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How ‘A Christmas Carol’ Became A Holiday Classic

The long-standing annual Holiday classic, A Christmas Carol, is underway at Actors Theatre now through December 23rd. Here is a look back at the famous play and how Charles Dickens created what would become a classic tradition and the Invention of Christmas.

When Charles Dickens published A Christmas Carol in 1843, Christmas wasn’t a major holiday in England. It had become somewhat unfashionable among the middle and upper classes, and the working-class families who did celebrate it barely had time to do so—Ebenezer Scrooge’s reluctance to give Bob Cratchit a day off was no exaggeration!

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David Sedaris and The Santaland Diaries – Actors Theatre through Dec. 23

What has become one of the most popular holiday performances at Actors Theatre of Louisville, Santaland Diaries brings great humor to the season through December 23rd.

The play was written by David Sedaris, before he became a bestselling author, who once survived by working odd jobs where he could find the opportunity. He picked apples in Oregon. He reinforced the edges of window screens with a stapler (to keep squirrels from invading attics) in Chicago. He cleaned apartments in New York City. And, broke and jobless after first moving to the Big Apple, he got a gig playing an elf at Macy’s “SantaLand,” which would inspire his beloved and hilariously biting personal essay, “Santaland Diaries.””

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Scene by Audience: Dracula Premier – September 7, 2018 – Actors Theatre

The premier of Dracula is always one of the most anticipated nights of the season at Actors Theatre. Derived by Bram Stoker in 1897 as a novel, it has been transformed into one of the stage classics and a tradition passage to the fall Halloween season.

Guests came dressed to impressed to this year’s premier on September 7th, and were thrilled from the scenes of Dr. Seward’s sanatorium and environs in Purley, England.

Performances run through October 31st and tickets are available at Actors Theatre.

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Show Spotlight: The Making of Dracula – Sept. 7-Oct. 31 @ Actors Theatre

Dracula is one of the most recognized vampire stories in history. The plot derives from an 1897 novel by Irish author, Abraham Stoker and tells the story of Dracula’s attempt to move from Transylvania to England so that he may find new blood and spread the undead curse.

Stoker was born in 1847 in a seaside town north of Dublin, Ireland and suffered a mysterious ailment in his childhood which kept him unable to walk until he was seven. Both of his parents were storytellers: his father, a civil servant, told vivid tales about the theatre. His mother told him Irish folk tales as well as stories from her childhood—stories about drinking the blood of the family cow for nourishment during the Potato Famine and about the cholera epidemic of 1832, during which some victims were mistaken for dead and buried alive.

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Actors Theatre Presents The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Actors Theatre of Louisville is thrilled to announce the upcoming production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time from September 18 – October 10, 2018, presented as part of the Brown-Forman Series. In this Tony Award-winning adaptation of the bestselling novel, autistic teenager Christopher investigates the mysterious death of his neighbor’s dog after he’s wrongly accused of the crime.

Tenacious and intelligent, Christopher is an autistic teenager who’s better at solving equations than reading social cues, and he sometimes struggles to navigate a world that’s stubbornly out of sync with how his mind works. But when his investigation uncovers painful truths about his family, he dares to strike out on his own, embarking on a thrilling adventure in this Tony Award-winning adaptation of the bestselling novel.

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Bourbon Classic Announces Returns to Louisville in 2019 – Tickets Available Now!

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Audience502 partner, the Bourbon Classic, is excited to announce their return to Louisville to celebrate the best of Bourbon at its seventh annual event, February 20 – 23, 2019.

Highlights will include Top Shelf, a tasting event featuring Pappy Van Winkle Bourbon, Cocktail and Culinary Challenge, showcasing classic and contemporary Bourbon cocktails paired with a chef’s Bourbon-themed culinary complement, Bourbon University, breakout classes focused on a variety of bourbon-themed topics; and TASTE, which will provide ample opportunities for the public to sample top brands of Bourbon, food pairings from featured restaurants and Bourbon-inspired products.

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Louisville’s Favorite Vampire is Back! Actors Theatre Hosts Annual Community Blood Drive on Sept 5 and Dracula begins Sept 7

Overview: Actors Theatre of Louisville and Managing Director Kevin E. Moore are thrilled to announce the return of Fifth Third Bank’s Dracula, in the Bingham Theatre from September 7 – October 31, 2018. With fangs bared and eyes aglow, Louisville’s favorite vampire is back! Based on Bram Stoker’s gothic tale of the immortal Transylvanian count and his unexpectedly feisty human prey, this fast-paced, fright-filled adaptation is a Halloween treat that drips with suspense—and even more blood.

For over 20 years, Actors Theatre has brought this exhilarating, high-stakes vampire adventure to Louisville audiences and this year is no exception. 

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A Doll’s House, Part 2 – October 2 – November 4 – Actors Theatre Victor Jory Theatre

Overview: Obie Award-winning playwright and Humana Festival alumnus Lucas Hnath’s work takes the stage in Louisville once again with A Doll’s House, Part 2, which imagines Nora’s return 15 years after the final, iconic moments of Henrik Ibsen’s seminal masterpiece A Doll’s House. In what The New Yorker called Hnath’s “strongest yet,” Nora and the Helmer family grapple with “the compromises we all make for comfort, and the faith required to make a change” (TheaterMania).

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Fifth Third Bank’s A Christmas Carol – November 20 – December 23 – Pamela Brown Auditorium

Overview: Celebrate the warmth of the holidays with Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim, and the spirits of Christmas Past, Present and Future in this delightful take on an old favorite. A beloved family tradition for more than four decades, Actors Theatre’s rendition of Dickens’ classic tale is brought to new life with visual splendor and joyous music.

based on the book by Charles Dickens
adapted by Barbara Field
directed by Drew Fracher

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Pipeline – January 8 – February 2, 2019 – Bingham Theatre

Overview: Nya, a single mother teaching at an inner-city public school, wants what’s best for her teenage son, Omari—even if it means sending him to a private school far from their neighborhood. But when an explosive classroom incident threatens Omari’s future, Nya must reevaluate the choices she’s made as a parent and educator. In this lyrical and timely drama, acclaimed playwright Dominique Morisseau urgently calls attention to the limitations of our education system and the legacy of violence confronting black youth in America. Audience advisory: Contains mature content, strong language and herbal cigarette smoking. Age recommendation: 14+

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Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin – January 29 – February 17, 2019 – Pamela Brown Auditorium

Overview: Join us on a music-filled journey through the legendary career of Irving Berlin, starring virtuosic performer Hershey Felder. From Berlin’s humble beginnings to hitting it big writing for Broadway and Hollywood, Felder offers a lively portrait of the composer as a Jewish immigrant, American patriot, and devoted husband. Featuring cherished standards such as “God Bless America” and “There’s No Business Like Show Business,” Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin melds story and song in a love letter to a man whose work helped define our national songbook.

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