We’ve Come to Believe

Sponsored by:
  • The Humana Foundation
  • The Roy Cockrum Foundation

February 24 - April 7, 2019


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by Kara Lee Corthron, Emily Feldman and Matthew Paul Olmos
directed by Will Davis
performed by the actors of the 2018-2019 Professional Training Company
commissioned by Actors Theatre of Louisville

February 24 – April 7, 2019

in the Bingham Theatre

Consider the raw power of groupthink: hordes of collectors losing their minds over the latest consumer fad, hundreds of followers duped by a charismatic leader, and entire communities gripped by irrational panic. How do so many people come to share the same bizarre beliefs? How would we know if we are the ones who are deluded? Writing for the actors in this season’s Professional Training Company, three fearless playwrights dive into the absurd and sometimes hilarious world of collective delusion, and the alarming places it can lead.

Audience advisory: Contains strong language, some violence, and discussion of suicide.
Age recommendation: 14+

About the Playwrights

Kara Lee Corthron’s plays include Welcome to Fear City (Contemporary American Theater Festival, Kansas City Repertory Theatre), AliceGraceAnon (New Georges), Holly Down in Heaven (Forum Theatre, Washington, D.C.) and Listen for the Light (Know Theatre of Cincinnati). She’s the author of the young adult novel The Truth of Right Now, from Simon & Schuster. Awards include the Parents’ Choice Gold Award for The Truth of Right Now, Vineyard Theatre’s Paula Vogel Playwriting Award, the Princess Grace and Helen Merrill Playwriting Awards, four MacDowell Fellowships, and residencies at Bogliasco (Italy), Skriðuklaustur (Iceland), and Hawthornden (Scotland), and she’s a proud member of New Dramatists. Her work has been developed at Ars Nova, Atlantic Theater Company, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, LAByrinth Theater Company, Page 73, PlayPenn, Seven Devils Playwrights Conference and South Coast Repertory, among others. Corthron is currently under commission from La Jolla Playhouse, and writes for the TV drama You on Lifetime. She is an alumna of The Juilliard School. For more information, please visit karaleecorthron.com.

Emily Feldman’s work has been developed by the Playwrights’ Center, Colt Coeur, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Magic Theatre, Alliance Theatre, Roundabout Theatre Company, The Playwrights Realm, JAW at Portland Center Stage, Cape Cod Theatre Project, WildWind Performance Lab, The New Harmony Project and Second Stage Theater, among others. Feldman is an alumna of The Working Farm at SPACE on Ryder Farm and the Jerome Fellowship/Core Apprenticeship at the Playwrights’ Center, was an Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition finalist, and was a Shank Playwright in Residence at Playwrights Horizons. She’s currently a member of Interstate 73 at Page 73, The Orchard Project NYC Greenhouse and Two River Theater’s Emerging Playwrights Group, and is working on new commissions from Manhattan Theatre Club, Playwrights Horizons and Arena Stage. She received her M.F.A. from the University of California, San Diego and her B.A. from Middlebury College.

Matthew Paul Olmos is a three-time Sundance Institute Fellowship/Residency recipient, a New Dramatists Resident Playwright, and an alumnus of Center Theatre Group’s L.A. Writers’ Workshop, Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Black Swan Lab and Echo Theater Company’s Playwrights Lab. He received a Princess Grace Award in Playwriting, was selected by Sam Shepard for La MaMa’s Ellen Stewart Emerging Playwright Award, and was mentored by Ruth Maleczech through Mabou Mines/SUITE. Other Residencies and Fellowships: New York Theatre Workshop, Baryshnikov Arts Center, Dramatists Guild, Primary Stages and INTAR. He is an Ensemble Studio Theatre lifetime member and a proud Kilroys nominator. His work has been presented nationally and internationally, and is published and taught in universities. He is currently devising American Nationalism Project, developed through New York Theatre Workshop, and a play with music, We Walk Along The Christmas Bridge, developed through Center Theatre Group. Upcoming: so go the ghosts of méxico, part three at Undermain Theatre, Dallas. For more information, visit matthewpaulolmos.com.

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We’ve Come to Believe is supported in part by The Roy Cockrum Foundation.

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