Theater: Kentucky Derby

U.S. drama off and running

Some 4,000 scripts descended on the Actors Theater of Louisville this year. For the fifth annual festival of new American plays, Producing Director Jon Jory and his staff winnowed out the plays to five one-acters, five full-length works and a collection of short pieces. As a profile of the U.S. psyche, three main characteristics emerge: a mercurial violence simmering just beneath the surface of everyday life, bizarre, zany, irrepressible humor, and wistful reverie about the past or the future. Americans like to dream out loud. Herewith, a sampler:

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