Mailbox Monday: Three Road Trips, a Nun, and More

Gabe Gloden and Nikeeta B. in "Give Me Liberty" by Nick Moore, part of 2009 Bloomingplays - photo by Natasha Komoda

Well, Mailbox Monday had to wait until Tuesday again this week.   Shohga nai, ne.  (It can’t be helped.)  Anyway, I have received a wealth of fun, theatre-related photos and press releases via email since my last “mailbox” post.  Here is a selection:

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Gail Bray (“Well“) and Gabe Gloden (“Best of Blizzard“) sent me a press release and a link to several publicity photos for the 2009 BloomingPlays Festival: a celebration of new plays by Indiana playwrights in Bloomington, Indiana.  Bloomington, as you probably already know, is just a short road trip south from Indianapolis.

The Festival will take place May 14-30, 2009 at the Bloomington Playwrights Project, 107 W. 9th Street, Bloomington, IN.  There are five directors and eleven plays.  Gail is directing two of the plays.  For a full schedule and handy calendar, please visit this page of www.newplays.org.

If I can’t get down to Bloomington myself next month, maybe I can draft one or two of my Bloomington contacts to be guest reviewers for my blog.  I’d like to know more about this festival.  It sounds like a lot of fun!

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Speaking of good reasons to drive down to Bloomington, Diane Kondrat (“Assholes and Aureoles,” “Sherlock Holmes,” “Durang-o-Rama“) and Milicent Wright (“Macbeth,” “Black Gold,”  “The Power of One“) are in “Doubt: a Parable,” written by John Patrick Shanley and presented by the Cardinal Stage Company at the John Waldron Arts Center Auditorium, 122 S. Walnut Street, Bloomington, IN.  This show opened last weekend and continues through Sunday, May 10, 2009.  For more information and/or to make reservations, call 812-323-3020 or visit www.cardinalstage.org.

Also in the cast are Mike Price as Father Flynn and Lilia Vassileva as Sister James.  The show was directed by Fontaine Syer.

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Director Thom Johnson invited me to a “press preview performance” this Thursday of the world premiere of a play called “Personal Honor,” written by Indianapolis resident Nancy Axelrad.  The play was “suggested by the life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the German anti-Nazi theologian, and his opposition to Hitler’s regime for which he paid the ultimate price.”

Unfortunately, not all of the information about the show’s run came through Thom’s email.  When I get an update, I will add it here.  However, I can tell you that at least some of the performances for the public will be this weekend at the HJ Ricks Centre for the Arts, 122 W. Main Street (US 40), Greenfield, IN. Thom says there is ample parking along Main and surrounding streets.

I am sorry that I will not be able to see this show this weekend.  I’m curious about it.  Hmm.  Maybe I need to draft some guest reviewers east of Indianapolis, too.

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Justin Brady from the Indy Fringe Festival sent me a media kit that includes a photo of Bill Murray’s sister and intriguing information about her unique, one-woman show coming up Mother’s Day weekend:

“Catherine of Sierra” – May 8, 9

While Oscar contender Bill Murray has made his mark on the big screen (and golf), his sister Nancy – wait, make that Sister Nancy Murray – has been engaged in some whirlwind performances of her own. Sr. Nancy has been on tour for a number of years and it is the life less ordinary of a Dominican nun that she hopes to bring home through her role of St. Catherine of Sienna.

Based on a script written by Sister Murray’s late friend and former teacher Sister Kathleen Harkins, the two-hour play is based on recent translations of 400 letters authored by St. Catherine in which she boldly chastises popes, cardinals and princes with whom she differed on political and church issues. 

“When I saw a Newsweek article on Sr. Nancy’s performance at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, I immediately wanted to bring her to Indianapolis for a fundraiser in the IndyFringe Building,” said Pauline Moffat, IndyFringe Executive Director.

Sr. Nancy Murray will now add Indianapolis to her growing list of audiences who welcome her portrayal of St. Catherine of Sienna.  IndyFringe will host Sr. Nancy on Friday, May 8, 2009 at the IndyFringe building, and Saturday, May 9 at Cathedral High School. Both performances are scheduled for 7:30 pm. Stay after the May 8 performance for a reception with Sr. Murray.

“When I got the book of interpretations, I saw a personality there,” Sister Murray said. “She had spunk, humor and feistiness and was much more alive than the false pious image of a saint.”

Through the play, Sister Murray hopes to depict more of Catherine’s outspoken personality and draw parallels between the wars, scandals and politics of the 14th century and the realities of the 21st century.

Born in 1347 to a large Italian family, Catherine Benincasa took a vow of virginity at age 7 and was relegated to the role of domestic servant, a punishment instilled by her mother during her early and rebellious adolescent years. Catherine embraced solitude and prayer, and employed a fasting and sleep deprivation regimen.  At age 16 she became a lay member of the Dominican order and devoted herself to charitable work for the poor and sick and to counseling prisoners. She is most remembered for her writings and for her diplomatic effort that helped bring an end to the Avignon papacy.

Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for religious/children, available at www.indyfringe.org or by phone at 317-522-8099, or through Cathedral High School.

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Kay Millar sent me a press release about an event that is not exactly theatre – or is it?  It includes costumes, music, and drama…you be the judge:

INDIANAPOLIS – The President Benjamin Harrison Home is calling for early bird registrants for its 15th annual “Wicket World of Croquet®” competition which will be held Saturday, June 13 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the south lawn of the Presidential site at 1230 North Delaware Street. 

            Registration for a team of two is $100.  Early birds who register by April 30 will qualify for one free bisque (croquet’s version of a mulligan) valued at $5.  Croquet equipment will be provided for all participants.

             Teams of men and women dressed in traditional white will compete on the south lawn in the spirited Victorian sport for the first-place team prize.  The White River Jazz Band will provide music, and a lunch will be served. 

Reservations are required and can be made by calling 317-631-1888 or emailing David Pleiss at distance at pbhh dot org.  More information is available at: http://www.pbhh.org/croquet/Croquet.php.

There will also be a silent auction.  Proceeds will be used to fun educational programs at the President Benjamin Harrison Home.

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Thank you very much, everyone who emailed me press releases and photos and other forms of news to consider.  I look forward to checking my email every day and putting newsy items in my “Mailbox Monday – next” folder.

Guess what?  Today someone came up to me out of the blue in person and told me she had discovered my blog and loved it.  She made my day, as they say in that quirky fish market in Seattle.

Here’s hoping you have a great day, too.  ‘See you at the theatres!

Hope Baugh – www.IndyTheatreHabit.com

P. S. – I have not forgotten about writing up my thoughts on Juli Inskeep’s one-woman show at Theatre on the Square, called “Does This Show Make My Butt Look Fat.”  I also caught the opening night of “Rabbit Hole” at the Indiana Repertory Theatre this past weekend and look foward to sharing some thoughts on that moving show as well.

P2S2 – Yesterday I signed up for Twitter.com as IndyTheatre to experiment with having a microblog as a companion to this longer blog.   I hope to figure out soon how to make those tweets appear here on the Indy Theatre Habit website, too.  Wish me luck!

Within nanoseconds Nuvo.net started following me.  I’m sure they have an automatic follow or something for everything related to Indianapolis, but I still laughed and thought, “Yikes!  The pressure’s on!” 

Anyway, just FYI, I will continue to be on Twitter as Hope_Baugh, tweeting much more randomly and having those tweets double as my Facebook status updates.

One thought on “Mailbox Monday: Three Road Trips, a Nun, and More”

  1. THANK YOU, HOPE!
    The BloomingPlays festival should be a whole lotta fun with something for everyone, and all Indiana playwrights! Hope folks will make some time to come out to the Bloomington Playwrights Project for this first-ever, exciting event.

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