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With just over a week left in the Humana Festival of New American Plays, WFPL’s Erin Keane is still interviewing playwrights and giving us her take on the new work premiering at Actors Theatre. She joined us on Friday’s State of the News to review Lucas Hnath’s “Death Tax,” a psychological thriller about end-of-life issues (left).

We also talked about her interview with Greg Kotis, who wrote the musical “Urinetown.” His play, “Michael Von Siebenburg Melts Through the Floorboards” was part of this year’s Humana Festival. It explores the concepts of consumption and over-consumption—a recurring theme in Kotis’ work—through the story of an immortal being who has to drain other people’s power to survive.

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Humana Festival Play Examines Sinister Side of Customer Service

by Erin Keane March 1, 2012

Few critical terms are as overused as “Kafkaesque,” which has come to serve as shorthand for tedious bureaucratic snarls of all stripes. But Lisa Kron’s “The Ver**on Play,” a dark yet broad comedy about the hidden machinations and motivations of faceless corporations bent on crushing their customers’ spirits, does its best to live up to […]

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Humana Festival of New American Plays Opens at Actors Theatre

by Erin Keane March 1, 2012

It starts with a script that fights its way past nearly 1,000 competing stories to the top of the stack and onto the final bill. It ends with the thrill of discovery, as audiences experience the new work for the first time. The 36th Humana Festival of New American Plays opened Wednesday at Actors Theatre […]

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Actors Theatre Finishes New Artist Dormitory

by Devin Katayama January 30, 2012

Louisville’s Actors Theatre will open the doors of 18 new downtown apartments this week, which will be used to house actors and actresses throughout the year. “Everything is brand spanking new,” said designer Kevin Troxall. Troxall designed all the apartments for free, which is partly how Actors Theatre was able to pull off securing and […]

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Actors Theatre’s A Christmas Story Tells a Tale of Holidays Past

by Graham Shelby November 19, 2011

In Actors Theatre of Louisville’s new production of A Christmas Story, it’s striking how distinctly the emotions of the characters resonate, while at the same time, the world those characters inhabit feels fundamentally different from the world outside the theatre. The play is largely faithful to the original screenplay, and captures the purity and ferocity […]

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Actors Theatre’s Dracula Fights Vampire Hunters (and Other Vampires)

by Graham Shelby September 20, 2011

Don’t be fooled by the script in Actors Theatre of Louisville’s production of Dracula; it would have you believe that Count Dracula’s enemy is the vampire hunter Abraham Van Helsing. But that’s a bloody lie. Van Helsing may be the nemesis of Dracula, the character, but Dracula, the play, has a rogues gallery all its […]

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Actors Theatre Hopes to Attract Crowds With Building Renovations

by Gabe Bullard July 25, 2011

Actors Theatre of Louisville has unveiled several improvements to its downtown Louisville headquarters. The Actors Theatre building is across the street from the KFC Yum center. Until recently, there was little outward indication of what was inside. But that’s changed. Using $450,000 in grants and donations, Actors Theatre has renovated its lobby and refurbished the […]

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“The End” Opens at Humana Festival

by Graham Shelby March 18, 2011

The End is coming to the Humana Festival of New American Plays. Not the end of the festival—it lasts until April. But the latest play to debut at the festival is an apocalyptic romp titled is The End. It features various calamities involving asteroids, aliens, zombies and Hollywood celebrities.

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Actors Theatre Hosting Panel Discussion on Festival Culture

by Graham Shelby March 11, 2011

As part of this year’s Humana Festival, Actors Theatre has invited the leaders of a number of local festivals to take part in a panel discussion Saturday on Louisville’s festival culture.

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Fourth New Play Debuts in Humana Festival

by Graham Shelby March 11, 2011

“The play is about three kids who are abandoned on a farm and the ways that they figure out how to take care of themselves and each other until the outside world comes in and is not happy with the decisions that they’ve made about their own upbringing,” says playwright A. Rey Pamatmat.

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