Cincinnati theatergoers have a treat in store

March 8, 2014 by  

Cincinnati residents who love live theater have a chance to see great plays in the next weeks, as the Actors Theatre of Louisville presents the 38th annual Humana Festival of New American Plays.

One of the biggest theatrical events in America, it draws visitors from across the country who want to support up-and-coming playwrights.

The theater’s artistic director is Les Waters, who says his company champions the “art and necessity of storytelling” by providing a place in which playwrights can create innovative works. The theater is approximately 100 miles from Cincinnati via I-71, and has three performance spaces: The Pamela Brown Auditorium is a traditional proscenium stage seating 634; the Bingham Theatre is an arena stage that seats 318; and the Victor Jory Theatre is a “black box” that can hold 159. The theater performs plays simultaneously, with actors appearing in multiple productions.

Since 1976, the Humana Festival has presented almost 450 new plays, including three that went on to win the Pulitzer Prize. This year, the theater will present six full-length plays and three 10-minute shows. The festival opened February 26, and will run through April 6, with a new show being added to the schedule almost every week. Detailed information is available on the theater’s website.

Theater officials could work with a banner printing company to create original flags to display in conjunction with the plays as they open.