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  • Writer's pictureElizabeth Kramer

New play moves queer teens who have thought a lot about faith, religion

Playwright Jonathan Norton hails from Dallas but is no stranger to Louisville.


Before Actors Theatre of Louisville halted its Humana Festival of New American Plays in 2022, Norton came to many including in 2020 as co-writer of “Are You There?”  It premiered at that festival just before the pandemic closed other live productions. During the 2016 festival, he even picked up the M. Elizabeth Osborn Award for playwrights.

Zachary J. Willis and Liz Mikel in “I Am Delivered'T” at Actors Theatre of Louisville. Photo by Denisha McCauley and Actors Theatre of Louisville.


In March, his more recent work, “I Am Delivered’T” arrived at Actors Theatre after premiering at Dallas Theater Center in a production directed at both venues by Actors Theatre of Louisville’s Artistic and Executive Director Robert Barry Fleming.


The play tells a story filled with deep compassion and faith about several LGBTG characters with ties to the church. It made sense for Arts Angle Vantage to connect with Louisville Youth Group and invite members to collaborate with us and write about the play. Actors Theatre invited all members to see the play. Immediately after, Norton spoke about writing the play and Fleming and actor Zachary J. Willis joined the talk.


Deep gratitude to Jo Lowden, G. McAdams and Louisville Youth Group and sincere thanks to Actors Theatre of Louisville.*

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As always, we greatly appreciate LEO Weekly and Editor Erica Rucker for helping us elevate youth voices and the arts by practicing the values of collaborative journalism.

— Elizabeth Kramer, Executive Director, Arts Angle Vantage

* LYG and the Actors Theatre had no influence on these articles, as Arts Angle Vantage practices journalistic ethics and standards.


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