The plays of the 2005 Humana Festival of New American Plays, produced by Actors Theatre of Louisville with $600,000 support from The Humana Foundation, were revealed in the Dec. 12 Louisville Courier-Journal.
The 29th Humana Festival — an annual event attended by hungry theatregoers and curious critics, producers and agents — will boast six new full-length works, it annual showcase of one-acts and special events. The six focal productions, in repertory, are:
Hazard County by Allison Moore (starting Feb. 27 in the Bingham Theatre), a Southern-set play about a young widow who gains notoriety when her husband is murdered. Chris Coleman, artistic director of Portland Center Stage, will direct.
A Nervous Smile by Pyretown playwright John Belluso (starting March 4 in the Bingham), about parents of children with cerebral palsy who abandon them.
The Shaker Chair by Adam Bock (starting March 8 in the Pamela Brown Auditorium), about a group of AARP-aged women who become environmental activists in late middle-age. ATL artistic director Marc Masterson will direct.
Moot the Messenger by Kia Corthron (starting March 12 in the Bingham), about a journalist embedded in Iraq who learns what isn't chronicled. Marion McClinton directs.
Pure Confidence by Carlyle Brown (starting March 17 in the Pamela Brown), about a black jockeys in 19th-century America. Clinton Turner Davis directs.
Memory House by Kathleen Tolan (starting March 22 in the Victor Jory), about a mother and a college age daughter. No director has been named. For ticket information, call (502) 584-1205 or visit www.actorstheatre.org.