Posted in: Louisville attractions, Louisville Information, Louisville Real Estate, What to do in Louisville, Author: Younger Group (February 26, 2012)
Every Spring, Louisville is the stage for an internationally known festival of contemporary plays. Now in its 36th year, the Humana Festival draws actors, producers, playwrights, critics, and theater lovers from Louisville and far beyond. This year, the festival of New American plays will run from February 27 – April 15 and will present an exciting array of full length, one act, 10-minute, and short plays, many of which will be picked up and produced elsewhere. If you live in Louisville, you can see great theater here first!
Throughout the history of the festival, the Actors Theater has presented over 400 plays by over 200 playwrights. The plays that have made the schedule come from the nearly 2,000 scripts submitted each year. Some past productions have won Pulitzer prizes, such as The Gin Game by D.L. Coburn, Dinner With Friends by Donald Margulies, and Crimes of the Heart by Beth Henley, while many others have won awards and prizes and gone on to become popular favorites. Over 90 million Americans have seen productions of plays premiered at the Human Festival. Most years, the plays are published for your reading pleasure and available for less than $20.
The plays attract visitors from all over the world, but the festival reaches out to its hometown of Louisville and entices local residents to see the plays with a special Humana Locals Pass good from March 1-11. You can choose six plays for $99 with first come first serve seating in the theater in this age of social media, you can tweet and post about the plays you like, to encourage other folks in the area to see them to. The festival also has attractively-price ticket packages for college students, getaway weekends, and industry professionals.
So, what are this yea’rs plays that may someday be famous? You can be among the first people to ever see The Veri**on Play, Oh, Gastronomy!, Eat Your Heart Out, and more. Click here for a full schedule of plays you can see right here in Louisville.
If you really want to drink in the whole experience you can enjoy several other events running during the month. On Monday, February 27, the Festival will kick off with a press conference. On March 1, you can enjoy the free Humana Festival Kickoff Party, or see the costumes on display on March 2 with the Trolley Hop. On March 30 or 20th, you can meet the staff of Actors Theater, tour the facilities, enjoy some light refreshments and see a rehearsal by calling the theater at 502.584.1205 for a free ticket. Concluding Locals Week, you and your family can enjoy a Locals Fair that will feature art, jewelry, and other offerings brought by members of Louisville’s Local Independent Business Association (LIBA).
Each each year, the Humana Foundation, an offshoot of one of Louisville’s largest employers, sponsors the festival, as it has done since 1980. Their generosity represents the longest continuous and current partnership between a theater and a corporation in the United States. The Humana foundation is known for forging city and cultural partnerships in any city where is from.
Events in Louisville, March, 2012
3/1/2012 Humana Festival Kick-Off Party
3/2/2012 Kentucky National Beef Exposition
3/2-3/3/12 University of Louisville Dance Marathon
3/5/2012 Anthem 5K Fitness Classic
3/7/2012 Looking for Dinner
3/7/2012 Sushi in the City
3/9-3/12/12 Kentucky Flea Market
3/10/2012 St. Patrick’s Parade
3/10/2012 MAS in St. Patrick’ s Day Parade
3/10/2012 Humana Festival Local’s Fair
3/14/2012 Kentuckiana Cluster All Breed Dog Show
3/15/2012 PetSmart Volunteer Orientation March. 15
3/17/2012 Rodes City Run 10K
3/17/2012 St Patrick’s Biergarten
3/17/2012 St Baldrick’s Event
3/18/2012 Summer Camp Open House
3/24-3/25/12 Parent Leadership Academy
3/24/2012 Humana Festival Soiree
3/24/2012 Run For Kids
3/30/2012 FREE Tax Preparation on March 30
3/30/2012 Women of Joy
3/30/2012 CK Scrapbooking Convention – Louisville
3/31/2012 Papa John’s 10 Miler