Louisville, KY – Artistic Director Les Waters and Managing Director Kevin E. Moore are proud to announce the 2017 lineup for the Professional Training Company’s The Tens, running January 10-14 in the Victor Jory Theatre at Actors Theatre of Louisville. Tickets are free to the public but reservations for performances are required. You can reserve your tickets in advance by visiting ActorsTheatre.org or by calling the Box Office at 502.584.1205.
The Tens marks the third theatre event in the Professional Training Company’s five-show season comprised entirely of new work, following the Solo Mios and New Play Project. This evening of ten-minute plays features a lineup of seven new pieces culled from hundreds of submissions, including entries to Actors Theatre’s National Ten-Minute Play Contest. Established in 1989, the National Ten-Minute Play Contest remains one of the most enduring and significant means by which the literary staff at Actors Theatre of Louisville connects with American playwrights and is introduced to vibrant new voices for the stage. Throughout the Contest’s history, Actors Theatre has cultivated relationships with many playwrights, including Lucas Hnath (The Christians, Death Tax), Jordan Harrison (The Grown-Up, Maple and Vine), and Tasha Gordon-Solmon (I Now Pronounce), many of whom have gone on to have full-length plays produced in the Humana Festival of New American Plays.
While attending The Tens, patrons are encouraged to make a donation of any amount in support of the 2016-2017 Professional Training Company Industry Showcase. This showcase, funded entirely through patron donations and taking place during the Humana Festival of New American Plays, brings the nation’s top theatrical agents and casting directors to Louisville for an introduction to the Acting Apprentices. Attendees may make a cash or check donation onsite, or online at actorstheatre.org/PTCshowcase. For more information, contact Rachael Everson at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 502.584.1265 x3068.
Actors Theatre’s Professional Training Company receives funding from The Roy Cockrum Foundation. Founded by Roy Cockrum, the Foundation supports world-class performing arts projects in not-for-profit professional theatres throughout the United States. The Foundation considers grants by invitation only and is dedicated to helping nonprofit theatres reach beyond their normal scope of activities and undertake ambitious and creative productions.
The following Professional Training Company alumni will be involved in this season’s production of The Tens: Emily Feldman, author of Midsummer’s Eve; John Rooney, director for Seep; Jessica Reese, dramaturg for Seep; Maggie McGrann, Costume Designer; and Matthew Krell, Technical Director.
The selections include the following plays, written by seven playwrights:
Gutted by Carrie Barrett, Love Languages by Iris Dauterman, Midsummer’s Eve by Emily Feldman, #Matter by Idris Goodwin, Home Invasion by Krista Knight, Seep by Lexy Leuszler, and Melto Man and Lady Mantis by Eric Pfeffinger.
Descriptions of the lineup of plays selected for The Tens, along with playwright biographies, are as follows:
by Carrie Barrett
directed by Luke Harlan
A young couple, Wright and Alisha, are looking for a clean slate and a new home. But what happens when they learn that a beautiful prospective condo might not be the killer deal they’re hoping for? If only a fresh coat of paint (and a couple of bad puns) could fix everything!
Carrie Barrett’s plays have been produced or developed at the National Playwrights Conference at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab, PLAY LA Workshop, Skylight Theatre Company, Sideshow Theatre, Kitchen Dog Theater and Gotham Stage Company, among others. Her improv and sketch comedy has been produced all over the world and Internet, most notably at iO Theaters, The Second City Unhinged, Hollywood Improv, SketchMelt by Nerdist, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Piccolo Spoleto Festival and Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival. She currently resides in Los Angeles with her husband and laptop. For more information, please visit carriebarrett.com.
by Iris Dauterman
directed by Sammy Zeisel
Mark and Lily are the cutest couple, according to their friends, and in a bit of a rut, according to Lily’s subconscious. A series of lucid dreams explores the puzzle of Lily’s relationship, and the subtle ways that people can love and leave each other.
Iris Dauterman holds an M.F.A. in Playwriting from Indiana University, and a B.A. in Drama from Bennington College. Her plays Sing to Me Now and Trigger Warning have been seen as part of Indiana University’s At First Sight Festival of New Plays. Sing to Me Now also received a reading by Animus Theatre Company in Central Park. Her plays The Waypoint and You Can Have Me were both selected to receive staged readings at the Berkshire Fringe Festival. The Waypoint was produced by Bazaar Productions at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art. Dauterman is an adjunct instructor in Playwriting at Earlham College and lives in Indianapolis, Indiana.
by Emily Feldman
directed by Krissy Vanderwarker
On a perfect night in the middle of the summer, in the middle of the city, a pretty outdoor performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream is interrupted by an ugly act of violence.
Emily Feldman is a former literary intern at Actors Theatre. Her short plays Important People and Estate Planning, as well as New Play Project commissions every every minute and The Diamond Trade, have been performed by the Professional Training Company. Feldman’s work has been developed by The Alliance Theatre, Colt Coeur and the Magic Theatre. She’s been an artist-in-residence at SPACE on Ryder Farm and The Atlantic Center for the Arts, a Tennessee Williams Scholar at the Sewanee Writers Conference, and a Core Apprentice at the Playwrights’ Center. Feldman received a Kilroys’ List honorable mention, is a three-time Heideman Award finalist, and is currently a Jerome Fellow at the Playwrights’ Center. She recently completed her M.F.A. in Playwriting at University of California, San Diego and holds a B.A. from Middlebury College.
by Idris Goodwin
directed by Lila Rachel Becker
A racially motivated misunderstanding on social media prompts a reunion between two old friends. The personal becomes political, and the past becomes present as they seek a common language to express their views of equality.
Idris Goodwin is a playwright, spoken word performer and essayist. His play How We Got On was developed at the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference and premiered at Actors Theatre (2012 Humana Festival), and is being produced at theatres across the country. Other plays include This Is Modern Art (co-written with Kevin Coval), And In This Corner: Cassius Clay, and Bars and Measures. His work has been produced and developed with Oregon Shakespeare Festival, The Kennedy Center, The Ground Floor at Berkely Rep, La Jolla Playhouse, The Lark Play Development Center, the Playwrights’ Center and The New Harmony Project. These Are The Breaks (Write Bloody, 2011), his debut collection of essays and poetry, was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. He’s performed on HBO, The Discovery Channel, Sesame Street and National Public Radio. Goodwin teaches performance writing and hip hop aesthetics at Colorado College.
by Krista Knight
directed by Krissy Vanderwarker
Two ghosts have lured robbers to an expensive apartment rented out on Airbnb. The robbers think they’ve outsmarted the absent tenants, but they’re about to fall into a trap themselves.
Krista Knight’s work includes Primal Play at New Georges and the Playwrights’ Center; Salamander Leviathan at Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater, Ars Nova’s ANT Fest and Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival (KCACTF Musical Theatre Award); Clementine and the Cyber Ducks at The Assembly Theater, Hangar Theatre and Inkwell; Phantom Band at The Claque, Walden Theatre, Voice and Vision and Dixon Place; Anaerobic Respiration at The Playwrights’ Center of San Francisco and New York International Fringe Festival; and Un-Hinged at Wily West, Playhouse Creatures and WordBRIDGE, among others. Commissions include Youth Musical Theater Company with Dave Malloy, The Berkeley Rep School of Theatre, Case Western Reserve University Biomedical Engineering Department, The Assembly, Live Girls!, and Class Act. Knight has been in residence at La Napoule Art Foundation, Ucross, Yaddo, and MacDowell. Knight received her B.A. from Brown University; her M.A. in Performance Studies from New York University; and her M.F.A. in Playwriting from University of California, San Diego. She was a Page 73 Playwriting Fellow (2007) and a Shank Playwriting Fellow at the Vineyard Theatre (2011-2012). Knight is an alumna of Ensemble Studio Theatre’s Youngblood, TerraNova Groundbreakers, Page 73’s Interstate 73, and The Civilians’ R&D Group, and a member of the New Georges JAM. She is currently a Playwright Fellow at Juilliard’s Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwrights Program. For more information, please visit KristaKnight.com.
by Lexy Leuszler
directed by John Rooney
On a nostalgic midnight cruise through country roads, siblings Kelsey and Brandon find that the home they left is not the home they’ve returned to. A story told through sound, Seep is full of gravel, ghosts, and good ol’ boys.
Lexy Leuszler is a director, teaching artist, native Kansan, and the Education Associate at Actors Theatre. She serves as the literary manager for the New Voices Young Playwrights Contest as well as a teaching artist for the New Voices Young Playwrights Residency Program. Her plays have won the Grinnell Barbara Clark Playwriting Contest, and have been recognized in Actors Theatre’s Small Starving Artist Contest, and she is a recipient of the Ruby Barton Writing Fellowship. From 2013 to 2015, Leuszler served as Associate Director of Theatremakers, a new play training intensive at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center. She has directed and developed new work at Actors Theatre of Louisville, Curious Theatre, the Chicago and Minneapolis Fringe Festivals and the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center. Upcoming projects include serving as dramaturg for Hansol Jung’s play, Still Murky.
Melto Man and Lady Mantis
by Eric Pfeffinger
directed by Luke Harlan
Two unnatural fiends. One office suite. Because even monsters have meetings, and these taxes aren’t going to file themselves.
Eric Pfeffinger is making his sixth appearance at Actors Theatre of Louisville, his work having previously been presented as part of The Tens in 2006, 2008, 2010, 2014 and 2016. Pfeffinger’s work has also been produced by Geva Theatre Center, InterAct Theatre Company, the Phoenix Theatre and Imagination Stage. His other plays have been presented or developed at PlayPenn, The Lark’s Playwrights’ Week, Write Now, Chicago Dramatists and the Page 73 Summer Residency. In February, his play Human Error will be included as part of the Colorado New Play Summit.
The 2016-2017 Actors Theatre Acting Apprentices are Carter Caldwell, Andres Nicolas Chaves, Andrew Cutler, Jenn Geiger, Abby Huffstetler, Daniel Johnson, Kelsey Johnson, Elijah Jones, Kevin Kantor, Sam Kotansky, Anna Lentz, Kathiamarice Lopez, Laakan McHardy, Alexandra Milak, Regan Moro, Grace Palmer, Jake Sabinsky, Anne-Marie Trabolsi, and Alice Wu.
About the Professional Training Company
The Professional Training Company (formerly the Apprentice/Intern Company) is one of the cornerstones of Actors Theatre’s commitment to education. A diverse company of 40 young theatre professionals participate in a full-immersion program focused on practical, experiential training designed to ease the transition into a professional career.
Now in its 45th year, and functioning as a theatre company with its own season, the Professional Training Company is a national leader in alternative theatre training. Its alumni are working on staff and onstage in leading theatres across the country, including Playwrights Horizons, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Goodman Theatre, Victory Gardens Theater, the Guthrie Theater, Hartford Stage, Geva Theatre Center, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, and Denver Center for the Performing Arts, and are often invited back home to Actors Theatre (last season, nearly 60 alumni worked at Actors Theatre in some capacity). Additionally, Acting Apprentice alumni regularly appear on screen (How to Get Away with Murder, Gotham, The Americans, Elementary, Person of Interest, Master of None, Broad City, Orange Is the New Black, and many more).
About Actors Theatre of Louisville
Les Waters, Artistic Director
Kevin E. Moore, Managing Director
Now in its 53rd 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 Kevin E. Moore, 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 almost 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 Professional Training Company, and the Humana Festival of New American Plays—the premier new play festival in the nation, which has introduced 450 plays into the American theatre repertoire over the past 40 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 45th 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 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.