humana festival of new american plays http://wfpl.org en Actors Theatre of Louisville Closes 38th Humana Fest With Shorts, New Play Awards http://wfpl.org/post/actors-theatre-louisville-closes-38th-humana-fest-shorts-new-play-awards <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Actors </span>Theatre<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> of Louisville closed its </span>38<sup>th</sup><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> annual Humana Festival of New American Plays yesterday with the world premiere of three ten-minute plays in the Pamela Brown Auditorium.&nbsp;</span></p><p>These short works&nbsp;joined the six full-length plays that opened throughout the six-week festival. <a href="http://wfpl.org/term/humana-festival-new-american-plays">Read all of WFPL's coverage of the Humana Festival here</a>.&nbsp;</p> Sun, 06 Apr 2014 16:23:56 +0000 Erin Keane 9077 at http://wfpl.org Actors Theatre of Louisville Closes 38th Humana Fest With Shorts, New Play Awards 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 Humana Festival Director Ian Frank on Apprentice Showcase 'Remix 38' http://wfpl.org/post/humana-festival-director-ian-frank-apprentice-showcase-remix-38 <p></p><p></p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 14:56:13 +0000 Erin Keane 8956 at http://wfpl.org Humana Festival Director Ian Frank on Apprentice Showcase 'Remix 38' REVIEW | Homage to Humana Festivals Past 'Remix' Showcases Acting Apprentices http://wfpl.org/post/review-homage-humana-festivals-past-remix-showcases-acting-apprentices <p>Every year for the Humana Festival of New American Plays, Actors Theatre of Louisville commissions a group of playwrights to fashion an anthology - a collection of short plays gathered under one production - to showcase the current crop of acting apprentices. There's a theme to unify the pieces - last year's "Sleep Rock Thy Brain" focused on the brain science of sleep, and 2012's "Oh Gastronomy!" was all about food - and once published, the play becomes a suitable showcase piece for any large cast of young adult actors, perfect for high school or college productions.</p> Sun, 23 Mar 2014 11:01:00 +0000 Erin Keane 8949 at http://wfpl.org REVIEW | Homage to Humana Festivals Past 'Remix' Showcases Acting Apprentices REVIEW | SITI Company Explodes John Henry Myth in 'Steel Hammer' http://wfpl.org/post/review-siti-company-explodes-john-henry-myth-steel-hammer <p>The 38th Humana Festival of New American Plays continues with another dynamic opening night at Actors Theatre of Louisville. Directed by the legendary Anne Bogart, "Steel Hammer," a movement-heavy musical ode to and interrogation of American folklore hero John Henry opened last night with an impressive performance in the Victor Jory Theatre.&nbsp;</p> Sat, 22 Mar 2014 17:06:11 +0000 Erin Keane 8948 at http://wfpl.org REVIEW | SITI Company Explodes John Henry Myth in 'Steel Hammer' REVIEW | Kimber Lee's Flawless 'brownsville song' Premieres http://wfpl.org/post/review-kimber-lees-flawless-brownsville-song-premieres <p></p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 17:28:02 +0000 Erin Keane 8894 at http://wfpl.org REVIEW | Kimber Lee's Flawless 'brownsville song' Premieres REVIEW | For Love or Money: Dorothy Fortenberry's Humana Fest Premiere 'Partners' http://wfpl.org/post/review-love-or-money-dorothy-fortenberrys-humana-fest-premiere-partners <p></p><p>As the great Eighties philosopher Cyndi Lauper once promised us, money changes everything. Playwright Dorothy Fortenberry explores how finances and emotions converge in marriage and in friendship in her new play “Partners,” currently making its world premiere in what is, so far, a very strong Humana Festival of New American Plays at Actors Theatre of Louisville.</p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 17:04:51 +0000 Erin Keane 8871 at http://wfpl.org REVIEW | For Love or Money: Dorothy Fortenberry's Humana Fest Premiere 'Partners' REVIEW | Jordan Harrison's 'The Grown-Up' A Charming Ode to the Imagination http://wfpl.org/post/review-jordan-harrisons-grown-charming-ode-imagination <p></p><p>Playwright Jordan Harrison likes a high concept – in his widely-favored 2011 Humana Festival entry “Maple and Vine,” which went on to high-profile productions at Playwrights Horizons and American Conservatory Theatre, urban achievers leave the contemporary über-connected rat race to live in a planned community of 1950s re-enactors, with all of the racial, gender, and sexual anachronisms that implies; in his sci-fi dystopian “Futura” (produced in Louisville by Theatre [502] in 2012), books and paper are outlawed in favor of the computing cloud.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 17:02:56 +0000 Erin Keane 8823 at http://wfpl.org REVIEW | Jordan Harrison's 'The Grown-Up' A Charming Ode to the Imagination REVIEW | Theological Bombshells Land in Lucas Hnath's Humana Festival Play 'The Christians' http://wfpl.org/post/review-theological-bombshells-land-lucas-hnaths-humana-festival-play-christians <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">One of playwright Lucas&nbsp;</span>Hnath's<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;many strengths is his ability to write ambiguous conflicts that elicit reactions that are anything but ambivalent. His new play "The Christians" is&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">set squarely in the culture of the American evangelical Protestant church, but the questions it raises (and refuses to answer patly) resonate beyond — how do we know what we believe and why we believe it? Sat, 08 Mar 2014 23:17:58 +0000 Erin Keane 8820 at http://wfpl.org REVIEW | Theological Bombshells Land in Lucas Hnath's Humana Festival Play 'The Christians'