Mailbox Monday: Zach (and Michael), Kevin, James, Marc, Emily, John, and Bill

IndyProv Sketch Comedy cast - photo provided by Bill Skaggs

I haven’t done a Mailbox Monday post in a while, and there are several fun things I would like to tell you about before I post my next review.



First of all, have you noticed that you can now leave a comment here on Indy Theatre Habit and see it appear immediately?  That is thanks to my new computer guru, Zach Rosing, of Zach Rosing Productions.  I hired him for an hour to help me to do two things with my blog: 1) update my WordPress stuff, which was LONG overdue, and 2) add an application that screens out spam.  He generously gave me more than two hours of his time for the price of one and patiently answered my many questions.  That one morning’s work is now saving me the two hours every day that I used to spend on deleting spam comments by hand.  Thank you, thank you, Zach Rosing!

By the way, I appreciate all of the offers of free help that people have given me, but I wanted to hire someone so that when I’m with my friends and family, I can just, you know, be with my friends and family.


While I was at Zach’s office, I couldn’t help noticing the huge, gorgeous painting that takes up almost a whole wall.  Zach told me the artist is Michael Altman.  Zach designed and hosts his website.


As of this morning, I have a third page tab at the top of the blog.  The page is called “About the Comments” and it includes the comments policy for this blog.


I also wanted to tell you that storyteller and NPR commentator Kevin Kling is coming back to town this Saturday night.  He will be sharing a storytelling piece for adults and teens called “Dog Says How” at the Indiana History Center.  Go to this page of the Storytelling Arts of Indiana website for more information and/or to order tickets.  You may remember that I raved about hearing him tell at the Hoosier Storytelling Festival last fall.  I am very much looking forward to hearing him tell again!


Our own James Still’s new play about Abraham Lincoln, “The Heavens are Hung in Black,” opened at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C. last weekend.  How I wish I could have been there, and not just because President Obama and his wife were in the audience!

As you probably know, James is the playwright-in-residence for the Indiana Repertory Theatre.  I follow IRTlive on  A recent tweet offered this link to a one-minute YouTube interview with the playwright.

That led me to an even shorter trailer for the show, to a one-minute interview with David Selby, who plays Abraham Lincoln in the show, and a one-minute interview with the director, Stephen Rayne.

It sounds like a wonderful show.  Congratulations, James!


I was surprised and delighted to receive an email from Marc Szewczyk.  He was in the Phoenix Theatre’s production of “Fat Pig” in June of 2007.  That is the show that got me started writing publicly about theatre, first on as “Amaryllis” and now, for the past year or so, on my own blog.  I wrote a little bit about his Fringe show this past summer.  I could have sworn I have seen him act in another show…wasn’t he a member of the ensemble in “Stuff Happens” at the Phoenix? 

Anyway, he is currently producing a show with his own theatre company, Indianapolis New Art Theatre.  The show is called “The Typographer’s Dream,” by Adam Bock.

It opened last weekend, but I couldn’t make it to any of those performances.  I am, however, looking forward to seeing it before it closes on March 1, 2009.  Marc tells me that performances are “at CTI’s theatre at the Junior Achievement Conference Center at 7435 North Keystone Ave.  You can visit for details.”  He also has a page for the theatre and the show on Facebook.


Playwright Emily Schwartz emailed me to say that “The Dastardly Ficus,” which I saw produced by the Spotlight Players in Beech Grove last summer, is opening in Chicago this Thursday, February 19, at the Chopin Theatre.  It will run through April 4, 2009.  More information can be found at  Oh, man, I would like to see a second production of this show!  I feel a road trip coming on.


Director John Fullam sent me photos today for “The Marriage of Marcus Tyler,” which is running at Theatre on the Square through Saturday, February 28, 2009.  I am looking forward to seeing that show this coming weekend.  One of the photos that John sent me is of the cast with the playwright, Matt Fotis.  I was going to use that for this blog post but then….


….Bill Skaggs from the IndyProv sketch comedy troupe sent me a press release about their annual Laff-a-Thon.  Here is an excerpt:

On Saturday, February 28, local improvisational comedy troupes INDYPROV and Comedysportz will perform for twelve hours to benefit twelve local and national charities. In the process they hope to set a world record for the longest comedy show. 

The event will be held at Theatre on the Square (627 Massachusetts Avenue) from noon to midnight. There is a suggestion $5 donation for each hour.  

The charities benefiting from the event are: National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Humane Society of Indianapolis, United Christmas Service, Gleaners Food Bank, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, American Stroke/ Heart Association, Michael J. Fox Foundation, Gennesaret Free Clinic, Indy Pit Crew, Dayspring Center, Theatre on the Square, and Indiana Youth Group. For specific performance times, please visit our website:

The photo he sent to go with it looked so fun all by itself that I decided to use it to head today’s Mailbox Monday post.

Only now it’s Tuesday.  Ah, well. 

Have a great week!  Look for more reviews from me soon – including one of “Cats” at the Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre and “Crime and Punishment” at the IRT– and maybe next weekend I’ll see you at the theatre!

Hope Baugh –

7 thoughts on “Mailbox Monday: Zach (and Michael), Kevin, James, Marc, Emily, John, and Bill”

  1. You’re welcome, Bill! I had fun at the Laff-a-thon last year, even though I could only stay an hour.

    Ejly, thanks for reading and thanks for the shout on your blog! I hadn’t heard about Batwoman.

  2. You’re welcome, Richard! Thank YOU for reading!

    Zach, I had to approve your comment by hand, I think because it had a link in it. ‘Sorry for the wait. Thanks for the links!

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