Humana Festival Will Open With Laufer's Sirens, Featuring Russell and Lieber

News   Humana Festival Will Open With Laufer's Sirens, Featuring Russell and Lieber
The 2010 Humana Festival of New American Plays will begin Feb. 21 with Sirens, a quirky romantic comedy by Deborah Zoe Laufer, at Actors Theatre of Louisville.

Sirens will officially open Feb. 24. Its run ends March 28.

The play follows Sam and Rose, a middle-aged couple who take a 25th anniversary cruise to Greece in hopes of finding their relationship's old spark again. According to Actors Theatre notes, "Enchanting music, memories of passionate youth, and Facebook Scrabble conspire against [the] drifting empty-nesters."

Sirens is directed by Casey Stengl and features Brian Russell (The Farnsworth Invention, The Caine-Mutiny Court-Martial) as Sam and Mimi Lieber (Distracted, Brooklyn Boy) as Rose, with Lindsey Wochley (The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey's The Little Foxes) and Ben Hollandsworth (From Up Here).

The creative team includes set designer Michael Raiford, costume designer Sonya Berlovitz, lighting designer Jeff Nellis, sound designer Matt Callahan, properties designer Mark Walston and hair and make-up designer Heather Fleming.

Laufer was a collaborator on Brink! at the 2008 Humana Festival. A 2009 recipient of the Helen Merrill Playwriting Award, her other credits include End Days, The Last Schwartz, The Gulf of Westchester and Out of Sterno. Actors Theatre is located at 316 W. Main St., Louisville. For tickets, call (502) 584-1265 or visit


The additional five full-length plays in the Humana Festival are Fissures (lost and found) by Steve Epp, Cory Hinkle, Dominic Orlando, Dominique Serrand, Deborah Stein and Victoria Stewart (Feb. 26-March 28), Ground by Lisa Dillman (March 2-28), Phoenix by Scott Organ (March 5-27), The Method Gun by Kirk Lynn (March 16-28), and The Cherry Sisters Revisited by Dan O'Brien (March 18-April 11).

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