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Humana Fest sets lineup

Event has plays from Blessing, Gionfriddo

The annual Humana Fest of New American Plays, the highest-profile showcase of new legit works outside of Gotham, has plays by Lee Blessing, Gina Gionfriddo and downtown troupe the Civilians on the slate of its 32nd annual installment, running Feb. 24-March 30 at the Actors Theater of Louisville, Ky.

Here’s the complete 2008 lineup:

  • “Great Falls,” by Blessing (“Eleemosynary,” “A Body of Water”), about a man on a road trip with his stepdaughter. Lucie Tiberghien helms.

  • “This Beautiful City,” by Steven Cosson (who also directs) and Jim Lewis, with music and lyrics by Michael Friedman (“Saved”). The latest interview-based stage outing from the Civilians (“Gone Missing”), co-produced by Washington, D.C.’s Studio Theater, explores evangelism in Colorado Springs, Colo.

  • “Becky Shaw,” by Gionfriddo (who wrote 2004 Humana fave “After Ashley”), about a matchmaking gambit gone awry. Peter DuBois, newly named a.d. of Boston’s Huntington Theater, directs.

  • “Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom,” about suburban teens obsessed with a horror vidgame, penned by Jennifer Haley and helmed by Kip Fagan.

  • “the break/s,” a performance piece (with turntables) about the hip-hop generation, written and performed by poet Marc Bamuthi Joseph and directed by Michael John Garces.

  • “All Hail Hurricane Gordo,” Carly Mensch’s play about brothers whose lives are disrupted by a houseguest. Sean Daniels directs the show, which is co-produced by the Cleveland Play House.

  • “Game On,” a “dramatic anthology” looking at sports as a reflection of U.S. culture, written by six scribes, including Rolin Jones (“Weeds”), Alice Tuan (“The Roaring Girle”) and Ken Weitzman (“The As If Body Loop,” one of the full-length offerings of the 2007 Humana fest).

  • Four 10-minute plays, one each from M. Thomas Cooper, Elaine Jarvik, Michael Lew and Naomi Wallace.

Industry types from New York and around the country are invited for two weekends at the end of the fest’s run: March 21-23 (for theater professionals) and March 28-30 (for press, producers, directors, casting agents and others).

Fest is named after its underwriter, charitable org the Humana Foundation.

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