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The State of Contemporary American Theater: The Importance of Regional Theater



Actors Theatre of Louisville, a major force in contemporary theater, commissioned Arthur Miller’s The Ryan Interview in 1993. This documentary segment profiles ATL’s Humana Festival of New American Plays and includes comments by several playwrights and members of the ATL staff.

Suggested Uses:

  • Show in conjunction with the Arthur Miller interview and have students explore the state of theater in contemporary America.
  • Show in advance of reading The Gin Game, viewing Crimes of the Heart, or exploring other contemporary works.
  • Show in advance of the current year’s Humana Festival.
  • Show before taking students to see a production at Actors Theatre.

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