Humana Festival Will Stage Plays by Sam Marks, Jeff Augustin, Mallery Avidon, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, Will Eno
By Kenneth Jones
The 37th Annual Humana Festival of New American Plays Feb. 27-April 7, 2013, will feature world premieres by Jeff Augustin, Mallery Avidon, Will Eno, Rinne Groff, Lucas Hnath, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, Sam Marks, Sarah Ruhl and Anne Washburn, Actors Theatre of Louisville announced on Nov. 11.
A "suite of three one-act plays" by Rinne Groff, Lucas Hnath and Anne Washburn was commissioned by Actors Theatre and performed by the Acting Apprentice Company. Also expect an evening of ten-minute plays featuring a new play by Sarah Ruhl, among others yet to be announced.
The longer-form, fully-produced world premieres are by Augustin, Avidon, Eno, Jacobs-Jenkins and Marks.
The Festival is underwritten for the 33rd consecutive year by the Louisville-based Humana Foundation. The festival has spawned such works as Crimes of the Heart and Omnium Gatherum over the years. Its legacy includes introducing more than 400 plays into the American theatre repertoire.
The festival, and the Tony Award-winning ATL, are under the leadership of new artistic director Les Waters. Jennifer Bielstein is Actors Theatre's managing director.
The program of Ten-Minute Plays is still under consideration and the full bill, culled from Actors Theatre's National Ten-Minute Play Contest, will be announced in January. (Two Conversations Overheard on Airplanes by Sarah Ruhl is among the 10-minute plays). This 2012 Humana Festival will feature (in chronological order of opening):
Full-length World Premieres
The Delling Shore by Sam Marks
Appropriate by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins
Cry Old Kingdom by Jeff Augustin
Gnit by Will Eno
O Guru Guru Guru, or why I don't want to go to yoga class with you by Mallery Avidon
Sleep Rock Thy Brain by Rinne Groff, Lucas Hnath and Anne Washburn
Productions are presented in rotating repertory in all three theatres at Actors Theatre's downtown complex — the 633-seat Pamela Brown Auditorium, 318-seat Bingham Theatre and 159-seat Victor Jory Theatre.
Sleep Rock Thy Brain, commissioned by Actors Theatre and featuring the Acting Apprentice Company, will be performed at the Owsley Brown II Theater at Lincoln Performing Arts School, located a mile east of Actors Theatre's downtown complex.
Single tickets for the 2013 Humana Festival of New American Plays go on sale Nov. 15. For residents of Louisville and Southern Indiana, Actors Theatre is offering the Humana Festival Locals Pass. The Locals Pass is just $75 and includes access to five Festival productions and two panel discussions, with the flexibility to select show dates and times.
On April 6, 2013, the American Theatre Critics Association (ATCA) presents the Harold and Mimi Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award and Citations followed by the Ten-Minute Plays.
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