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 name in the late 1970s with straight-up American realism and two of the most-produced works of the century: “The Gin Game” and “Crimes of the Heart.” HumanaFest has been competing with its own legacy ever since. Waters says, in effect, ignore it.
WHAT’S IN THIS VIDEO: HumanaFest’s Les Waters talks about the festival’s reputation as THE wellspring of “work being generated in America.” At the Royal Court, says the British director, the “burden” of institutional history is heavy. It’s the same in Louisville.