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Dear Kim:

I am in Louisville, Kentucky to attend the Humana Festival of New American Plays. From the British West Indies to Louisville. Quite the contrast, eh? But in some ways, it is easier than returning directly to St. Louis because I am not yet back in my home life.

I got back to Chicago late Wednesday night and caught an early, early plane on Thursday. Checked into the Galt Hotel and have been trying to catch up with myself ever since.

The Galt is two or three blocks from the theatre so I can actually run out in between shows and nip back to my room to catch a bit of quiet before the next show.

Coming to the Humana Festival is like running a marathon in some ways. You have to pace yourself so you don't burn out reception wise, or socially, just out of the gate.

I usually pack power bars and apples and peanut butter and don't even bother with going out to eat.

I have been coming to Humana for years. It is an opportunity to easily see a lot of interesting theater in the company of people who really care about theater, with first rate production values and to see what people are writing about.

For a long time, it felt like an old boys club, even if some of the boys were young. The work was very white, very much about heterosexual domestic dramas and angst.

In the past few years, the artistic director, Jon Jory and literary manager, Michael Dixon have both left. And while they did a brilliant job of putting the theater on the map, it is a relief. Finally, it feels as if the space has opened up for more perspectives.

In a group commissioned piece about Las Vegas today, there was work by several gay and lesbian writers, some of whom were artists of color. Their life experience was reflected in their sense of humor and perspectives. It was so refreshing, after years of the status quo, I could have wept.

(Kim: Sometimes it strikes me that artists aren't always the creative people that they are reputed to be, eagerly opening new doors and trying new things out.

The Humana sounds wonderful. Something I may want to do in my next life. Let me know when it is going to occur. I have friends in Louisville I'd like to see too.)

Later,

Joan

Fri., March 24, 2006

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