Human Fest sets ’06 slate

30th anni of fest to headline Coble, White, Goddess

New plays from established scribes Charles Mee and Theresa Rebeck, along with premiere offerings from the younger crew of Jordan Harrison, Eric Coble, Sharr White and activist-artist Rha Goddess, headline the 2006 Humana Festival of New American Plays at the Actors Theater of Louisville.

The 30th-anniversary slate of the annual fete — the leading nonprofit showcase for new plays in the U.S. — continues to reflect artistic director Marc Masterson’s alternative-progressive aesthetic.

Mee’s “Hotel Cassiopoeia” will be a take on artist Joseph Cornell and other arts issues. It will be performed by members of the SITI Company and directed by Ann Bogart, a frequent visitor to Louisville, Ky.

Rebeck, who co-wrote “Omnium Gatherum,” is working alone this time on “The Scene,” a darkly comic take on New York relationships, the entertainment biz and the dangers of being eclipsed in more ways than one by a hot young thing.

Other main titles are Goddess’s “Low’s Journey: Diary of a Psychotic Rapper.” Subtitled “Meditations With the Goddess Trilogy, Part One,” the play is a one-woman, multidisciplinary piece.

Harrison’s “Act Like a Lady” is set in a small, Prohibition-era town; White’s “Six Years” looks at social change in the post-WWII era; and Coble’s “Natural Selection” weighs in on blogs, culture and evolution.

The annual dramatic anthology (a multi-author, themed play), this year will be set in Las Vegas. The authors of “Neon Mirage” are Liz Duffy Adams, Dan Dietz, Rick Hip-Flores, Julie Jensen, Lisa Kron, Tracey Scott Wilson and Chay Yew.

This year’s Humana Fest runs March 7-April 8. The annual media weekend is skedded for March 31-April 2, with industry professionals invited March 24-25.

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