Performances for this year’s Humana Festival of New American Plays run at various dates and times from February 27-April 7. Descriptions courtesy of Actors Theatre.
The Delling Shore by Sam Marks, opening February 27
“Over the course of one fraught evening at a country lake house, two feuding novelists confront their professional jealousies—and their personal failures—as their daughters are caught in the fray.”
Appropriate by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, opening March 5
“When three siblings descend upon a former plantation to liquidate their dead father’s estate, a disturbing discovery among his possessions brings a heated family reunion to an outright boil. A play about family secrets, memory loss, and the art of repression.”
Cry Old Kingdom by Jeff Augustin, opening March 8
“Haiti, 1964. When an artist in hiding persuades a young man to pose for a painting, he feels alive for the first time in years. But under a repressive regime, with revolution brewing, no one’s life is safe.”
Gnit by Will Eno, opening March 15
“Watch as Peter Gnit, a funny-enough, but so-so specimen of humanity, makes a lifetime of bad decisions in the search for his True Self.”
O Guru Guru Guru, or why I don’t want to go to yoga class with you by Mallery Avidon, opening March 20
“Lila grew up in an Ashram, but she does not want to go to yoga class with you. A disarming look at the precarious process of becoming yourself.”
Sleep Rock Thy Brain by three Actors Theatre alumni; Rinne Groff, Lucas Hnath (2012 Humana Festival playwright of Death Tax) and Anne Washburn (2011 Humana Festival) opening March 22
This production is performed by the Acting Apprentice Company at the Lincoln Performing Arts School. It was commissioned and developed by Actors Theatre, and conceived by Amy Attaway and Sara Lunnie. It will include aerial performances as the production explores the science of the sleeping brain.
The Humana Festival of New American Plays is made possible by a long-standing relationship with the Humana Foundation, which first sponsored the festival in 1980, and has supported it continuously since then, with contributions nearing $20 million.
This year, Actors Theatre also received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts for $50,000 to support the 37th Humana Festival.
The 37th annual Humana Festival of New American Plays runs February 27-April 7. More information, including information on discounted parking rates, can be found on the Actors Theatre website or by calling (502) 584-1205.