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Humana Fest unveils lineup

Plays by Lee, Wallace, Kazan on the slate

Plays by Charles L. Mee, Naomi Wallace and Zoe Kazan are on the slate of the 33rd Humana Fest of New American Plays, one of the few nationally prominent showcases for new legit works.

Held annually at the Actors Theater of Louisville, Ky., the fest’s lineup consists of six new full-length works, an anthology by several scribes, and three ten-minute plays (with the ten-minute shorts still to be announced).

Shows, skedded to play March 1-April 11, include:

  • “Under Construction,” the latest collaboration between playwright Mee and helmer Anne Bogart’s SITI Company to play Humana (following “Hotel Cassiopeia,” “bobrauschenbergamerica” and others.) Show is a collage about America with Norman Rockwell and installation artist Jason Rhoades as its inspirations.

  • “The Hard Weather Boating Party” by Wallace (“One Flea Spare”) and directed by Jo Bonney. Plots follows three men conspiring to commit a crime.

  • “Absalom,” the first play by Kazan, a thesp currently on Broadway in “The Seagull.” Show, directed by Giovanna Sardelli, centers on an unexpected guest at the gathering of a literary family of writers and editors.

  • “Wild Blessings: A Celebration of Wendell Berry,” an adaptation of the writings of poet, novelist and ecologist Berry. Actors Theater a.d. Marc Masterson helms the script, adapted by Masterson and Adrien-Alice Hansel.

  • Allison Moore’s “Slasher,” about a young actress cast as the last girl standing in a slasher flick and her mother’s feminist objections to the role. Josh Hecht directs.

  • “Ameriville” by the troupe Universes (“Slanguage”). Chay Yew helms a multidisciplinary look at the U.S. with New Orleans and Hurricane Katrina as its focus.

  • Comic anthology “Brink!” centering on rites of passage. Scribes Lydia Diamond (“Stick Fly”), Greg Kotis (“Urinetown”) and Peter Sinn Nachtrieb (“Boom”) are among the contributors, with Sean Daniels directing.

Fest features marathon weekends for theater professionals (March 27-29) and for “special visitors” like press (April 3-5), during which legiters from around the country descend on Louisville to shop for new stage wares.

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