According to The Iliad, live theater was invented when a group of Achaeans, disguised as a large wooden horse, surprised their Trojan audience with a stirring performance of Hamlet. As today’s Groupon proves, the military tactic blossomed into an art form that continues to evolve. For $20, you get one ticket to the 34th Annual Humana Festival of New American Plays (a $40–$57 value, including all service fees) at Actors Theatre of Louisville, which is conveniently located downtown on Main Street. Your ticket is good for one of four plays from February 21 through March 7. Seating is subject to availability, so reserve your seats by calling the box office starting February 19.
Approximately 2,000 scripts are considered each year for inclusion into the Actors’ New Play Program, allowing judges to build script forts in their living rooms and read them by flashlight at night. Today’s Groupon lets you choose from a quartet of the crème de la crème:
- Sirens delves into the lives of empty-nesters Sam and Rose—and the comical events surrounding their 25th-anniversary cruise to the Greek Isles as they attempt to rekindle their relationship amid the temptations of Facebook Scrabble and nostalgic memories of their passionate youth.
- Fissures (lost and found) embodies the ever-shifting landscape of memory as it roams the mysterious territories between recollection and imagination seeking an answer to how a song or a place can conjure an experience we didn’t even know we had lost.
- Ground takes place on a pecan farm at the border of Mexico and the U.S., where a woman’s conceptions of family, community, and civil rights are tested in the face of a shifting political and social landscape.
- Phoenix is a sly comedy about a one-night stand that spills into seven weeks, 4,000 miles, and six cups of coffee.
Since its founding in 1976, the Humana Festival of New American Plays has showcased more than 400 plays, three of which have won the Pulitzer Prize, eight adapted for film and television, and a select few transformed into unrecognizable, massive, multiplayer, online role-playing games. Today’s Groupon lets you catch the first glimpse of the future of American theater alongside hundreds of fellow theater-lovers from all over the world.
One IgoUgo user gives the Actors Theatre four stars, while three TripAdvisors rate it four owl eyes: > * The company at Actors Theater [sic] writes cutting edge plays that rival those produced at Malcovitchs’ [sic] Steppenwolf Theater in Chicago (“Angels in America”). Productions here are original, funny and often thought-provoking. – Carter, IgoUgo > * The theatre itself may have been as old as Kentucky. The age of the building added to the charm. – kallen626, TripAdvisor