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The Paradox of Plenty by ProQuest


[...] without the Humana Foundation's acknowledged support of the festival Jon Jory founded, and without the national awards and international tours that validated ATL's reputation as one of the leading progenitors of new plays, the future of its festival would have remained uncertain, and its ability to later expand its repertoire, incorporate new genres and make bolder choices would have been encumbered. The ethos of new-play development differs from that of new-works development-the latter focuses on individual artists and ensemble theatres that develop and support their work by touring, usually to alternative spaces, contemporary art museums and presenting institutions. The intent of the panel, held as the opening event of a special critics weekend this past March in Louisville, was to give an inside glimpse at how the fest scene operates; and to trace not just the growing stature of American festivals internationally but, more important, stress the sense of national scale, range and impact being afforded by such cultural endeavors as the National Black Theatre Festival, National Asian American Theater Festival, Hip-Hop Theater Festival, Humana Festival, Under the Radar and Colorado New Play Summit.

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