LOUISVILLE, KY.: Actors Theatre of Louisville has announced its 2019-20 season, featuring seven productions and its annual new-play festival.
The season will start with Dracula (Sept. 6-Oct. 31), adapted by William McNulty from Bram Stoker’s novel about a blood thirsty vampire searching for victims in London. The annual production is sponsored by Fifth Third Bank.
Next up will be Idris Goodwin’s Hype Man: a break beat play (Sept. 11-Oct. 13), about a hip-hop trio who confront their relationships to music, racism, and each other when the shooting of a young black man makes headlines.
Following will be Measure for Measure (Oct. 9-27). Presented in association with Fiasco Theater, this version of Shakespeare’s drama is infused with slapstick and song. Fiasco’s Noah Brody and Ben Steinfeld will co-direct.
Next will be The Santaland Diaries (Nov. 24-Dec. 23), adapted by Joe Mantello from David Sedaris, about a disgruntled Christmas elf working at Macy’s Santaland.
Actors Theatre will also offer its annual staging of A Christmas Carol (Nov. 23-Dec. 23), adapted by Barbara Field from Dickens. Drew Fracher will direct.
The company will kick off the new year with Sarah DeLappe’s The Wolves (Jan. 8-Feb. 1, 2020), about a soccer team of high school girls and the challenges they face both on and off the field.
Following will be Jubilee (Jan. 29-Feb. 16), written and directed by Tazewell Thompson. The a cappella show is about America’s earliest and most famous singing group. The tribute will feature vocal arrangements and music direction by Dianne Adams McDowell.
The lineup for the 44th Humana Festival of New American Plays (March 1-April 12) is slated to be announced this November.
Actors Theatre of Louisville, founded in 1964, presents both classic and contemporary works, and mounts a new-play festival each spring.