Actors Theatre and University of Louisville announce a high flying program of events inspired by Sleep Rock Thy Brain, slated to premiere during the 37th Annual Humana Festival of New American Plays

by on March 8, 2013

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Actors Theatre of Louisville’s Artistic Director Les Waters and Managing Director Jennifer Bielstein are thrilled to join President Dr. James R. Ramsey and Provost Dr. Shirley Willihnganz of the University of Louisville to announce a cultural program of events in conjunction with the world premiere of Sleep Rock Thy Brain by Rinne Groff, Lucas Hnath and Anne Washburn during the 37th Humana Festival of New American Plays, February 27-April 7, 2013.

Actors Theatre and University of Louisville announce a high flying program of events inspired by Sleep Rock Thy Brain, slated to premiere during the 37th Annual Humana Festival of New American Plays

Kirsty Gaukel

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Actors Theatre of Louisville and University of Louisville announce a high flying program of events

inspired by Sleep Rock Thy Brain, slated to premiere during the 37th Annual Humana Festival of New American Plays

 

Louisville, KY –Actors Theatre of Louisville’s Artistic Director Les Waters and Managing Director Jennifer Bielstein are thrilled to join President Dr. James R. Ramsey and Provost Dr. Shirley Willihnganz of the University of Louisville to announce a cultural program of events in conjunction with the world premiere of Sleep Rock Thy Brain by Rinne Groff, Lucas Hnath and Anne Washburn during the 37th Humana Festival of New American Plays, February 27-April 7, 2013.

Highlights from the program available to members of the public include:

  • www.SleepRockThyBrain.com —A dedicated website where people can share their stories about sleep and dreaming.
  • School of Medicine Dean’s Hour: Sleep and Dreaming: From Neuroscience to Psychoanalysis, March 18 & March 22—A public panel discussion on sleep physiology and chemistry as well as psychological perspectives on dreams presented by the University of Louisville’s School of Medicine.
  • Sleep Rock Thy Brain, March 22-April 7 Presented by Actors Theatre’s Acting Apprentice Company as part of the Humana Festival of New American Plays.
  • Sleep Rock Thy Brain Art Contest, March 22-April 14—Inspired by Goya’s iconic dream image The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters, this exhibition, on display at Lincoln Performing Arts School, will feature works created by fine arts students in the University of Louisville Hite Art Institute.
  •  Sleep Rock My World, Sunday, March 24— A public panel discussion that will provide insights into the making of Sleep Rock Thy Brain
  • Ten-Minute Plays, March 29-31– Selected from submissions to University of Louisville’s ten-minute play contest that challenged theatre students to create plays based on sleep and dreaming.
  •  Sleep Rock Thy Brain, April 10-14—performed by students in the Department of Theatre Arts, University of Louisville

Actors Theatre’s Managing Director Jennifer Bielstein said, “It is a unique occasion to collaborate with these organizations. Their enthusiasm and the collective imagining of three renowned playwrights have inspired an exciting program of community-wide events and activities.”

Dr. James R. Ramsey, University of Louisville said, “This is a great opportunity for University of Louisville students to learn and collaborate with wonderful partners.  It’s inspiring to see this kind of community engagement and partnership surrounding the arts.”

Additional components of the partnership include a curated program of interdisciplinary series of on-and-off campus events for attendees of the annual Southeastern Theatre Conference, Actors Theatre of Louisville’s College Days Weekend and students at Lincoln Elementary School and the University of Louisville. Components include an Adaptation and Playwriting Residency at Lincoln Elementary School led by Actors Theatre of Louisville’s Education Department in April, providing an opportunity for students to learn about and participate in playwriting. Students from the University of Louisville’s School of Medicine will speak to elementary students on the medical and scientific benefits of sleeping and dreaming on March 20. Last week students at Lincoln had the opportunity to experience flying demonstrations and vote for their favorite teacher to be flown during the workshop. Additionally, members of Actors Theatre’s Acting Apprentice Company and the creative team of Sleep Rock Thy Brain participated in a series of in-classroom question-and-answer sessions with students. The University of Louisville has built two semester-long credited course options into their Spring curriculum that explore the theme of sleep: Sleep, Dreaming and Biological Rhythms will allow honors students to explore how the biological rhythms in the sleep/wake cycle affect our daily lives, and Dreams of Shakespeare will be offered to all English students and will focus on the theme of sleep and dreams in the plays and sonnets of Shakespeare.

Developed by Louisville-based VIA Studio, SleepRockThyBrain.com provides a view into the world of sleep and dreams of people from this community and beyond by allowing visitors to upload and share their own sleep and dream stories. Modeled off StoryCorps and the story collection project of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, the website is designed to house collected stories of sleep and dreams from around the community. The homepage also serves as an aggregator for conversations about sleep and dreams on twitter, pulling in real-time tweets from people using the hashtag #SleepRockThyBrain and whose posts on Twitter include the words “sleep” and “dream”. Furthermore, the University of Louisville is training students to collect sleep stories from the UofL student population, the Louisville community and the students’ own communities around the world. Once the stories are collected they will be housed on this website and all the stories submitted will be archived at the UofL library.

In September, Actors Theatre of Louisville announced a community-wide partnership with the University of Louisville, ZFX Flying Effects, and Jefferson County Public Schools in support of a new play commission, Sleep Rock Thy Brain. Set to premiere on March 22 and run through April 7, during the 37th Humana Festival of New American Plays, Sleep Rock Thy Brain is a suite of three one-act plays by Rinne Groff, Lucas Hnath and Anne Washburn that will utilize aerial performance to explore the brain science of sleep. The project, conceived by Actors artistic staff members Amy Attaway and Sarah Lunnie will be directed by Attaway and will feature Actors Theatre’s 22-member Acting Apprentice Company. A second production of Sleep Rock Thy Brain will be performed by students in the Department of Theatre Arts and will be directed by Department Chair Dr. Rinda Frye, April 10-14. Both shows will be staged in the Owsley Brown II Black Box Theater at Lincoln Performing Arts School.

FULL LIST OF EVENTS & ACTIVITIES:

Friday, March 8
5:30 – 6:45 p.m.
The Galt House
As part of annual Southeastern Theatre Conference

SLEEP ROCKS at Actors Theatre of Louisville, ZFX and the University of Louisville

Panel discussion on Sleep Rock Thy Brain, a new play about the science of sleep and dreaming commissioned for this year’s Humana Festival. From professional to college theatre, this collaboration spans the disciplines of science, medicine, theatre and humanities and will include campus and community in classes, panels, public presentations, and performances.
Panelists:
Amy Attaway (Actors Theatre of Louisville) Director and Co-conceiver of Sleep Rock Thy Brain; Sarah Lunnie (Actors Theatre of Louisville) Co-conceiver of Sleep Rock Thy Brain; Brian Owens (ZFX Flying Effects), Aerial Choreographer; Rinda Frye (University of Louisville), chair of the Department of Theatre Arts in the University of Louisville College of Arts and Sciences and Director of UofL’s production of Sleep Rock Thy Brain.
Who: Open to all SETC attendees
Tickets: For information on SETC, visit www.setc.org

 

Saturday, March 9
10:30 – 11:45 a.m.
Actors Theatre of Louisville
As part of annual Southeastern Theatre Conference

Humana 101: Producing a New Play Festival
Learn how Actors Theatre of Louisville produces the world-renowned Humana Festival of New American Plays.

Panelists:
Jennifer Bielstein (Actors Theatre of Louisville) Managing Director; Kory Kelly (Actors Theatre of Louisville) Director of Marketing and Communications; Kathleen Kronauer (Actors Theatre of Louisville), Production Manager; Stephanie Spalding (Actors Theatre of Louisville), Special Events and Audience Development Manager; Zan Sawyer-Dailey (Actors Theatre of Louisville), Associate Director, and Amy Wegener (Actors Theatre of Louisville), Literary Director.

Who: Open to all SETC attendees
Tickets: For information on SETC, visit www.setc.org

 

Monday, March 18, 12-1:00 p.m.
Kornhauser Library Auditorium, UofL Health Sciences Center Campus

Friday, March 22, 3-4:30 p.m.
105 Houchens, UofL Belknap Campus

School of Medicine Dean’s Hour: Sleep and Dreaming: From Neuroscience to Psychoanalysis
The program, moderated by Allan Tasman, MD, Professor and Chair, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, will discuss sleep and dreaming from a broad perspective including the latest neuroscience basis for understanding sleep physiology and stages of sleep, as well as a focus on the REM stage of sleep when dreaming occurs.  In addition to the physiology of REM sleep, the presentation will review an understanding of dreaming from two perspectives which focus on the psychological interpretations of dreams and their meanings, and how this understanding can be used to improve self-awareness and as a therapeutic tool.
Presentations:

  • Allan Tasman, MD, Professor and Chair, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, ‘Do Dreams Reflect Unconscious Psychological Processes, and Why Is This Important?
  • William Guido, PhD, Professor and Chair, Department of Anatomical Sciences and Neurobiology, ‘The Stages of Sleep and Sleep Physiology’
  • David M. Hiestand, MD, Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine and Director, UL Sleep Medicine Center, ‘REM Sleep:  What Is it, and Why Does It Occur?’
  • Erik D. Goodwyn, MD, Instructor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, ‘Carl Jung’s Theories of Dreams as Reflecting the Collective Unconscious’   (HSC program only)

Who:  Open to members of the public

 

Wednesday, March 20
9:00-9:30 a.m.
Lincoln Performing Arts School

School of Medicine Educational Program
School of Medicine students speak to elementary students on the medical and scientific benefits of sleeping and dreaming.

Who:  Lincoln Elementary students

 

March 22 – April 7, 2013
Owsley Brown II Black Box Theater at Lincoln Performing Arts School

Sleep Rock Thy Brain
by Rinne Groff, Lucas Hnath, and Anne Washburn
conceived by Amy Attaway and Sarah Lunnie
directed by Amy Attaway
performed by the 2012-2013 Acting Apprentice Company

The mind takes flight at night.

The science of sleep is cutting-edge stuff. Though sleep takes up fully one-third of our lives, its purpose has long been shrouded in mystery. One thing’s for sure: the mind at night is anything but quiet. Join us as three daring playwrights and the Acting Apprentice Company let their imaginations take flight, harnessing science and spectacle to explore the rich complexities of the sleeping brain.

 
For a full performance schedule, visit www.actorstheatre.org

Who: Open to members of the public
Where: Lincoln Performing Arts School
Tickets: 502-584-1205

 

March 22-April 14
Owsley Brown II Black Box Theater at Lincoln Performing Arts School

Sleep Rock Thy Brain Art Contest

Inspired by Goya’s iconic dream images The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters from the Hite Art Institute’s collection, this exhibition will feature winning works created by UofL fine arts students. All accepted entries in the contest will also be displayed online at the Hite Art Institute’s website – www.Louisville.edu/art.

 

Saturday, March 23
5:30-6:30 p.m.
Part of the 37th Humana Festival College Days Weekend
ZFX Flying Effects, 611 Industry Road, Louisville, KY*

 ZFX Flying Effects Tour

Ever wanted to learn how to fly? Why not venture behind the scenes of Louisville’s headquarters for theatrical flying and design? You will learn from staff members who create and design custom flying equipment and choreography for productions all over the world, including Wicked, Beauty and the Beast and Sleep Rock Thy Brain.

Who: This panel is open to all guests of College Days
Tickets: For more information on College Days contact Actors Theatre’s Group Sales Manager Sarah Peters, at 502-585-1210, or SPeters@ActorsTheatre.org or visit HumanaFestival.org.

*please note that transportation will not be provided

 

Sunday, March 24
10:45-11:45 a.m.
Part of the 37th Humana Festival College Days Weekend
Actors Theatre of Louisville, Bingham Theatre, 316 West Main Street

Come Fly with Me: Imagining Sleep at Your College

If you are a student or professor interested in producing your own production of Sleep Rock Thy Brain, or if you are curious about creating a campus/community-wide theatrical event of your own, this conversation is for you. Key partners will be on hand to discuss the logistics, challenges and next steps for this year’s multi-layered Apprentice Project.

Panelists:

Amy Attaway (Actors Theatre of Louisville) Director and Co-conceiver of Sleep Rock Thy Brain; Sarah Lunnie (Actors Theatre of Louisville) Co-conceiver of Sleep Rock Thy Brain; Brian Owens (ZFX Flying Effects), Aerial Choreographer; Rinda Frye (University of Louisville), chair of the Department of Theatre Arts in the University of Louisville College of Arts and Sciences and Director of UofL’s production of Sleep Rock Thy Brain.

Who: This panel is open to all guests of College Days.
Tickets: For more information on College Days, contact Actors Theatre’s Group Sales Manager, Sarah Peters, at 502-585-1210, or SPeters@ActorsTheatre.org, or visit HumanaFestival.org.

 

Sunday, March 24
12-1 p.m.
Part of the 37th Humana Festival College Days Weekend
Actors Theatre of Louisville, Pamela Brown Auditorium, 316 West Main Street

Sleep Rock My World: Insights into the Making of the 2013 Humana Festival Apprentice Anthology Project

Meet the conceivers, creators and several acting apprentices behind this year’s gravity-defying Apprentice Project, Sleep Rock Thy Brain.

Panelists:

Amy Attaway (Actors Theatre of Louisville) Director and Co-conceiver of Sleep Rock Thy Brain; Sarah Lunnie (Actors Theatre of Louisville) Co-conceiver of Sleep Rock Thy Brain; Brian Owens (ZFX Flying Effects), Aerial Choreographer.

Who: Open to the public. Free, but ticketed
Tickets: To reserve a ticket call 502-584-1205

 

Thursday, March 29-Sunday, March 31
8:00 p.m.
Studio Theatre, University of Louisville, at the Thrust, corner of Floyd and Warnock Streets

Ten-Minute Plays

The ten-Minute Play Contest was judged by peers and professionals at Actors Theatre and challenged theatre students to create plays based on sleep and dreaming.

Who: Open to members of the public.
Tickets: Free, but ticketed. Donations welcome. To reserve tickets call 502-852-7682.

 

April 10 – 14, 2013
Owsley Brown II Black Box Theater at Lincoln Performing Arts School

Sleep Rock Thy Brain
by Rinne Groff, Lucas Hnath, and Anne Washburn
conceived by Amy Attaway and Sarah Lunnie
directed by Rinda Frye

performed by the University of Louisville Department of Theatre Arts

The mind takes flight at night.

The science of sleep is cutting-edge stuff. Though sleep takes up fully one-third of our lives, its purpose has long been shrouded in mystery. One thing’s for sure: the mind at night is anything but quiet. Join the university cast for a fresh take on the playwrights’ visions as they too let their imaginations take flight, harnessing science and spectacle to explore the rich complexities of the sleeping brain.

For more information, visit http://louisville.edu/theatrearts/box-office

 
Who: Open to members of the public
Where: Lincoln Performing Arts School
Tickets: 502-852-6814

 

Editor:  The involvement of The Humana Foundation in the Humana Festival of New American Plays is very important to us.  We would greatly appreciate inclusion of its participation in your coverage.  The Humana Festival represents the largest and longest-running active partnership between a corporation and a theatre in the United States.

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ABOUT SLEEP ROCK THEY BRAIN

Though sleep takes up fully one third of our lives, its purpose has long been shrouded in mystery. Why do we sleep? What’s it for? What’s happening inside our brains when we dream, and how should we understand our nightmares? Researchers are only now beginning to unlock the secrets behind one of life’s most universal experiences, and with Sleep Rock Thy Brain, playwrights Groff, Hnath and Washburn will harness the rich movement vocabulary of flight to explore the mysteries and complexities of the sleeping brain.

 

ABOUT THE COMMUNITY PARTNERS:

Actors Theatre of Louisville
Les Waters, Artistic Director
Jennifer Bielstein, Managing Director

Now in its 49th season, Actors Theatre of Louisville, the State Theatre of Kentucky, has emerged as one of America’s most consistently innovative professional theatre companies. For almost 40 years, it has been a major force in revitalizing American playwriting. Its annual Humana Festival of New American Plays is recognized as the premier event of its kind and draws producers, journalists, critics, playwrights and theatre lovers from around the world for a marathon of new works. More than 350 plays from Actors Theatre have been published, making them available to producers and readers, and creating a significant addition to the nation’s dramatic literature. Actors Theatre’s programming includes a broad range of classical and contemporary work, presenting more than 500 performances each season. The company performs annually to nearly 200,000 people and is the recipient of the most prestigious awards bestowed on a regional theatre: a special Tony Award for Distinguished Achievement, the James N. Vaughan Memorial Award for Exceptional Achievement and Contribution to the Development of Professional Theatre, and the Margo Jones Award for the Encouragement of New Plays. Actors Theatre’s international appearances include performances in over 29 cities in 15 foreign countries. Currently, there are 40 books of plays and criticism from Actors Theatre in publication and circulation.

www.actorstheatre.org

Lincoln Elementary School
Lincoln Elementary is the first JCPS elementary performing arts concept school of its kind in the state of Kentucky. Lincoln emphasizes a strong academic program in reading, writing, mathematics, science, and social studies. Each of the core academic areas is integrated with drama, music, and dance. The curriculum will ensure that students experience the entire performing arts process, from designing a stage set to performing a student-written piece of music or dance. Community partnerships with leading arts groups provide experiences and instruction that your child can’t get anywhere else. The result is a rich, engaging, and powerful instructional program that provides a teaching and learning environment unlike any other.

www.Lincoln.jefferson.kyschools.us

University of Louisville Medical School
The University of Louisville (UofL) is Kentucky’s metropolitan research university. Located in the commonwealth’s largest city, UofL is composed of 11 colleges and schools on three campuses.  Most of the university’s 22,000 students attend classes and live on or near the Belknap Campus, a park-like setting near historic Old Louisville that is home to seven colleges and schools, including most undergraduate programs.  Bordered by its many medical partners, UofL’ s downtown Health Sciences Center is home to more than 3,000 students pursuing degrees in health-related fields with the Schools of Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing and Public Health and Information Sciences, as well as 17 interdisciplinary centers and institutes.

University of Louisville Department of Theatre Arts
Dating back to the founding of the University Dramatic Club in 1923, the Department of Theatre Arts is committed to the development of its students as human beings and to nurturing their apprenticeship as theatre artists. The department offers the only Master of Fines Arts in performance in Kentucky. Currently, 75 students from all over the country are enrolled in undergraduate and graduate study.

Students are trained in the fine art of theatre, voice, movement, scene study, and design and also teach the historical and literary context of the theatre as a humanist and liberal art.  All students are exposed to the diversity of multicultural theatre.

The department fosters creativity, collaboration, discipline and artistic growth in its students.  It embraces the theatre as a means of creative expression, cultural understanding, social development and historical perspective. This knowledge includes the ability to understand the theatre arts, to appreciate them and to create works of art that enhance the human condition.

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