The IRT Announces its 2010-11 Season
With two world premieres, an award-winning book and hit movie, a Tony Award-winning play, a traditional holiday favorite and the return of the critically acclaimed Going Solo Festival, the Indiana Repertory Theatre (IRT) unveils its 39th Season – a season filled with drama, comedy, mystery and history.
Holes, by Louis Sachar
Sept. 25 – Nov. 6
A lost treasure. A multi-generational curse. Racial injustice. And a bizarre correctional facility where kids serve time digging holes in the desert. Found guilty of a crime he didn’t commit, Stanley discovers more than dirt as he digs – in this quirky comedy, he also finds new friends, the power of perseverance and the truth about his family’s past. What will he find at the bottom of the next hole?
Mary’s Wedding, by Stephen Massicotte
Nov. 3 – Dec. 4
The night before her wedding, Mary wakes from a recurring dream about a childhood love – and takes the audience through a dreamscape of love, heartache, passion and heroism. Set against the backdrop of World War I, Mary’s Wedding presents lives and hearts caught in a time of stunning change. Dreams and life collide in an intimate and powerful work that asks, do we see the truth in our sleep, or after we awake?
The Diary of Anne Frank, by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett, newly adapted by Wendy Kesserlman
Jan. 18 – Feb. 24
The Diary of Anne Frank is such a literary landmark that it’s easy to forget how it started out: as the personal journal of a young girl striving to become a woman. Written while she and her family hid from Nazis in Amsterdam, Anne Frank’s diary stands as a tribute to the human spirit.
A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens, adapted by Tom Haas
Nov. 26 – Dec. 26
The classic story of greed and redemption comes to life when Scrooge is taught the true meaning of Christmas by a trio of ghosts who show him his past, present and future.
Going Solo: A festival of intimate stories brought to life by three actors, three scripts, three shows in repertory.
• Neat, by Charlayne Woodard: the story of Charlayne’s brain damaged aunt, Neat, and the profound change she brought to Charlayne with her enormous love, energy, simplicity and magnificent clarity. (a sequel to last year’s Pretty Fire)
o Feb. 10 – Mar. 6
• Fire in the Garden, by Ken Weitzman: a father ponders the changes he undergoes during his wife’s pregnancy while gaining understanding about what it means to be a father for the first time.
o Feb. 12 – 27
• In Acting Shakespeare, by James DeVita: a Shakespearean actor takes a humorous look at his life with the Bard.
o Feb. 19 – Mar. 13
The Gospel According to James, by Charles Smith
Mar. 22 – Apr. 10
In 1930, James Cameron and Mary Ball emerged as the sole survivors of racial crimes in Marion, Indiana. Teenagers when the crimes occurred, they look back on those events and their lives in this World Premiere work commissioned by the IRT with support from the Joyce Foundation. As their past and present lives intermingle, Cameron and Ball discover that their remembrances of that day differ even if their experiences were the same.
The 39 Steps, Alfred Hitchcock
Apr. 20 – May 14
This Tony Award-winning play has been called “a Hitchcock masterpiece … with a dash of Monty Python.” Four actors play multiple characters, contend with outrageous special effects and, along the way, pay homage to some of Alfred Hitchcock’s most iconic movie moments … all while delivering a somewhat faithful, totally tongue-in-cheek rendering of a classic Hitchcock movie. The 39 Steps in IRT’s 39th season!
Performance and ticket information is available at www.irtlive.com or by calling the IRT Ticket Office at 317.635.5252.
About the IRT
Since the Indiana Repertory Theatre was founded in 1972, it has grown into one of the leading regional theatres in the country, as well as one of the top-flight cultural institutions in the city and state. The IRT has made the historic Indiana Theatre, 140 W. Washington Street, its home for nearly 30 years. Led by Artistic Director, Janet Allen and Managing Director, Steven Stolen, the theatre serves a diverse audience in public performances and student matinee presentations of the plays, serving students, teachers and schools in 2/3 of Indiana’s counties. The IRT celebrates its 39th season.
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