Sponsored by:
  • Brown Forman
  • The Humana Foundation

March 15 - April 7, 2013

Run Time: 2 hours

by Will Eno
directed by Les Waters
Is laziness the opposite of love? Is the search for the Self for total nobodies?

Watch closely as Peter Gnit, a funny-enough but so-so specimen of humanity, makes a lifetime of bad decisions, on the search for his True Self, which is disintegrating while he searches. A rollicking and very cautionary tale about, among other things, how the opposite of love is laziness. Gnit is a faithful, unfaithful, and willfully American misreading of Henrik Ibsen’s Peer Gynt, a 19th century Norwegian play which is famous for all the wrong reasons, written by Will Eno, who has never been to Norway.

Will Eno is the recipient of a Residency Five Fellowship at Signature Theatre, where his play Title and Deed premiered in May 2012. The Realistic Joneses had its world premiere at  Yale Repertory Theatre in April 2012. His play Middletown was a winner of the Horton Foote Prize and was produced at the Vineyard Theatre in New York and Steppenwolf in Chicago. His play Thom Pain (based on nothing) was a finalist for the 2005 Pulitzer Prize and has been translated into many Romance and Slavic languages. His work is published by Theatre Communications Group, Dramatists Play Service, Playscripts, Inc. and Oberon Books in London. Other work has also appeared in Harper’s, The Believer and The Quarterly.

CAST OF CHARACTERS (in order of appearance)

Mother- Leslie Lyles
Peter- Dan Waller
Stranger 1- Kris Kling
Stranger 2- Kate Eastwood Norris
Town- Danny Wolohan
Solvay- Hannah Bos


 Gnit is presented by special arrangement with Signature Theatre and was developed at The Pershing Square Signature Center, with thanks to the J.A.W. Festival, Portland Center Stage.


Made Possible by a Generous Grant from The Humana Foundation




What the critics are saying about Gnit


“There is plenty for any audience to follow in Gnit—Elizabeth Kramer, The Courier-Journal

“Dan Waller is captivating as Peter” —Elizabeth Kramer, The Courier-Journal

Gnit is wickedly funny, relentlessly intelligent and very well-executed by director (and artistic director) Les Waters, the cast and the design team. –Erin Keane, WFPL

“Waters’ cast is top-notch…”  –Erin Keane, WFPL

Full WFPL Review

“The audience realizes that this play is going to take them on a wild ride. And it’s going to be fun. ” – Michelle Rynbrandt,

“Danny Wolohan, who takes on a plethora of townspeople as one uniquely schizophrenic individual, is hilarious. His performance alone is worth the price of admission. ” – Michelle Rynbrandt,

Gnit is oddly entertaining…the projection of Peter Gnit’s existence isn’t just funny; it’s a reminder that no one can live a life all by himself” – Michelle Rynbrandt,

Full Review

“It is a funny and hugely enjoyable comedy”— Keith Waits, 

“This sort of rich and challenging writing is what the Humana Festival has always been about, and Louisville audiences are overdue for an introduction to one of the more important contemporary playwrights in American theatre.” — Keith Waits, 

Full Arts-Louisville Review





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