humana festival of new american plays

Arts and Humanities
5:29 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

The Terrible Fate of Being Understood: an Interview with Playwright Will Eno

Dan Waller and Hannah Bos in "Gnit" at Actors Theatre of Louisville.
Kathy R. Preher Actors Theatre of Louisville

The New York Times calls playwright Will Eno “a Samuel Beckett for the Jon Stewart generation.” In this year’s Humana Festival of New American Plays at Actors Theatre of Louisville, he’s turned his keen sense of irony and compassion to a loose adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s Norweigian classic picaresque “Peer Gynt.” 

"Gnit," Eno's re-imagining of Ibsen's play, is the story of a man’s journey to find his true self, which happens to be disintegrating as he searches. 

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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
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
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
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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Arts and Humanities
9:42 am
Sun November 11, 2012

Humana Festival Lineup Announced

Actors Theatre of Louisville has announced the lineup for the 37th annual Humana Festival of New American Plays. The festival opens February 27 and runs through April 7. With the exception of the commissioned apprentice anthology, the full-length world premieres are all written by playwrights making their Humana Festival debuts. 

For a live interview with Actors Theatre literary manager Sarah Lunnie on this year's Humana Festival selections, tune in to 89.3 FM Monday at 1:30 p.m.

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Arts and Humanities
4:24 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

Actors Theatre Partners with Medical School on High-Flying New Play

Every year, Actors Theatre of Louisville commissions a new multi-writer play to showcase its apprentice company during the Humana Festival of New American Plays. A project already forged through collaborative partnerships will take on a larger role within the community this season. 

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Arts and Humanities
5:02 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

Actors Theatre Adds Eno Play to Upcoming Season

Louis Cancelmi and Tom Ryan in the staged reading of Will Eno's "Gnit," during Portland Center Stage's 2010 JAW: a Playwright's Festival.
Patrick Weishampel Portland Center Stage

Actors Theatre of Louisville will stage the world premiere of Will Eno’s “Gnit” in the 37th Humana Festival of New American Plays next year. "Gnit" also rounds out the mainstage Brown-Forman Series for the 2012-13 season. 

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