March 29, 2017

Broadway Across America Announces 2017/18 Season

Broadway Across America is thrilled to announce the 2017/18 Indianapolis season. Season tickets are now on sale.


Finding Neverland       
October 17-22, 2017 - Clowes Memorial Hall

The winner of Broadway.com’s Audience Choice Award for Best Musical, this breathtaking smash “captures the kid-at-heart,” says TIME Magazine. Vogue cheers, “It’s a must-see you’ll remember for years to come!” Directed by visionary Tony®-winner Diane Paulus and based on the critically-acclaimed Academy Award® winning film, Finding Neverland tells the incredible story behind one of the world’s most beloved characters: Peter Pan.

A Christmas Story, The Musical                                                      
November 28-December 3, 2017 - Old National Centre

A Christmas Story, The Musical chronicles young and bespectacled Ralphie Parker as he schemes his way toward the holiday gift of his dreams, an official Red Ryder® Carbine-Action 200-Shot Range Model Air Rifle (“You’ll shoot your eye out kid!”). An infamous leg lamp, outrageous pink bunny pajamas, a maniacal department store Santa, and a triple-dog-dare to lick a freezing flagpole are just a few of the distractions that stand between Ralphie and his Christmas wish. Chock-full of delightful songs and splashy production numbers, A Christmas Story, The Musical, has proudly taken its place as a perennial holiday classic for the whole family.

Beautiful – The Carole King Musical       
 January 30-February 4, 2018 - Clowes Memorial Hall

Long before she was Carole King, chart-topping music legend, she was Carol Klein, Brooklyn girl with passion and chutzpah. She fought her way into the record business as a teenager and, by the time she reached her twenties, had the husband of her dreams and a flourishing career writing hits for the biggest acts in rock ‘n’ roll.  But it wasn’t until her personal life began to crack that she finally managed to find her true voice.   Beautiful – The Carole King Musical tells the inspiring true story of King’s remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. Along the way, she made more than beautiful music, she wrote the soundtrack to a generation.

Les Misérables                 
 March 28-April 2, 2017 - Old National Centre

Cameron Mackintosh presents the new production of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg’s Tony Award-winning musical phenomenon, Les Misérables, direct from an acclaimed two-and-a-half-year return to Broadway. With its glorious new staging and dazzlingly reimagined scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo, this breathtaking new production has left both audiences and critics awestruck, cheering “Les Miz is born again!”

RENT 20th Anniversary Tour     
June 12-17, 2018 - Clowes Memorial Hall

In 1996, an original rock musical by a little-known composer opened on Broadway… and forever changed the landscape of American theatre. Two decades later, Jonathan Larson’s Rent continues to speak loudly and defiantly to audiences across generations and all over the world. And now, this Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award®-winning masterpiece returns to the stage in a vibrant 20th anniversary touring production. A re-imagining of Puccini's La Bohème, RENT follows an unforgettable year in the lives of seven artists struggling to follow their dreams without selling out. With its inspiring message of joy and hope in the face of fear, this timeless celebration of friendship and creativity reminds us to measure our lives with the only thing that truly matters—love. 

Season Option Description:
Wicked        
April 25-May 13, 2018 - Old National Centre

Wicked, the Broadway sensation, looks at what happened in the Land of Oz…but from a different angle.  Long before Dorothy arrives, there is another young woman, born with emerald-green skin—smart, fiery, misunderstood, and possessing an extraordinary talent. When she meets a bubbly blonde who is exceptionally popular, their initial rivalry turns into the unlikeliest of friendships…until the world decides to call one “good,” and the other one “wicked.”

March 21, 2017

Circle City New Play Fest



From April 13-15 at Speak Easy Downtown, the Circle City New Play Fest will bring four playwrights’ works to life through staged readings and offer audience members a chance to be a part of the development process of new work. The Circle City New Play Fest is produced by Bo Frazier and KT Peterson in association with Storefront Theatre of Indianapolis and The Geeky Press.

Audience members are also an important part of the process - before each reading, they will be able to meet the playwright in a happy hour setting, and after the reading, they will be invited to discuss what they saw.

Circle City New Play Fest – April 13-15
Speak Easy Downtown
$10 ticket includes a seat and 1 drink ticket
Tickets available at storefrontindy.com

Thursday, April 13 at 6:30pm - The Daughters of the Moon by Reginald Edmund
It starts with the sound of a drum. Or a racing, beating heart. From the first moment, Reginald Edmund’s play ushers the audience into the world of Mawu, or Gleti, or Khonsu, or Yemaya. By any name, she is the goddess of the moon. She narrates a story of love, of suffering, of sacrifice, of slavery. She tells us about two women, united by unimaginable cruelty, desperately trying to forge a better future. Don’t forget, Mawu tells us. And we won’t.

Friday, April 14 at 6:30pm - Spineless by Elise Lockwood
It’s called The Wasting - the mass extinction of sea stars sweeping up the Pacific coast has hit Washington. Casey decides to join the group of citizen scientists helping to gather data about the disease. It’s not about the fact that their ex-girlfriend is in charge of the study. Or even about avoiding their mother who’s suddenly back in town. It’s not even about how, day to day, hour to hour, Casey struggles to figure out who they are. Well, it might be a little about that. But mostly it’s about saving the sea stars. Right?

Saturday, April 15 at 4pm - Time and Sarah by Merri Biechler
Tim and Sarah are outsiders. They may have moved into the old farmhouse in the holler, but in southeast Ohio, in the Appalachians, they are still strangers. Tim is desperate to win over the community so he can complete his scholarly magnum opus - collecting all twenty squares of the Appalachian Lost Memory Quilt. Sarah is not so sure, about winning over the community or what she wants from life. Merri Biechler’s play, inspired by true events, asks what it means to become part of a community. And it also asks what we give up when we do so.

Saturday, April 15 at 7pm - Tectonic Mélange by Deborah Yarchun
Tara is a petroleum geologist. She’s scouting areas for possible oil, trying to find overlooked areas where companies will want to drill. That’s how Tara meets Liz, Andy, and the other hundred or so residents of Whisper, North Dakota. Oil money could change their lives. It could reopen the school, buy a new fire truck… or, possibly, ruin everything. As Tara gets closer to the people in Whisper and closer to the possibility of drilling there, the difference between what’s right and what isn’t wrong becomes all the more important.

For more information visit their website here.

March 12, 2017

Boeing Boeing and the IRT 2017/18 Season Announcement

One man, three fiancés, one Paris apartment; what could possibly go wrong? The Indiana Repertory Theatre presents Boeing Boeing, a farce set in the 1960s and complete with all the hallmarks of the genre. The three women are all flight attendants from different countries. 

Bernard (Matt Schwader) is a charming man whose selfish view of the world leads him to believe that dating three women, who all think they're the only one, is the perfectly acceptable. When his old friend Robert arrives from Wisconsin the show really gets moving. Robert (Chris Klopatek) is bumbling and sweet and completely overwhelmed by this unusual situation. His naïveté pairs well with Schwader's worldly confidence.
The essential element of any farce set is plenty of doors! The trendy '60s set, complete with period furniture and art, certainly covers that criteria. With seven doorways, the characters have plenty of options for dramatic entrances and exits. A porthole window and balcony add even more fun for the all-seeing maid Berthe. A well-placed beanbag chair plays prominently in the show as the perfect prop for prat falls. Klopatek and Greta Wohlrabe (Gretchen) are both particularly great at the physical comedy. 

Farces have never been my personal favorite. I usually end up feeling sorry for whichever character is being deceived. But that's a critique of the genre, not the show. This one is well-acted and entertaining. You won't leave mulling over big life questions, but your step will certainly be lighter.
Don't Miss the Show The Indiana Repertory Theatre is located at 140 W. Washington St., Indianapolis, one-half block west of the Circle Center Mall between northbound Illinois St. and southbound Capitol Ave. "Boeing Boeing" runs until April 210 on IRT's OneAmerica Mainstage. Times for performances can be found at www.irtlive.com or by calling the IRT box office at (317) 635-5252. To purchase tickets call (317) 635-5252 or order online at www.irtlive.com 

The IRT is thrilled to announce the 2017/18 Indianapolis season. Season tickets are now on sale.
 
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
A play by Simon Stephens, based on the novel by Mark Haddon
September 19 – October 14 - Captivating Mystery

The Tony Award-winning stage version of the best-selling novel. When a teenage math savant investigates a puzzling neighborhood occurrence, he begins an extraordinary journey that takes him places he has never been—and you have never imagined.

The Originalist
A play by John Strand
October 17 – November 12 - Enthralling Debate

Supreme Court Justice and conservative icon Antonin Scalia hires a young, liberal, female law intern, and opinions start flying right and left. Every point of view is explored in this thoughtful, witty, open-minded look at one of our most galvanizing national figures.

Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol
Presented by Lilly, adapted by Tom Haas
November 18 – December 24 - Holiday Tradition

Join Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim and three lively ghosts on a dark, snowy journey that leads to a bright new day of joy, hope and renewal. Banish your bah humbugs, and celebrate the holiday season with Indy’s favorite family tradition.

A Raisin in the Sun
By Lorraine Hansberry
January 10 – February 3 - Inspiring American Classic

After years in a crowded, run-down, inner-city apartment, the Younger family dreams of a better life in the green, sunny suburbs. But when opportunity comes along, will they agree on the best route to get there? And will the gates be open to them?

William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet
January 27 – March 3 - Heartbreaking Love Story

A timeless and timely tale of young love struggling to survive amid old hatreds. Shakespeare’s most beloved play is as vibrant and lively as ever, speaking boldly across the centuries to the divided world we live in today.

The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse
By Vicki Ireland
February 24 – March 25 - Pint-Sized Adventure

Will has a cozy, familiar home in a boot in the barn. But when his cousin Monty takes him to the big, dangerous city, Will learns to wade through plush carpets, climb hot water pipes and outwit tame mice gone bad. Where will his expedition take him next?

Appoggiatura
By James Still
March 7 – March 31 - Romantic Escapade

A trip to Venice brings love, loss, pain and joy to three weary travelers in search of healing and happiness. Hearts leap, time bends and the floating city works its wonders in this magical play filled with music and amore.

Looking Over the President’s Shoulder
By James Still
March 27 – May 6 - A Story of an Unsung Patriot

Hoosier Alonzo Fields spent two decades as Chief Butler at the White House, serving Presidents Hoover, Roosevelt, Truman and Eisenhower. A hit in theatres across the country, this funny, poignant, uplifting memoir returns to the IRT by popular demand. 

Noises Off
By Michael Frayn
April 24 – May 20 - Uproarious Backstage Comedy

Ever gone to a play and something went wrong? What happens when everything goes wrong? Rehearsal implosions, backstage shenanigans and onstage disasters have the cast on life support—and the audience in stitches!


Additional programming and events, as well as complete casting and creative team information will be announced at a later date. Season ticket packages start at $149 and are on sale now. To learn more about the benefits of becoming a Season Ticket Holder visit irtlive.com/seasonpackages. Single tickets go on sale in August.

*Photos courtesy of the Indiana Repertory Theatre 

February 23, 2017

Indy Actors' Playground



This week I attended the 50th performance of the Indy Actors' Playground. This little gem of an event is held on the third Monday of every month at Indy Reads Books. Fantastic Indianapolis actors get to pick a play and do a live reading. The only requirement is that it is a professional play that has already been produced (not a new work) and that it hasn’t been produced in Indianapolis any time recently (and isn’t in an upcoming season). 

This gives actors the chance to select shows they’ve always wanted to do. The play isn't announced until the show begins. People attending don’t know what they are about to see. This means that the actors don’t have to worry about whether or not it’s an easy production to market.

There are no sets, no costumes, and no elaborate lighting effects. It’s just a simple stage with folding chairs. The actors sit a few feet away from the audience members and read directly from the scripts. The amazing thing is that with excellent actors and scripts, all that other stuff is just window dressing. 

The masterminds behind this passion project, Paul Hansen and the Indianapolis Business Journal’s Lou Harry, decided to offer a special twist to the 50th performance. They chose the play and even the actors didn’t know what they were about to read. Each one opened an envelope once they were seated on stage and got their first glimpse at their character. They were watching the plot unfold along with the audience as they acted out their part.

This week’s play was “Elemeno Pea” by Molly Smith Metzler. I can honestly say that before Monday night, I’d never heard of it, but it was a beautiful choice. I didn’t catch the name of every actor, but a few of my favorites from other shows were there and so I already knew their names. Georgeanna Smith, Devan Mathias, and Carrie Schlatter slide so seamlessly into their characters that I could have sworn they’d been rehearsing for weeks. The credit for that goes equally to Paul Hansen for casting the show and to the actors, who were able to give such depth to characters they’d just met. 

If you’ve never been to this event I can’t recommend it highly enough. It is completely free. If possible, take a few books with you to donate to Indy Reads Books as a thank you for hosting the event. Other than that, just remember it’s at 7 pm on the third Monday of every month. I’m so grateful to live in a city that encourages creative and diverse projects like this one!

For more information about the Indy Actors' Playground or to learn about upcoming events visit their Facebook page here.