2016 Humana Festival Lineup Revealed

by on November 17, 2015

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Actors Theatre’s 40th Humana Festival runs March 2 through April 10, 2016 and features six full-length world premieres and an evening of ten-minute plays.

November 17, 2015



March 2 – April 10, 2016


Steven Dietz

Laura Jacqmin

Hansol Jung

Martyna Majok

Meg Miroshnik

Jiehae Park

Brendan Pelsue

Sarah Ruhl

Jen Silverman

Louisville, KY – Actors Theatre of Louisville Artistic Director Les Waters and Managing Director Jennifer Bielstein are proud to announce the lineup for the 40th Humana Festival of New American Plays.  A highlight of the cultural calendar for theatergoers, artists and industry professionals across the country, the Humana Festival runs March 2 through April 10, 2016.

This year’s Festival program will feature six world premieres, including (in order of opening):

In addition, a bill of three ten-minute plays will also premiere as part of the scheduled lineup. Ten-minute plays and playwrights will be announced in February, 2016. For more information on individual plays, see below.

“Actors Theatre is delighted to be producing these exciting new plays and showcasing some of the country’s brightest playwrights,” said Les Waters, Actors Theatre’s artistic director. “I believe that the Humana Festival represents the future of theatre, and I think that our writers define the world we live in now. I am proud that Actors Theatre’s passion and commitment to artistic exploration provide a space for these voices to be heard.”

“We are grateful for our longstanding partnership with the Humana Foundation, whose commitment to supporting artistic innovation ensures that theatre continues to play a vital role in a thriving society here in Louisville, across the region and around the globe,” said Jennifer Bielstein, Actors Theatre’s managing director. “Last year’s Festival attendance was more than 37,000, with visitors from 42 states and five countries represented in the audience. This is further evidence that by investing in the future of American theatre, Actors Theatre continues to be a source of national and international recognition and economic prosperity for Louisville.”

For four decades, Actors Theatre of Louisville has been a driving force in new play development, introducing nearly 450 plays into the American and international theatre’s general repertoire and representing the work of more than 370 playwrights. The internationally acclaimed Humana Festival is recognized as a crucial incubator for new work, and a launching pad for myriad subsequent productions around the country and the world. In the 2014 Humana Festival, Actors Theatre commissioned and premiered Lucas Hnath’s The Christians, which recently closed an acclaimed run at Playwrights Horizons in New York and opens in Los Angeles at the Mark Taper Forum in December. In addition, The Glory of the World by Charles Mee—another Actors Theatre commission, which premiered during the 2015 Humana Festival—will transfer to BAM in New York in January, 2016.

This year’s lineup of plays will be performed in rotating repertory in three theatres located in Actors Theatre’s downtown Louisville complex: the 633-seat Pamela Brown Auditorium, 318-seat Bingham Theatre, and 159-seat Victor Jory Theatre. The 2016 Humana Festival schedule also offers weekend packages for out-of-town guests, a weekend of enrichment events for college students, and features special weekends for industry professionals, which include networking opportunities, discussions, and parties—making Louisville the place to be in American theatre this spring.  A full list of the weekend package opportunities is included in the listings section.

Weekend packages and single tickets for the 2016 Humana Festival of New American Plays will go on sale to the public beginning Wednesday, November 18. Actors Theatre’s Season Ticket Holders can access single tickets and package add-ons during a special pre-sale on Tuesday, November 17.  For more information, please visit ActorsTheatre.org or call 502.584.1205. For Festival Ticket Package reservations, please call 502.561.3344.

Actors Theatre celebrates the 40th Humana Festival with underwriter the Humana Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Humana, Inc.  Additional support is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts and The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust.

For detailed information about each of the plays in the 40th Humana Festival of New American Plays, please click on the links above.

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.



 Press Openings

Residence by Laura Jacqmin
Friday, March 4, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.

For Peter Pan on her 70th birthday by Sarah Ruhl
Thursday, March 10, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.

This Random World by Steven Dietz
Sunday, March 13, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.

Wellesley Girl by Brendan Pelsue
Sunday, March 20, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.

Wondrous Strange by Martyna Majok, Meg Miroshnik, Jiehae Park and Jen Silverman
Friday, March 25, 2016 at 11 p.m.

Cardboard Piano by Hansol Jung
Sunday, March 27, 2016 at 7 p.m.

The Ten-Minute Plays
Saturday, April 9, 2016 at 9 p.m.


Humana Festival Kick-off
Thursday, February 25, 2016 6 – 10 p.m.
Join Actors Theatre for a unique celebration to bring in the Festival with much-deserved fanfare!

Saturday, April 2, 2016 at 10 p.m.
Join us at this FREE, casual gathering, where you’ll meet local theatre enthusiasts and welcome the theatre industry’s finest.

Humana Festival Bash
Saturday, April 9, 2016 at 10 p.m.
Come and help us celebrate the closing of the Humana Festival! An evening of food, drink and entertainment in the lobbies, the Bash is an opportunity for patrons, producers, artists, critics, Actors alumni and more to send off this memorable season in style!

Festival Ticket Packages are available for the following weekends, enabling you to see a variety of Humana Festival plays and access special events: March 18-20, March 25-27, April 1-3, and April 7-10*, 2016. Unique packages are available for theatre professionals, new play enthusiasts, college students and professors, as well as high school students and teachers.

Single ticket prices start at $25, and will be on sale beginning at 10 a.m. on November 18. For more information or to purchase Humana Festival weekend packages, visit ActorsTheatre.org. or call 502.584.1205.

*Please note that The Ten-Minute Plays are running April 9 & 10 only.

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The Humana Festival of New American Plays

The Humana Festival is an internationally acclaimed event that has introduced nearly 450 plays into the American and international theatre’s general repertoire, including three Pulitzer Prize winners—The Gin Game by D. L. Coburn, Crimes of the Heart by Beth Henley, and Dinner with Friends by Donald Margulies—as well as Marsha Norman’s Getting Out, John Pielmeier’s Agnes of God, Charles Mee’s Big Love and The Glory of the World, Naomi Iizuka’s Polaroid Stories and At the Vanishing Point, Jane Martin’s Anton in Show Business, Rinne Groff’s The Ruby Sunrise, Theresa Rebeck’s The Scene, Gina Gionfriddo’s After Ashley and Becky Shaw, UNIVERSES’ Ameriville, Rude Mechs’ The Method Gun, Jordan Harrison’s Maple and Vine, Will Eno’s Gnit, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ Appropriate, and Lucas Hnath’s Death Tax and The Christians.  More than 380 Humana Festival plays have been published in anthologies and individual acting editions, making Actors Theatre a visible and vital force in the development of new plays.

The Humana Festival is the premier event of its kind in the nation, drawing theatre lovers, journalists, and film and stage producers from around the world. About 36,000 patrons attend the five weeks of plays and associated events, including students from more than 50 colleges and universities. The Festival culminates in two industry weekends, which bring together a collection of amazing new plays with one-of-a-kind panels, cocktail parties, discussions and networking events. It is the perfect opportunity to see new work, make new connections, and support the creation of new American theatre.

About Actors Theatre of Louisville

Les Waters, Artistic Director
Jennifer Bielstein, Managing Director

Now in its 52nd Season, Actors Theatre of Louisville, the State Theatre of Kentucky, is the flagship arts organization in the Louisville community. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Les Waters and Managing Director Jennifer Bielstein, Actors Theatre serves to unlock human potential, build community, and enrich quality of life by engaging people in theatre that reflects the wonder and complexity of our time.

Actors Theatre presents more than 350 performances annually and delivers a broad range of programming, including classics and contemporary work through the Brown-Forman Series, holiday plays, a series of free theatrical events produced by the Apprentice/Intern Company, and the Humana Festival of New American Plays—the premier new play festival in the nation, which has introduced nearly 450 plays into the American theatre repertoire over the past 39 years. In addition, Actors Theatre provides more than 15,000 arts experiences each year to students across the region through its Education Department, and boasts one of the nation’s most prestigious continuing pre-professional resident training companies, now in its 44th year.

Over the past half-century, Actors Theatre has also emerged as one of America’s most consistently innovative professional theatre companies, with an annual attendance of more than 140,000. Actors Theatre has been the recipient of some of the most prestigious awards bestowed on a regional theatre, including a 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 has toured to 29 cities and 15 countries worldwide, totaling more than 1,400 appearances internationally. Currently, there are more than 50 published books of plays and criticism from Actors Theatre in circulation—including anthologies of Humana Festival plays, volumes of ten-minute plays and monologues, and essays, scripts and lectures from the Brown-Forman Classics in Context Festival. Numerous plays first produced at Actors Theatre have also been published as individual acting editions, and have been printed in many other anthologies, magazines and journals—making an enduring contribution to American dramatic literature.





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