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 name in the late 1970s with straight-up American realism and two of the most-produced works of the century: “The Gin Game” and […]

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 to help in getting their careers going.” We spoke on the trolley shuttle from Actors Theatre of Louisville to Lincoln Performing Arts School, the […]

Director: Why do audiences resist?

Why do audiences resist stories told unconventionally? During intermission of Friday night’s performance of Appropriate, HumanaFest guest director Lila Neugebauer (O Guru Guru Guru) offered her perspective on what the visual arts have done right–and what theatre artists can learn from it. WHAT’S IN THIS VIDEO: American theatre hasn’t done a great job in helping […]