A Second Poe Night by HART

LtR - HART company members Scot Greenwell, Charles Goad, Matthew Roland, and Michael Shelton

I am working on my reviews of the two non-Encore shows that I saw this weekend: “The Sound of Music” at the Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre and “South Pacific” at the Myers Dinner Theatre.  It takes me a minimum of four hours to write each review, and I try to write my reviews in the same order that I saw the shows.

However, here is the short version of each:  “I enjoyed the show very much!”

In the meantime, below is a press release from my mailbox.  Ben Tebbe, company manager for the Heartland Actors’ Repertory Theatre (HART) sent it to me, along with the fabulously creepy photo that is at the top of today’s post.  He took the photo and Monica Deck enhanced it.

I admire all four of the actors in the photo, but I am especially tickled that Matthew Roland is part of this gang of ghouls.  Every time I think, “Hmm, I haven’t heard anything about that talented Matthew Roland in a while, I wonder what he’s up to…” he pops up again on my radar.  Or, as in this case, in my mailbox.  Yay!

I was sorry to miss last fall’s Poe reading by HART.   I had a wonderful time at HART’s first staged reading back in July of 2007.  It was called “Be Well Red” and it took place at a winery.  It featured the work of Indy’s own Kurt Vonnegut.  I had only been writing publicly about theatre for about a month then and HART was still new as well.  I wrote about the “Be Well Red” event very informally on IndianaAuditions.com. 

I don’t have any official ties to HART, but it is vicariously very satisfying to first read what I wrote then, and then to read what Ben Tebbe wrote in his press release today.  The HART people have accomplished a lot in just over a year!


“After last year’s wildly popular Halloween treat, Heartland Actors’ Repertory Theatre is extremely excited to present:  The Reincarnation of An Evening of Edgar Allan Poe.  Thrills and chills will be plentiful on October 27th in the Freemason Grand Lodge as a talented cast reads some of Poe’s best beloved works including: The Cask of Amantillado, The Fall of the House of Usher, Masque of the Red Death, The Tell-Tale Heart, and The Raven

The accomplished cast of readers, all HART company members and some of Indianapolis’ favorite performers, includes:

Charles Goad*, of Scrooge fame, fresh off his captivating performances as Shylock in HART’s production of The Merchant of Venice and the President in David Mamet’s November at the Phoenix.

Scot Greenwell, who played a masterful Lancelot in The Merchant of Venice and just recently completed a run as Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors at Civic.

Robert Neal*, Jerry in HART’s world premiere of Midwestern Hemisphere and most recently the King of Bohemia in IRT’s Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure

Matthew Roland, our very special Gobbo and Tubal in The Merchant of Venice


Michael Shelton*, who directed both HART productions this year and is currently appearing as Banquo in Macbeth at IRT.

The production is directed by Brian G. Hartz who will pull double duty and provide the soundscape as well.

The evening will also include a silent auction with an array of wonderful items from local businesses to benefit HART.  Additionally, apple cider and other fall treats will be available for purchase to enhance your Poe listening experience courtesy of Adrian Orchards.

Heartland Actors’ Repertory Theatre, a fully professional company, is a powerful new force in the Indianapolis theatre community. Most recently HART welcomed over 1200 people to the White River State Park to see its production of William Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice, part of the inaugural Family Arts Series.  In its short history HART has blazed a new trail, daring to stage works in new and unique places.  For this very reason the company was featured in the April 2008 issue of the national publication American Theatre Magazine highlighting its world premiere production of Midwestern Hemisphere by Lou Harry and Eric Pfeffinger in the Indianapolis Artsgarden.  Other past productions include the critically acclaimed Death and the Maiden at the Wheeler Arts Center and readings of Happy Birthday, Wanda June (part of the Year of Vonnegut celebration) and An Evening of Edgar Allan Poe both at Easley Winery.

* indicates member of Actors’ Equity Association, the union for professional actors and stage managers in the United States

Production:  The Reincarnation of An Evening of Edgar Allan Poe

Location:  Freemason Grand Lodge Theatre located at 525 N. Illinois St (downtown at the corner of North and Illinois, across the street from the Scottish Rite Cathedral.) 

Date:  Monday, October 27, 2008

Time:  Doors open/Silent auction 7 pm.  Show begins at 8 pm

Ticket information:   $9.99   Can be purchased online at our website http://www.heartlandactors.org/  or by calling our box office 317-796-2222.”


Hope Baugh – www.IndyTheatreHabit.com

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