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Actors Theatre's 2010/11 season


Actors Theatre's 47th season lineup complete with old classics and new favorites. The upcoming Brown-Forman series includes a moving story of two boys struggling with identity, fate, and friendship in Kabul; a visit from the wildly hilarious comedy group The Second City; award-winning works from Neil Simon and August Wilson; an exciting line-up of new plays in the 35th annual Humana Festival, and the return of three holiday favorites.

ATL's Sean Daniels talks about the 2010-2011 season.

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The Kite Runner 

August 31 - September 25, 2010

based on the novel by Khaled Hosseini 

adapted for the stage by Matthew Spangler

Adapted from the international bestselling novel, this sweeping tale of friendship and betrayal between two boys growing up in Afghanistan explores the price of loyalty, the power of storytelling and the possibility of redemption.

The Mystery of Irma Vep: A Penny Dreadful

October 5 - 30, 2010

A sympathetic werewolf, a campy vampire and an Egyptian princess are part of the mayhem in this frighteningly funny spoof of Gothic melodramas and horror that coined the term "Theatre of the Ridiculous."

Barefoot in the Park

November 16 - December 18, 2010

by Neil Simon

directed by Marc Masterson

Neil Simon's classic romantic comedy follows a young newlywed couple negotiating their first apartment, a meddling mother and the challenge of finding joy amid inspired lunacy.

Second City: It Takes a 'Ville!

January 4 - February 6, 2011

The Second City, the world's best-known comedy troupe, uses its signature talents to create a tailor-made, Louisville-centric revue-complete with riffs on big hats and hot browns, music and bourbon.

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

January 18 - February 13, 2011

by August Wilson

directed by Ron OJ Parson 

August Wilson's award-winning drama draws inspiration from the real-life Mother of the Blues, Gertrude "Ma" Rainey. In a 1927 Chicago recording studio, Ma and her band make music and deals as they struggle to claim their voices and their legacy.

35th Annual Humana Festival of New American Plays

February 27 - April 3, 2011 

The Humana Festival is the premier event of its kind in the nation, debuting new plays right in your backyard! Catch groundbreaking world premieres that represent many generations, many voices and many views-including yours. The festival runs the gamut from comedies to dramas to plays that forge new theatrical territory. Combined with world-class design and performances, this celebration of American playwrights' innovation and imagination has something in it for everyone.

Poor Behavior

March 24 - April 17, 2011

by Theresa Rebeck

directed by Doug Hughes

Spend a weekend in the country with two couples as they stoke the fires of suspicion and seduction. Perceptions twist and relationships are forever altered in Theresa Rebeck's no-holds-barred, world premiere comedy about goodness and badness, and the dangerously tempting open doors in between.


Fifth Third Bank's Dracula

September 17 - October 31, 2010

originally dramatized by Hamilton Deane and John L. Balderston

from Bram Stoker's world famous novel, Dracula,

as adapted & directed by William McNulty

Experience the gothic story as you've never seen it before, with recently redesigned sets, costumes, lighting and sound-plus thrills and chills that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

A Christmas Story 

November 9 -28, 2010

by Philip Grecian

based on the motion picture A Christmas Story

© 1983 Turner Entertainment Co., distributed by Warner Bros.,

written by Jean Shepherd, Leigh Brown and Rob Clark,

and on the book In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash by Jean Shepherd

directed by Sean Daniels

In this Christmas adventure like no other, a boy's ardent campaign for a Red Ryder BB gun against all odds ("You'll shoot your eye out!") unfolds amid seasonal shenanigans involving a leg lamp, a bunny suit and a tongue stuck on a frozen flagpole. Relive a family tradition or start one anew by joining Ralphie and his family for this stage adaption of the beloved film inspired by Jean Shepherd's classic American story of Christmas-and growing up-in the Midwest.

Fifth Third Bank's A Christmas Carol

December 7 - December 23, 2010

adapted by Barbara Field

from Charles Dickens

directed by Sean Daniels

Louisville's biggest and best holiday tradition-the classic story of Scrooge, Tiny Tim and the spirits of Christmas, told with the warmth of holiday music and visual splendor.


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