That High Lonesome Sound

Sponsored by:
  • The Humana Foundation

March 27 - April 12, 2015

Run Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes

by Jeff Augustin, Diana Grisanti, Cory Hinkle, and Charise Castro Smith
directed by Pirronne Yousefzadeh
performed by the 2014-2015 Acting Apprentice Company
commissioned by Actors Theatre of Louisville

That High Lonesome Sound

by Jeff Augustin, Diana Grisanti, Cory Hinkle, and Charise Castro Smith

directed by Pirronne Yousefzadeh

performed by the 2014-2015 Acting Apprentice Company

commissioned by Actors Theatre of Louisville

March 27 – April 12, 2015
in the Bingham Theatre

Bluegrass has a long and winding history, from Scottish ballads to African-American work songs, from Bill Monroe and the Blue Grass Boys to the O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack. In a lively theatrical album of scenes created for the Acting Apprentice Company, four writers respond with playfulness and poignancy to the signature sounds, inherited stories, and cultural impact of this very American—and very Kentucky—music tradition.

About the Playwrights
Jeff Augustin’s play Cry Old Kingdom premiered at the 2013 Humana Festival.  His play Little Children Dream of God will have its world premiere at the Roundabout Theatre Company, where he’s a Playwright-in-Residence. His work has been produced or developed at the Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference (Little Children Dream of God), The Ground Floor at Berkeley Repertory Theatre (The Last Tiger in Haiti), American Conservatory Theater (in the crowding darkness), andWestern Washington University (Corktown). Augustin is a New York Theatre Workshop 2050 Fellow, a recipient of the Barrie and Bernice Stavis Playwriting Award, and a two-time recipient of the Lorraine Hansberry Award. He is under commission from Manhattan Theatre Club and Roundabout. Augustin holds a B.A. from Boston College and an M.F.A. from the University of California, San Diego.

Diana Grisanti’s short play Post Wave Spectacular was produced in the 2010 Humana Festival. Her play River City is midway through a National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere at Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte, the Phoenix Theatre (Indianapolis), and Borderlands (Tucson). Her play The Guilt and Anxiety Workshop (formerly INC.) was workshopped during Playwrights’ Week at The Lark and the nuVoices Festival at Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte. She was a Core Apprentice at The Playwrights’ Center, the inaugural recipient of the Marsha Norman Spirit of Achievement Lilly Award, and a runner-up for the Leah Ryan Prize. Her serialized play The Stranger and Ludlow Quinn (co-written with Steve Moulds) was commissioned and produced—in 15-minute installments—by Theatre [502] in Louisville, where she is a Playwright in Residence. Grisanti is an Al Smith Fellow through the Kentucky Arts Council, and a graduate of the Michener Center for Writers at The University of Texas at Austin.

Cory Hinkle co-wrote Fissures (lost and found), which premiered in the 2010 Humana Festival at Actors Theatre of Louisville.  His play Little Eyes was produced at the Guthrie Theater in a Workhaus Collective production.  His other plays have been produced or developed at the American Repertory Theater, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Summer Play Festival, New York Theatre Workshop, Ars Nova, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, and The Southern Theater in Minneapolis, among others.  Hinkle is the recipient of a McKnight Advancement Grant, two Jerome Fellowships, and a Jerome Travel and Study Grant, and he is a former MacDowell Colony Fellow.  He is an affiliated writer at The Playwrights’ Center and a member of the Playwrights Union, and he earned his M.F.A. in Playwriting from Brown University.

Charise Castro Smith is a playwright and actor from Miami. Playwriting credits include Feathers and Teeth (The Goodman Theatre’s New Stages), Boomcracklefly (Miracle Theatre Group), The Hunchback of Seville (Brown Trinity Playwrights Rep/Washington Ensemble Theatre), and Estrella Cruz [The Junkyard Queen] (Ars Nova’s ANT Fest/Yale Cabaret). Smith is currently working on commissions from Trinity Repertory Company and Soho Rep. Acting credits include Antony and Cleopatra (Royal Shakespeare Company/Gablestage/The Public Theater), Tartuffe (Westport Country Playhouse), An Enemy of the People (Baltimore Center Stage), The Good Wife, and Unforgettable (CBS).  Smith is an alumna of Ars Nova’s Play Group and a 2012-1013 Van Lier Fellow at New Dramatists. She holds an M.F.A. from the Yale School of Drama and a B.A. from Brown University.

About Actors Theatre’s Apprentice/Intern Company
Now in its 43rd year, the Apprentice/Intern Company is one of the nation’s oldest continuing pre-professional resident training companies.  The A/I Company is comprised of two distinct parts whose members work together on productions and projects throughout the season.

Each year, over 2,000 young artists audition for only 20 spots in the Acting Apprentice Company.  This one-of-a-kind bridge program is designed to transition recent college graduates into professional careers by teaching the practical skills necessary to be competitive in major markets, as well as methods for creating their own work.  Apart from Actors Theatre’s mainstage season, the Acting Apprentice Company performs its own five-show season, which culminates in a specially commissioned work in the Humana Festival of New American Plays.

Members of the Intern Company work directly with department managers and staff, receiving hands-on training in administrative, technical, and/or artistic leadership.  Internships are vital positions, as they take leadership roles in the development and production of A/I Company projects throughout the season and are directly involved in mainstage season productions.

Audience Warnings: Strong language and references to drug usage.

Made possible by a generous grant from the
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what the critics are saying

“Go to That High Lonesome Sound and experience a sense of what life is like in the eyes of these characters, portrayed with heart and soul by this talented ensemble of up and coming actors. It truly did my “Arts heart” good to see a theatre, filled to capacity, late on a Friday night. I would do it again and again.”

“The collaboration that the Acting Apprentice Company had with Ben Sollee was certainly evident in capturing the spirit of the deep-rooted musical heritage of Kentucky.”

-Annette Skaggs, Arts-Louisville




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