Mailbox: Too Many Choices! (a good problem to have)

LtR - Ricardo Melendez, Nate Walden, Jason Gloye, Ben Snyder in Octopus - photo by

Guess what?  I heard today from a little bird who heard from a little bird who heard from a little bird who is related to a certain young actor that he has been cast to play the “givee” in the Indiana Repertory Theatre’s production of “The Giver” next season. 

I don’t think I have seen this actor in a show before, and I am not sure, exactly, how to spell his name (does “Garrett” have two “t”s, for example? and does “McKenna” have two “n”‘s?), so I am not going to baldly name names here.  However, my source says that this young actor is very dedicated and his talent very promising, so I am even more excited, now, about seeing Lois Lowry’s thought-provoking novel for young people brought to life on the stage.

Speaking of young people’s novels, I would like one of those necklaces that Hermione had in the 5th (or was it 6th?) Harry Potter book.  If I could be multiple places at once this coming weekend, I would, in addition to taking care of a lot of personal stuff and seeing the Encore shows that I need to see, attend the following:

Thursday, June 11, 2009:

  • Opening night of the Midwest premiere of “Octopus,” by Steven Yockey, at the Phoenix Theatre. Why? See photo of handsome men, above. (Photo by Julie Curry.)  Also, because Bryan Fonseca directed it.  ALSO, the show supposedly uses and re-uses a ton (literally?) of water every night, which intrigues me purely in a stagecraft-y way.
  • Trivia Night fundraiser for the Heartland Actors’ Repertory Theatre beginning at 8pm at Pat Flynn’s Pub. Why? Because the first one I went to, last year, was a lot of fun.
  • A Wicked Disco Party at 45 Degrees (corner of Mass. Ave. and College Ave. in downtown Indianapolis.) Why? Because members of the Broadway touring cast of “Wicked” will sing disco favorites live to benefit Step-Up and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Doors open at 10:00pm. Show starts around 11:00pm. Suggested donation: $20.

Friday, June 12 or Saturday, June 13, 2009:

  • “Bent,” by Martin Sherman, which continues at the Theatre Within through Saturday, June 20, 2009. Why? Because Michael Swinford is in it, and I haven’t seen him act in too long.
  • “Sex, Dreams, and Self-Control” at 8pm at the Indy Fringe building. Why? Because from the brief description in the Fringe newsletter, this sounds like one of those quirky, one-person, autobiographical Fringe shows that I love.

Sunday, June 14, 2009:

  • The opening show for Shakespeare in the Park’s 2nd season: “Love’s Labour’s Lost,” by William Shakespeare, at the Greenwood Ampitheater in Olde Towne Greenwood: 100 Surina Way, Greenwood, Indiana. Performances are FREE and open to the public. Bring a chair or blanket to sit on. Performances Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights all start at 7pm. Why? Because although I don’t know all of the cast, it does include several actors that I already admire, including Josh Ramsey, aka Dracula.

There is much more in my mailbox, but I am falling asleep at the wheel, so this is all I’m going to mention today.  ‘See you at the theatres!

Hope Baugh –

3 thoughts on “Mailbox: Too Many Choices! (a good problem to have)”

  1. You have seen Garrett I believe as he has been two incarnations of A Christmas Carol and also understudied “Jem” in Mockingbird last season. If your “little bird” is correct that is terrific news as he is a wonderfully gifted young actor!

  2. You’re welcome, Rebecca. Thanks for sending me the info. I was not able to make it to Wicked Disco after all, but from what I heard about it, it sounds as if it was fun and a success!

    Thanks, Chuck, for the info about Garrett!

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