Humana Festival opens with two premieres

February 29, 2004

Actors Theatre of Louisville will launch its 28th annual Humana Festival of New American Plays, set for today through April 10, with Kid-Simple, a radio play in the flesh by Jordan Harrison, and Sans-culottes in the Promised Land by Kirsten Greenidge.

The internationally celebrated festival, made possible by a grant from The Humana Foundation, begins in the 318-seat Bingham Theatre with Kid-Simple, an imaginative adventure that is part fairy tale and part radio play where sound effects take on a life of their own.

Sans-culottes in the Promised Land dives into the lives of an upper-middle class African-American family coping with the secrets and obstacles that plague them. It premieres Friday, also in the Bingham Theatre.

The Humana Festival plays will be presented in rotating repertory in Actors Theatre's 637-seat Pamela Brown Auditorium, the 318-seat Bingham Theatre and the 159-seat Victor Jory Theatre. Naomi Iizuka's full-length play At the Vanishing Point will be performed site-specifically in an industrial warehouse at 151 Cabel St. in the heart of Butchertown, a historic neighborhood near downtown Louisville.


The remaining four full-length plays in the festival are Tallgrass Gothic by Melanie Marnich (starts March 9), Iizuka's At the Vanishing Point (starts March 13), The Ruby Sunrise by Rinne Groff (starts March 18) and After Ashley by Gina Gionfriddo (starts March 20).

The 10-minute plays - Kuwait by Vincent Delaney, A Bone Close to My Brain by Dan Dietz, Foul Territory by Craig Wright and The Spot by Steven Dietz - presented on a single bill, will be performed April 3 and 4. Fast and Loose: an ethical collaboration, will be performed March 26, April 2 and 4.

Tickets for Kid Simple and Sans-culottes in the Promised Land are $35 and $30 for Friday and Saturday evenings, $28 and $25 for Saturday matinees and Sunday through Thursday evenings. The Humana Premiere Pass offers four admissions for $100 for use in any combination to any festival play.

For information or reservations, call (800) 428-5849, or visit Actors Theatre's website at

Actors Theatre's fully accessible theatre complex is located at 316 W. Main St. and is equipped with an infrared listening system for hearing enhancement.

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