Actors Theatre of Louisville Season Has Vibrator Play, Tom Sawyer, ReEntry, Chad Deity, Humana Fest

News   Actors Theatre of Louisville Season Has Vibrator Play, Tom Sawyer, ReEntry, Chad Deity, Humana Fest Marc Masterson announced programming for his final season of shows as artistic director of Actors Theatre of Louisville. The Humana Festival of New American Plays will return in winter-spring 2012, offering world-premiere productions in repertory.

In the regular 2011-12 subscription season Laura Eason's adaptation of Tom Sawyer, a title popping up in many regional theatres, will be presented in association with The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis and Kansas City Repertory Theatre.

Emily Ackerman and KJ Sanchez's acclaimed play ReEntry is also on the season. It explores "the true personal impact of war of those immediately affected by it; veterans and their families."

Here's Actors Theatre of Louisville's 48th season (announced March 31) at a glance:

Sense & Sensibility
Adapted and directed by Jon Jory
From the novel by Jane Austen
Aug. 30-Sept. 24

"A lack of family fortune means limited marriage prospects for the Dashwood sisters — two girls who are only alike in their hope to find a husband. Scandalous secrets and tumultuous twists line the path to true love in Jon Jory's brand new adaptation of this classic tale of flirtation and folly, in which the two sisters find that neither Elinor's common sense nor Marianne's passion may offer up the key to happiness."

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
By Laura Eason
Adapted from the novel by Mark Twain
Directed by Jeremy B. Cohen
Oct. 4-29

"Reconnect with Mark Twain's incomparable classic in a magical new production, perfect for the whole family. In idyllic 1840s Missouri, Tom and his friends revel in all that is grand and glorious about childhood. This mischievous rascal, joined by Huckleberry Finn, can charm Aunt Polly, save the town from a local criminal and win the heart of fair Becky Thatcher, all in the course of one small-town day." ReEntry
by Emily Ackerman and KJ Sanchez
directed by KJ Sanchez
Nov. 15-Dec. 17

"Inspirational, honest, and heartwarming; frank, funny, and long overdue. This surprising and acclaimed new play, based on interviews with combat veterans and their families, puts aside politics and Hollywood alike to probe the unvarnished and powerfully personal truths of those who serve and sacrifice. How do you shift from battlefields to backyard barbecues? What is the price paid by families at home when husbands, mothers, sons, and sisters go to war?"

The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity
By Kristoffer Diaz
Directed by Sean Daniels
Jan. 3-Feb. 4, 2012

"A comic powerslam of a play, The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity — in its first production since its Off-Broadway run — is a theatrical event that dares to throw political correctness out of the ring. Macedonio 'The Mace' Guerra is a pro wrestler who recruits his ticket to the big time: a charismatic, trash-talking Indian kid from Brooklyn who's the perfect foil to the All-American champion, Chad Deity. But when their rivalry is used to exploit racial stereotypes in the name of ratings, all three men find themselves fighting for much more than the championship title."

In The Next Room or the vibrator play
By Sarah Ruhl
Co-production with Milwaukee Repertory Theater
Directed by Laura Gordon
Jan. 24-Feb. 18, 2012

"This critically lauded play about love, longing, and science takes place in a proper Victorian home where a doctor invents a most extraordinary device for treating 'hysteria.' As his wife overhears the treatment of his patients in the next room, long dormant thoughts and feelings begin to stir. This smart, classy and touching Tony Award-nominated play about marriage and intimacy, and how the invention of electricity fused them together, is sure to be the buzz of the city!"

The 36th Annual Humana Festival of New American Plays
Titles to be announced
Feb. 26-April 15, 2012

"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."

HOLIDAY FAVORITES

Dracula
Originally dramatized by Hamilton Deane and John L. Balderston
From Bram Stoker's novel, as adapted and directed by William McNulty
Sept. 14-Oct. 30, 2011

"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
By Philip Grecian
Based on the motion picture 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
Nov. 8-27, 2011

"In this Christmas adventure like no other, a boy's ardent campaign for a Red Ryder BB gun against all odds 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 adaptation of the beloved film inspired by Jean Shepherd's classic American story of Christmas — and growing up — in the Midwest."

A Christmas Carol
Adapted by Barbara Field
from Charles Dickens
Directed by Sean Daniels
Dec. 6-23, 2011

"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."

For information, visit actorstheatre.org or call (502) 584-1205.

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