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Arts and Humanities
10:56 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Humana Festival Director Ian Frank on Apprentice Showcase 'Remix 38'

Zach Wymore and Mirirai Sithole in "Remix 38," Humana Festival of New American Plays at Actors Theatre of Louisville, 2014.
Credit Bill Brymer / Actors Theatre of Louisville

Ian Frank, himself a former member of the apprentice company, returns to Actors Theatre of Louisville this year to direct "Remix 38," the apprentice anthology showcase. This year's playwrights -  Jackie Sibblies Drury, Idris Goodwin, Basil Kreimendahl, Justin Kuritzkes and Amelia Roper - were charged with an homage assignment. Each playwright received snippets of dialog and image from nine previous Humana Festival world premiere plays to jumpstart their work. The result is nine individual short plays that are united by the festival itself, not by theme. 

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Arts and Humanities
7:01 am
Sun March 23, 2014

REVIEW | Homage to Humana Festivals Past 'Remix' Showcases Acting Apprentices

Madison Niderhauser, Derek Grabner, Lindsey Kite and Julia Bynum in "Remix 38," Humana Festival of New American Plays, 2014.
Credit Bill Brymer / Actors Theatre of Louisville

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.

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Arts and Humanities
1:06 pm
Sat March 22, 2014

REVIEW | SITI Company Explodes John Henry Myth in 'Steel Hammer'

Eric Berryman and the cast of "Steel Hammer," 38th Humana Festival of New American Plays at Actors Theatre of Louisville, 2014.
Credit Michael Brosilow / Actors Theatre of Louisville

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. 

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Arts and Humanities
1:45 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

REVIEW | The Bard's Town Opens Season with Solid Louisville Premiere of 'Rapture, Blister, Burn'

Rachel White, Laurene Scalf, Amy Steiger and Victoria Reibel in Gina Gionfriddo's "Rapture, Blister, Burn."
Credit The Bard's Town Theatre

In theory, Gina Gionfriddo's 2013 Pulitzer Prize finalist play "Rapture, Blister, Burn" sounds like homework -- four women from three generations debate feminist theory and interrogate their own life choices in a women's studies class on stage -- but in practice, it's a thought-provoking and darkly funny long, hard look at how wide the gulf often is between the ideal life educated middle-class white women have promised themselves (fulfilling career, romantic relationship, devoted children, financial security) and life's messy, sometimes disappointing realities. 

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Arts and Humanities
1:45 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Squallis Puppeteers and Bourbon Baroque Give French Opera a Wild Makeover

Squallis Puppeteers and Bourbon Baroque collaborate on a zoomorphic adaptation of Rameau's "Les Sauvages."
Credit Bourbon Baroque

Louisville’s Bourbon Baroque and the Squallis Puppeteers are teaming up to take an 18th century opera for a walk on the wild side. Their zoomorphic adaptation of Jean-Phillipe Rameau’s baroque opera “Les Sauvages,” which they first produced in 2012, runs for four performances this weekend.

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Arts and Humanities
12:32 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Louisville's Walden Theatre and Blue Apple Players to Merge

Louisville’s Walden Theatre and the Blue Apple Players are merging into one nonprofit theater education provider. The boards of directors of both organizations voted Monday to combine the two entities by the end of the year.

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Arts and Humanities
3:00 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Kentucky Shakespeare Brings the Bard to Nine More Louisville Parks

When Kentucky Shakespeare executive director Matt Wallace took the reins of the organization last summer, one of his priorities was to put the focus back on free, outdoor Shakespeare productions that reach as many local patrons as possible.

To that end, Wallace announced that 2014 would see the launch of Shakespeare in the Parks. The list of dates and times for performances of an eight-actor, 90-minute "Hamlet" production in nine local parks were released today. 

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Arts and Humanities
2:27 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Judi Jennings, Kentucky Foundation for Women Executive Director, to Retire

Judi Jennings
Credit Kentucky Foundation for Women

  The Kentucky Foundation for Women announced today that executive director Judi Jennings will retire at the end of this fiscal year. Her last day will be June 30. The organization, a private foundation which supports feminist art and social change, is currently searching for its next leader

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Arts and Humanities
1:28 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

REVIEW | Kimber Lee's Flawless 'brownsville song' Premieres

John Clarence Stewart and Sally Diallo in Kimber Lee's "brownsville song (b-side for tray)," Humana Festival of New American Plays, 2014.
Credit Bill Brymer / Actors Theatre of Louisville

A young black man from a poor neighborhood is killed by another young man. This tragedy is not seen by the world outside the neighborhood as extraordinary. A family is left to grieve, while that young man – could he have been extraordinary? – his name fades. This inattention is a collective failure that playwright  Kimber Lee seeks to dismantle in “brownsville song (b-side for tray),” which made its world premiere last night in the Humana Festival of New American Plays at Actors Theatre of Louisville. 

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Arts and Humanities
2:37 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Having It All: A Conversation with Playwright Gina Gionfriddo

Gina Gionfriddo

In playwright Gina Gionfriddo's 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.

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.

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