Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Save the Date: Humana Festival 2013 March 29-31 or April 5-7

Actors Theatre of Louisville has announced the dates -- March 29-31 and April 5-7 -- for the "industry professionals" part of its 2013 Humana Festival of New American Plays, the first festival with new Artistic Director Les Waters at the helm. The announcement of what plays Waters and Actors Theatre staff have chosen for next spring's Humana Festival schedule won't come till this Sunday, but during the "industry professionals" event, you can bank on about 10 events, including around 6 new plays by some of America's best playwrights, a trio of 10-minute plays and some kind of compendium/anthology/showcase piece put together by a group of playwrights and performed by Actors Theatre's apprentice troupe.

The whole Humana Festival, which takes place over several weekends in March and April to accommodate press, producers, directors, agents, students, faculty, arts advocates and just plain fans of new plays, generally takes place in the three theatre spaces at Actors Theatre, although there have been offerings in cars, on t-shirts, and in a museum that took audiences a little farther afield. The theatrical offerings "run the gamut from comedies to dramas to plays that forge new theatrical territory. Combined with world-class design and performances, this celebration of American playwrights’ innovation and imagination has something in it for everyone," according to Actors Theatre materials.

This year, the special college weekend will be March 22-24. That experience involves four productions, career development workshops, networking, audition and intern opportunities, and a very good introduction to the Humana Festival process at a reduced rate.

They also offer New Play Getaway options for theatre fans who want more flexibility, with packages available March 15-17, 22-24, 29-31 and April 5-7. 

The Industry Professional weekends overlap the last two of those on March 29-31 and April 5-7, offering the complete lineup of plays as well as other panel discussions and networking opportunities.

Tickets for all of these packages go on sale Tuesday, November 13. For more information, you may contact the Actors Theatre of Louisville box office at 502-584-1205.

And remember to stay tuned for the big announcement on November 11 about what plays will go up this year.

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