One offering in this year’s Humana Festival of New American Plays has had an unusual creation process. Six playwrights wrote the play Fissures (lost and found) as they ruminated over ideas of memory and the fragility of remembering with a group of actors who improvised their ideas and scenes during rehearsals. The playwrights included members of the Workhaus Collective and two former leaders of the Tony-award winning ensemble company Theater de la Jeune Lune, which closed in 2008. The result is a play that suggests a storyline, but makes its mark most strongly through some of its poetic language and perceptive points about how memory works — or doesn’t — in our own lives. Louisville Public Media’s Elizabeth Kramer spoke with three of the playwrights —Dominic Orlando, Dominique Serrand and Deborah Stein— about their experience writing this play. In the photo above – Casey Grieg. In the photo to the right – Emily Gunyou Hulaas, Dominique Serrand, Megan Hill, Nathan Keepers
“Fissures (lost and found)” runs through March 28 in the Bingham Theatre at Actors Theatre of Louisville.