Michael Friedman, Jim Lewis and Steven Cosson (L-R) discuss This Beautiful City, the play about the evangelical community in Colorado Springs, Colo., which they created as part of 32nd annual Humana Festival of New American Plays at Actor's Theatre of Louisville. Photo by Maggie Huber | Lexington Herald-Leader and LexGo.com.
Note: A few weeks ago, I was invited to join the bloggers at Flyover, a blog at ArtsJournal.com written by nine arts journalists from across the country who work outside of the major cultural capitols such as New York and Chicago. It was quite an honor, which I compared to being asked to join your favorite band, as I have been an avid Flyover reader since the blog launched. I also like being part of it because it makes Lexington part of a national arts conversation. So, today I put up my first post. Sometimes, when appropriate, I'll cross post between here and Flyover, and sometimes I'll write posts exclusively for that blog. Here's an excerpt from today's post, and I invite you to follow the link at the bottom to go over to Flyover and read the rest and read posts from my fellow Flyover bloggers:
Last week, I saw a performance of Lee Blessing’s new play, Great Falls. It was a great piece of theater that belied the bells and whistles of so many shows today by focusing on two terrific, well-traveled actors under the guidance of a first-rate director.
And I was nowhere near New York City. Not even Chicago or San Francisco. I was in Louisville, a town most people only think about the first Saturday in May. But every year, somewhere around the last weekend in March, the Derby City becomes the center of the theater world with critics and theater professionals flocking in for the Humana Festival of New American Plays.
The festival, which has launched critically acclaimed plays such as Crimes of the Heart, is now into its fourth decade. It has had its up years and down years, but with recent hits such as Dinner with Friends and Omnium Gatherum, people still come to Humana hoping to be among the first to discover the next great thing.