Humana Fest Kicks Off

It's the last Humana Festival for Marc Masterson

It’s not really surprising that Humana announced today that it’s kicking in another $2.1 million to keep its Festival of New American Plays going for another three years. Humana’s Virginia Judd, who made it official at a news conference kicking off the Festival this morning, said it’s the longest-standing arts sponsorship in the country, dating back to 1979, in the days of Jon Jory and Wendell Cherry.

Six playwrights took turns talking about the creative process and what a thrill it is to have a show premier in Louisville at Actors Theatre.  It was great to see how excited they were, as evidence by Molly Smith Metzler (video below).

And Adam Rapp, who has had more than a dozen plays produced, talked about how much he likes coming to town and strolling Bardstown Road, dropping in at the Rud and going to Waterfront Park. “I like slowing down from the speed and intensity of New York. It’s like going to middle America. I love walking along the Waterfront.”

On Thursday night, there’s a free opening party at Actors. Here at, we are sending members of our team to each of the new plays, and you’ll be able to read what they have to say right here. I’m going to see “The Devil at Noon” Wednesday. So stay tuned. Here’s a video from today featuring Molly Smith Metzler.