Especially that anthology (text from playbill.com):
By Kenneth Jones
13 Nov 2008
Plays by Marc Masterson and Adrien-Alice Hansel, Zoe Kazan, Charles L. Mee, Allison Moore, Naomi Wallace and the group UNIVERSES will fill the stages of Actors Theatre of Louisville for the 33rd Annual Humana Festival of New American Plays March 1-April 11, 2009.
In addition to the six full-length world premieres by these writers, a special “anthology” play called BRINK!, with contributions by many writers, and three one-act plays (to be announced later) will be presented. Expect special weekend packages, panels and discussions throughout the rotating-repertory festival.
The Humana Fest is internationally recognized as a major breeding ground for new American plays. The Gin Game, Keely and Du, Omnium Gatherum and more started here.
In total, 18 playwrights are to be represented at 2009 Humana, in Louisville, KY.
“The Humana Festival is a celebration of the diversity and strength of new American theatre,” Masterson, the ATL artistic director, said in a statement. “The artists in this year’s festival represent a cross-section of our culture and include new voices as well as some of the most established and respected writers and directors working in the theatre today.”
“Over the past 33 years, the Humana Festival of New American Plays has introduced more than 350 plays into the world,” added Jennifer Bielstein, the theatre’s managing director. “In this time of economic challenges, the arts provide a vital way for us to examine our changing world. The Humana Festival continues to be a place for us to unite in our support of the American theatre. We look forward to hosting our colleagues and theatre lovers in Louisville in 2009.”
BRINK!, performed by the ATL apprentice company, is written by Lydia Diamond, Kristoffer Diaz, Greg Kotis, Deborah Zoe Laufer, Peter Sinn Nachtrieb and Deborah Stein.
Here’s the 2009 Humana Festival of New American Plays at a glance:
Mildred Ruiz, a founding member of UNIVERSES, is a playwright/actor/vocalist. Acting credits include The Denver Project (Curious Theatre), One Shot in Lotus Position (The War Anthology, Curious Theatre), Blue Suite, Rhythmicity (2003 Humana Festival), Slanguage (New York Theatre Workshop), The Ride and Alfred Jarry’s UBU:Enchained (Teatre Polski in Poland).
William Ruiz (aka Ninja), a founding member of UNIVERSES, has been seen in Slanguage, Ti Jean Blues, Tree Tails, Salome, Latin Howel and Run Baby Run (Houston Astrodome, Texas). He was playwright/director of Waiting for Gordo (an adaptation of Samuel Beckett’s play) and Ambassador of Music for the 2008 Jazz at Lincoln Center: Rhythm Road.
Steven Sapp is a founding member of UNIVERSES. Credits include The Denver Project (Curious Theatre), One Shot in Lotus Position (The War Anthology, Curious Theatre), Blue Suite, and the UNIVERSES shows Rhythmicity (2003 Humana Festival) and Slanguage (New York Theatre Workshop). As a director he has staged The Ride (playwright/actor/director), The Architecture of Loss (assistant director to Chay Yew), Will Powers’ The Seven (University of Iowa) and Alfred Jarry’s UBU:Enchained (Teatre Polski in Poland).
Theatre Professionals Weekend (March 27–29) is for artistic directors, literary managers and playwrights.
Special Visitors Weekend (April 3-5) is for press, producers, directors and casting agents from stage, film and television.
New Play Getaway ticket packages (available for weekends in March and April) are offered for theatre lovers and include discounts to multiple plays with guaranteed seating, hotel discounts and a festival guide.
The College Days Package (March 20-22) is an educational and professional development experience that includes a package of plays, seminars, post-show discussions and an insider’s look behind the scenes.
For New Play Getaway or College Days package information, call group sales manager Sarah Peters at (502) 585-1210 or GroupSales@ActorsTheatre.org.
Humana Festival single ticket prices range from $24 to $55 and will be available beginning Nov. 25. For more information or reservations call (502) 584-1205 or 1-800-4-ATL-TIX, or visit Actors Theatre’s website at http://www.ActorsTheatre.org.
The festival is sponsored by Humana Foundation. The festival represents the largest and longest current partnership between a corporation and a theatre in the United States.