World Premiere of Sam Marks' The Delling Shore, With Jim Frangione, Meredith Forlenza, Bruce McKenzie, Kicks Off Humana Fest Feb. 27
By Michael Gioia
The 37th Humana Festival of New American Plays opens with the world premiere of Sam Marks' The Delling Shore, about two feuding novelists who confront their professional jealousies and personal failures. Performances begin Feb. 27, prior to an official opening March 1, in the Bingham Theatre at the Actors Theatre of Louisville.
Directed by Actors Theatre associate artistic director Meredith McDonough (Actors Theatre's The Whipping Man), the run continues in rep through April 7.
The cast includes Jim Frangione (The Old Neighborhood, Oleanna at the Alley Theater) as Thomas, Bruce McKenzie (The Farnsworth Invention) as Frank, Catherine Combs (Adam Rapp's The Edge of Our Bodies at Humana) as Adrianne and Meredith Forlenza (A Behanding in Spokane, Pal Joey) as Ellen.
Here's how ATL bills the work: "From the moment Frank Bay and his daughter Adrianne arrive at Thomas Wright's secluded lake house, Thomas and his daughter are out to get them. Thomas' writing has brought him fame and fortune, but fellow novelist Frank still struggles to find a foothold in the literary world for himself and for Adrianne, also an aspiring author. Over the course of one fraught evening, as the men confront their professional jealousies and personal failures, their offspring are drawn inexorably into the fray — and words become weapons."
The production team includes Daniel Zimmerman (scenic designer), Lorraine Venburg (costume designer), Russell H. Champa and Dani Clifford (co-lighting designers) and Benjamin Marcum (sound designer).
Marks makes his Actors Theatre debut with The Delling Shore. He received his Off-Broadway debut with The Joke at Studio Dante, directed by Sam Gold. His plays have been workshopped at The Atlantic Theater, The Berkshire Playwrights Lab, Manhattan Theater Club, New York Theater Workshop, Playwrights Horizons, The Rattlestick Theater and The Vineyard, among others. Marks' other works include The Old Masters, Brack's Last Bachelor Party, The Joke, Nelson, The Bigger Man and Craft.
The 2013 Humana Festival of New American Plays — underwritten for the 33rd consecutive year by the Louisville-based Humana Foundation — runs Feb. 27-April 7 and showcases six full-length plays, including world premieres by Jeff Augustin, Mallery Avidon, Will Eno, Rinne Groff, Lucas Hnath, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, Marks, Sarah Ruhl and Anne Washburn. Read more about the 2013 Festival here.
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