ROMEO & JULIET, TRUE WEST & More Set for The Actor's Theatre in 2012-2013


Artistic Director Les Waters and Managing Director Jennifer Bielstein have announced The Actors Theatre's 49th season lineup. The 2012-2013 Brown-Forman Series, Waters' inaugural season at the helm, runs the gamut thematically from forbidden love and sibling rivalry to familial dysfunction and adolescent innocence in an exhilarating program sure to entertain, engage and delight audiences.

"At the heart of this season's programming is great, passionate and intelligent storytelling that will ask us all to take a closer look at the human experience and help us to make sense of this mysterious thing that we call life," said Les Waters, Artistic Director. "I hope the breadth of writers and aesthetics will excite audiences and give this community a flavor of what they can expect to look forward to in the years to come. From Shakespeare's popular tragedy and one of the most famous love stories of all time, Romeo and Juliet, to a modern-day rock musical, Girlfriend that will feature an all-girl band, plus plays by Sam Shepard and Eugene O'Neill – widely regarded as some of the most influential voices in contemporary American Theatre – I think next season's lineup truly celebrates who we are and where we have come from, and speaks to the moment in which we live."

Adds Bielstein, "Actors Theatre remains committed to engaging this community in great arts experiences and sharing the thrill of live theatre. We continue to offer flexible and affordable ticket package options so that our patrons can continue to join us and enjoy all the exciting productions we have throughout the season. As testimony to this commitment we have not increased the price on any of our season ticket packages for the 2012-2013 Season."

The Actors Theatre of Louisville's 49th Season lineup includes:

Romeo and Juliet
by William Shakespeare
directed by Tony Speciale

September 4 – September 26, 2012
Pamela Brown Auditorium

Two star-crossed lovers with feuding families will cross bitter divides and risk everything to be together, as a new generation strains against the limits of a world their parents have defined. Directed by Louisville native Tony Speciale, this swift, contemporary staging of Shakespeare's masterpiece brings to life one of the most famous love stories ever written with all of the immediacy, danger and romance that have made it endure for centuries.

Long Day's Journey into Night
by Eugene O'Neill
directed by Artistic Director Les Waters

October 9 – October 28, 2012
Pamela Brown Auditorium

In his first production as Artistic Director, Les Waters directs this epic yet powerfully intimate, Pulitzer Prize-winning play about a family confronting a sea of regret and longing, haunted by the past. Over the course of one fateful summer day, renowned actor James Tyrone, his troubled wife Mary and their two sons wrestle with resentment so deep-and a love so fierce-that it threatens to consume them. O'Neill's play is both a poem of forgiveness to his own family, and one of the legendary achievements of American drama.

True West
by Sam Shepard

November 13 - December 9, 2012
Bingham Theatre

Well-educated Austin and thieving con man Lee, estranged brothers from different worlds, reunite in their mom's California kitchen, where Austin is working out a screenplay deal. But when Lee comes up with his own big idea and steals much more than just the neighbors' TV, challenges are issued, many drinks are downed, and the siblings find that they might not be such opposites after all. This dynamic, darkly funny play by iconic actor-writer Sam Shepard is a tale of brotherly love and competition, Hollywood producers and stolen toasters.

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