party posterWell, “gift” may be a strong word ….

They’re throwing a really cool party and you’re all invited. And if you register for the party early (free!), you’ll receive two $10 tickets to any play in the 2013-14 season. That’s kind of like a gift, right?

Details are emerging about the massive Block Party that Actors is throwing on August 17 to kick off their season. They’re shutting down Main Street in front of the theater from 1 p.m. until 10 p.m. for fun and food and tours and, yes, wallabies.

Here’s what we know so far.

The afternoon will be very family-friendly, but things will get a little more adult in the evening. There’s a bar tending competition, for example. And yes, you get to taste and judge.

The band The Pass will be playing.

You’ll have a bunch of food trucks to choose from. The theatre has already lined up Louisville Grind, Holy Mole, Li’l Cheezers and Snowie the shaved ice truck for the day.

Louisville Underground Glass will be giving free glass blowing lessons all day. The Louisville Zoo will be making an appearance at the Block Party and will be joined by one of the zoo’s wallabies for an interactive trainer talk. (Told you there were going to be wallabies.)

The annual prop auction has been replaced this year with a prop and costume sale during the Block party.

The event’s presenting sponsors are LG&E and KU Energy, with additional support from GE Appliances.


The 50th Anniversary Season for Actors Theatre:

  • Noises Off
  • Fifth Third Bank’s Dracula
  • The Mountain Top
  • Tom Jones
  • Fifth Third Bank’s A Christmas Carol
  • The Pirates of Penzance
  • Our Town
  • 38th Humana Festival of New American Plays

Actors Theatre was founded in 1964 by Louisville native Ewel Cornett and local producer Richard Block. Ten years later it was designated the “State Theater of Kentucky.”

The current artistic director is Les Waters.

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