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 Edge of Our Bodies is a drama written and directed by veteran playwright Adam Rapp. The one-woman show focuses on a sixteen-year-old girl who leaves her New England prep school and heads into New York to tell her boyfriend she’s pregnant.
It’s been twelve years since WFPL’s Graham Shelby left Japan, and he has touch with most of my friends from Fukushima…until this month.
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.
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.
“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.
When you go to the theatre to see a production of a classic, think Shakespeare or even A Christmas Carol, your focus is probably on the actors. Or the director. Or the costumes and set design.
That’s because those stories are well known and part of the reason people see familiar plays is to see how an old story is being retold. But that’s not how it works at the Humana Festival of New American Plays.
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.