premieres are played by professional actors, every year Actors Theatre commissions playwrights to create a showcase production for the theater’s acting apprentices to perform. This year’s […]

Actors Theatre of Louisville announces new season

Actors Theatre of Louisville has announced its next season of plays. The theater will kick off the 2012-13 season September 4 with William Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers “Romeo and Juliet.” The tragedy will be directed by Louisville native and former Actors Theatre apprentice Tony Speciale, currently associate artistic director of New York City’s Classic Stage Company. […]