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Returning favorites, new plays and musicals, and the Humana Festival will take to the multiple stages at Actors Theatre during the 2012-13 theatre season.

During the 2012-13 season, Actors Theatre will present a variety of shows, returning favorites, and festivals, including: Romeo and Juliet (September), Dracula (Sept.-Oct.), Long Day's Journey Into Night (October), A Christmas Story (November), True West (Nov.-Dec.), A Christmas Carol (December), The Whipping Man (Jan.-Feb.), Girlfriend (Jan.-Feb.), and the 37th Annual Humana Festival of New American Plays (Feb.-April).

All performances will take place inside the theatres of Actors Theatre, located at 316 West Main Street in downtown Louisville.

Multiple ticket options for the shows are available, including single tickets starting at $24 per person. Season ticket packages, meanwhile, are available for as low as $118 per person. More information on ticket packages can be found at the Actors Theatre box office, the Actors Theatre website, or by calling the box office at 502-584-1205.

Brown-Forman Series

Five mainstage Actors Theatre productions, part of the Brown-Forman Series, come from multiple backgrounds ranging from classic to modern. This season, the Brown-Forman Series will consist of Romeo and Juliet, Long Day's Journey Into Night, True West, The Whipping Man, and Girlfriend.  

Romeo and Juliet opens the season for Actors Theatre and the Brown-Forman Series in September. The Shakespearean tale of two star-crossed lovers from rival families will feature plenty of said rivalry as well as forbidden love and tragedy. Romeo and Juliet will be performed at the Pamela Brown Auditorium from September 4-26.

Eugene O'Neill's classic Long Day's Journey Into Night follows in October. James Tyrone, a well-respected actor of his day, his wife Mary, and their two sons try to come to terms with a troublesome past, resentment, and regret - all of which could derail the family.  

The Pulitzer Prize-winning drama will go on at the Pamela Brown Auditorium from October 9-28.  Lee Waters, Actors Theatre's new artistic director, will direct the production.  

True West comes east to Actors Theatre beginning in November. Two brothers from opposite lives, a well-educated Austin and the con-man Lee, wind up reuniting and then fighting thanks to a screenplay idea.  

The Sam Shepard dark comedy will run in the Bingham Theatre from November 13-December 9.  

A tale from the Civil War days, The Whipping Man, opens up the 2013 part of Actors Theatre's season. The drama features a Jewish Confederate soldier who has returned to a different kind of home following the Civil War.  His once beautiful place in the world is now well beyond a sad state, and only two former slaves still live here. The three men attempt to move on in this new world.  

The Whipping Man performances will go on in the Bingham Theatre from Jan. 8-Feb. 2, 2013.  Matthew Lopez created the show.

Ending the 2012-2013 Brown-Forman Series at Actors Theatre will be the rock musical Girlfriend. A social outcast and a jock deal with their lives in 1990s Nebraska following their high school graduation. The musical features music from Matthew Sweet's pop album, also titled Girlfriend.

Sweet contributed music and lyrics to the production while Todd Almond created the book. Girlfriend will take place in the Pamela Brown Auditorium from Jan. 29-Feb. 17.  Lee Waters will direct the production.

Returning favorites

Many shows have come through the walls of Actors Theatre, and a few holiday favorites are brought back year after year, albeit with new surprises.  Dracula, A Christmas Carol, and A Christmas Story fit the bill this year.

Dracula and his blood-sucking appetite return to Actors Theatre just in time for Halloween. For those that don't know, Dracula is the classic story of a blood-hungry vampire and the people that are trying to get rid of him. This show is not for the squeamish, and its set to take place in the Bingham Theatre from September 14-October 31.  

Coming around Thanksgiving time will be the returning A Christmas Story. Join Ralphie and his friends and family as he attempts to get the one thing for Christmas he truly wants: a Red Ryder BB Gun.  Hopefully, he won't shoot his eye out. The production will happen in the Pamela Brown Auditorium from November 7-25.

Another Christmas classic to happen will the A Christmas Carol. Scrooge is up to his bah-humbugness...until one night when he meets three ghosts. Past, Present, and Future ghosts will lead him down memory lane and, quite possibly, warm his cold heart in time for Christmas. A Christmas Story is to happen at the Pamela Brown Auditorium from December 4-23.  

Humana Festival

The most popular of the returning favorites is the internationally-known Humana Festival of New American Plays, now in its 37th year. The Humana Festival will feature new works of multiple types from local and national playwrights set on a national stage. Many plays, like Crimes of the Heart, have gone on to national and international success beyond Actors Theatre.

The plays for 2013's Humana Festival have yet to be determined, but the festival will run from Feb. 27-April 7, 2013.

More information on any of the shows or the Humana Festival can be found at the Actors Theatre website.

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A near life-long resident of Louisville, Brian has written for Louisville.com since spring 2010. He has also written for various publications and online sites, including the Mount Vernon Democrat and Louisville Catholic Sports. Brian spends most of his free time enjoying the theatre scene, hanging out at the nearest coffee shop, and enjoying life.

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