March in Louisville means spring is just around the bend, along with a serious, city-wide case of basketball fever (March Madness, anyone?). But March in Louisville also means that our city becomes the epicenter of American theater for the entire month, and it’s been that way for 41 years. Since Actors Theatre started its internationally famous Humana Festival of New American Plays, almost 450 plays have been brought to life right here in our city. Theater lovers, journalists and stage and film producers from around the world attend the Festival alongside local enthusiasts — this year from March 1 through April 9 — and we’re excited to celebrate its arrival with a “What to Wear” shoot at Actors Theatre’s Main Street location.

We’ve pulled together nine looks total for three fun March events from a few of our fave local boutiques – Apricot Lane, Peacock Boutique and Mabel and Moss – modeled by three gorgeous and talented women in this season’s Acting Apprentice Company at Actors Theatre. Alexandra Milak, Laakan McHardy and Kathiamarice Lopez joined the highly competitive Apprentice program in July and have all appeared in productions this season. We had a blast working with them on this shoot and know they’re all on the way to great things!

Catch them in character in three iconic Actors Theatre locations below: The beautifully classic Sara Shallenberger Brown Lobby, the magical Bingham Theatre and their iconic old “Bank Building” steps. We loved shooting in a beautiful, creatively inspiring environment. We also loved imagining where they might go in March to get out and enjoy Louisville in action. This month our featured events are “Five Things Live” with Tracy Clayton (a live podcast conversation and taping), Neko Case at Headliners and (of COURSE!) the 41st Humana Festival of New American Plays at Actors Theatre.

Our March "What to Wear" models are talented members of the Actors Theatre Acting Apprentice program. From L to R: Laakan McHardy, Alexandra Milak and Kathiamarice Lopez in looks from Peacock Boutique, Mabel and Moss and Apricot Lane.

Our March “What to Wear” models are talented members of the Actors Theatre Acting Apprentice Company. From L to R: Laakan McHardy, Alexandra Milak and Kathiamarice Lopez in looks from Peacock Boutique, Mabel and Moss, and Apricot Lane.

The Event: “Five Things Live” with Tracy Clayton

  • Thursday, March 2, 2017 – doors open at 6 p.m.
  • The Green Building Gallery, 732 East Market St. in NuLu
  • Tickets are free, but seating is limited. Register online here and arrive early for the best seats!

Louisville Public Media presents “Five Things Live” with special guest and Louisville native Tracy Clayton, a writer and the co-host of the Buzzfeed podcast “Another Round.” During this live taping, “Five Things” host Tara Anderson will ask Clayton about her five things —  physical objects that are important to her — and the stories behind them. An informal, post-talk reception at Galaxie will follow the program.

“Five Things” is a weekly podcast from Louisville Public Media hosted by Tara Anderson. Previous guests have included local luminaries like Congressman John Yarmuth, Wendy Whelan, Darrell Scott, Jecorey “1200” Arthur and others.

What to Wear: For this informal talk in art-centric NuLu, we went with a sophisticated mix of downtown casual with a bookish twist. A fun print dress with a bow detail, a little sparkle, luxe fabric and a heavy rotation of flattering, comfortable denim make an easy shift from listening to a pair of smart women to chatting with them over a drink afterwards.

Look #1:

From Mabel and Moss on Actors Theatre Acting Apprentice Alexandra Milak: Line & Dot print dress with bow neckline, $148; Nicole brown oxford lace up bootie, $108

Look #2:

From <a href="https://styleblueprint.com/louisville/guide/peacock-boutique/" target="_blank">Peacock Boutique</a> on Actors Theatre Acting Apprentice Laakan McHardy: Rag &amp; Bone silk pj-inspired top, $435; Rag &amp; Bone Lily Dale capri jeans, $285

From Peacock Boutique on Actors Theatre Acting Apprentice Laakan McHardy: Rag & Bone silk pj-inspired top, $435; Rag & Bone Lily Dale capri jeans, $285

We love how comfy this top looks!

Look #3:

Apricot Lane on Actors Theatre Acting Apprentice Kathiamarice Lopez: Softest gray cardigan sweater, $45; Silver woven tank, $20; Just Black frayed hem jeans, $75; Very Volatile black gladiator pumps, $108

On Actors Theatre Acting Apprentice Kathiamarice Lopez, from Apricot Lane: Softest gray cardigan sweater, $45; silver woven tank, $20; Just Black frayed hem jeans, $75; Very Volatile black gladiator pumps, $108

Laakan, Alexandra, and Kathiamarice are ready for a night out in NuLu in three stylishly comfortable looks from Peacock Boutique, Mabel and Moss, and Apricot Lane.

Laakan, Alexandra, and Kathiamarice are ready for a night out in NuLu in three stylishly comfortable looks from Peacock Boutique, Mabel and Moss, and Apricot Lane.

The Event: Neko Case at Headliners

  • Saturday, March 11, 2017 at 8 p.m.
  • Headliners Music Hall, 1386 Lexington Road
  • Tickets are $30 each and available online here.

American singer-songwriter Neko Case will perform her fearless mix of power pop with a streak of twang at Louisville’s favorite music hall just minutes from Downtown. Her strong voice and intelligent, dark lyrics inspired us to envision these artists enjoying what we’re sure will be an amazing concert.

What to Wear: This is a live music venue and this music is meant for not sitting down, so comfort with a subtle rock star twist is perfect. Denim, leather, and dramatic deep colors make these looks simple, chic, and downtown cool.

Look #1:

From Mabel and Moss on Actors Theatre Acting Apprentice Alexandra Milak: Line &amp; Dot scarf neck blouse, $72; Liverpool frayed hem denim, $89

From Mabel and Moss on Actors Theatre Acting Apprentice Alexandra Milak: Line & Dot scarf neck blouse, $72; Liverpool frayed hem denim, $89

Look #2:

From Peacock Boutique on Actors Theatre Acting Apprentice Laakan McHardy: Helmut Lang black denim jacket, $439; Helmut Lang strappy white tank, $155; Maline Birger black leather pencil skirt, $869

From Peacock Boutique on Actors Theatre Acting Apprentice Laakan McHardy: Helmut Lang black denim jacket, $439; Helmut Lang strappy white tank, $155; Maline Birger black leather pencil skirt, $869

We love the texture of this jacket!

Look #3:

Apricot Lane on Actors Theatre Acting Apprentice Kathiamarice Lopez: Mittoshop blue tie die swing dress, $45; Black faux leather moto jacket, $69

Apricot Lane on Actors Theatre Acting Apprentice Kathiamarice Lopez: Mittoshop blue tie die swing dress, $45; Black faux leather moto jacket, $69

The Event: 41st Humana Festival of New American Plays at Actors Theatre

  • Wednesday, March 1 to Sunday, April 9, 2017
  • Actors Theatre, 316 West Main Street – check their online event calendar for play performance times and theaters.
  • Humana Festival a range of ticket packages are available online at actorstheatre.org or call (502) 584-1205.

The Humana Festival of New American Plays is the premier event of its kind in the nation. About 36,000 patrons attend the five weeks of plays and associated events, including students from more than 50 colleges and universities. The Festival brings 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 theater, right here in Louisville! We’re especially excited about I Now Pronounce, by Tasha Gordon-Solmon, and We’re Gonna Be Okay, by Basil Kreimendahl.

What to Wear: This exciting festival brings together international artists, arts aficionados, local theater-lovers and more for exciting new plays that lead to parties and events of all kinds. That means anything goes in this artsy world, but we suggest playing up your personal style and dressing up in comfort (those days can run into fun-filled nights). Make an impression and make it fun!

Look #1:

From Mabel and Moss on Actors Theatre Acting Apprentice Alexandra Milak: Mabel and Moss line poppy print dress, $118

From Mabel and Moss on Actors Theatre Acting Apprentice Alexandra Milak: Mabel and Moss line poppy print dress, $188

Look #2:

From Peacock Boutique on Actors Theatre Acting Apprentice Laakan McHardy: Rag &amp; Bone 'Rosalie' Sweater Jacket, $489; Rag &amp; Bone black 'Alma' dress, $599; IRO black 'Lulia' pumps, $295

From Peacock Boutique on Actors Theatre Acting Apprentice Laakan McHardy: Rag & Bone “Rosalie” Sweater Jacket, $489; Rag & Bone black “Alma” dress, $599; IRO black “Lulia” pumps, $295

Look #3:

Apricot Lane on Actors Theatre Acting Apprentice Kathiamarice Lopez: Tom's olive suede 'Majorca' peep toe booties, $98

Apricot Lane on Actors Theatre Acting Apprentice Kathiamarice Lopez: Tom’s olive suede “Majorca” peep toe booties, $98

Thank you to photographer Sam English for capturing these gorgeous women in their element at Actors Theatre. 

And THANK YOU to Laakan, Kathiamarice and Alexandra for bringing some character to these lovely looks. We look forward to catching you all in an Actors Theatre production soon! 

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