The Power of Imagination
The Power of Imagination
Ya'll, there is something going on at Actors Theatre of Louisville. I arrived right after church with my husband for a Sunday afternoon showing of Won't you be my May-bor?, a kid-friendly romp of a play in the Victor Jory Theater (it seems all my favorite Actors plays are performed in the VJ). We sat with two older gay men from our church, not quite sure what to expect. Of this I was certain, though: If the drag performer May O'Nays is involved, my spirit is about to be warmed. And I was correct. For a little over an hour, I sat among people just like me, people not like me at all, and...a relatively new experience for me...CHILDREN.
Published June 13, 2024
Won't you be my May-bor?
Won't you be my May-bor?
Louisville, KY — May 23, 2024 — Actors Theatre of Louisville, in collaboration with Drag Daddy Productions, is thrilled to announce the world premiere of Won't you be my May-bor? in the intimate Victor Jory Theater. Conceived by the creative minds of Andrew Newton Schaftlein and Eric Sharp, and featuring the extraordinary talents of drag performer May O'Nays, this production is set to deliver a mesmerizing experience for theatergoers young and old.
Published June 11, 2024
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As a Black LGBTQ artist in Louisville for six years, and a repeat resident since birth, I can say in Louisville, KY there were many times that one might struggle to find spaces that would affirm such a unique background. While church and school-affiliated theater programs would provide a place for championship and community, these spaces can be inconsistent and the subject of equity for those of the LGBTQ happening. The recent attempts to limit the existence and accessibility of affirming spaces is worrisome to say the absolute least, and tiresome to say more. For someone like me, who relies on these spaces to feel renewed and to embrace the world with the love that remains the center of my identity, experiences like the one Dusty Ray Bottoms and May O'Nays charge are fearless examples of progress. The overwhelming feeling of fellowship and more importantly FUN that I felt while attending. The After Show Show brought tears to the eyes of a young Isaiah and hope to a more learned one that the scarcity of these queer-affirming spaces will soon be a thing of the past.<br>In my best Stefon, "This. Show. Has. Everything."
Published April 22, 2024
2024-2025 Season Announcement
2024-2025 Season Announcement
Actors Theatre's 2024–2025 Season uplifts stories and amplifies voices from myriad perspectives to connect with and learn from a diversity of people, ideas, and cultures. In its 50th anniversary year as the State Theatre, Actors Theatre will engage in meaningful community partnerships with fellow arts and service organizations around the region and will continue to share new work, revive relevant classics, and offer exciting experiences as part of the company's Storytelling (r)Evolution. Actors Theatre of Louisville is supported by Brown-Forman, the Fund for the Arts, the Kentucky Arts Council, the Shubert Foundation, and a grant from the Mellon Foundation, which recently awarded Actors Theatre $1 million in recognition of Fleming's transformative leadership in the American theatre.
Published April 04, 2024
High Glory and Hallelujah
High Glory and Hallelujah
In my life, I have felt the enduring significance of Black church organizations. These churches house meetings for social activism and spiritual growth, and encourage weekly fellowship. For all who attend, all are welcome—for the most part. The formative role that queer people have in Black church culture makes the unending condemnation from church leaders especially unacceptable. Despite gradual steps forward in creating religious safe spaces for queer identities, a reckoning has yet to come that fully receives Black, queer identities into the religious scene. Jonathan Norton invites this reckoning with his masterfully written play, I AM DELIVERED'T.
Published March 22, 2024
Actors Theatre of Louisville 2023 Impact Report
Actors Theatre of Louisville 2023 Impact Report
Our 2023 Impact Report offers perspective not only on where we’ve been, but also where we are going as an arts and culture organization as social enterprise.
Published November 10, 2023
Actors Theatre of Louisville Presents the Return of DRACULA: A FEMINIST REVENGE FANTASY by Kate Hamill, with Extended Dates, September 6-24
Actors Theatre of Louisville Presents the Return of DRACULA: A FEMINIST REVENGE FANTASY by Kate Hamill, with Extended Dates, September 6-24
Sept. 6, 2023—Kate Hamill’s thrilling Dracula is back by popular demand this fall! In this inventive adaptation that bounces between humor and horror, Hamill reimagines Bram Stoker’s vampire classic as a full-throated battle cry against toxic masculinity. No damsels in distress, no romanticized villains—just a gleeful stake through the heart of the patriarchy. Performances are in the Bingham Theater, originally scheduled Sept. 6-17, 2023, now extended through Sept. 24.
Published September 06, 2023
Feminist Horror Reading List
Feminist Horror Reading List
Feminist Horror Reading List
Published September 01, 2023
ACTORS THEATRE OF LOUISVILLE CONTINUES THE STORYTELLING (R)EVOLUTION WITH FIVE POWERFUL PRODUCTIONS
ACTORS THEATRE OF LOUISVILLE CONTINUES THE STORYTELLING (R)EVOLUTION WITH FIVE POWERFUL PRODUCTIONS
ACTORS THEATRE OF LOUISVILLE CONTINUES THE STORYTELLING (R)EVOLUTION WITH FIVE POWERFUL PRODUCTIONS
Published May 15, 2023
Actors Theatre of Louisville Presents PARTY PEOPLE by the Award-winning Ensemble UNIVERSES
Actors Theatre of Louisville Presents PARTY PEOPLE by the Award-winning Ensemble UNIVERSES
Actors Theatre of Louisville Presents PARTY PEOPLE by the Award-winning Ensemble UNIVERSES, April 5-16
Published March 29, 2023