By Kate Bergstrom, Santa Barbara Independent
“In a late night and mid-morning offering, the incredible Will Davis directed the apprentice company a dreamlike march into Kara Lee Corthron, Emily Feldman and Matthew Paul Olmos’ strong and unique interrogations of what “We’ve Come to Believe.” The piece breathed life, literally, into inquiry with moments of lovely dark comedy and surprise encased in tight ensemble work.“
“As a White reviewer, I have to acknowledge that I may be missing some of the finer points of Harris's work here. I recognize many of the false histories on display, and I can laugh easily at how he mines minstrel show strains in popular culture or the more covert racism of the milestones of inclusion celebrated through recent "history" - you could write a lengthy article on the 2019 Oscars alone, and I am confident that Harris and Timpo are pitching to a wider, more diverse audience than just Black Americans. But, in this skin, I can never truly identify with how it was to experience these subjective histories and entertainments and how much Black culture has constantly been compartmentalized - kept in its place, as it were. Not everything fits into this "Canon", but Everybody Black forces us to confront how much has indeed been boxed in. We are prone to mistake complacency for progress.”
By Eli Keel, Insider Louisville
“For a perspective black audience, I’ll just say ‘Everybody Black’ is an incredibly well-acted and staged mediation, and leave the deeper digging into the validity, honesty, themes and ideas of this play to the far too few black theater critics in Louisville.”
By Minda Honey, WFPL
“This is not a play that’s scrounging around for the meaning in our lives and our pasts. No, this is a play that laughs loud and hard in the face of that ultimate question: “What even is Truth and why are we invested in it? In controlling its narrative? Who does that serve?”
Yale School of Drama’s MFA Acting Class of 2022.
By Minda Honey, 89.3 WFPL
“What I’ve come to believe is that the best way to enjoy this play is like a Magic Eye puzzle: just relax your focus and wait for what the swirls of comedy, choreography and cultural commentary have to reveal.”
By Eli Keel, Insider Louisville
“ ‘We’ve Come to Believe’ asks the audience to trust it, to follow along and engage with a non-traditional way of telling stories. I’m willing to drink the Kool-Aid, and I’d love to see next year’s PTC group take this story structure for a second voyage, with a new set of themes and archetypes.“
By Keith Waits, BWW Louisville
"It has been a tradition for some time that the last show to open in the Humana Festival is the Apprentice showcase, and if the reasons for reversing that tradition is due to logistics, it still satisfies another observation I have often made: that the opening show is usually a more accessible, crowd-pleasing comedy. We've Come to Believe fits that description, especially in the high-energy, vividly funny performance of the Professional Training Company. Although a few had stand out moments, this production uses them as a true ensemble, moving through physical and vocal choreography in unison or in contrast as the moment demands."
By Jeffrey Lee Puckett - Courier Journal
“They'll discover a treasure chest of high drama and dark humor from writers such as Lucas Hnath, Dave Harris and Lily Padilla. “
By Alex Roma, Leo Weekly
“But part of the poignancy and emotional tautness of “Pipeline” is that the words “school-to-prison pipeline” are never used in the script.“
The Professional Training Company (formerly the Apprentice/Intern Company) is one of the cornerstones of Actors Theatre’s commitment to education. A diverse company of 42 young theatre professionals participate in a full-immersion program focused on practical, experiential training designed to ease the transition into a professional career. Use the sidebar to learn more about the Professional Training Company and its unique season of new work.
An Evening of New Work
Written by Local High School Students
Sponsored by LG&E, KU Energy and the Robert W. Rounsavall Jr. Family Foundation
Actors Theatre of Louisville is proud to announce the return of the New Voices Young Playwrights Festival. This year’s lineup will feature eight new plays by local high school students. The 14th annual festival will be sponsored by LG&E, KU Energy, and the Robert W. Rounsavall Jr. Family Foundation.
The festival is produced by the Education Department at Actors Theatre. Each piece is assigned a director, a dramaturg, a design team, and a group of actors from the Professional Training Company (PTC), who work in conjunction with the playwrights to bring these pieces to life. Together, each team participates in workshops, production meetings, and a full rehearsal process before the festival in April. Each year, the plays produced in the festival are also published in the New Voices Young Playwrights Anthology.