2013 HumanaFest: The Big Picture

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Sarah Grace Welbourn, a member of ATL's current apprentice company

Rise, Shine, Repeat: A Day in the Life of an Acting Apprentice

Sarah Grace Welbourn needs sleep. It’s 5 o’clock on the final Friday of Actors Theatre of Louisville’s Humana Festival of New American Plays. The acting apprentice is curled up in an office chair … [Read More...]

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In Previews: ATL’s Apprentice Actors

  The Actors Theatre apprentice program is known nationally for its rigorous training and strong performances. This year it's expressed in the sleep-themed triptych Sleep Rock Thy … [Read More...]

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The Dramaturg’s Success

During the Humana Fest's industry weekend - the final one - it's not just normal audience members, critics, other actors, directors and agents in the audience. There are also dramaturgs and literary … [Read More...]

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ATL’s Les Waters: To Hell with the Good Old Days

As a young director in London, Les Waters read about the plays coming out of Kentucky's HumanaFest. A generation later he's running it, along with Actors Theatre of Louisville. The festival made its … [Read More...]

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Still Waters: An Interview with Actors Theatre of Lousville Artistic Director Les Waters

Les Waters was named Artistic Director of Actors Theatre of Louisville in 2011. But the first full season that he has programmed for the theater -- and that  means not just the Humana Festival but a … [Read More...]

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See Me After Class: Paula Vogel on Playwrights as Teachers

The weekend shouldn't have to feel like school. But a Humana panel discussion Saturday  morning stayed safely within ivy towers, even though its most revered participant has taken her work to the … [Read More...]

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Weight of History: The Playwright Confronts

Waves whoosh in and out, and seabirds cry over the speakers. Sand piles up and spills over corners and floor the floor of the set. A young man looks around in terror as he collects branches to build a … [Read More...]

Meredith McDonough & Sam Marks, director and writer, respectively, of "The Delling Shore"

Influenced: Playwrights and directors recall the one who got them here

"I learned it by watching you!" a 1980s anti-drug PSA once accused. Why artists make the work they do is an existential query no amount of bloviation could ever fully answer -- no tolerable amount … [Read More...]

Louis Cancelmi and Tom Ryan in the staged reading of Will Eno's "Gnit," part of the Big Weekend during Portland Center Stage's 2010 JAW. Photo by Patrick Weishampel.

Read The Stage: Going Forward

Peter Gnit: A whiny, dorky narcissist who somehow has women, from his long-suffering mother to the sweet Solvei, ruining their lives for him. Old story, right? Yes, really old story. Gnit (guh-NIT) … [Read More...]

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Q&A with David J. Loehr of 2amt

David J. Loehr is a playwright, co-founder and artist in residence of Riverrun Theatre and the online theatre site 2amtheatre (full disclosure: 2amt is a site for which I have written several … [Read More...]

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Shopping for talent at HumanaFest

The new talent's gotta come from somewhere. Among hundreds of visitors to this year's HumanaFest is veteran New York talent agent Doug Kesten. He's scouting the apprentice company, he says, "hopefully … [Read More...]

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Playwright Marsha Norman

Local Impact: Where’s The Local Flavor In HumanaFest?

A notice for auditions for local actors posted by the Actors Theatre of Louisville appeared Sunday in The Courier-Journal. The timing was odd, in part because it was also the last day of the theatre's 2013 Humana Festival of New American … [Read More...]

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Appropriate in Six Words

Some plays generate a lot of talk. Branden Jacobs-Jensen’s Appropriate is about family and legacy and secrets and shame. And even though the word is only used twice in the script, it’s also about lynching. Difficult subjects all. How do you tell … [Read More...]

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We Can Get Down: Artist and Critic Talk Hip Hop and Theatre

Humana is down with hip hop. In 2008, Marc Bamuthi Joseph’s solo piece the break/s: a mixtape for the stage had its co-premiere in Louisville. Joseph dances through stories he collected as a “hip-hop educator,” and in my review, I compared him to … [Read More...]

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The ATL Apprentice Company: Niceness Counts

“We’re probably the country’s only practical training program,” boasts Michael Legg, the director of the Actors Theatre of Louisville’s Apprentice Company for the past six years. This troupe of young actors helps keep the Humana Festival—and, indeed, … [Read More...]

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Critical Debate: To Read or Not Read The Play First

Chris: Okay, I've got homework tonight. Lou: No, you don’t. You don’t have to read plays before you see them. Chris: I do, you know. I’ve always done it. Lou: I would suggest that, in most cases, especially at a new play festival, it's … [Read More...]

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Backstory: What happens after Humana?

“I saw it at Humana.” Sure, but did you see it anywhere else after that? How quickly do plays launch out of the Humana Festival into the wider theatrical world? How high do they fly? How often do they stay put on the Louisville launch … [Read More...]

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Critics’ Round-up: O Guru Guru Guru…

O Guru Guru Guru, or why I don’t want to go to yoga class with you By Mallery Avidon Directed by Lila Neuberger This subversive assessment of the craze for spiritual enlightenment has an odd structure. The first part is basically a lecture … [Read More...]