including Best Play
“A middle-class family seems to be spiraling toward perilous entropy in The Humans, the blisteringly funny, bruisingly sad and altogether wonderful play by Stephen Karam … Written with a fresh-feeling blend of documentary-like naturalism and theatrical daring… Mr. Karam’s comedy-drama depicts the way we live now with a precision and compassion unmatched by any play I’ve seen in recent years. The Humans is a major discovery, a play as empathetic as it is clear-minded, as entertaining as it is honest. For all the darkness at its core — a darkness made literal in its ghostly conclusion — a bright light shines forth from it, the blazing luminescence of collective artistic achievement.”
– Charles Isherwood, The New York Times
Breaking with tradition, Erik Blake has brought his Pennsylvania family to celebrate Thanksgiving at his daughter’s apartment in lower Manhattan. Unfolding over a single scene, this “delirious tragicomedy” (Chicago Sun-Times) by acclaimed young playwright Stephen Karam “infuses the traditional kitchen-sink family drama with qualities of horror in his portentous and penetrating work of psychological unease” (Variety), creating an indelible family portrait.
Six Nominations for 2016 Tony Awards, including Best Play
A deeply felt portrait of women finding and testing their own strength in a hostile world of horrors not of their own making.
Five Nominations for 2016 Tony Awards, including Best Play
This controversial “future history play” explores the people underneath the crowns and the conscience of its most famous family.
John Patrick Shanley
John Patrick Shanley has drawn on his personal experiences to create an explosive portrait of a young man on the verge of either salvation or destruction.
With inimitable warmth, style, and craft, The Night Alive by Conor McPherson deftly mines the humanity to be found in the most unlikely of situations.
Year of the Fat Knight is Antony Sher’s account – splendidly supplemented by his own paintings and sketches – of researching, rehearsing and performing Falstaff, one of Shakespeare’s best-known and most popular characters.
Sophokles/Translated by Anne Carson
When her dead brother is decreed a traitor, his body left unburied beyond the city walls, Antigone refuses to accept this most severe of punishments. “A marvellous new translation by Anne Carson that crackles with canny colloquialism and insight.” -- Arts Desk
Adapted by Enda Walsh
Mr. and Mrs. Twit are not very nice. They're nasty to each other, and they're VILE to everyone else. They hold a family of monkeys hostage in a cage and force them to stand on their heads. ALL THE TIME. We told you they weren't very nice. Can the monkeys find a way to show those vicious Twits what for?
The new collection is here! Humana Festival 2015: The Complete Plays brings together all nine scripts from the 2015 Humana Festival of New American Plays, the 39th cycle of world premiere productions staged at Actors Theatre of Louisville.
Euripides/Translated by Anne Carson
Euripides’ electrifying tragedy is a struggle to the death between freedom and restraint, the rational and the irrational, man and god. Using three actors and a chorus, this visceral new version by Anne Carson echoes the original performance model of Euripides’ hedonistic tragedy.
From the shore of Ko Phi Phi in Thailand to a suburb in Utah to a mysterious Kafkaesque hole in the ground, Yee's award-winning play gives us brief glimpses into the lives of a grieving father, a conflicted priest, a felonious housewife, an accountant of time, and many more.