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World premieres and industry events galore are to be found and experienced during the 35th anniversary of the Humana Festival of New American Plays, which begins February 27, 2011. 

The Humana Festival of New American Plays will feature a variety of works including:  Anne Washburn's A Devil at Noon, Jordan Harrison's Maple and Vine, Molly Smith Metzler's Elemena Pea, A. Rey Pomotmot's Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them, Adam Rupp's The Edge of Our Bodies, Peter Sinn Nachtrieb's BOB, a ten-minute play night, and The End.  

The festival runs Feb. 27-Apr. 11 at Actors Theatre, located at 316 West Main Street in downtown Louisville.  Tickets are $23 and up and can be puchased by calling 502-584-1205 or 1-800-4-ATL-TIX.  

Specialty weekends will also occur during the Humana Festival. Locals weekend, on March 11 and 12, will feature the festival productions, behind the scenes tours, and other events.  College days, on March 18 and 19, will feature reserved seating and educational opportunities, among other events.

Two industry weekends, on March 25-27 and April 1-3, will feature the festival productions, networking, discounted hotel rates, and a closing Gala (second weekend), among other events.  More information on these weekends as well as the entire Humana Festival can be found at the Actors Theatre website.  

A Devil at Noon will help kick off the Humana Festival and run from Feb. 27-Apr. 3 at the Bingham Theatre.  Power, imagination, and addiction are brought to focus in the play featuring a science ficition writer who's home is falling apart.  

Steve Cosson directed A Devil at Noon, which features Rebecca Hart as Lois.  Hart previously was at Actors Theatre in Rock and Roll: The Reunion Tour.  

Maple and Vine will have a month's run during the festival from March 4-Apr. 3 in the bingham Theatre.  A couple gives up their 21st century lives and is thrust into a 1950s-style life during a quest for happiness.  

Anne Kauffamn directed the Harrison-penned Maple and Vine. Kauffman previously directed another Harrison-created play, Act a Lady, during the Humana Festival.  

The comedy Elemena Pea will take place from March 8-Apr. 3 in the Pamela Brown Auditorium.  Consequences of actions, regret, and ambition are the focus of this production when Devon visits her barely-recognizable sister Simone on Martha's Vineyard.  

Davis McCallum directed the Metzler-created Elemeno Pea. Metzler also created Close Up Space, Training Wisteria, and Carve, which have been seen in theatre companies around the nation.

Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them will hit its mark from March 11-Apr. 2 in the Bingham Theatre.  The show looks at growing up and love as two siblings are left to grow up on their own on a farm in the heartland of America.  

May Adrales directed the A. Rey Pamatmat-created Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them.  Pamatmat's last work for the Humana Festival was the 2007 entry The Open Road Anthology.  

The Actors Theatre Apprentice/intern Company will next present The End from March 18-Apr. 3 in the Bingham Theatre.  The group will deal with the apocalypse and what may happen after.  

Pamatmat, Dan Dietz, Jennifer Haley, Allison Moore, and Marco Ramirez collaborated on The End with the Acting Apprentice Company.  Amy Attaway and Michael Legg directed the production.  

The Edge of Our Bodies will run from March 22-Apr. 3 in the Victor Jory Theatre.  Bernadette, a teenager, has some news to share with her boyfriend in a play that deals with vulnerability and expierences of a yound woman. 

Adam Rapp created and will direct The Edge of Our Bodies, which will feature Catherine Combs as Bernadette.  Rapp had a previous work, Finer Noble Gases, premiere at the Humana Festival in 2002.  

Bob will be the last show to open during the festival, running from March 24-Apr. 17 in the Pamela Brown Auditorium.  In the five act production, Bob's journey takes him in every direction, from poor to fame to living life. Part of the inspiration for the story came from the White Castle on Market Street in downtown Louisville.  

Sean Daniels will direct the Peter Sinn Nachtrieb-created production.  Lou Sumroll and Danny Scheie will be among the cast for Bob.  

A ten minute play festival will take place on the weekend of April 2 and 3. Muliple productions covering many genres will occur during the night. Among those is Chicago, Sudan, which Marc Bamuthi Joseph wrote and will perform.  The production is taken from Joseph's work Red Black and Green: A Blues.  

Other events and specials will be announced as the Humana Festival nears.  More information on the festival can be found at the Actors Theatre website. 

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A near life-long resident of Louisville, Brian has written for Louisville.com since spring 2010. He has also written for various publications and online sites, including the Mount Vernon Democrat and Louisville Catholic Sports. Brian spends most of his free time enjoying the theatre scene, hanging out at the nearest coffee shop, and enjoying life.

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