THE 2020–2021 SEASON

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COVID-Classics: One-Act Plays for the Age of Quarantine
by Guillaume Apollinaire, Anton Chekhov, Luigi Pirandello, August Strindberg and Thucydides
directed by Robert Barry Fleming
September 18, 2020 - May 31, 2021
Part of the Brown-Forman Series
This vibrant assortment of short plays brings together tales from trailblazing writers whose creative experiments redefined the possibilities of theatre in moments of seismic change. Reimagining works by master dramatists Anton Chekhov, Luigi Pirandello, August Strindberg, and the first surrealist, Guillaume Apollinaire, this lively, eclectic collection reaches into the past and finds surprising echoes in the present.
Where Did We Sit on the Bus?
by Brian Quijada
directed by Matt Dickson

a digital creation by Satya Chávez and Matt Dickson
November 13, 2020 - May 31, 2021
Part of the Brown-Forman Series
During a lesson on Rosa Parks, a Latinx kid begins searching for her own people’s place in American history. Performed by a dynamic actress/singer/musician, and infused with a mix of rap, hip-hop, and spoken word, this energetic exploration delves into the experience of growing up in an immigrant family and finding identity in making art.
Erma Bombeck: At Wit's End
by Margaret Engel and Allison Engel
January 8, 2021 - January 28, 2021
Part of the Brown-Forman Series
With wisecracking charm, iconic humorist Erma Bombeck takes us through her journey from homemaker, to popular syndicated columnist, to feminist crusader and more. Starring Louisville-based performer Jessica Wortham, this one-woman show is a frank, poignant look at Bombeck’s ambition to define herself beyond the roles of wife and mother—while still embracing how these “ordinary” things can bring extraordinary joy.
Romeo & Juliet: Louisville 2020
by William Shakespeare
directed by Robert Barry Fleming
dramaturgy by Amy Wegener
February 1, 2021 - May 31, 2021
Part of the Brown-Forman Series
An unprecedented global pandemic and social unrest embroil the nation in conflict as Romeo and Juliet, the children of sworn enemies, dare to imagine a world where hearts are not ruled by hatred but by love. This passion-filled interpretation of Shakespeare’s classic narrative explores the entrenched divisions that animate contemporary culture — and the tragic costs of intolerance.

The 45th Humana Festival of New American Plays

Ali Summit

by Idris Goodwin
directed by Robert Barry Fleming
Part of the 45th Humana Festival of New American Plays
Part of the Brown-Forman Series
In 1967, world heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali met with a group of the top black athletes in the country, who questioned him about his conscientious objection to serving in the Vietnam War. In this new play with deep local roots, acclaimed playwright and poet Idris Goodwin explores a defining moment in the story of a Louisville icon, collaborating with Actors Theatre to catalyze a dynamic community building initiative.