Louisville, KY – Actors Theatre of Louisville Artistic Director Les Waters and Managing Director Kevin E. Moore are thrilled to announce the three ten-minute plays chosen to be performed during the 41st Humana Festival of New American Plays (March 1 – April 9, 2017) on Saturday, April 8 at 9 p.m. and Sunday, April 9 at 4:30 p.m. This year’s selected ten-minute plays are The New Line by Will Eno, Home Invasion by Krista Knight, and Melto Man and Lady Mantis by Eric Pfeffinger.
Playwright Krista Knight was also named the winner of the 2016 Heideman Award for Home Invasion, which was produced as part of the Professional Training Company’s The Tens at Actors Theatre this January. Her work has been produced or developed at numerous theatres, including New Georges, Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater, Vineyard Theatre, Page 73, Ars Nova, and the Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis. Knight has also been commissioned by Youth Musical Theater Company and the Berkeley Rep School of Theatre, among others. She is a member of the New Georges Jam and a current Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwrights Fellow at Juilliard.
Eric Pfeffinger’s play Melto Man and Lady Mantis premiered alongside Knight’s play in January’s The Tens. Pfeffinger is no stranger to Actors Theatre, as five of his other plays have previously been produced as part of The Tens (2006, 2008, 2010, 2014, 2016). Outside of Actors Theatre, Pfeffinger’s work has been produced at Geva Theatre Center, Phoenix Theatre, InterAct Theatre Company, and Imagination Stage. He has also developed new work with The Lark, the Colorado New Play Summit, and Chicago Dramatists, among others. Pfeffinger’s writing has been published by Dramatic Publishing, Indie Theater Now, and HowlRound.
Will Eno’s work was last seen at Actors Theatre when his play Gnit premiered in the 2013 Humana Festival. His recent work beyond the Festival has also won much acclaim. His play The Open House premiered at Signature Theatre in 2014, receiving the Obie, Lucille Lortel, and Drama Desk Awards. The Realistic Joneses was produced on Broadway, where it was named Best Play on Broadway in USA Today and the Guardian. Additionally, his play Thom Pain (based on nothing) was a finalist for the 2005 Pulitzer Prize, and was recently made into a film starring Rainn Wilson. Eno is currently a Residency Five Fellow at Signature Theatre.
Each year, Actors Theatre features an evening of ten-minute plays as part of the Humana Festival, culled from submissions to the National Ten-Minute Play Contest. The plays join a lineup that includes six full-length world premieres, including two new works commissioned by Actors Theatre. The Ten-Minute Plays are performed in the Pamela Brown Auditorium during the final weekend of the Humana Festival of New American Plays on Saturday, April 8 at 9 p.m. and Sunday, April 9 at 4:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased by calling the Actors Theatre Box Office at 502.584.1205 or by visiting ActorsTheatre.org.
Actors Theatre celebrates the 41st Humana Festival with its 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.
The Ten-Minute Plays
The New Line
by Will Eno
directed by Les Waters
Where’d you get that jacket? You seem pretty good at being human—are you? When you think of the world, what do you think of? Come one, come all, for these and other questions.
Will Eno is a Residency Five Fellow at Signature Theatre. His play Gnit premiered at Actors Theatre in the 2013 Humana Festival. Additional Playwriting Credits: The Open House premiered at Signature Theatre in 2014, receiving the Obie, Lucille Lortel, and Drama Desk Awards. The Realistic Joneses was produced on Broadway in 2014, where it was named Best Play on Broadway by USA Today and the Guardian, and was on the New York Times’ “Best Theater of 2014” list. Thom Pain (based on nothing) was a finalist for the 2005 Pulitzer Prize, has been translated into many languages, and was made into a film starring Rainn Wilson, which Eno co-directed with Oliver Butler. Eno lives in Brooklyn with his wife, Maria Dizzia, and their daughter, Albertine.
by Krista Knight
A thieving couple breaks into a fancy Tribeca loft, expecting a quick and easy heist. But when they’re beset by two ghosts trying to scare them to death—literally!—their perfect robbery takes a hilariously spooky turn.
Krista Knight’s work has been produced or developed at New Georges, Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater, Ars Nova, Vineyard Theatre, Page 73, the Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis, and San Francisco’s Playwrights Foundation, among others. Commissions: A new musical with Dave Malloy for Youth Musical Theater Company; the Berkeley Rep School of Theatre; Case Western Biomedical Engineering Department; and The Assembly. Residencies: La Napoule Art Foundation, Ucross, Yaddo, and The MacDowell Colony. Fellowships: P73 Playwriting Fellow (2007) and Shank Playwriting Fellow at Vineyard Theatre (2012). Additional Credits: Knight is an alumna of EST’s Youngblood, terraNOVA Collective’s Groundbreakers, Page 73’s Interstate 73, and The Civilians’ R&D Group. She is a member of the New Georges Jam and a current Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwrights Fellow at Juilliard. Knight received her B.A. from Brown University, her M.A. from New York University in Performance Studies, and her M.F.A. in Playwriting from the University of California San Diego.
Melto Man and Lady Mantis
by Eric Pfeffinger
Two unnatural fiends. One office suite. Because even monsters have meetings, and these taxes aren’t going to file themselves.
Eric Pfeffinger has previously had his work produced at Actors Theatre of Louisville in six iterations of the Professional Training Company’s The Tens (2006, 2008, 2010, 2014, 2016, and 2017). Regional Theatre: Geva Theatre Center. Other Theatre: Phoenix Theatre, InterAct Theatre Company, and Imagination Stage. Additional Credits: Pfeffinger has developed new plays with PlayPenn, The Lark, Page 73, the Colorado New Play Summit, and Chicago Dramatists. His plays have been published by Dramatic Publishing, Smith & Kraus, Indie Theater Now, HowlRound and Steele Spring. Pfeffinger is a member of the Dramatists Guild and the Writers Guild of America East.
The National Ten-Minute Play Contest
Sponsored by Actors Theatre, the National Ten-Minute Play Contest is designed to discover outstanding ten-minute plays by writers at all levels of experience. All ten-minute plays submitted are considered for the Heideman Award ($1,000) and for production in the Professional Training Company’s The Tens, as well as in the Humana Festival of New American Plays. For more information on the National Ten-Minute Play Contest, visit http://actorstheatre.org/national-ten-minute-play-contest/.
The Heideman Award
The Heideman Award, given annually since 1979, is made possible by a sustaining grant from the late Ted Heideman of Louisville, and is bestowed upon the winner of the National Ten-Minute Play Contest.
The Humana Festival of New American Plays
The Humana Festival is an internationally acclaimed event that has introduced 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, Sarah Ruhl’s For Peter Pan on her 70th birthday, and Lucas Hnath’s Death Tax and The Christians. More than 400 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 34,000 patrons attend the six weeks of plays and associated events, including students from more than 60 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
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.