Craig Wright, Naomi Iizuka and Alice Tuan are among the scribes presenting new work at the 2007 Humana Festival of New American Plays at the Actors Theater of Louisville, Ky.
Thirty-first edition of the annual event, one of the country’s highest-profile showcases for new legit writing, runs Feb. 25-April 7. Sked includes the traditional marathon weekends for industry types (including the usual influx of Gotham legiters): March 23-24 for artistic directors, lit managers, dramaturgs and writers and March 30-April 1 for journalists, producers, helmers and casting agents.
On the fest’s spring slate:
- “The Unseen,” penned by Wright (“Orange Flower Water,” HBO’s “Six Feet Under”) and directed by Actors Thea-ter a.d. Marc Masterson, is about two men held captive by a totalitarian regime and the new prisoner who communicates in code.
- “Strike-Slip,” a play by Iizuka (“36 Views”), concerns the effects on three L.A. families of the murder of a Korean store owner. Chay Yew directs.
- “Batch: An American Bachelor/ette Party,” conceived by Whit MacLaughlin and Tuan (“The Roaring Girle,” “Ajax (por nobody)”), with text by Tuan and direction by MacLaughlin. Created by Philadelphia’s New Paradise Laboratories, the experi-mental show, to be performed in a nightclub, follows a party thrown just before a wedding.
- “When Something Wonderful Ends,” written by Sherry Kramer and directed by Tom Moore, is a solo show about a woman packing up her childhood belongings and ruminating on the connection between her Barbie dolls and America’s place in the world.
- Carlos Murillo’s “dark plays or stories for boys” centers on a dangerous turn in a teen’s Internet relationship. Michael John Garces helms.
- Ken Weitzman’s “The As If Body Loop,” helmed by Susan V. Booth follows a family’s mystical attempts to save a woman from a mysterious illness.
Lineup also includes a thematically linked collection of short works, “The Open Road Anthology,” with music by GrooveLily (“Striking 12”), as well as mini-plays by Constance Congdon (“Tales of the Lost Formicans”), Kia Corthron (“Force Contin-uum”), Garces, Rolin Jones (“The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow”), A. Rey Pamatmat and Kathryn Walat.
Slate of 10-minute plays, a Humana tradition, has not yet been announced.