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Under the leadership of new artistic director Marc Masterson, the Actor's Theatre of Louisville recently announced its lineup for the 25th Humana Festival of New American Plays, running Feb. 27 through Apr. 7.

The Humana Festival has produced over 230 plays in its 25-year history, representing the work of 150 playwrights. Many important new plays premiered there, including "The Gin Game," "Crimes of the Heart," and more recent works by Tina Howe, David Ives, Donald Margulies, Steven Dietz, Joan Ackermann, Jane Martin, and Naomi Wallace.

On tap for 2001 is Richard Dresser's "Wonderful World," a comedy that will also mark Masterson's directorial debut at Louisville; Eduardo Machado's "When the Sea Drowns in Sand," inspired by the Elian Gonzalez case; and Melanie Marnich's "Quake."

Jon Jory, who recently departed as producing director after 31 years on the job, will return to direct another highlight of the 2001 Festival, Jane Martin's "Flaming Guns of the Purple Sage: A 'B' Western Horror Flick for the Stage."

Playwright Charles L. Mee and director Anne Bogart also return with "Bobrauschenbergamerica," a collaboration with Bogart's acclaimed Siti Company, covering an excursion through modern America as imagined by artist Robert Rauschenberg. Avant-garde dramatist Mac Wellman fills out the main slate with "Description Beggared; or the Allegory of Whiteness."

The festival will also feature commissioned works, including three 10-minute Arthur Kopit plays, collectively named "Chad Curtiss, Lost Again;" as well as "Heaven and Hell (on Earth): A Divine Comedy," a collaborative work by 16 dramatists, including William Mastrosimone ("Extremities") and Rebecca Gilman ("Spinning into Butter").

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