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… Continue reading Humana Plays Look at the End of Life, and What Happens if There Isn’t One
There’s just over a week left in the Humana Festival of New American Plays at Actors Theatre of Louisville. While most of the parts in the festival’s ten world premieres are played by professional actors, every year Actors Theatre commissions playwrights to create a showcase production for the theater’s acting apprentices to perform. This year’s… Continue reading Actors Theatre Apprentice Showcase Celebrates Food
The 36th Humana Festival of New American Plays began last night at Actors Theatre of Louisville. WFPL’s Todd Mundt spoke with WFPL’s Erin Keane about the festival’s lineup, and the influence of new artistic director Les Waters.
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 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.
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.
“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.