humana festival of new american plays

Arts and Humanities
10:31 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Humana Festival Playwright Jordan Harrison on 'The Grown-Up'

Actors Theatre of Louisville’s annual Humana Festival of New American Plays is underway.

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. 

This is Harrison’s fifth Humana Festival play. His last to open in the festival was “Maple and Vine” in 2011. Harrison says this play is a bit less linear than "Maple and Vine," and in some ways is what he calls a slant memoir.

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Arts and Humanities
10:23 am
Sat March 1, 2014

Humana Festival Playwright Lucas Hnath on 'The Christians'

Playwright Lucas Hnath returns to Actors Theatre with "The Christians," directed by Les Waters.

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. 

"The Christians" features an American evangelical pastor as he prepares to deliver a sermon that will challenge the foundations of his congregation's beliefs. 

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Arts and Humanities
2:44 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Humana Festival Playwright Dorothy Fortenberry on 'Partners'

Playwright Dorothy Fortenberry's "Partners" is her Humana Festival debut.

The 38th annual Humana Festival of New American Plays at Actors Theatre of Louisville opens this week.

The first production to open is “Partners” by Dorothy Fortenberry, which has its first preview Wednesday and opens Friday.

Directed by Lila Neugebauer, “Partners” is the story of two best friends with big plans – opening a food truck business, starting families – but an unexpected financial windfall makes them reevaluate how they feel about their commitments.

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Arts and Humanities
8:15 am
Sun November 10, 2013

Humana Festival Lineup: Anne Bogart and SITI Company, Jordan Harrison, Kimber Lee and More

Anne Bogart will direct "Steel Hammer," a play about John Henry created by SITI Company and based on texts by playwrights Kia Corthron, Will Power, Carl Hancock Rux and Regina Taylor in the 38th Humana Festival of New American Plays at Actors Theatre of Louisville.

Actors Theatre of Louisville has announced the lineup for the 38th annual Humana Festival of New American Plays.

The festival, which coincides with the company’s 50th anniversary, features six world premieres from playwrights and ensembles both new and returning to Actors Theatre.

The Humana Festival opens Feb. 26 and runs through April 6.

Notable veterans presenting new work in the festival include long-standing Actors Theatre collaborators Anne Bogart and the SITI Company, who have partnered with four playwrights (Kia Corthron, Will Power, Carl Hancock Rux and Regina Taylor) on “Steel Hammer,” a play with music by Julia Wolfe about American folklore legend John Henry.

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Arts and Humanities
10:57 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Actors Theatre Commissions Lucas Hnath Play for Humana Festival

Lucas Hnath

Actors Theatre of Louisville announced today that Lucas Hnath will premiere his new play "The Christians" in the 2014 Humana Festival of New American Plays. The play was commissioned by Actors Theatre and will be directed by artistic director Les Waters. 

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Arts and Humanities
6:49 am
Fri April 5, 2013

'Sleep Rock Thy Brain' Play Uses Science As Inspiration

Originally published on Thu April 4, 2013 8:20 pm

Transcript

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

Well, now a more subjective study of dreams. It comes from the Humana Festival of New American Plays in Louisville, Kentucky. The festival was founded by Actors Theatre of Louisville. And each year, that theater commissions a new work for its company of apprentice actors. This year's show, a series of three one-act plays, is called "Sleep Rock Thy Brain."

Erin Keane of member station WFPL got a front row seat.

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Arts and Humanities
3:53 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

REVIEW | Immerse Yourself in 'O Guru Guru Guru'

Rebecca Hart in "O Guru Guru Guru, or why I don't want to go to yoga class with you."
Alan Simons Actors Theatre of Louisville

Playwright Mallery Avidon had an unconventional upbringing. As a kid and young teen she lived, on and off, in an ashram -- the same ashram that later cropped up as a setting in Elizabeth Gilbert's nonfiction book "Eat Pray Love," later made into a movie starring Julia Roberts. Avidon mines those experiences in her engaging autobiographical play, "O Guru Guru Guru or why I don't want to go to yoga class with you," an attempt to reconcile several complicated, competing emotions about contentment, identity and spirituality.

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Arts and Humanities
6:31 pm
Sun March 24, 2013

An Audience of One: Playwright Mallery Avidon on Writing for Herself

Rebecca Hart in "O Guru Guru Guru, or why I don't want to go to yoga class with you."
Alan Simons Actors Theatre of Louisville

Playwright Mallery Avidon mines her unconventional childhood for her new play, “O Guru Guru Guru, or why I don't want to go to yoga class with you.”

"Part of that unconventional upbringing has to do with the ashram that Elizabeth Gilbert goes to in the book 'Eat Pray Love,' that Julia Roberts goes to in the movie 'Eat Pray Love.' The play is an investigation of the way that unconventional spirituality affected my life," says Avidon.

Arts and Humanities
8:08 am
Wed March 20, 2013

REVIEW | Family Secrets Fester in 'Appropriate'

Larry Bull as Bo and Jordan Baker as Toni in "Appropriate."
Alan Simons Actors Theatre of Louisville

As the curtain rises on Branden Jacobs-Jenkins' "Appropriate," a rattling chorus of 13-year cicadas fills the Pamela Brown Auditorium. Far from a gentle nocturne, the sound swells with the pregnant heat of a southern summer night, conjuring images of rattling bones. Low lights reveal a man and a younger woman slipping through an open window into the living room of a plantation house that had, to be kind, seen better days.

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Arts and Humanities
1:37 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

REVIEW | Smart, Funny, Tough to Love: Will Eno's 'Gnit'

Dan Waller as Peter and Kate Eastwood Norris in one of her many roles in Will Eno's "Gnit."
Kathy R. Preher Actors Theatre of Louisville

Billed as a willfully unfaithful adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s classic picaresque tale “Peer Gynt,” Will Eno’s “Gnit” up-ends the classic man’s-search-for-meaning quest with an ambitiously absurdist self-discovery journey that stubbornly chafes against the conventions of the genre.

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