By PAM HARBAUGH
LOUISVILLE, KY — I’m here to experience one of the highlights of the year for me — the final industry weekend of the Humana Festival of New American Plays held in the spring at the revered Actors Theatre of Louisville.
The long weekend begins with a cocktail party at a deliriously beautiful hill-top home. The drive to it took us along a tiny creek flanked by daffodils and forsythia both in full bloom.
After the bourbon flowed, we were treated to a delightful buffet. No plastic forks here…only silver.It was a delight to see ATCA friends including Bill Hirschman, ATCA’s new executive committee chair and the co-founder of the excellent website, FloridaTheaterOnStage.com. Theater writer and critic Glenn Loney was there as well. Glenn is a hoot, bringing not only a warming touch of eccentricity but also a deep well of theater experience.
Jim Steinberg, the man who helps run the Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust. Mr. Jim Steinberg comes to the Humana Festival each year to hand out $40,000 in cash prizes for the Harold and Mimi Steinberg/American Theatre Critics Association New Play Award and Citations.
But I’m afraid all these delicious drinks, sumptuous buffet, gracious surrounds and delightful company were upstaged by the most glorious bouquets of fresh flowers.
For my husband and me, Friday begins with Public Conversation, rolls into Jen Silverman’s “Roomate,” and ends with Colman Domingo’s “Dot.” I’ll come back later to tell you more.
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