Edith Can Shoot Things, a Coming-of-Age Tale, Begins World Premiere at Humana Festival

News   Edith Can Shoot Things, a Coming-of-Age Tale, Begins World Premiere at Humana Festival
 
Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them by A. Rey Pamatmat begins a world-premiere engagement March 11 as part of the Humana Festival of New American Plays at Actors Theatre of Louisville in Kentucky. Official opening is March 13 in ATL's Bingham Theatre.

May Adrales directs the play about "16-year-old Kenny and his little sister Edith," who "are all but abandoned on a remote farm in Middle America," according to ATL notes. "But when Kenny's friend Benji starts encroaching on their makeshift family — and Edith shoots something she really shouldn't shoot — the outside world comes barging in. Edith takes aim at growing up, staying young, falling in love, and facing the consequences…then fires away."

Performances continue to April 3 in rep with other Humana titles.

Pamatmat contributed to The Open Road Anthology in the 2007 Humana Festival. His work has been developed regionally at the O'Neill Playwrights Conference and Victory Gardens' Ignition Festival. His plays include Thunder Above, Deeps Below; High/Limbo/High; Deviant; and Red Rover.

The Edith cast includes Teresa Avia Lim (Edith); Jon Norman Schneider (Kenny); and Cory Michael Smith (Benji).

The production team includes Brian Bembridge (scenic design), Connie Furr (costume design), Heather Fleming (hair and make-up design), Jeff Nellis (lighting design), Ben Marcum (sound designer/original music), Joe Cunningham (properties design), Philip Allgeier (media designer) and Michael Bigelow Dixon (dramaturg). For tickets and information, call (502) 584-1205 or (800) 4-ATL-TIX, or visit ActorsTheatre.org.

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This year's festival comprises ten full productions including seven full-length plays presented in rotating repertory in Actors Theatre's 634-seat Pamela Brown Auditorium, 318-seat Bingham Theatre and 159-seat Victor Jory Theatre. A bill of ten-minute plays is also offered. Actors Theatre celebrates the Humana Festival's 35th anniversary with underwriter The Humana Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Humana, Inc.

The festival has famously launched more than 400 plays into the American and international theatre's general repertoire, including three Pulitzer Prize winners — The Gin Game by D. L. Coburn, Crimes of the Heart by Beth Henley and Dinner With Friends by Donald Margulies.

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