Humana Festival Premieres works by Ma-Yi Labbies

Actors Theatre of Louisville presents The 42nd Humana Festival of New American Plays, Feb. 28-April 8, 2018, and will include three works by Ma-Yi Writers Lab Members. The Festival premieres works by Leah Nanako Winkler, Susan Soon He Stanton, and Dipika Guha. Ma-Yi offers congratulations and kudos to these ground-breaking playwrights:

Ma-Yi Writers Lab Playwright

Leah Nanako Winkler

God Said This by Leah Nanako Winkler (Feb. 28-April 8, 2018), directed by Morgan Gould is about a New Yorker who returns to her hometown in Lexington, Kentucky. as her mom is undergoing chemotherapy.


Susan Soon He Stanton

Susan Soon He Stanton

we, the invisibles by Susan Soon He Stanton (March 23-April 8, 2018), directed by Dámaso Rodríguez. The play follows a playwright, working a survival job at a luxury hotel, who begins interviewing her fellow employees.



Dipika Guha

You Across From Me by Jaclyn Backhaus, Dipika Guha, Brian Otaño, and Jason Gray Platt (March 23-April 8, 2018). These series of short plays, to be performed by Actors Theatre’s training company, explore the themes of connection, confrontation, and compromise. Jessica Fisch will direct.


The Humana Festival has premiered more than 450 new plays in its 42-year history.

Lab Members play readings at PARITY PLAYS READING Nov 13-20


Rehana Lew Mirza, Leah Nananko Winkler and Catherine Yu present readings of their plays at the annual four-play reading series, Parity Plays, celebrating the work of female and trans writers and directors. Created by WP Lab alum Adrienne Campbell-Holt and Colt Coeur, and now co-curated with WP, the Parity Plays series will appear on the WP Theater stage for the very first time at the McGinn/Cazale Theatre, 2162 Broadway at 76th Street, New York, NY 10024

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Rehana Lew Mirza

Rehana Lew Mirza


by Rehana Lew Mirza
Directed by Pirronne Yousefzadeh
Cast TBA
Monday, November 13th, 4pm
A local Michigan literary professor, Layla, seeks out a famous Muslim-American novelist, Imran, to find out if he’s an Islamophobe or just a really good lay.

Ma-Yi Writers Lab Playwright

Leah Nanako Winkler

God Said This

by Leah Nanako Winkler
Directed by Morgan Gould
Featuring Jeff Biehl, Satomi Blair, Ako Dachs, Emily Kunkel, Emma Kikue Munson, and Jay Patterson
Thursday, November 16th, 3pm
James seeks redemption when his wife is diagnosed with uterine cancer. John searches for a legacy for his only son.  NYC transplant Hiro struggles to let go of her inherited demons, and Sophie confronts her faith as she comes to terms with death, her own shortcomings and broken dreams. GOD SAID THIS is about five Godless and God-loving people in Lexington, Kentucky who face mortality in very different ways

Perry Street

by Lucy Thurber
Featuring Jennifer Carpenter, Glenn Davis, Amanda Seyfried, Trudie Styler, and Michael Warner
Sunday, November 19th 7pm
Phil and Maggie live a blessed life–they’ve been happily married for years, they have a daughter, Becca, they adore, a traveling companion they enjoy, and more money than they could ever spend. That is until Becca’s new girlfriend, Annabelle, comes to visit and tears their well-curated world apart. PERRY STREET is a dark comic exploration of money, class and art.

Catherine Yu

Catherine Yu

Le Jeté

by Catherine Yu
Directed by Adrienne Campbell-Holt
Featuring Molly Carden, Lauren Currie Lewis, Lynne Lipton, Eden Marryshow, Kate Cullen Roberts, Brian Wiles, and Tyler Weaks
Monday, November 20th , 7pm
Cate Yu’s unique new play with Baroque opera, Le Jeté, centers around a museum associate who longs to rediscover her love of art while trying to center herself in the chaos that is thrown at her. Through opera, performance art, and Rome she finds her way back to art and the world at large. 


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