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40th Humana Festival of New American Plays

  • 02 Mar 2016
  • 10 Apr 2016
  • 35 sessions
  • 02 Mar 2016 (EST)
  • 03 Mar 2016 (EST)
  • 04 Mar 2016 (EST)
  • 05 Mar 2016 (EST)
  • 06 Mar 2016 (EST)
  • 08 Mar 2016 (EST)
  • 09 Mar 2016 (EST)
  • 10 Mar 2016 (EST)
  • 11 Mar 2016 (EST)
  • 12 Mar 2016 (EST)
  • 13 Mar 2016 (EST)
  • 15 Mar 2016 (EDT)
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  • 27 Mar 2016 (EDT)
  • 29 Mar 2016 (EDT)
  • 30 Mar 2016 (EDT)
  • 31 Mar 2016 (EDT)
  • 01 Apr 2016 (EDT)
  • 02 Apr 2016 (EDT)
  • 03 Apr 2016 (EDT)
  • 05 Apr 2016 (EDT)
  • 06 Apr 2016 (EDT)
  • 07 Apr 2016 (EDT)
  • 08 Apr 2016 (EDT)
  • 09 Apr 2016 (EDT)
  • 10 Apr 2016 (EDT)
  • Actors Theatre - 316 West Main Street, Louisville, KY 40202
40th Humana Festival of
New American Plays


by Laura Jacqmin
directed by Hal Brooks

New mom Maggie returns to her medical sales job, checking into an extended-stay hotel in Arizona as she pursues the commission that will get her out of debt and back on track. When she befriends two hotel employees intent on making her visit a five-star experience, they discover that their lives are all on similarly shaky ground. A funny and sharply-observed play about hanging on when you’re at the end of your rope, and the times when letting go might be the most responsible thing to do. (Begins March 2, 2016)
by Sarah Ruhl
directed by Les Waters

commissioned by Actors Theatre of Louisville
When she was a girl, Ann played Peter Pan at the children’s theatre in Iowa, and her father paused his doctor’s rounds to bring her flowers. Now, she and her four siblings gather to say goodbye to their dying father, stirring up childhood memories. They argue about politics, tell jokes, and wonder what it might mean to grow up. Ruhl’s play is a love letter to a large family contending with the inexorable march of time and the allure of Neverland. (Begins March 8, 2016)
by Steven Dietz
directed by Meredith McDonough

We want to believe that serendipity brings us together, but is that just a myth? Mining the comedy of missed connections, This Random World asks the serious question of how often we travel parallel paths through the world without noticing. From an ailing woman who plans one final trip, to her daughter planning one great escape and her son falling prey to a prank gone wrong, this funny, intimate, and heartbreaking play explores the lives that may be happening just out of reach of our own. (Begins March 11, 2016)
by Brendan Pelsue
directed by Lee Sunday Evans

It’s 2465. American politics haven’t changed much. Except that “America” is now only a handful of New England towns in a walled-in citadel. When an unidentified army encamps at the border, Congress struggles to move beyond personal agendas and petty bickering over procedure to decide the nation’s fate. With canny humor and wicked intelligence, Wellesley Girl exposes an unsettling truth: sometimes all you can do is flip a coin and hope that history proves you right. (Begins March 18, 2016)

by Hansol Jung
directed by Leigh Silverman

On the eve of the millennium in Northern Uganda, the daughter of an American missionary and a local teenage girl steal into a candlelit church to exchange vows in a secret wedding ceremony. But when an escalating civil war encroaches on their fragile union, they cannot escape its reach. Confronting the cost of intolerance, this powerful drama examines violence and the struggle to rebuild in its wake, as well as the human capacity for love and forgiveness. (Begins March 25, 2016)
by Martyna Majok, Meg Miroshnik, Jiehae Park, and Jen Silverman
directed by Marti Lyons
performed by the 2015-2016 Acting Apprentice Company
commissioned by Actors Theatre of Louisville

What haunts us? What traces will we in turn leave behind? Writing for this season’s Acting Apprentice Company, four imaginative playwrights use Kentucky’s rich ghost lore as the springboard for a wide-ranging exploration of the supernatural and uncanny, and what our stories about ghosts—chilling, poignant, or unexpectedly funny—reveal about us. (Begins March 25, 2016)
To be announced!
A trio of remarkable short plays,
culled from the National Ten-Minute Play Contest.

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