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Dramatic Comedy

Humana Festival 2008: The Complete Plays brings together all eleven scripts from the 2008 Humana Festival of New American Plays, the 32nd annual cycle of world premiere productions staged at Actors Theatre of Louisville. The seven full-length plays and four ten-minute plays represent an exceptional array of work by some of the most exciting new voices in American theater -- from a scathing comedy about a blind date gone awry Becky Shaw; to a documentary drama about the evangelical phenomenon in Colorado Springs This Beautiful City to a suburban street being undermined by zombies from a video game Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom. Humana Festival 2008: The Complete Plays features a diverse selection of theatrical works that challenge and captivate audiences through movement, song, and bold explorations of what it means to be human.

Ken Weitzman

Ken Weitzman’s plays include The Catch (The Denver Center Theatre Company), Fire in the Garden (Indiana Repertory Theatre), The As If Body Loop (Humana Festival), Arrangements (Atlantic Theatre Company), Spin Moves (The Summer Play Festival), Stadium 360 (Out of Hand Theater), Memorabilia (Alliance Theatre), Hominid (Out of Hand Theatre/Theatre Emory/Oerol Festival Netherlands.) Plays-in-progress ... view full profile

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Lee Blessing

Lee Blessing

Lee Blessing's play's include: A Walk In The Woods (Broadway and London's West End), Going to St. Ives, (Outer Critic’s Circle Award, Best Play, Obie for ensemble performance); Thief River (Drama Desk nomination, Best Play); Cobb (Drama Desk award, best ensemble); Chesapeake, Eleemosynary,Down The Road, The Authentic Life of Billy the Kid, and Cold Water. In the 1992-93 Signature Theatre season: ... view full profile

Jennifer Haley

Jennifer Haley

Jennifer Haley is a playwright whose work delves into ethics in virtual reality and the impact of technology on our human relationships, identity, and desire. She won the 2012 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, a Los Angeles Ovation Award and the Francesca Primus Prize for her play, The Nether, which premiered at Center Theatre Group and was subsequently produced at The Royal Court Theatre with Headlong ... view full profile

M. Thomas  Cooper

M. Thomas Cooper

M. (Michael) Thomas Cooper studied literature and theatre at Oregon State University, the University of Oregon, San Francisco State University, and Portland State University, where he received his degree. In 2008 his first novel, 42, was published by Ooligan Press. Also in 2008 his 10-minute play Tongue, Tied was presented at The Humana Festival of New American Plays, which subsequently led to ... view full profile

Michael Lew

Michael Lew

Mike Lew’s plays include Bike America (Alliance, Atlanta; Ma-Yi, NYC; Juilliard and Lark workshops, NYC; Kennedy Center/NNPN workshop, DC; Playwrights Foundation workshop, SF); microcrisis (Ma-Yi, NYC; InterAct, Philly; Next Act, Milwaukee); Stockton (AracaWorks and EST workshops, NYC); and People’s Park (Victory Gardens Ignition Festival, Chicago). His shorts include Tenure (24 Hour Plays on ... view full profile

Carly Mensch

Carly Mensch

Carly Mensch's plays include Oblivion (Steppenwolf’s First Look Festival, Westport Playhouse), Now Circa Then (Ars Nova, TheatreWorks), All Hail Hurricane Gordo (Humana Festival, Cleveland Play House), and Len, Asleep in Vinyl (2nd Stage/Uptown Series). Her work has also been read/workshopped at Playwrights Horizons, Manhattan Theatre Club, Center Theatre Group, The Kennedy Center, Marin Theatre ... view full profile

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Naomi Wallace

Naomi Wallace's work has been produced in the United Kingdom, Europe and the United States. Her major plays include One Flea Spare, In the Heart of America, Slaughter City, The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek, Things of Dry Hours and The Fever Chart: Three Short Visions of the Middle East. Her work has received the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, Kesselring Prize, Fellowship of Southern Writers Drama ... view full profile

Adrien-Alice Hansel

Adrien-Alice Hansel is the Director of New Play Development at Actors Theatre, where she heads the Literary Department. She has served as production dramaturg on roughly 45 plays at Actors, including A Midsummer Night's Dream, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, A Raisin in the Sun, Spunk, 9 Parts of Desire, The Crucible and Underneath the Lintel and the Humana Festival premieres of plays by Craig Wright, ... view full profile

Gina Gionfriddo

Gina Gionfriddo

Gina Gionfriddo has received the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, the Helen Merrill Award for Emerging Playwrights, a Lucille Lortel Fellowship, and a Rhode Island State Council on the Arts Fellowship. Her work includes After Ashley (Vineyard Theatre in New York and Actors Theatre of Louisville); U.S. Drag (Clubbed Thumb in New York and Connecticut Rep; published by Smith & Kraus in Women ... view full profile

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Jim Lewis

Jim Lewis won Tony and Drama Desk nominations for Best Book for a Musical for his adaptation of Gabriel Garcia Marquez's Chronicle of a Death Foretold. Also with Graciela Daniele, he wrote Dangerous Games and Tango Apaisionado. Other credits include Ballet Hispanico's Nightclub (libretto); Philip Glass' Les Enfants Terribles (narration); and Paul Dresher's The Tyrant (libretto) while his ... view full profile

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Michael Friedman

Michael Friedman has composed music and lyrics for The Civilians' Canard, Canard, Goose?, Gone Missing, and (I am) Nobody's Lunch, as well as music for many productions in New York, London, and regionally. He is currently working on an adaptation of Alice in Wonderland with Annie Weisman for the La Jolla Playhouse, and musicals for the Kennedy Center and Huntington Theatre. He is an Artistic ... view full profile

Rolin Jones

Rolin Jones' play The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow was a finalist for the 2006 Pulitzer Prize in Drama. It received the 2006 Obie Award for Excellence in Playwriting. Productions of Jenny Chow include: South Coast Repertory, Old Globe Theatre, Yale Repertory, Studio Theatre (DC), Atlantic Theater Company (NYC), Portland Center Stage, San Jose Repertory, among others.His full-length play, The ... view full profile

Steven Cosson

Steven Cosson founded The Civilians in 2001. With the company: co-writer and director of Paris Commune, which was recently produced at the Public Theater, and previously at La Jolla Playhouse; co-writer and director of This Beautiful City which premiered at the 2008 Humana Festival with productions at Studio Theatre, Center Theatre Group's Kirk Douglas Theatre and The Vineyard Theatre; ... view full profile

Zakiyyah Alexander

Zakiyyah Alexander is a writer and actor. She is the author of: 10 Things to Do Before I Die (Second Stage Uptown);Sick? (Summer Play Festival); The Etymology of Bird (Hip Hop Theater Festival, Providence Black Repertory Theatre);Blurring Shine (Market Theater, Johannesburg); Sweet Maladies (Rucker Theatre); Something New, and (900). Her ... view full profile

Elaine Jarvik

Elaine Jarvik

Elaine Jarvik is a journalist for the Deseret News in Salt Lake City, and likes to play the conga drum. Her 10-minute Play Dead Right was produced at the 2008 Humana Festival of New American Plays. view full profile

Marc Bamuthi Joseph

Marc Bamuthi Joseph

Marc Bamuthi Joseph is an educator, performer, and the artistic director of The Living Word Project, a theatre company dedicated to the aesthetics of post-hip hop performance. In the Fall of 2007, Bamuthi graced the cover of Smithsonian magazine after being named one of America's Top Young Innovators in the Arts and Sciences. He is a National Poetry Slam champion, Broadway veteran, GOLDIE award ... view full profile

Jon Spurney

Jon Spurney was co-musical director for the new musical Passing Strange, which opened on Broadway in February 2008. At Actors Theatre of Louisville: Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Regional Theatre: Passing Strange (Berkeley Repertory Theatre). Off-Broadway: Passing Strange (The Public Theater), Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Jane Street Theater). He has performed/recorded with David Byrne, Lou Reed, They ... view full profile

Alice Tuan

Alice Tuan was seen in the 2007 Humana Festival with her collaboration on Batch with New Paradise Laboratories. She also authored Last of the Suns (Ma-Yi Theater Company, Berkeley Repertory Theatre), Ikebana (East West Players/Taper, Too), Some Asians (Perishable Theatre, University of Massachusetts at Amherst), The Roaring Girle (Foundry Theatre) and the hypertext play Coastline (Serious Play! ... view full profile

Daryl Watson

Daryl Watson

Daryl Watson is the author of Prime Time (Stella Adler Studios, Abingdon Theater and Lincoln Center Theater as part of the Audrey Skirball-Kenis Playwrights Program), Snap (Judges Panel Award and Audience Award Winner of the 2005 Battle of the Bards in New York City), The Blueberry Hill Accord (published in the Vintage play anthology Laugh Lines: Short Comic Plays), Idle Gods (Access Theater) and ... view full profile

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Marisa Wegrzyn

Marisa Wegrzyn's recent productions include Psalms of a Questionable Nature with Lucid by Proxy in Los Angeles, Hickorydickory at Washington University in St. Louis, Killing Women and Diversey Harbor at Theatre Seven of Chicago and The Butcher of Baraboo at Steppenwolf Theatre Company and off-Broadway at Second Stage. Other theatres that have presented her work include Geva Theatre Center, Magic ... view full profile

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