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Arts and Humanities
5:07 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Louisville's Spanish Theatre Proving that Art Is a Universal Language

"Amor de Don Perlimplín con Belisa en su Jardín" at El Delirio Producciones.

Louisville is home to an estimated 25-30,000 native Spanish speakers, and until recently, the city’s arts scene has been slow to embrace this growing population. The city now boasts two Spanish-speaking theatre companies, and both have shows opening soon. 

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Arts and Humanities
7:00 am
Sun March 30, 2014

As Louisville Considers Youth Safety, Humana Fest Play Confronts Issue Head-On

Cherene Snow (Lena) delivering the opening monologue, with Sally Diallo (Devine) in background, in Kimber Lee's "brownsville song (b-side for tray)," Humana Festival of New American Plays, 2014.
Credit Bill Brymer / Actors Theatre of Louisville

Louisville continues to react to a series of violent incidents last weekend, when a gathering of teens at a Waterfront Park vigil for a youth stabbed on a TARC bus became volatile, and attendees allegedly committed several acts of violence throughout downtown. 

The events of last weekend have led to greater police presence downtown and community meetings with teens in West Louisville.

Meanwhile, downtown at Third and Main streets, the 38th annual Humana Festival of New American Plays is underway at Actors Theatre of Louisville.

These two stories aren’t usually connected. But one of the plays making its world premiere in the festival is “brownsville song (b-side for tray),” a powerful drama about an African American teen victim of gang violence.

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Arts and Humanities
11:42 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Your Indispensable Guide to the 2014 Humana Festival Plays

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

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. Here's the schedule with ticket information.

Wondering which play(s) are worth your time? Have to choose only one of six shows? Don't panic. Here's your guide to the Humana Festival from someone who's seen it all. 

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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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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
6:00 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Generated by Enthusiasm: Actors Theatre Announces New Season of Plays

Emily Gunyou Hulaas, Dominique Serrand, Megan Hill, Nathan Keepers in "Fissures (lost and found)" in the 2010 Humana Festival. Serrand and Keepers are collaborating on a new adaptation of Shakespeare's "Love's Labors Lost" for the upcoming Actors Theatre season.
Credit Harlan Taylor / Actors Theatre of Louisville

Actors Theatre of Louisville will re-mount a revised production of Naomi Iizuka’s “At the Vanishing Point,” a play written about Louisville’s Butchertown neighborhood that premiered in the 2004 Humana Festival of New American Plays, in their next season. The theatre announced the next season’s lineup today.

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Arts and Humanities
12:59 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

REVIEW | Something's Lost in Shephard's Gentle 'Ages of the Moon'

Matt Orme as Byron and Patrick Tovatt as Ames in The Bunbury Theatre's production of Sam Shepard's "Ages of the Moon."
Credit Bunbury Theatre

Two men nearing the twilight of their lives reunite on a Kentucky cabin porch for one evening of drinking, reminiscing and eclipse-watching in Sam Shepard's 2009 play "Ages of the Moon," a dramatic two-hander that probes at the mysteries of aging memory and the fragility of relationships without disturbing too much beneath the surface. 

Directed by Steve Woodring, The Bunbury Theatre's production of "Ages of the Moon" opened Friday and runs through February 23 at the Henry Clay Theatre (604 S. St.). 

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Arts and Humanities
3:58 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Actor Comes Out of Retirement to Tackle 'Gentlest' Shepard Play in Louisville

Patrick Tovatt

Actor Patrick Tovatt, who directed or appeared in more than forty plays at Actors Theatre of Louisville during the company's early days, has come out of retirement to appear in a new production of Sam Shepard’s “Ages of the Moon” at Louisville’s Bunbury Theatre. 

Tovatt is probably best known for his roles on long-running soap operas – he was nominated for a daytime Emmy for his performance as Cal Stricklyn on CBS' "As the World Turns," a role he played for more than ten years. But the last role the former Russellville farmer took on before retiring to Oregon in 2002 was on Broadway, as mathematician Robert in the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama “Proof.” 

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