LouisvilleKy’s GonzoFest returns in 2018 Tuesday, Dec 12 2017 


LOUISVILLE, KY  – GonzoFest Louisville, a celebration of the life and work of Hunter S. Thompson in his hometown of Louisville, KY, will return to Louisville Free Public Library on Saturday, April 14, 2018. This will mark the 8th year of the festival, which features poetry, spoken word, art, live music and more. In 2017, the celebration moved to the Main Library to focus on highlighting the literary side of the festival by expanding its panel discussions, spoken word, and poetry aspects.


The move was a natural transition for GonzoFest Louisville, as the library played a significant role in Hunter S. Thompson’s development. His mother, Virginia Thompson, retired from the Main Library, located at 301 York Street, after years of working as a librarian. Growing up, Hunter spent hours at the library with his mother, developing his love of reading and writing. Hunter was well known for organizing groups to come to the library to share in his passion for literature. That passion would ultimately lead him to international fame for developing Gonzo journalism and inspiring a new generation of writers.


When GonzoFest Louisville moved to the library it wasn’t just the venue that changed. The move also signified an important shift in programming. In 2017, GonzoFest Louisville focused on highlighting the literary side of Hunter’s life, expanding its panel discussions, spoken word, and poetry aspects. The festival will host several different panel discussions again in 2018. All panels and spoken word performances will take place at various locations inside the Main Library.


“The Library is excited to again be the home for GonzoFest Louisville, and is looking forward to expanding the programming in the areas of journalism and literature in its second year at Main Library.  These were the endeavors that propelled Hunter S. Thompson’s legacy and will be a major focus as the program continues to evolve,” says Jim Blanton, Library Director.


GonzoFest Louisville will also feature live music from local and regional musicians. The festival is currently accepting band submissions for the 2018 celebration. To submit a music sample, send a Facebook inbox message with the following information: band biography, music sample or link to preview, website link and social media handles. Please include “GonzoFest Louisville 2018 Band Submission” as the subject of the message. All submissions are due January 15, 2018.

GonzoFest Louisville will soon announce the guidelines for the 2018 literary and art contests.  Entries for both the literary and art contest will be due before the festival on April 14. Details will be made available to the public on a later date.


Additionally, GonzoFest Louisville will also be screening The Rise and Fall of the Brown Buffalo, the national PBS documentary on Chicano civil rights activist/attorney/author Oscar Zeta Acosta. Acosta is best known for his relationship with Hunter S. Thompson based on his travels with Acosta in the late 60s. The film is directed by veteran, award-winning filmmaker Phillip Rodriguez (Ruben Salazar: Man in the Middle). Louisville Native, Gaba Gavi plays the role of Rolling Stone writer, David Felton in the film. A Question & Answer session with Rodriquez and Gavi is scheduled immediately following the film.


The 2018 GonzoFest Louisville celebration is from noon until 8:00PM. The festival will take place both on the exterior grounds and inside of the Main Library. Additional information, including specific details about the 2018 literary and art contests, sponsorship, volunteer opportunities, and vendor applications can be found by visiting gonzofestlouisville.com. GonzoFest Louisville fans can find GonzoFest Louisville on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.



GonzoFest Louisville is a literary and music festival honoring the legacy of Hunter S. Thompson. Through poetry, spoken word, art, live music and more, GonzoFest Louisville celebrates the life and work of Hunter S. Thompson in his hometown of Louisville, KY. 2018 will mark the eighth year of GonzoFest Louisville.



The Louisville Free Public Library (LFPL) is the largest library system in Kentucky, serving more than 3 million visitors annually at 18 locations and on the web at LFPL.org. Its mission is to provide the people of Metro Louisville with the broadest possible access to knowledge and information and to support them in their pursuit of learning at all stages of life.

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Let LouisvilleKY’s ice skating fun begin! Monday, Dec 11 2017 

Story and photos from LouisvilleKy.gov


LouisvilleKY., – Louisville’s Holiday in the City promotes holiday happenings and events throughout Downtown Louisville, and markets the city as a holiday destination for residents and visitors. Holiday in the City continues through the holiday season with ice skating at Holiday Square located at 4th and Jefferson. Thanks to our wonderful sponsors!

Ice Rink Hours:

Location: Holiday Square at 4th and Jefferson

Hours subject to change pending weather and skating conditions.
Facebook  or  Twitter  for updates.
Opening day – Thursday, November 23

Closing day – Monday, January 1, 2018

November 24 – December 17:

  • Monday & Tuesday: CLOSED
  • Wednesday & Thursday: 4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
  • Friday: 4:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
  • Saturday: 12:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
  • Sunday: 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

December 18 – January 1:


  • Monday – Thursday: 4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
  • Friday: 4:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
  • Saturday: 12:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
  • Sunday: 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Holiday Hours:

  • Christmas Eve, 12/24 (Sunday): 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Christmas, 12/25 (Monday): 4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
  • New Years Eve, 12/31 (Sunday): 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • New Years Day, 1/1 (Monday): 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

More Skating Rink Information:

  • Tickets are $12 per person per 60 minute skate session. Skate rentals are included in the ticket price.
  • Tickets are $9 per person per 60 minute skate session. Skate rentals are not included in the ticket price.
  • Tickets can be purchased at the Skate Shack on site.
  • Hours are subject to change.
  • Season Passes are available for $45 each and may be purchased at the Skate Shack (on site).
  • For more information, please call 502-566-0149. 

ice skating

Holiday in the City FAQs:

Q: What is the address?
A: Located at the corner of 4th and Jefferson Streets
250 S. 4th street, Louisville, KY 40202
Q: How can I get more information about Holiday in the City ice skating rink?
A: Call Kate at 502-566-0149 or email kschroeder@axxisinc.com
Q: What are the hours of operation?
A: November 24 – December 17:
Monday & Tuesday: CLOSED
Wednesday & Thursday: 4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Friday: 4:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Saturday: 12:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Sunday: 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
December 18 – January 1:
Monday – Thursday: 4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Friday: 4:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Saturday: 12:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Sunday: 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Holiday Hours:
Christmas Eve, 12/24 (Sunday): 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Christmas, 12/25 (Monday): 4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
New Years Eve, 12/31 (Sunday): 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
New Years Day, 1/1 (Monday): 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Q: How much does it cost?
A: Tickets are $12 per person per 60 minute skate session. Skate rentals are included in the ticket price. Tickets are $9 per person per 60 minute skate session. Skate rentals are not included in the ticket price. Tickets can be purchased on site at the Skate Shack.
Q: Do you take credit cards?
A: All major credit and debit cards accepted.
Q: Can I buy tickets in advance?
A: All tickets must be purchased on site at the Skate Shack.
Q: Do you sell season passes?
A: Season passes can be purchased on site for $45.
Q: Are there any special group rates?
A: There are special group rates for parties of 20 or more. Please contact Kate at 502-566-0149 or kschroeder@axxisinc.com to arrange.
Q: How can I rent out the skating rink for a private party?
A: There is an additional fee to rent out the skating rink. No private skating during public hours. Please contact Kate at 502-566-0149 or kschroeder@axxisinc.com to arrange.
Q: Do I need to reserve a time to skate?
A: No reservations required.
Q: How many people can be on the skating rink at the same time?
A: For safety reasons, 180 skaters are allowed on the ice at one time.
Q: What is the youngest age to skate?
A: If they can walk, they can skate. New skaters are welcome to bring their own bucket for balance.
Q: What is the smallest size skate at the Skate Shack?
A: The smallest skate is a size 9 for children. Strap on skates can be used as long as the child is less than 40 lbs.
Q: What is the largest size skate at the Skate Shack?
A: Size 14
Q: Is the ice rink real?
A: The Holiday in the City ice skating rink is real ice!
Q: Are there any special discounts?
A: Stop by your nearest MainSource Bank for a special $3 discount to be used at Holiday in the City. MainSource Bank is a platinum sponsor for Holiday in the City and Light Up Louisville.
Q: Can I use two discounts at once?
A: Only one discount can be used at time of purchase.
Q: Where should I park?
A: There is on-street metered parking available near the rink, along with several nearby parking garages.
Q: What if the weather is bad?
A: The Holiday in the City ice skating rink will close if heavy rain is a factor. Updates available on Facebook and Twitter.
Additional Information:
For media requests, please contact Claire McCormick at 502-435-5742 or claire.mccormick@louisvilleky.gov
No refunds.
Management refuses to provide service to anyone that is a risk to themselves or the public.

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Five LouisvilleKY Parks and Rec community centers hosting winter break camps Wednesday, Dec 6 2017 

LouisvilleKY., – Five Louisville Parks and Recreation community centers are hosting camps during the upcoming winter break for kids up to age 15.

“We’re thrilled to be able to provide programming for families who are looking for a safe, fun option to keep minds and bodies engaged during the school break,” said Seve Ghose, Director of Parks and Recreation.

Sun Valley Community Center’s camp is already full. Please contact the camp of your choice for more information.

Wed, Thu, Fri, December 20, 21, & 22, 7:30-6 p.m.
Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, December 26, 27, 28, & 29, 7:30-6 p.m. While school is out let us entertain your youth in a safe and monitored recreation program. Youth will take part in recreation programs ranging from crafts, sports activities, field trips and more. Dinner is provided. Youth will need to bring their lunch and snacks. Ages 5-12.
FEE: $100/7 days
Phone number: 502/361-5484

parks winter camp

Tue-Fri, December 26-29, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
This program provides a safe and fun experience for youth while participating in out-of-school activities. Camp will include craft projects, field trips, and organized gym games. Ages 6-14.
FEE: $50
Phone number: 502/456-3261

Tue-Fri, December 26-29, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
You’ll enjoy fun and games, and arts and crafts. Ages 6-12.
FEE: $80
Phone number: 502/456-8120

December 20-22 & December 26-29, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Winter break camp. Space is limited. Ages 8-15.
FEE: $50/week
Phone number: 502/574-3206

December 20-22 & 27-29, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Winter break camp. Ages 6-12.
FEE: $40 per child/ one week, $60 per child/both weeks
Phone number: 502/937-8802

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Bernie Sanders is coming to LouisvilleKY Wednesday, Nov 29 2017 

LouisvilleKY, – U.S. Senator and former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is coming to Louisville this Friday. The Protecting Working Families Rally with Bernie Sanders joins Not One Penny and MoveOn.Org for a rally to stand up against what Sanders’ website calls “the horrific GOP tax proposal”. The rally will be at the Galt House Hotel in Downtown Louisville.

bernie sanders

Tickets are not required, but RSVPs are strongly encouraged. Admission is first come, first served. Doors open at 5:30 with the rally to begin at 7 p.m.

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Registration for annual LouisvilleKY’s JMF Valentine’s Day hike continues Tuesday, Nov 28 2017 

Louisville, KY., – Romantic Valentine evenings await on February 13 and 14 at Jefferson Memorial Forest.  For only $35, couples will be treated to a romantic candle-lit hike that ends with a view of Louisville’s lights from the scenic Manor House, where couples will enjoy hot beverages, rich hors d’ouvres and desserts, and the cozy warmth of a hearth.

“The natural beauty of Jefferson Memorial Forest is a great fit with Valentine’s Day,” said Rebecca Minnick, Program Manager at Jefferson Memorial Forest. “Couples can have a romantic evening by taking a stroll through the woods, then relaxing in front of the fire. We have many couples who have made this part of their Valentine tradition.”

Jefferson Memorial forest

Jefferson Memorial Forest is located near Fairdale, just 15 minutes from downtown Louisville. The evening begins at 7:00 p.m. and is expected to wind up by 10 p.m. The hike is on flat terrain, but closed-toe shoes with tread are recommended.  Couples are also invited to bring flashlights to the hike for added visibility along the trails. Hikes meet in the Horine Reservation main parking lot at 12304 Holsclaw Hill Road, Fairdale KY.

Reservations must be made by Tuesday, February 7th.  To register, call (502) 368-5404 or email the Forest at forest@louisvilleky.gov. In case of inclement weather, those registered should call the (502) 368-5404 number for cancellation information.
About Jefferson Memorial Forest:
The 6,500-acre Jefferson Memorial Forest, a woodland tribute to those Kentucky veterans who have served our nation during times of war, is Jefferson County’s largest nature preserve and one of the largest municipal urban forests in the nation.


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LouisvilleKY’s Actors Theatre releases lineup for the next Humana Festival of New American Plays Wednesday, Nov 15 2017 


Famous Festival runs February 28 – April 8, 2018
Louisville, KY – Actors Theatre of Louisville Artistic Director Les Waters and Managing Director Kevin E. Moore are delighted to announce the lineup for the 42nd Humana Festival of New American Plays. A cultural highlight for theatre lovers, artists and producers across the country, the Humana Festival runs February 28 through April 8, 2018.

This year’s Festival program will feature six world premieres, including (in order of opening; for more information on individual plays, see below):

    • God Said This by Leah Nanako Winkler
    • Marginal Loss by Deborah Stein
    • Do You Feel Anger? by Mara Nelson-Greenberg
    • Evocation to Visible Appearance by Mark Schultz
    • You Across from Me by Jaclyn Backhaus, Dipika Guha, Brian Otaño and Jason Gray Platt
    • we, the invisibles by Susan Soon He Stanton

“The Humana Festival of New American Plays is a leading force in today’s theatre. Our writers explore and define the world that we all share,” said Les Waters. “I am very proud that Actors Theatre’s passion and dedication to artistic risk and courage creates a space for these voices to be heard.”

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Kevin E. Moore added, “The Humana Festival has long been a vital part of the American theatre landscape. Our partnership with the Humana Foundation is unparalleled, and their nearly four-decade-long commitment ensures that theatre continues to thrive in this country and around the globe. The 2017 Festival was attended by more than 36,000 people, with visitors from 39 states and 57 colleges and universities represented in the audience. By investing in the future of American theatre, Actors Theatre makes a significant impact not only on the national theatre canon, but also on the local economic prosperity and cultural vibrancy of Louisville.”

For over four decades, Actors Theatre of Louisville has been a driving force in new play development, introducing more than 450 plays into the American theatre repertoire and representing the work of more than 400 playwrights and ensembles. The internationally acclaimed Humana Festival is recognized as a crucial incubator for new work and a launching pad for myriad subsequent productions around the country and the world. Plays recently commissioned and/or produced by Actors Theatre—such as Lucas Hnath’s The Christians, Jen Silverman’s The Roommate and Colman Domingo’s Dot—have been seen by audiences far and wide.

This year’s lineup of plays will be performed in rotating repertory in three theatres located in Actors Theatre’s downtown Louisville complex: the 633-seat Pamela Brown Auditorium, 318-seat Bingham Theatre and 159-seat Victor Jory Theatre. The 2018 Humana Festival schedule also offers a weekend of enrichment events for college students, and features special weekend packages for theatre lovers and practitioners alike. These weekends are packed with discussions, networking opportunities and parties, making Louisville a vibrant destination for American theatre this spring. A full list of the weekend package offerings is included in the listings section below.

Weekend packages for the 2018 Humana Festival of New American Plays will go on sale to the public beginning Thursday, November 16. Actors Theatre’s Season Ticket Holders can access single tickets and package add-ons during a special pre-sale beginning Wednesday, November 15. Single tickets go on sale January 3, 2018. For more information, please visit ActorsTheatre.org or call our Box Office at 502.584.1205.

Actors Theatre celebrates the 42nd Humana Festival with underwriter the Humana Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Humana, Inc. Additional support is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts and The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust.

Editor: The involvement of the Humana Foundation in the Humana Festival of New American Plays is very important to us. We would greatly appreciate inclusion of its participation in your coverage. The Humana Festival represents the largest and longest-running active partnership between a corporation and a theatre in the United States.


Detailed information about each of the plays in the 42nd Humana Festival of New American Plays follows:

God Said This
by Leah Nanako Winkler
directed by Morgan Gould
February 28 – April 8
in the Bingham Theatre

With her mom undergoing chemotherapy, New York transplant Hiro returns home to Lexington, Kentucky after years away. Sophie, her born-again Christian sister, fights to maintain her faith amid adversity. James, their recovering alcoholic father, wants to repair his fractured relationship with his daughters, but redemption isn’t easy. And John, an old classmate and single dad, worries about his legacy. Wry and bittersweet, God Said This is a portrait of five people confronting mortality in very different ways—and unexpectedly finding that their struggles bring them together.

Leah Nanako Winkler is from Kamakura, Japan and Lexington, Kentucky. Her plays include Kentucky (2015 Kilroys List; world premiere: Ensemble Studio Theatre/Page 73/Radio Drama Network; West Coast premiere: East West Players), Two Mile Hollow (2017 Kilroys List; simultaneous world premiere: Artists at Play, Mixed Blood Theatre/Mu Performing Arts, First Floor Theater and Ferocious Lotus Theatre Company), and more. Publications: Samuel French and Dramatists Play Service. Winkler received the first annual Mark O’Donnell Prize from The Actors Fund and Playwrights Horizons, and a 2017 Audible commission for emerging playwrights. She is currently a Time Warner Fellow at WP Theater, a member of the Dorothy Strelsin New American Writers Group at Primary Stages and Ma-Yi Theater Company’s Writers Lab, and is an alumna of Youngblood at Ensemble Studio Theatre.

Marginal Loss
by Deborah Stein
directed by Meredith McDonough
March 6 – April 8
in the Pamela Brown Auditorium
part of the Brown-Forman Series

Days after 9/11, the few surviving employees of an investment firm based near the top of the Twin Towers gather in a New Jersey warehouse. Shell-shocked and grief-stricken, they work around the clock to reconstruct what’s left of their company with determination, pen and paper, and a temp who just wants to help. But as they struggle to recoup their losses, they wonder: what does getting “back to normal” really mean?

Deborah Stein is a playwright, director and collaborative theatre maker. Previous work at Actors Theatre includes Fissures (lost and found) and HEIST! (both 2010 Humana Festival) and Brink! (2009 Humana Festival). With Suli Holum, she is co-artistic director of Stein | Holum Projects, where she wrote and co-directed The Wholehearted (ArtsEmerson commission; world premiere at Center Theatre Group and La Jolla Playhouse) and Chimera (HARP commission; Under the Radar 2012; UK Premiere at The Gate in London, 2014). Other collaborations include six plays with Pig Iron Theatre Company, and most recently directing Keith Wallace’s The Bitter Game for La Jolla Playhouse and Under the Radar 2017. Her work has also been produced and developed by Z Space, Playwrights Horizons, Clubbed Thumb, The Theatre @ Boston Court, Live Girls! Theater and Workhaus Collective. Awards include a Bush Artist Fellowship, two Jerome Fellowships and a McKnight Advancement Grant. An alumna of New Dramatists, she received her M.F.A. from Brown, where she studied with Paula Vogel. Originally from Queens, New York, she currently lives in Los Angeles and teaches at the University of California San Diego.

Do You Feel Anger?
by Mara Nelson-Greenberg
directed by Margot Bordelon
March 9 – April 8
in the Bingham Theatre

Sofia was recently hired as an empathy coach at a debt collection agency—and clearly, she has her work cut out for her. These employees can barely identify what an emotion is, much less practice deep, radical compassion for others. And while they painstakingly stumble towards enlightenment, someone keeps mugging Eva in the kitchen. An outrageous comedy about the absurdity—and the danger—of a world where some people’s feelings matter more than others’.

Mara Nelson-Greenberg’s work has been developed at Playwrights Horizons, Clubbed Thumb, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Dixon Place, Theatre Intime and WildWind Performance Lab, among others. She is a member of Youngblood at Ensemble Studio Theatre, a New Georges Affiliated Artist and an alumna of Clubbed Thumb’s Early Career Writers’ Group. She co-wrote the web series End Times Girls Club, which was produced by Broadway Video and Above Average and released in March of 2016. She received her B.A. from Princeton University and is currently pursuing an M.F.A. at the University of California San Diego under Naomi Iizuka.

Evocation to Visible Appearance
by Mark Schultz
directed by Les Waters
commissioned by Actors Theatre of Louisville
March 16 – April 8
in the Pamela Brown Auditorium
part of the Brown-Forman Series

You wanna know what the future looks like? Samantha, 17 and possibly pregnant, longs for solid ground—but she’s haunted by the sense that nothing will last. Her college-bound boyfriend wants to go sing on The Voice, her dad’s asleep on the couch, and her older sister’s in treatment. When Sam befriends a tattooed musician, has she found someone who understands this fallen world? With black humor and black metal, this gripping new play gives form to a gathering darkness.

Mark Schultz is a resident playwright at New Dramatists and a member of Rising Phoenix Repertory. His plays include The Blackest ShoreThe Gingerbread HouseCeremonyDeathbedGift and Everything Will Be Different: A Brief History of Helen of Troy. His work has been performed or developed by Soho Rep, Playwrights Horizons, Rising Phoenix Repertory, MCC Theater, The Catastrophic Theatre, Birmingham Repertory Theatre (UK), Actors Touring Company (UK) and Tiyatro Yan Etki (Turkey). He has received the Oppenheimer Award and the Kesselring Prize, commissions from MTC/Sloan, Playwrights Horizons, Actors Theatre of Louisville and The Exchange, and was selected for a Royal Court Residency. Schultz holds an M.Div. from Yale Divinity School, a diploma from Berkeley Divinity School, a certificate from the Yale Institute of Sacred Music and an M.F.A. in playwriting from Columbia University.

we, the invisibles
by Susan Soon He Stanton
directed by Dámaso Rodríguez
March 23 – April 8
in the Victor Jory Theatre

Stirred by a controversial case in which a West African maid’s accusation against a powerful man is dismissed, Susan, a playwright working a survival job at a luxury hotel, starts interviewing fellow employees from around the world. She feels compelled to give voice to other hotel workers’ rarely heard stories—but as her investigation deepens, this documentary project becomes an unexpectedly personal journey. Funny, poignant, and brutally honest, we, the invisibles explores the complicated relationship between the movers and shakers and the people who change their sheets.

Susan Soon He Stanton’s plays include Today Is My Birthday (Page 73), Takarazuka!!! (Clubbed Thumb and East West Players), Cygnus (WP Theater Lab), Solstice Party! (Live Source Theatre Group), and The Things Are Against Us (Washington Ensemble Theatre). She is a two-time Sundance Theatre Lab Resident Playwright, and she was recently awarded the inaugural Venturous Playwright Fellowship at The Lark, as well as the Leah Ryan Prize. Her work has been included on The Kilroys List from 2015-2017, and she is currently under commission at Yale Repertory Theatre, South Coast Repertory and Ensemble Studio Theatre. Writing groups past and present include Page 73’s Interstate 73, The Public Theater’s Emerging Writers Group, and the Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab, among others. She writes for Succession (HBO). She received an M.F.A. in playwriting from Yale School of Drama and a B.F.A. from New York University.

You Across from Me
by Jaclyn Backhaus, Dipika Guha, Brian Otaño and Jason Gray Platt
directed by Jessica Fisch
performed by the actors of the 2017-2018 Professional Training Company
commissioned by Actors Theatre of Louisville
March 23 – April 8
in the Bingham Theatre

We gather at tables on good days and bad, for ordinary rituals and once-in-a-lifetime encounters. But in polarizing times, what does it really mean to come to the table? Does it bring us together, or reveal just how far apart we truly are? With electric wit and fierce imagination, four writers explore this surprisingly complicated act, and the many ways we connect, confront and compromise.

Jaclyn Backhaus is a playwright and co-founder of Fresh Ground Pepper. Her play Men on Boats (Clubbed Thumb’s Summerworks, Playwrights Horizons) was a New York Times Critic’s Pick and is published by Dramatists Play Service. Other works include Folk Wandering (Pipeline Theatre Company, upcoming), People Doing Math Live! (Under the Radar Festival’s INCOMING! series at The Public Theater), The Incredible Fox Sisters (Live Source Theatre Group) and You on the Moors Now (Theater Reconstruction Ensemble, The Hypocrites). Backhaus has received commissions from Playwrights Horizons, Manhattan Theatre Club, Ensemble Studio Theatre and Ars Nova, and was the 2016 Tow Foundation Playwright-in-Residence at Clubbed Thumb. She is currently in residence at Lincoln Center Theater. She received her B.F.A. from New York University and hails from Phoenix, Arizona.

Dipika Guha was raised in India, England and Russia. Her plays include Yoga Play (South Coast Repertory, The Kilroys List 2017), The Art of Gaman (The Ground Floor at Berkeley Repertory Theatre, The Kilroys List 2016, Relentless Award semifinalist) and Mechanics of Love (Crowded Fire Theater). She is under commission at South Coast Repertory, the McCarter Theatre, Manhattan Theatre Club, Barrington Stage Company, American Conservatory Theater/Z Space and Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Play On! project (The Merry Wives of Windsor). Her play Azaan premiered at Oregon Symphony this fall. Guha received her M.F.A. from Yale School of Drama, studying under Paula Vogel, and is a Hodder Fellow at Princeton University. She currently writes for the series American Gods on Starz.

Brian Otaño grew up in New York City, where he worked as a playwright and a scenic artist at the Metropolitan Opera before moving to Los Angeles. His plays include TaraZero Feet AwayThe Ocean at Your Door, What We Told the Neighbors and Between the Sandbar and the Shore. His work has been performed, developed and workshopped with New York Theatre Workshop, Roundabout Theatre Company, Page 73, Ars Nova, Atlantic Theater Company, New Dramatists, INTAR, The Amoralists, The Parsnip Ship, Lark Play Development Center, IAMA Theatre Company (L.A.) and Celebration Theatre (L.A.). Residencies & Fellowships: New Dramatists Van Lier Playwriting Fellowship, Interstate 73, New York Theatre Workshop 2050 Fellowship, Ars Nova’s Play Group and SPACE on Ryder Farm. Education: Otaño received his B.F.A. in dramatic writing from SUNY Purchase.

Jason Gray Platt’s work has been produced and developed around the country by American Repertory Theater, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Denver Center Theatre Company, The Flea Theater, Round House Theatre, TheatreWorks, The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, The Playwrights Realm, Prelude NYC, Page 73 Productions and Red Bull Theater, and through residencies at The MacDowell Colony and Yaddo. He received a Helen Hayes Nomination for The Charles MacArthur Award for Outstanding New Play in 2013 and was the runner-up for the 2007 Princess Grace Award in Playwriting. Originally from Arizona, Platt now lives in Los Angeles. He is a Core Writer at the Playwrights’ Center and a member of Woodshed Collective. He received his B.A. from Vassar College and his M.F.A. from Columbia University.

You Across from Me is supported in part by The Roy Cockrum Foundation.

About the Professional Training Company

Now in its 46th year, the Professional Training Company (PTC) is the cornerstone of Actors Theatre of Louisville’s commitment to education. One of the nation’s oldest pre-professional training programs, the PTC is a one-of-a-kind immersive program designed to transition recent college graduates into careers by teaching the business and the art of being a theatre professional. Members of the Company work directly with Actors Theatre artistic and administrative leaders, as well as visiting guest artists, to receive hands-on training in their respective fields. The PTC is a diverse community comprised of 42 talented individuals who are the next generation of American theatre.



Press Openings

God Said This by Leah Nanako Winkler
Friday, March 2, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.

Marginal Loss by Deborah Stein
Thursday, March 8, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.

Do You Feel Anger? by Mara Nelson-Greenberg
Sunday, March 11, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.

Evocation to Visible Appearance by Mark Schultz
Sunday, March 18, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.

You Across from Me by Jaclyn Backhaus, Dipika Guha, Brian Otaño and Jason Gray Platt
Friday, March 23, 2018 at 11 p.m.

we, the invisibles by Susan Soon He Stanton
Sunday, March 25, 2018 at 7 p.m.


Humana Festival Kickoff
Thursday, February 22, 2018 from 5:30 – 8 p.m.
Join Actors Theatre for a fun celebration to bring in the Festival with much-deserved fanfare! This event is free, but ticketed.

Ovation Celebration
Saturday, March 31, 2018 at 10 p.m.
Join us at this free, casual gathering, where you’ll meet local theatre enthusiasts and welcome the theatre industry’s finest.

Encore Bash
Saturday, April 7, 2018 at 10 p.m.
Come and help us celebrate the closing weekend of the Humana Festival! An evening of food, drink and entertainment throughout Actors Theatre’s lobbies, the Bash is an opportunity for patrons, producers, artists, critics, Actors alumni and more to send off this memorable season in style!

Panel conversations and keynote speakers will be announced at a later date.


Festival Ticket Packages will be on sale beginning November 16, 2017 and are available for the following weekends, enabling you to see a variety of Humana Festival plays and access special events: March 16-18,March 23-25March 30-April 1, and April 5-8, 2018. Packages are available for theatre lovers and practitioners on all Festival weekends, and for college students and professors the weekend of March 23-25, 2018.

Actors Theatre’s Season Ticket Holders can access single tickets and package add-ons during a special pre-sale beginning on Wednesday, November 15, 2017.

Single ticket prices start at $25, and tickets will be on sale beginning January 3, 2018. For more information or to purchase Humana Festival weekend packages, visit ActorsTheatre.org or call 502.584.1205.


The Humana Festival of New American Plays

The Humana Festival is a world-renowned event that has introduced more than 450 plays into the American and international theatre repertoire. Celebrated past premieres include Lucas Hnath’s The Christians, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ Appropriate, Jen Silverman’s The Roommate, Kimber Lee’s brownsville song (b-side for tray), Idris Goodwin’s How We Got On, Molly Smith Metzler’s Elemeno Pea, A. Rey Pamatmat’s Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them, Jordan Harrison’s Maple and Vine, Gina Gionfriddo’s Becky Shaw, Naomi Iizuka’s Polaroid Stories, Charles Mee’s Big Love, José Rivera’s Marisol, Naomi Wallace’s One Flea Spare, Emily Mann’s Execution of Justice, John Pielmeier’s Agnes of God, and Marsha Norman’s Getting Out. The Festival has also featured new work made by acclaimed ensemble companies, such as Rude Mechs (The Method Gun), UNIVERSES (Ameriville), and SITI Company (Steel Hammer, Cabin Pressure, Charles Mee’s bobrauschenbergamerica, and more).

Three Humana Festival plays have won the Pulitzer Prize—The Gin Game by D. L. Coburn, Crimes of the Heartby Beth Henley, and Dinner with Friends by Donald Margulies—and plays launched in Louisville have received a host of prestigious honors, including the Obie Award, Kesselring Prize, Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award, Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, and many others. More than 400 Humana Festival plays have been published in anthologies and individual acting editions, making Actors Theatre a visible and vital force in the development of new work.

The Humana Festival is the premier event of its kind in the nation, drawing theatre lovers, journalists, and film and stage producers from around the world. About 36,000 patrons attend the six weeks of plays and associated events, including students from more than 50 colleges and universities. The Festival culminates in two industry weekends, which bring together a collection of amazing new plays with one-of-a-kind panels, cocktail parties, discussions and networking events. It is the perfect opportunity to see new work, make new connections, and support the creation of new American theatre.

About Actors Theatre of Louisville

Les Waters, Artistic Director

Kevin E. Moore, Managing Director

Now in its 54th Season, Actors Theatre of Louisville, the State Theatre of Kentucky, is the flagship arts organization in the Louisville community. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Les Waters and Managing Director Kevin E. Moore, Actors Theatre serves to unlock human potential, build community, and enrich quality of life by engaging people in theatre that reflects the wonder and complexity of our time.

Actors Theatre presents almost 350 performances annually and delivers a broad range of programming, including classics and contemporary work through the Brown-Forman Series, holiday plays, a series of free theatrical events produced by the Professional Training Company, and the Humana Festival of New American Plays—the premier new play festival in the nation, which has introduced more than 450 plays into the American theatre repertoire over the past 41 years. In addition, Actors Theatre provides over 15,000 arts experiences each year to students across the region through its Education Department, and boasts one of the nation’s most prestigious continuing pre-professional resident training companies, now in its 46th year.

Over the past half-century, Actors Theatre has also emerged as one of America’s most consistently innovative professional theatre companies, with an annual attendance of 140,000. Actors Theatre has been the recipient of some of the most prestigious awards bestowed on a regional theatre, including a Tony Award for Distinguished Achievement, the James N. Vaughan Memorial Award for Exceptional Achievement and Contribution to the Development of Professional Theatre, and the Margo Jones Award for the Encouragement of New Plays. Actors Theatre has toured to 29 cities and 15 countries worldwide, totaling more than 1,400 appearances internationally.

Currently, there are more than 50 published books of plays and criticism from Actors Theatre in circulation—including anthologies of Humana Festival plays, volumes of ten-minute plays and monologues, and essays, scripts and lectures from the Brown-Forman Classics in Context Festival. Numerous plays first produced at Actors Theatre have also been published as individual acting editions, and have been printed in many other anthologies, magazines and journals—making an enduring contribution to American dramatic literature.


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LouisvilleKY’s Mayor’s Music & Art Series will discuss The Louisville Knot Tuesday, Nov 14 2017 

Louisville, KY., – Mayor Greg Fischer will hold the next installment of the Mayor’s Music & Art Series on Thursday, November 16 at 5:30 p.m. in the Mayor’s Gallery at Metro Hall. The topic of the event will be The Louisville Knot, an upcoming art installation to be installed under the 9th Street underpass at Main Street.

Louisville Metro Government, in coordination with the Louisville Downtown Partnership and other stakeholders, selected a multi-disciplinary team to design and to build a public art and lighting feature to enhance the 9th Street underpass. The installation, called The Louisville Knot, proposes to enhance the 9th Street underpass by transforming it into an engaging public space, providing both an improved pathway and destination for exploration.

Louisville Knot

“The Ninth Street divide is a physical and mental barrier that unfortunately disconnects our city,” Mayor Greg Fischer said. “My administration is working in many ways—such as the CHOICE neighborhood grant in the Russell neighborhood, the revitalization of 18th & Broadway and Waterfront Phase IV—to take down that divide. The Louisville Knot brings life to an underutilized area and will capitalize on already established commercial businesses to bridge the gap between east and west.”

The team commissioned for The Louisville Knot is led by Interface Studio Architects (ISA), based in Philadelphia, and includes Shine Contracting (Louisville), Core Design (Louisville), Element Design (Lexington/Louisville) and LAM Partners (Cambridge, Massachusetts). The Mayor’s Music & Art Series event will include a presentation by ISA representatives and a conversation between Mayor Fischer and the ISA design team. Installation is anticipated for spring 2018.

For more information on The Louisville Knot, please visit https://louisvilleky.gov/government/public-art/louisville-knot. For more information on the Mayor’s Music & Art Series, please visit https://louisvilleky.gov/government/mayors-music-art-series

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LouisvilleKY’s Derby Festival gives runners VIP Incentives to race Tuesday, Nov 14 2017 

Louisville, KY.   – The Kentucky Derby Festival is offering runners the ultimate race day with a new VIP Experience Presented by ZEGGZ. This new VIP package is for runners participating it the 2018 miniMarathon/Marathon Presented by Walmart and Humana on Saturday, April 28, 2018.


Runners can upgrade to VIP status once they register for the race at DerbyFestivalMarathon.com. Tickets for the VIP Experience are $65 each and include the following amenities:

  • Early access to Race Expo & Packet Pick-up
  • Reserved parking at the Start/Finish Line
  • Finish line hospitality featuring ZEGGZ chef-on-demand and a signature cocktail by Jim Beam
  • Complimentary runner recovery massages by ProRehab Physical Therapy
  • Unique VIP photo opportunities
  • Private changing area and restrooms at the Finish Line
Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon and miniMarathon 2017

Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon and miniMarathon 2017

“We’re always looking for ways to enhance our race experience for participants” said Shanna Ward, Race Director. “This year we’re offering a new option for runners who prefer special access. We’ll also still have our Post Race Party and Runners’ Reunite area at the Finish, complete with all the amenities our runners have grown accustomed to.”


The VIP Experience is sponsored by ZEGGZ, along with Contributing Sponsors Jim Beam and ProRehab Physical Therapy.


The Kentucky Derby Festival miniMarathon and Marathon is still the largest annual day of road racing in Kentucky. 2018 will mark the 45th annual miniMarathon and 17th annual Marathon. Both races will start simultaneously at 7:30 am on Main Street near Slugger Field and will finish at Preston and Witherspoon streets.


Walmart and Humana are Co-Presenting Sponsors of the miniMarathon and Marathon. The Official Race Medical Partner is Norton Sports Health and Contributing Sponsors are BB&T, Churchill Downs, Louisville Water Company, Powerade, and The Courier-Journal. Official Bourbon: Jim Beam®. Official Hotel: The Galt House.



Kentucky Derby Festival Press Office

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Taylor Swift is coming to LouisvilleKY Monday, Nov 13 2017 



LOUISVILLE, Ky.,  –The first round of dates for Taylor Swift’s reputation Stadium Tour were announced this morning just days after the ten-time GRAMMY winner performed “…Ready For It?” and “Call It What You Want” from the unanimously critically-acclaimed album, reputation, on “Saturday Night Live.” Taylor Swift’s reputation Stadium Tour will be produced and promoted by the Messina Touring Group (MTG) and AEG Presents in North America, and Live Nation overseas, and kicks off on May 8, 2018 in Arizona.

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Tickets for the North American leg will go on-sale to the general-public on December 13th. Fans will have the opportunity to purchase tickets in advance of the public on-sale in North America via Taylor Swift Tix powered by Ticketmaster Verified Fan. Registration is currently open and continues until November 28th. General ticketing and on-sale information is currently available at TaylorSwift.com.







May 8 Glendale, AZ University of Phoenix Stadium
May 12 Santa Clara, CA Levi’s Stadium
May 19 Pasadena, CA Rose Bowl
May 22 Seattle, WA CenturyLink Field
May 25 Denver, CO Sports Authority Field At Mile High
June 2 Chicago, IL Soldier Field
June 30 Louisville, KY Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium
July 7 Columbus, OH Ohio Stadium
July 10 Washington, DC FedEx Field
July 14 Philadelphia, PA Lincoln Financial Field
July 17 Cleveland, OH First Energy Stadium
July 21 East Rutherford, NJ MetLife Stadium
July 28 Foxborough, MA Gillette Stadium
August 4 Toronto, ON Rogers Centre
August 7 Pittsburgh, PA Heinz Field
August 11 Atlanta, GA Mercedes-Benz Stadium
August 14 Tampa, FL Raymond James Stadium
August 18 Miami, FL Hard Rock Stadium
August 25 Nashville, TN Nissan Stadium
August 28 Detroit, MI Ford Field
September 1 Minneapolis, MN U.S. Bank Stadium
September 8 Kansas City, MO Arrowhead Stadium
September 15 Indianapolis, IN Lucas Oil Stadium
September 18 St. Louis, MO The Dome at America’s Center
September 22 New Orleans, LA Mercedes-Benz Superdome
September 29 Houston, TX NRG Stadium
October 6 Arlington, TX AT&T Stadium


*Additional tour dates to be announced in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia & New Zealand


About Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift’s chart-topping first single, “Look What You Made Me Do,” from her critically acclaimed sixth album, reputation, broke multiple records within hours of its release. With over 10 million streams, it is the most-streamed song in a one-day period ever, the lyric video for “Look What You Made Me Do” broke the standing record with over 19 million views, while the music video shattered the original most viewed video (28 million) record with 43.2 million views in only 24 hours.


Taylor is the only artist in history to have three albums selling over one million copies in their first week of release (2010’s Speak Now, 2012’s RED and 2014’s 1989). Taylor is a ten-time GRAMMY winner, a singer, songwriter, musician and producer.  She is the youngest person in history to win the music industry’s highest honor, The GRAMMY Award for Album of the year and she is the first female solo artist to win this prestigious award twice. Rolling Stone listed Taylor as one of the 100 Greatest Songwriters of All Time. Time magazine has named her one the of the 100 Most Influential People in the world and one of only eight candidates for their most prestigious honor, 2014 Person of the Year. A Brit and Emmy award winner, Taylor is Billboard’s youngest-ever Woman of the Year and the only artist to have been awarded this honor twice.


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Tomorrow’s Talent summit to focus on the future of LouisvilleKY youth Wednesday, Nov 8 2017 

Mayor Fischer to join local and national experts at Ali Center on Dec. 8

LouisvilleKY., – Registration is now open for Tomorrow’s Talent, a workforce and education summit that brings together national and local experts to focus on ways for young people to realize their full potential in education and the workforce — creating the maximum impact to the regional economy.

The event is from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8, at the Muhammad Ali Center. Registration is free at www. kentuckianaworks.org/summit.

Tomorrow’s Talent is presented by KentuckianaWorks, 55,000 Degrees and Greater Louisville Inc., with funding from the JPMorgan Chase Foundation and UPS.

Kentuckiana Works

The keynote speaker will be Richard V. Reeves of the Brookings Institution, where he is Senior Fellow, Economic Studies and Co-Director of the Center on Children and Families. His research focuses on social mobility, inequality, and family change. Prior to joining Brookings in 2013, he was director of strategy to the UK’s Deputy Prime Minister.

Reeves’ latest book is Dream Hoarders: How the American Upper Middle Class Is Leaving Everyone Else in the Dust, Why That Is a Problem, and What to Do about It.

In September 2017, Politico magazine named Reeves one of the top 50 thinkers in the U.S. for his work on class and inequality.

Additional breakout sessions, lightning talks and TED-style presentations will feature an eclectic lineup of presenters and topics.

Mayor Greg Fischer, who has launched initiatives such as Cradle to Career and the SummerWorks jobs program to maximize youth achievement, will attend and present.

Light refreshments begin at 8 a.m., and lunch will be provided.


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