March 18-20, 2016

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March 2 – April 10, 2016


Actors Theatre of Louisville Artistic Director Les Waters and Managing Director Jennifer Bielstein are proud to announce the lineup for the 40th Humana Festival of New American Plays.  A highlight of the cultural calendar for theatergoers, artists and industry professionals across the country, the Humana Festival runs March 2 through April 10, 2016.

This year’s Festival program will feature six world premieres, including (in order of opening):

  • Residence by Laura Jacqmin
  • For Peter Pan on her 70th birthday by Sarah Ruhl
  • This Random World by Steven Dietz
  • Wellesley Girl by Brendan Pelsue
  • Wondrous Strange by Martyna Majok, Meg Miroshnik, Jiehae Park and Jen Silverman
  • Cardboard Piano by Hansol Jung

In addition, a bill of three ten-minute plays will also premiere as part of the scheduled lineup. Ten-minute plays and playwrights will be announced in February, 2016. For more information on individual plays, see below.

“Actors Theatre is delighted to be producing these exciting new plays and showcasing some of the country’s brightest playwrights,” said Les Waters, Actors Theatre’s artistic director. “I believe that the Humana Festival represents the future of theatre, and I think that our writers define the world we live in now. I am proud that Actors Theatre’s passion and commitment to artistic exploration provide a space for these voices to be heard.”

“We are grateful for our longstanding partnership with the Humana Foundation, whose commitment to supporting artistic innovation ensures that theatre continues to play a vital role in a thriving society here in Louisville, across the region and around the globe,” said Jennifer Bielstein, Actors Theatre’s managing director. “Last year’s Festival attendance was more than 37,000, with visitors from 42 states and five countries represented in the audience. This is further evidence that by investing in the future of American theatre, Actors Theatre continues to be a source of national and international recognition and economic prosperity for Louisville.”

For four decades, Actors Theatre of Louisville has been a driving force in new play development, introducing nearly 450 plays into the American and international theatre’s general repertoire and representing the work of more than 370 playwrights. The internationally acclaimed Humana Festival is recognized as a crucial incubator for new work, and a launching pad for myriad subsequent productions around the country and the world. In the 2014 Humana Festival, Actors Theatre commissioned and premiered Lucas Hnath’s The Christians, which recently closed an acclaimed run at Playwrights Horizons in New York and opens in Los Angeles at the Mark Taper Forum in December. In addition, The Glory of the World by Charles Mee—another Actors Theatre commission, which premiered during the 2015 Humana Festival—will transfer to BAM in New York in January, 2016.

This year’s lineup of plays will be performed in rotating repertory in three theatres located in Actors Theatre’s downtown Louisville complex: the 633-seat Pamela Brown Auditorium, 318-seat Bingham Theatre, and 159-seat Victor Jory Theatre. The 2016 Humana Festival schedule also offers weekend packages for out-of-town guests, a weekend of enrichment events for college students, and features special weekends for industry professionals, which include networking opportunities, discussions, and parties—making Louisville the place to be in American theatre this spring.  A full list of the weekend package opportunities is included in the listings section.

- See more at: http://actorstheatre.org/humana-festival-of-new-american-plays/2016-play-lineup/