Actors Theatre has announced an ambitious 2017-18 season.
Instead of Shakespeare, as has been usual over the past few seasons, the season opens with a modern classic, the 24-year-old “Angels in America.” Part One: “Millennium Approaches” and Part Two: “Perestroika” by Tony Kushner will run in rotating repertory.
The work won numerous awards, including the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, the Tony Award for Best Play, and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play. “Angels” is a play about AIDS and homosexuality in 1980s America, rich in metaphor and symbolism. It was made into a miniseries on HBO in 2003, with an all-star cast including Emma Thompson, Meryl Streep, Jeffrey Wright and Al Pacino.
The plays will be directed by associate artistic director Meredith McDonough and run from Aug. 29 to Oct. 14.
Nathan Keepers, who recently starred in “Peter and the Starcatcher” and “Noises Off,” will perform in David Sedaris’s “Santaland Diaries,” also directed by Meredith McDonough from Dec. 1-23.
Perennial favorites “Dracula” and “A Christmas Carol” are also back in their holiday time slots.
Artistic Director Les Waters will direct “Little Bunny Foo Foo” (Jan.9 to Feb.4, 2018) by Anne Washburn. She wrote “Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play,” which was produced in 2015 by Theatre , and co-wrote “Sleep Rock Thy Brain” for the Humana Festival also in 2015. According to The Courier-Journal, Washburn wrote this children’s play in 2007 but has never had a full production of it until now. It features original music by Dave Malloy.
Playwright Dominique Morriseau’s play “Detroit ’67” was abruptly canceled from last year’s season due to the sudden death of one of the play’s leads. Her play “Skeleton Crew” will debut Jan. 24, 2018. According to the news release, the play is “a poignant drama that traces the shifting bonds and power dynamics within a makeshift family of workers in the heart of Detroit’s struggling auto industry during the 2008 recession.”
The 42nd Humana Festival will run from Feb. 28 to April 8, 2018. The lineup will be announced in the fall.
An additional play will likely be added to the season and may feature the return of an acclaimed Actors Theatre alum.