The works selected for the 1994 Humana Festival include: "Julie Johnson" by Wendy Hammond, "Shotgun" by Romulus Linney, "Betty the Yeti" by Jon Klein, "The Survivor: A Cambodian Odyssey" by Jon Lipsky, "Slays! (Thinking About the Longstanding Problems of Virtue and Happiness)" by Tony Kushner, and "My Left Breasf" by Susan Miller.
As a showcase for new American plays, the annual Humana Festival is a major event of the theatrical year. The ten dramatic pieces in this collection were performed at the 18th festival at the Actors Theatre of Louisville this past spring. In his introduction, Jon Jory, producing director of the Actors Theatre, notes a central theme of loss running through these plays-loss of youth, ideals, love and country, innocence, limitations, and trust. Several of the plays, including Jane Anderson's The Last Time We Saw Her, Wendy Hammond's Julie Johnson, Tina Landau's 1969, and Susan Miller's My Left Breast, examine issues confronting lesbians and gays directly and sensitively. This collection shows that there is great hope for the American theater. Representing one of America's most important festivals, it is recommended for academic and large public library drama collections.-Howard E. Miller, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Missouri Lib., St. Louis