The Humana Festival of New American Plays is the leading event of its kind, launching new plays into the national spotlight!
The Humana Festival is an internationally acclaimed event that has introduced more than 400 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 Charles L. Mee’s Big Love, Jane Martin’s Anton in Show Business, Stephen Belber’s Tape, Rinne Groff’s The Ruby Sunrise, Theresa Rebeck’s The Scene,Gina Gionfriddo’s After Ashley and Becky Shaw, The Civilians’ This Beautiful City, UNIVERSES’ Ameriville, Rude Mechs’The Method Gun, and Jordan Harrison’s Maple and Vine. Over 380 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 audiences of nearly 40,000 last year. For the past 36 years, hundreds of the industry’s most distinguished leaders, producers, critics and admirers have descended upon Louisville for a month-long celebration of new writing for the stage. 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.
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