Every April for decades, producers, theatre mavens, and critics would gather to binge new plays at the Festival of New American Plays. But not this April.
The shows in this year’s new-play fest at Actors Theatre of Louisville were in dialogue with past offerings, no doubt, but also with our current moment.
At the 42nd Humana Festival of New American Plays, the Kilroys and Anne Bogart spoke, Lauren Gunderson got a prize, and a majority female-authored program commanded the stage.
On this week’s podcast David J. Loehr reports back from the Humana Festival. Plus, the editors discuss ‘Miss Saigon’ and AT’s new program to nurture theatre critics of color.
Actors Theatre of Louisville’s latest new-play fest reflected a nation, and a field, rushing to the future, haunted by the past.
A collection of not-so-straight plays, an ensemble-devised work and an African-American living-room play made up the main slate at Actors Theatre’s annual new-play gathering.
AMERICAN THEATRE looks back on the 38th annual Humana Festival of New American Plays, which featured new plays by Kimber Lee, Lucas Hnath and Branden Jacobs-Jenkins. AMERICAN THEATRE’s senior editor Rob Weinert-Kendt sat down over Skype for a podcast conversation with two theatre critics: Erin Keane—arts reporter and theatre critic from Louisville’s NPR station WFPL—and Bill Hirschman, editor and critic of Florida Theater On Stage. They discussed the festival’s offerings, if art for art’s sake is a good idea and the critic’s obligation to the playwright.
Excursions into the human psyche were de rigueur at this year’s Humana.
The human condition gets a workout at 2 festivals: Humana and Pacific Playwrights.
A full plate at Humana’s all-you-can-see new-play buffet.