The Humana Foundation’s recently-renewed support for the Humana Festival of New American Plays at Actors Theatre of Louisville is thought to be the longest-lasting sponsorship of its kind. NPR’s Elizabeth Blair reported on the festival and the sponsorship on All Things Considered Thursday.
The seventh and final play of this year’s Humana Festival of New American Plays is set to debut this weekend. The play is a comedy called Bob. The playwright is Peter Sinn Nachtreib. He’s based in San Francisco, but the inspiration for the play came on a previous visit Nachtreib paid to Louisville.
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.
“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.
“It’s about two sisters who get to have a sister’s weekend at one of the sister’s boss’s super-rich estate, and of course the boss crashes the sister’s weekend. And it’s about class and family and identity,” says playwright Molly Smith-Metzler.
“Maple and Vine is about a modern couple feeling somehow dissatisfied and unhappy with their 21st century lives and they meet a man from a fully-contained kind of gated community where everyone goes about their lives pretending that it’s 1955,” says playwright Jordan Harrison.
It costs Actors Theatre about $1.5 million to put on the festival, and the Humana Foundation will be contributing almost half of that. The foundation will contribute $700,000 toward the festival each year for the next three years. That’s a $25,000 annual increase over the previous award.
Since Humana began supporting the festival in 1979, the company and its foundation have given Actors Theatre more than $21 million, most of it dedicated to supporting the Humana Festival.
Marc Masterson is leaving Actors Theatre of Louisville in September. Masterson will become artistic director at South Coast Repertory, a regional theater in Costa Mesa, California. He’ll stay in Louisville through the end of this year’s Humana Festival of New American Plays in April.
Actors Theatre of Louisville had a formal kickoff today for its 34th Humana Festival of New American Plays, which opens this week. WFPL’s Elizabeth Kramer has more. (Click on Listen to the story to hear the comments from members of all of the full-length productions in this year’s festival.) This year’s festival has seven full-length… Continue reading Actors Theatre Kicks Off 34th Humana Festival