Florida Theme Park Is at Center of Natural Selection, Premiering March 16 at Humana Festival

News   Florida Theme Park Is at Center of Natural Selection, Premiering March 16 at Humana Festival The 30th Humana Festival of New American Plays continues at Actors Theatre of Louisville March 16 with the first performance of Eric Coble's Natural Selection in ATL's Pamela Brown Auditorium.

Directed by ATL artistic director Marc Masterson, the play is billed as "a fantastical comedy in a post-apocalyptic world."

In a parallel world, in the not-so-distant future, in Florida, "Henry Carson and his family live in a small, enclosed, seemingly safe world," according to ATL. "His son is in a virtual school, his wife blogs all day and Henry is in charge of the Native Pavilion at Culture Fiesta, a theme park not unlike Epcot. Outside, the world is ruined — scary viruses, no ozone, blistering sun — but inside Culture Fiesta there's every color and creed you'd ever want to see up close and behind glass. Henry sets out to restock the natives in the Native American Pavilion and must venture into the wastelands of North America to find one. When he does find Navajo Zhao, will his life or Culture Fiesta ever be the same in this smart satire that takes on cutting edge issues?"

Coble was born in Scotland and bred on the Navajo and Ute reservations in New Mexico and Colorado.

Performances continue to April 8. Opening is March 18.

The cast includes Jay Russell, Mark Mineart, Heather Dilly, Melinda Wade and Javi Mulero. The creative team includes scenic designer Kris Stone, costume designer Lorraine Venberg, lighting designer Deb Sullivan, sound designer Martin R. Desjardins, properties designer Doc Manning.

Humana Festival's six full-length plays are presented in rotating repertory March 7-April 8 in Actors Theatre's 637-seat Pamela Brown Auditorium, the 318-seat Bingham Theatre and the 159-seat Victor Jory. The internationally recognized festival of new works, which helped launch The Gin Game, After Ashley, Keely and Du and Crimes of the Heart, is supported by the Humana Foundation.

For information, visit www.ActorsTheatre.org.

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