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Humana Festival kicks off at Actors Theatre for 38th year

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Thursday night the festival season kicked off with a sneak peek party. Thursday night the festival season kicked off with a sneak peek party.
The festival is the pride of Actors Theatre of Louisville and loved by critics and fans around the world. The festival is the pride of Actors Theatre of Louisville and loved by critics and fans around the world.
John Yarmuth John Yarmuth
Jennifer Bielstein Jennifer Bielstein
Candace Shiffman Candace Shiffman

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - From starting a food truck career, to faith inAmerica and violence in Brooklyn, a variety of topics will be showcased inseven new plays during the 38th Annual Humana Festival of New American Plays.

The festival is the pride of Actors Theatre of Louisville and loved bycritics and fans around the world. Thursday night the festival season kickedoff with a sneak peek party. Dignitaries and fans crowded into Actors Theatrefor a preview of the festival.

The event is the driving force of innovations on the stage, nurturing newplaywrights and giving Louisville and Kentucky a reputation in arts and culturethat's hard to beat.

While the local food scene and the Urban Bourbon Trail are reasonsLouisville continues to be recognized nationally, annual rave reviews of the nation'slongest running New Play Festival attracts some 40,000 people and proves thecity is vibrant in multiple ways.

"They come to symbolize Louisville as much as Cardinal basketball,bourbon or Louisville Slugger," Congressman and festival fan John Yarmuth saidof the new plays.

What you may not know? Festival producers read more than 1,000 scripts everyyear and the audience takes a major role in how they're shaped. 

Actors Theatre of Louisville Managing Director Jennifer Bielstein explainedof the feedback, "What may be re-written or what may be in perfect finalform, their reactions really matter."  Producers, agents, licensersand artistic directors come to town to view the plays and many times they endup having a long stage life."

First time preview visitors like Candace Shiffman said of the preview alone,"I would say you shouldn't miss it."

"It's an opportunity that you have in Kentucky very seldom, we'll oncea year," Shiffman laughed, "It's a gift that they brought totown!"

The festival runs through April 6, and you can buy a Locals Pass and seefive plays for just $75.

If you would like to try out the festival or to learn more, clickhere.

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