theatre http://wfpl.org en Louisville's Spanish Theatre Proving that Art Is a Universal Language http://wfpl.org/post/louisvilles-spanish-theatre-proving-art-universal-language <p>Louisville is home to an estimated 25-30,000 native Spanish speakers, and until recently, the city’s arts scene has been slow to embrace this growing population. The city now boasts two Spanish-speaking theatre companies, and both have shows opening soon.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 21:07:31 +0000 Erin Keane 9154 at http://wfpl.org Louisville's Spanish Theatre Proving that Art Is a Universal Language As Louisville Considers Youth Safety, Humana Fest Play Confronts Issue Head-On http://wfpl.org/post/louisville-considers-youth-safety-humana-fest-play-confronts-issue-head <p><a href="http://wfpl.org/post/louisville-teens-express-safety-concerns-push-back-conversations-about-downtown-violence" style="line-height: 1.5;">Louisville continues to react to a series of violent incidents last weekend</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, when a gathering of teens at a Waterfront Park vigil for a youth stabbed on a </span>TARC<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> bus became volatile, and attendees allegedly committed several acts of violence throughout downtown.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The events of last weekend have led to<a href="/post/how-did-so-much-violence-happen-saturday-downtown-louisville"> greater police presence </a>downtown and <a href="/post/louisville-teens-express-safety-concerns-push-back-conversations-about-downtown-violence">community meetings with teens in West Louisville.</a></span></p><p>Meanwhile, downtown at Third and Main streets, the 38<sup>th</sup> annual Humana Festival of New American Plays is underway at Actors Theatre of Louisville.</p><p>These two stories aren’t usually connected.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">But one of the plays making its world premiere in the festival is “brownsville song (b-side for tray),” </span><a href="http://wfpl.org/post/review-kimber-lees-flawless-brownsville-song-premieres)" style="line-height: 1.5;">a powerful drama</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> about an African American teen victim of gang violence.</span></p><p> Sun, 30 Mar 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Erin Keane 8996 at http://wfpl.org As Louisville Considers Youth Safety, Humana Fest Play Confronts Issue Head-On Your Indispensable Guide to the 2014 Humana Festival Plays http://wfpl.org/post/your-indispensable-guide-2014-humana-festival-plays <p></p><p>As of last weekend, all of the full-length productions have opened in the Humana Festival of New American Plays at Actors Theatre of Louisville. (A bill of ten-minute plays runs the final weekend only.) The festival is open through Sunday, April 6. That's a mere week and a half to fit in a whole festival's worth of world premiere plays. <a href="http://actorstheatre.org/visit/event-calendar/">Here's the schedule</a>&nbsp;with ticket information.</p><p>Wondering which play(s) are worth your time? Have to choose only one of six shows?&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Don't panic. Here's your guide to the Humana Festival from someone who's seen it all.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 15:42:08 +0000 Erin Keane 8977 at http://wfpl.org Your Indispensable Guide to the 2014 Humana Festival Plays Having It All: A Conversation with Playwright Gina Gionfriddo http://wfpl.org/post/having-it-all-conversation-playwright-gina-gionfriddo <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In playwright Gina </span>Gionfriddo's<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;comedy "Rapture, Blister, Burn," two forty-something former schoolmates confront their choices - one became a feminist academic superstar, the other a stay-at-home mom - and decide they each want what the other has.</span></p><p>In an ad hoc women's studies classroom featuring three generations of American women, they interrogate the theoretical underpinnings and practical implications of feminist ideals and put them to practice in their own lives, to mixed results.</p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 18:37:38 +0000 Erin Keane 8873 at http://wfpl.org Having It All: A Conversation with Playwright Gina Gionfriddo Humana Festival Playwright Jordan Harrison on 'The Grown-Up' http://wfpl.org/post/humana-festival-playwright-jordan-harrison-grown <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Actors </span>Theatre<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> of Louisville’s annual Humana Festival of New American Plays is underway.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Coming up this weekend is Jordan Harrison’s “The Grown-Up,” a play about the power of storytelling on stage. It opens Sunday and runs through April 7.&nbsp;</span></p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 15:31:44 +0000 Erin Keane 8802 at http://wfpl.org Humana Festival Playwright Jordan Harrison on 'The Grown-Up' Humana Festival Playwright Lucas Hnath on 'The Christians' http://wfpl.org/post/humana-festival-playwright-lucas-hnath-christians <p>Playwright Lucas Hnath returns to the Humana Festival of New American Plays at Actors Theatre of Louisville this month with a commissioned play. Directed by artistic director Les Waters, "The Christians" opens Thursday in the Pamela Brown Auditorium.&nbsp;</p><p>"The Christians" features an American evangelical pastor as he prepares to deliver a sermon that will challenge the foundations of his congregation's beliefs.&nbsp;</p> Sat, 01 Mar 2014 15:23:55 +0000 Erin Keane 8703 at http://wfpl.org Humana Festival Playwright Lucas Hnath on 'The Christians' Humana Festival Playwright Dorothy Fortenberry on 'Partners' http://wfpl.org/post/humana-festival-playwright-dorothy-fortenberry-partners <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The </span>38th<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> annual Humana Festival of New American Plays at Actors </span>Theatre<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> of Louisville opens this week.</span></p><p>The first production to open is <a href="http://actorstheatre.org/shows/partners-2013-2014/">“Partners” by Dorothy Fortenberry</a>, which has its first preview Wednesday and opens Friday.</p> Tue, 25 Feb 2014 19:44:38 +0000 Erin Keane 8698 at http://wfpl.org Humana Festival Playwright Dorothy Fortenberry on 'Partners' Generated by Enthusiasm: Actors Theatre Announces New Season of Plays http://wfpl.org/post/generated-enthusiasm-actors-theatre-announces-new-season-plays <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Actors </span>Theatre<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> of Louisville will re-mount a revised production of Naomi </span>Iizuka’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> “At the Vanishing Point,” a play written about Louisville’s </span>Butchertown<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> neighborhood that premiered in the 2004 Humana Festival of New American Plays, in their next season. The </span>theatre<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> announced the next season’s lineup today.</span></p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 23:00:00 +0000 Erin Keane 8668 at http://wfpl.org Generated by Enthusiasm: Actors Theatre Announces New Season of Plays REVIEW | Something's Lost in Shephard's Gentle 'Ages of the Moon' http://wfpl.org/post/review-somethings-lost-shephards-gentle-ages-moon <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Two&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">men nearing the twilight of their lives reunite on a Kentucky cabin porch for one evening of drinking, reminiscing and eclipse-watching in Sam Shepard's 2009 play "Ages of the Moon," a dramatic two-hander that probes at the mysteries of aging memory and the fragility of relationships without disturbing too much beneath the surface.&nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 17:59:01 +0000 Erin Keane 8552 at http://wfpl.org REVIEW | Something's Lost in Shephard's Gentle 'Ages of the Moon' Actor Comes Out of Retirement to Tackle 'Gentlest' Shepard Play in Louisville http://wfpl.org/post/actor-comes-out-retirement-tackle-gentlest-shepard-play-louisville <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Actor Patrick </span>Tovatt<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, who directed or appeared in more than forty plays at Actors </span>Theatre<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> of Louisville during the company's early days, has come out of retirement to appear in a new production of Sam Shepard’s “Ages of the Moon” at Louisville’s </span>Bunbury<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Theatre<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Tovatt is probably best known for his roles on long-running soap operas – he was nominated for a daytime Emmy for his performance as Cal Stricklyn on CBS' "As the World Turns," a role he played for more than ten years. But the last role the former Russellville farmer took on before retiring to Oregon in 2002 was on Broadway, as mathematician Robert in the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama “Proof.”&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 20:58:50 +0000 Erin Keane 8486 at http://wfpl.org Actor Comes Out of Retirement to Tackle 'Gentlest' Shepard Play in Louisville