Anticipating the 2009 Fringe: “Another Classic of Western Literature”

Right: Charles Goad - Another Classic of Western Literature

Yay!  The 2009 Indy Fringe press releases continue to roll in!  (If you have one you want me to consider, please email it to amarylliswriter at gmail dot com.)

Below is the one that Ben Tebbe sent me about “Another Classic of Western Literature.”  Ben is the Company Manager of the Heartland Actors Repertory Theatre, aka HART.

I have had this Fringe offering at the top of my list for months now because it is by local playwright Matthew Roland, aka Don Jamaica.  He is the first person I ever thought of interviewing for my blog but so far, unfortunately, that “Conversation With” piece hasn’t happened, perhaps because I do things like out him as Don Jamaica.  Hmm.  But maybe I’ll ask him again, very quietly and gently and not combined with anything else, after the Fringe is over.  Wish me luck.

Anyway, I love his work as an actor and his commitment to fully exploring even the “smallest” roles.  His last Fringe play was in the year before I started being a theatre junkie, so I am really looking forward to hearing and seeing this new piece from him as my introduction to his playwriting.

Also I love the work of the other guys who are involved with this project.  ‘Dig the use of “helm” as a verb in the press release, too.  Read for yourself:


HART jumps into Indianapolis Theatre Fringe Festival with original work


Heartland Actors’ Repertory Theatre (HART) is making its first foray into the Indianapolis Theatre Fringe Festival (IndyFringe) with an original script by HART company member Matthew Roland. Another Classic of Western Literature (ACOWL) is a comedy about the sons and fathers, gods and monsters of the financial econolypse.

 Production: Another Classic of Western Literature by Matthew Roland

Location: Theatre on the Square – Mainstage; part of IndyFringe

Dates and Times:

Friday, August 21, 6:00pm

Saturday, August 22, 9:00pm

Sunday, August 23, 3:00pm

Wednesday, August 26, 7:30pm

Saturday, August 29, 6:00pm

Sunday, August 30, 7:30pm

Ticket information: $10. Part of IndyFringe –

 About the play:

Darker than a Cheney pacemaker!

This merciless comedy may not be the last word on our current Econolypse, but it will be the funniest.

About the Cast:

Matthew Roland returns to the IndyFringe after his 2006 hit Tres Freak (4.5 stars Nuvo). As a playwright, his work has been produced in New York City, Indianapolis, Boston, and published by Baker’s Plays. With HART Roland has appeared on stage in Much Ado About Nothing, In A Dark Dark House, and The Merchant of Venice.

ACOWL stars HART company members Charles Goad* and Sam Fain. Mr. Goad is no stranger to Indy audiences, appearing with HART in Much Ado About Nothing and The Merchant of Venice, and regularly performing at IRT including his annual portrayal of Scrooge in A Christmas Carol. Sam Fain has been with HART from the beginning with roles in Midwestern Hemisphere as well as both Shakespeare productions.

Also appearing in ACOWL are Rich Komenich* and Don Jamaica. Mr. Komenich has multiple credits at the Phoenix Theatre, most recently The Seafarer, as well as credits with Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago. He has also been seen in many films and television shows including Mr. 3000 and a recurring role on the recent FOX hit Prison Break. Mr. Jamaica refuses to be profiled for fear it will disrupt his bankruptcy hearings.

The production is helmed by HART Artistic Director Michael Shelton.

About HART:

Fresh off its tremendous success, Much Ado About Nothing in White River State Park which was seen by an estimated 2,500 people, Heartland Actors’ Repertory Theatre, a fully professional company, is a powerful force in the Indianapolis theatre community. 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 American Theatre Magazine highlighting its world premiere production of Midwestern Hemisphere by Lou Harry and Eric Pfeffinger in the Indianapolis Artsgarden. In the summer of 2008, HART restored professional outdoor Shakespeare in Indianapolis with The Merchant of Venice in White River State Park. HART presented an Indiana premiere of Neil Labute’s play In A Dark Dark House in partnership with Prevent Child Abuse Indiana at the IndyFringe building. 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 (twice) and David Mamet’s The Duck Variations.

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


‘See you at the Fringe!  It starts a week from tomorrow with the Preview Parade and Party.  Yay!

Hope Baugh – and IndyTheatre on Twitter.

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