LOUISVILLE, KY.: The Actors Theatre of Louisville has announced the five plays that will appear in the 2016 Humana Festival of New American plays.
The festival will kick-off with Laura Jacqmin’s Residence (March 2–April 10, 2016), about a new mother who has gone back to work as a medical supply saleswoman and stays at an extended-stay hotel while on business. Hal Brooks will direct.
Next will be Sarah Ruhl’s For Peter Pan on her 70th Birthday (March 8–April 10, 2016), about four siblings gathering to say goodbye to their dying father, which ignites childhood memories and the allure of Neverland. Kathleen Chalfant will star and Les Waters will direct.
Following will be Steven Dietz’s This Random World (March 11–April 10, 2016), about the serendipity of people’s paths crossing in which an ailing woman plans one final trip, her daughter orchestrates a great escape, and her son falls prey to a prank gone wrong. Meredith McDonough will direct.
Next is Brendan Pelsue’s Wellesley Girl (March 18–April 10, 2016), about a dystopian future in the year 2465 where American politics have remained the same, but the country is made up of only a handful of New England towns. Lee Sunday Evans will direct.
Following will be Hansol Jung’s Cardboard Piano (March 25–April 10, 2016), about how the violence and intolerance of Northern Uganda’s civil war disrupt the union of the daughter of an American missionary and a local teenage girl. Leigh Silverman will direct.
Also part of the festival will be Wondrous Strange (March 25–April 10, 2016), by Martyna Majok, Meg Miroshnik, Jiehae Park, and Jen Silverman, an exploration of the supernatural inspired by the rich ghost lore of Kentucky. The 2015–16 Acting Apprentice Company will perform and Marti Lyons will direct.