HistoryThe Actor's Theater of Louisville hosted the first Festival of New American Plays in March 1977. It was founded by the former artistic director of the Actor's Theater, . by D.L. Coburn, one of the plays presented that year, went on to open on Broadway later that year and would win the in 1978. The 1978 festival line up included Marsha Norman's Getting Out, and in 1979, by Beth Henley. It was also the first year that the festival was sponsored by the Humana Festival. Over the 400 plays (short pieces, ten-minute plays, one-acts, and full-lengths) the festival has produced, many have gone on to win several awards. ''Dinner With Friends'' by Donald Margulies, '' '' by D.L. Coburn, and, '' '' by Beth Henley have all won the . ''Keely and Du'' by Jane Martin, ''Becky Shaw'' by Gina Gionfriddo, and ''Omnium-Gatherum b''y Alexandra Gersten-Vassilaros and Theresa Rebeck have all been finalists for the prize. Lucas Hnath's ''The Christians,'' ''Appropriate'' by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, ''Big Love (play), Big Love'' by Charles L. Mee, Charles Mee, ''Slavs!'' by Tony Kushner, ''My Left Breast'' by Susan Miller (playwright), Susan Miller, ''Marisol (play), Marisol'' by José Rivera (playwright), José Rivera and ''One Flea Spare'' by Naomi Wallace have all won Obie Award, Obie Awards. ''How to Say Goodbye'' by Mary Gallagher, ''My Sister in this House'' by Wendy Kesselman, ''A Narrow Bed'' by Ellen McLaughlin, ''My Left Breast'' by Susan Miller (playwright), Susan Miller and ''One Flea Spare'' by Naomi Wallace have won the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, and nine other plays produced at the festival have been finalists. ''2'' by Romulus Linney (playwright), Romulus Linney, ''Dinner with Friends'' by Donald Margulies, ''Getting Out'' by Marsha Norman, and Jane Martin, Jane Martin's ''Talking With..., Talking With…,'' ''Keely and Du,'' ''Jack and Jill,'' and ''Anton in Show Business'' have won the Steinberg/American Theatre Critics Association New Play Award, and ''Dinner with Friends'' by Donald Margulies, ''Big Love (play), Big Love'' by Charles L. Mee, Charles Mee, ''After Ashley'' by Gina Gionfriddo, ''Great Falls'' by Lee Blessing, ''Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them'' by A.Rey Pamatmat, and Lucas Hnath's ''Death Tax'' and ''The Christians'' have won Steinberg/American Theatre Critics Association New Play Award Citations. Jeff Augustin's and Peter Sinn Nachtrieb’ s plays, ''Cry Old Kingdom'' and ''BOB: A Life in Five Acts'' respectively, have won the Barrie and Bernice Stavis Award, given by the National Theatre Conference to outstanding emerging playwrights.
List of plays produced;2016 * ''Residence'' by Laura Jacqmin * ''For Peter Pan on Her 70th Birthday'' by Sarah Ruhl * ''This Random World'' by Steven Dietz * ''Wellesley Girl'' by Brendan Pelsue * ''Cardboard Piano'' by Hansol Jung * ''Wondrous Strange'' by Martyna Majok, Meg Miroshnik, Jiehae Park, and Jen Silverman The Ten-Minute Plays: * ''Coffee Break'' by Tasha Gordon-Solmon * ''This Quintessence of Dust'' by Cory Hinkle * ''Trudy, Carolyn, Martha, and Regina Travel to Outer Space and Have a Pretty Terrible Time There'' by James Kennedy ;2015 * ''The Roommate'' by Jen Silverman * ''Dot'' by Colman Domingo * ''I Will Be Gone'' by Erin Courtney * ''The Glory of the World'' by Charles L. Mee * ''I Promised Myself to Live Faster'', conceived and created by Pig Iron Theatre Company, text by Gregory S. Moss and Pig Iron Theatre Company * ''That High Lonesome Sound'', by Jeff Augustin, Diana Grisanti, Cory Hinkle, and Charise Castro The Ten-Minute Plays: * ''Rules of Comedy'' by Patricia Cotter * ''So Unnatural a Level'' by Gary Winter * ''Joshua Consumed an Unfortunate Pear'' by Steve Yockey ;2014 * ''Partners'' by Dorothy Fortenberry * ''The Christians'' by Lucas Hnath * ''The Grown-Up'' by Jordan Harrison * ''brownsville song (b-side for tray)'' by Kimber Lee * ''Steel Hammer'' created by SITI Company, music and lyrics by Julia Wolfe, original text by Kia Corthron, Will Power (performer), Will Power, Carl Hancock Rux and Regina Taylor * ''Remix 38'' by Jackie Sibblies Drury, Idris Goodwin, Basil Kreimendahl, Justin Kuritzkes and Amelia Roper The Ten-Minute Plays: * ''Winter Games'' by Rachel Bonds * ''Some Prepared Remarks (A History in Speech)'' by Jason Gray Platt * ''Poor Shem'' by Gregory Hischak ;2013 * ''The Delling Shore'' by Sam Marks * ''Appropriate'' by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins * ''Cry Old Kingdom'' by Jeff Augustin * ''Gnit'' by Will Eno * ''O Guru Guru Guru, or why I don't want to go to yoga class with you'' by Mallery Avidon * '' Sleep Rock Thy Brain'' by Rinne Groff, Lucas Hnath, and Anne Washburn The Ten-Minute Plays: * ''Halfway'' by Emily Schwend * ''27 Ways I Didn't Say "Hi" to Laurence Fishburne'' by Jonathan Josephson * ''Two Conversations Overheard on Airplanes'' by Sarah Ruhl ;2012 * ''Eat Your Heart Out (play), Eat Your Heart Out'' by Courtney Baron * ''How We Got On'' by Idris Goodwin * ''Death Tax'' by Lucas Hnath * ''Michael von Siebenburg Melts Through the Floorboards'' by Greg Kotis * ''The Veri**on Play'' by Lisa Kron * ''The Hour of Feeling'' by Mona Mansour * ''Oh, Gastronomy! by'' Michael Golamco, Carson Kreitzer, Steve Moulds, Tanya Saracho, and Matt Schatz The Ten-Minute Plays: * ''The Dungeons and the Dragons'' by Kyle John Schmidt * ''Hero Dad'' by Laura Jacqmin * ''The Ballad of 423 and 424'' by Nicholas C. Pappas ;2011 * ''Mr. Smitten'' by Laura Eason * ''Maple and Vine'' by Jordan Harrison * ''Hygiene'' by Gregory Hischak * ''Chicago, Sudan'' by Marc Bamuthi Joseph * ''Elemeno Pea'' by Molly Smith Metzler * ''BOB'' by Peter Sinn Nachtrieb * ''Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them'' by A. Rey Pamatmat * ''The Edge of Our Bodies'' by Adam Rapp * ''A Devil at Noon'' by Anne Washburn * ''The End'' by Dan Dietz, Jennifer Haley, Allison Moore, A. Rey Pamatmat, and Marco Ramirez. ;2010 * ''Let Bygones Be'' by Gamal Abdel Chasten * ''HEIST!'' conceived and created by Sean Daniels and Deborah Stein, written by Deborah Stein * ''Lobster Boy'' by Dan Dietz * ''Ground'' by Lisa Dillman * ''Fissures (lost and found)'' by Steve Epp, Cory Hinkle, Dominic Orlando, Dominique Serrand, Deborah Stein and Victoria Stewart * ''Post Wave Spectacular'' by Diana Grisanti * ''An Examination of the Whole Playwright/Actor Relationship Presented As Some Kind of Cop Show Parody'' by Greg Kotis * ''Sirens'' by Deborah Zoe Laufer * ''The Method Gun'' created by Rude Mechs, written by Kirk Lynn * ''The Cherry Sisters Revisited'' by Dan O'Brien (playwright), Dan O'Brien with original music by Michael Friedman * ''Phoenix'' by Scott Organ. ;2009 * ''Ameriville'' by UNIVERSES (Steven Sapp; Mildred Ruiz-Sapp; Gamal Abdel Chasten; William Ruiz a.k.a.- NINJA) * ''Slasher'' by Allison Moore * ''Absalom'' by Zoe Kazan * ''The Hard Weather Boating Party'' by Naomi Wallace * ''Under Construction'' by Charles L. Mee, produced in association with the SITI Company * ''Wild Blessings: A Celebration of Wendell Berry'' adapted for the stage by Marc Masterson and Adrien-Alice Hansel, original music by Malcolm Dalglish * ''Brink!'' by Lydia R. Diamond, Kristoffer Diaz, Greg Kotis, Deborah Zoe Laufer, Peter Sinn Nachtrieb and Deborah Stein * ''On the Porch One Crisp Spring Morning'' by Alex Dremann * ''3:59am: a drag race for two actors'' by Marco Ramirez * ''Roanoke'' by Michael Lew, music and lyrics by Matt Schatz
See also* List of attractions and events in the Louisville metropolitan area * Performing arts in Louisville, Kentucky