Actors Theatre Continues 2016-2017 Season with Shakespeare's MACBETH, October 4 – 26

Artistic Director Les Waters and Managing Director Kevin E. Moore are thrilled to announce the cast and creative team for William Shakespeare's bloody tale of unbridled ambition, Macbeth. Directed by Les Waters, Macbeth will preview on October 4 and October 5, open on October 6, and run through October 26 in the Pamela Brown Auditorium as part of the Brown-Forman Series. Tickets are available at502.584.1205, online at ActorsTheatre.org, or in person by visiting The Actors Theatre Box Office at 316 West Main Street, Louisville, KY, 40202.

How far would you go to achieve your greatest ambition? Grand hopes give rise to ghastly deeds in Shakespeare's riveting tale of a brave warrior and his wife who become murderous monarchs, caught in the thrall of power's dark temptations. Unfolding in a blood-soaked world haunted by ghosts and supernatural forces, Macbeth is one of the theatre's most fascinating horror stories about betrayal, dangerous desire, and the kind of evil that never sleeps.

The cast includes an ensemble of local and national talent. In his third production at Actors Theatre,Andrew Garman (The Glory of the World, The Christians) returns to play the title role of Macbeth. Also returning to Actors Theatre are Che Ayende (The Brothers Size) as Banquo, David McElwee (Luna Gale, Our Town) as Ross, Gregory Maupin (Luna Gale, Our Town) as Seyton, and former Acting Apprentice Conrad Schott (Fifth Third Bank's Dracula, The Glory of the World) in the role of Macduff. Joining the Macbeth company in their Actors Theatre debuts are Jessica Frances Dukes as Lady Macbeth, Nicholas Hormann as Duncan, Irungu Mutu as Lenox, Adam Poss as Malcolm, and Jack Mikesell as Young Siward. Actors Theatre Professional Training Company member Laakan McHardywill play the role of Lady Macduff, Andres Nicolas Chaves will play Angus, Elijah Jones will play the Doctor, and Kevin Kantor will play Menteith. Local child actors Mary Charles Miller, Bailey Ramirez and Lilly Rich play The Witches, while Hunter Broyles, Michael Bulleit, Michael Evans,Jackson Griffee, Sam M. Hall, Gabe Holland, Emmet Aloysius King, Eli Lucas, Charlie Norman, Brooks Roseberry, Abel Sgro, and Rhys Thomas Round out the remaining child ensemble.

As Artistic Director, Les Waters' Actors Theatre directing credits include Sarah Ruhl's For Peter Pan on her 70th birthday, Charles Mee's The Glory of the World, Rebecca Gilman's Luna Gale, Naomi Iizuka's At the Vanishing Point, Lucas Hnath's The Christians, Will Eno's Gnit, Todd Almond's Girlfriend, Thornton Wilder's Our Town, and Eugene O'Neill's Long Day's Journey into Night. Waters' production of The Glory of the World - commissioned by Actors Theatre and premiered during the 2015 Humana Festival of New American Plays-had its New York premiere at BAM in January 2016, through the generous support of Knight Blanc. Waters made his Broadway debut with Sarah Ruhl's In the Next Room (or the vibrator play) in 2009, and has numerous credits in New York including Signature Theatre Company, Soho Rep., The Public Theater, Second Stage Theatre, Manhattan Theatre Club, Connelly Theater, and Clubbed Thumb. Regional credits include Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Mark Taper Forum, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Goodman Theatre, Yale Repertory Theatre, American Conservatory Theater, La Jolla Playhouse, and American Repertory Theater.

The creative team features scenic design by Andrew Boyce, costume design by Kristopher Castle, lighting design by Mark Barton, and original music and sound design by Christian Frederickson.

Performances run October 4 - 26, with an official opening on October 6. Actors Theatre is committed to providing an accessible theatergoing experience and offers an open captioned performance on October 15and an audio described performance on October 16 during the run of Macbeth. For more information about our facilities and all services offered, visit ActorsTheatre.org. Tickets are on sale to the public priced from $25. Tickets can be purchased by calling The Actors Theatre Box Office at 502.584.1205 or online atActorsTheatre.org. Discount rates for groups of 10 or more are available by calling 502.585.1210.

Macbeth is a Bingham Signature Shakespeare Series production and is made possible in part by production sponsor Brown-Forman, the Kentucky Arts Council, and Fund for the Arts. The production is also part ofShakepeare in American Communities, a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. Additionally, Actors Theatre's educational outreach for Macbeth is made possible by Yum! Brands Foundation and their sponsorship of Actors' Student Matinee Series.

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