Now accepting applications for the 41st Humana Festival of New American Plays!
See groundbreaking plays that forge new theatrical territory in this nationally renowned celebration of some of the most talented voices in American theatre—right in your own backyard.
Actors Theatre welcomes community groups and charities to celebrate new work with us on Opening Night! Through this program, we invite groups who may not otherwise be able to attend on their own to join us for an evening of contemporary American theatre – created in Louisville – at a can’t-miss world-premiere performance.
Community groups and charities are granted tickets based on the organization’s mission, the individuals they serve and their ability to fully utilize any donated tickets.
Who Can Apply for an opening night Ticket Grant?
- 501(c)(3) charities and community groups that serve individuals in the greater Louisville and Southern Indiana area that for various reasons do not have the resources to attend a performance on their own.
What are the rules?
- Applications must be received by February 3, 2017.
- Ticket usage is tracked and groups must use no less than 80% of the tickets donated in order to receive future ticket grants.
- Anyone in attendance, regardless of age, must have a ticket. No children under the age of four will be admitted.
- Once tickets are awarded, they cannot be exchanged for a different performance.
- Tickets awarded through the grant program cannot be resold. Charities that sell any donated tickets will be permanently disqualified from the program.
Are there restrictions?
- Ticket requests should be made for a minimum of 10 people and a maximum of 150 people per production.
- Each group may apply for as many as two productions.
- Groups cannot receive more than one ticket grant per season.
- There is no guarantee that any show will be awarded to an applying group.
How do I know if my group is granted tickets?
- You must complete all parts of the application. Complete online here.
- Applications are reviewed by Actors Theatre staff. Approval and seating location will be determined by what is available at the time your application is reviewed.
- You will receive an email from Melissa Hines, Marketing Manager (firstname.lastname@example.org) with the show information for which you have been awarded tickets no later than two weeks prior to the performance date. Actual tickets will not be available at the time of your initial notification.
- You will receive a second email from a member of the Box Office staff at Actors Theatre when your tickets are available for pick-up at the Box Office.
- A single group representative must make arrangements to pick up the tickets at Actors Theatre with a valid photo I.D. in advance of the performance.
What else do I need to know if tickets are awarded to my group?
- On the date of your production, please plan to arrive no later than 30 minutes prior to the start of the performance. Latecomers are admitted at the discretion of the House Manager.
- Paid parking is available in the Actors Theatre Garage, with entrances on Third Street and Main Street.
Thank you for your interest in the Actors Theatre Community Ticket Grant Program. We look forward to working with you!
41st Humana Festival Available Dates
Made possible by a generous grant from the Humana Foundation
Limited tickets available at Opening Night performances. Availability of tickets is subject to change; dates will sell out.
Please refer to ActorsTheatre.org for information on age recommendations and content advisories. We are not responsible for any objections to content of shows chosen by a selected group.
by Tasha Gordon-Solmon
directed by Stephen Brackett
Friday, March 3, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
After Adam and Nicole’s wedding culminates in an awkwardly timed fatality, the reception spins into an increasingly strange evening that leaves the bride and groom questioning just what it is they’re celebrating. But there’s no stopping the festivities: the flower girls are running amuck, the bridal party members are more preoccupied with their own flailing relationships, and everyone needs to stop ordering the blue drinks. Comedies end in marriage. Tragedies end in death. This play begins with both.
Audience Advisory: Contains strong language and sexual content.
Age Recommendations: Ages 13+
by Basil Kreimendahl
directed by Lisa Peterson
Thursday, March 9, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
Pamela Brown Auditorium
During the Cuban Missile Crisis, two average American families build a slapdash bomb shelter on their shared property line. With nuclear warfare looming, they wonder: is it the end? The end of baseball…and table manners…and macramé? But as they fret about the fall of civilization, they start to worry that something more personal is at stake. A slyly hilarious, compassionate look at anxiety in America, We’re Gonna Be Okay is about finding the courage to face who we are—and who we want to be.
Audience Advisory: Contains strong language and some adult content.
Age Recommendations: Ages 13+
by Molly Smith Metzler
directed by Davis McCallum
Sunday, March 12, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
Cooped up on maternity leave and starved for conversation, Jessie invites her funny and forthright neighbor Lina, also a new mom, for coffee on the patio between their duplexes. Despite their vastly different finances, they become fast friends during naptimes—while someone watches from the mansion on the cliff overlooking Jessie’s yard. This comedy with dark edges takes an honest look at the absurdities of being home with a baby, the dilemma of returning to work, and how class impacts parenthood and friendship.
Audience Advisory: This play contains strong language.
Age Recommendations: Ages 12+
by Jorge Ignacio Cortiñas
directed by Les Waters
Sunday, March 17, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
Pamela Brown Auditorium
Álvaro is searching for a lost episode of The X-Files that he swears has been mysteriously altered since its original broadcast, but nobody believes him. Could the missing episode be proof of a larger conspiracy? Years later, when a friend arrives in Puerto Rico hoping to preserve Álvaro’s stories, she must face the family from whom he vanished long ago. A darkly compelling tale about the danger of having no one to trust—and how families, and nations, keep circling the places that haunt them.