Playwright Annie Baker, whose play Circle Mirror Transformation is part of ATL’s next season. Photo from Stonybrook Southampton University


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Artistic Director Les Waters proudly announced Actors Theatre of Louisville’s 2016-2017 Season this week. The lineup features an exhilarating range of stories, including a madcap comic romp, a musical journey based on the life and songs of Billie Holiday, one of Shakespeare’s best-known tragedies, a charming look at the revelations in a small-town acting class, and a powerful drama set during the Detroit riots of 1967 — as well as the return of the two most popular and beloved holiday shows in the region.

Actors Theatre kicks off the Brown-Forman Series with the physical comedy masterpiece The 39 Steps, August 30September 18, 2016. Adapted by Patrick Barlow and directed by Nathan Keepers (currently appearing in Actors Theatre’s Peter and the Starcatcher), The 39 Steps features the talents of four actors in multiple roles, as they hilariously portray heroes and villains, classy dames and sneaky spies, and a plethora of other colorful characters. Based on the 1915 book by John Buchan and the 1935 Alfred Hitchcock film, The 39 Steps was an award-winning hit on Broadway and on London’s West End.

The popular Bingham Signature Shakespeare Series returns October 4October 23, 2016, as Artistic Director Les Waters directs a thrilling interpretation of William Shakespeare’s Macbeth. One of the Bard’s most revered plays, Macbeth is a timeless and tragic tale of betrayal, ambition and murder. This original game of thrones promises riveting suspense, as well as blood, ghosts, and witches.

Next up, Actors Theatre will present Dominique Morisseau’s Detroit ‘67, onstage November 15December 11, 2016, an explosive tale that unfolds during the race riots of 1967. Set to the music of Motown, Morisseau’s timely play follows a brother and sister spinning records to make ends meet, whose lives are changed forever when a surprise visitor arrives in their basement after-hours club during a historic moment of unrest in the Motor City.

Actors Theatre’s season continues with Lanie Robertson’s critically acclaimed musical journey, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and GrillJanuary 3January 29, 2017. Directed by Bill Fennelly, this stunningly beautiful play features the music of Billie Holiday as some of her most beloved songs and stories are brought to life in a powerhouse musical performance.

A poignant and charmingly funny production of Circle Mirror Transformation by Annie Baker will take the stage under the direction of Associate Artistic Director Meredith McDonough, January 24—February 12, 2017. This heartfelt comedy takes place in a community drama class where an unlikely assortment of adult students learn lessons through theatre games that lead to even bigger lessons about life.

In addition, Actors Theatre will once again celebrate the holidays with two of Louisville’s favorite returning family traditions: Fifth Third Bank’s DraculaSeptember 9—October 30, 2016, and A Christmas Carol, November 22December 23, 2016.

The 2016-2017 Season will culminate with the 41st Humana Festival of New American PlaysMarch 1April 9, 2017. The Festival continues to be the country’s leading opportunity to see groundbreaking, brand-new work by some of the American theatre’s most talented writers. The Festival is underwritten by the Humana Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Humana, Inc.

The 2016-2017 Season is generously supported by Brown-Forman, the official season sponsor, with additional support from Fund for the Arts, the Kentucky Arts Council, and the YUM! Brands Foundation, which supports the student matinee series.

2016-2017 Season Ticket Packages are on sale now and may be purchased by calling the Box Office at502.584.1205. Season Ticket Holders receive up to 20% off regular single ticket prices, with 7-Play Brown-Forman Series Season Ticket Packages starting at just $140. Brown-Forman Series ticket holders also have access to pre-sale tickets for Dracula and A Christmas Carol at 20% off, which will go on sale to the general public in July. Additional benefits include flexible ticket exchanges, parking discounts, invitations to special behind-the-scenes events, and 50% off single tickets to all productions in the Humana Festival of New American Plays. Discounted packages are also available for seniors, students, educators and individuals 35 years of age and under. Single tickets for the entire 2016-2017 Season will go on sale July 28, 2016. Actors Theatre’s Box Office is located at 316 West Main Street, Louisville, KY, 40202, and can be reached by calling502.584.1205.

Actors Theatre is committed to making the theatergoing experience accessible to everyone, and offers open caption and audio-described performances throughout the season. Large print programs and assistive listening devices are also available at every performance. For a full performance schedule and more information about Actors Theatre’s access services, visit