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Arts and Humanities
1:43 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Actors Theatre's 50th Anniversary Season: Familiar Classics Prevail

Actors Theatre of Louisville will celebrate its 50th anniversary next season. The anniversary season is rich in familiar, crowd-pleasing fare, including Thornton Wilder's "Our Town," a kitschy production from Chicago of Gilbert and Sullivan's "Pirates of Penzance" and Michael Frayn's backstage comedy "Noises Off." Holiday favorites "Dracula" and "A Christmas Carol" return as well. 

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Arts and Humanities
11:57 am
Sat March 16, 2013

REVIEW | 'Cry Old Kingdom' a Promising Debut

Andy Lucien and Natalie Paul in "Cry Old Kingdom."
Alan Simons Actors Theatre of Louisville

“Cry Old Kingdom” is playwright Jeff Augustin’s professional debut, an examination of how artists function in times of oppression set in his family’s native Haiti. Directed by Tom Dugdale, “Cry Old Kingdom” is the ambitious story of three individuals searching for a clear pathway through a terrifying political climate. It’s a strong, if slightly uneven, debut from a young playwright with great potential.

Part of the Humana Festival of New American Plays at Actors Theatre of Louisville, “Cry Old Kingdom” runs through April 7 in the Bingham Theatre.

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Arts and Humanities
7:00 am
Thu March 14, 2013

The Big Break: Reaching and Teaching

This week on The Big Break, our audio diarists talk about being on both sides of the showcase process. Actors Theatre of Louisville apprentice Samantha Beach is rehearsing for her short scene showcase, which will be seen by casting directors and other influential industry members during Humana Festival. That's one way the apprentice program helps young actors like Samantha set up their post-Actors career. Over at the Louisville Ballet School, where ballet trainee Claire Horrocks teaches, her young students are preparing for their annual recital.

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Arts and Humanities
5:11 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Grad Student Makes Playwriting Debut at Humana Festival

Jonathan Majors (Henri) and Andy Lucien (Edwin) in Jeff Augustin's "Cry Old Kingdom."
Alan Simons Actors Theatre of Louisville

Playwright Jeff Augustin won the Kennedy Center's prestigious Lorraine Hansberry Playwriting Award in 2011, but "Cry Old Kingdom," which opened Sunday at Actors Theatre of Louisville, is his first professional production. Augustin is a student in the Master of Fine Arts theater program at the University of California, San Diego.

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Arts and Humanities
7:00 am
Thu March 7, 2013

The Big Break: Demos and Drafts

This week on The Big Break, our audio diarists take us inside the rehearsal process for a brand-new play and out into the schools for ballet demonstrations. Actors Theatre of Louisville apprentice Samantha Beach works with playwright Lucas Hnath on "Night, Night," his act of "Sleep Rock Thy Brain," the high-flying apprentice showcase opening in the Humana Festival of New American Plays this month. The ballet company takes the week off, but not the trainees, so Claire Horrocks takes us into the schools with the trainee demonstration program. 

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Arts and Humanities
4:00 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Exploring the American Family Tragedy: Branden Jacobs-Jenkins

David Rosenblatt as Rhys and Jordan Baker as Toni in "Appropriate" by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins
Alan Simons Actors Theatre of Louisville

The second play to make its world premiere in this year's Humana Festival of New American Plays at Actors Theatre of Louisville is “Appropriate,” a family drama about adult siblings who reunite to sort through their deceased father’s estate.

Disturbing secrets are revealed and the siblings clash over clutter, debt and family history. Directed by Gary Griffin of Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, "Appropriate" opens Thursday and runs through April 7. 

Arts and Humanities
5:38 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

An Interview with Humana Festival Playwright Sam Marks

Bruce McKenzie and Jim Frangione as Frank and Thomas, feuding novelists in Sam Marks' The Delling Shore.
Alan Simons Actors Theatre of Louisville

Actors Theatre of Louisville’s annual Humana Festival of New American Plays is underway, and the first production to open is Sam Marks' “The Delling Shore.”

Directed by associate artistic director Meredith McDonough, "The Delling Shore" is a dark comedy about two feuding middle-aged novelists and their daughters who reunite for a disastrous weekend in the country.

WFPL’s Erin Keane spoke with playwright Sam Marks about fatherhood, success, and his play’s journey from draft to the Humana Festival.

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Arts and Humanities
6:39 am
Mon March 4, 2013

Review | Savage Wit in 'The Delling Shore'

Jim Frangione and Catherine Combs in Sam Marks' "The Delling Shore," 2013 Humana Festival of New American Plays.
Alan Simons Actors Theatre of Louisville

The first production in the 37th Humana Festival of New American Plays opened Friday at Actors Theatre of Louisville. Directed by associate artistic director Meredith McDonough, Sam Marks' "The Delling Shore" is dark comedy about two feuding middle-aged novelists and their daughters who reunite for a disastrous weekend in the country.

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Arts and Humanities
7:00 am
Thu February 28, 2013

The Big Break: Sitting In and Saying Goodbye

On our audio diary series The Big Break, two of our emerging performers take us inside rehearsals for upcoming productions while a third says farewell to Louisville. Over at the Louisville Ballet, trainee Claire Horrocks discusses the gravity of the understudy role in rehearsal, while at Actors Theatre of Louisville, apprentice Samantha Beach sits in on rehearsals for the five productions opening soon in the Humana Festival of New American Plays.

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Arts and Humanities
4:29 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Humana Festival of New American Plays Kicks Off

Actors Theatre of Louisville opens its 37th Humana Festival of New American Plays this week. The theater has produced more than 400 world premieres during the annual event since it founded the festival in 1976, and will welcome more than 40,000 patrons to nine new plays by eleven playwrights over the next six weeks.

"I passionately believe that it’s important that artists have champions, and Actors Theatre is honored to be able to provide a creative and supportive space for playwrights to develop their work," said artistic director Les Waters at a press conference today.

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