Season Preview: Theatre on the Square 2009-2010

In Bed With Chuck and Lois at Theatre on the Square

Below is a press release that I received from Executive Artistic Director Ron Spencer on September 2, 2009 about Theatre on the Square’s upcoming season.  I am ashamed to say that I put it in a folder and forgot about it.  I am posting it now (with some bolding added by me and some of the media contact info removed), even though one of the shows is already over, for two reasons:

a)   The librarian in me wants it here on Indy Theatre Habit so that when someone looks in the “Season Previews” category it will be there, and when someone puts this theatre’s name or any of these show names in the Search box, they will come up.

b)   You might not have already heard about TOTS’ 2009-2010 season.

As always, I recommend that when you get ready to actually go see one of these shows, you call the theatre or visit the theatre’s own website to confirm dates, times, and other details.

By the way, the photo accompanying this post is from the show that is currently running at TOTS:  “In Bed With Chuck and Lois.” Ron sent me some photos from that show when he sent me the press release for that show.  (Thanks, Ron!)  I am looking forward to seeing this show tomorrow afternoon.

Anyway, here is what is going on at TOTS this season:


* Theatre on the Square

**627 Massachusetts Avenue**

**Indianapolis**, **IN** **46204-1606**

Tel: 317-685-(TOTS) 8687

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*EVENT:* *Theatre on the Square’s 21st Season*


*WHEN: Beginning **Friday, September 18, 2009** through **June 26, 2010***

*LOCATION: **627 Massachusetts Avenue**, **Indianapolis**, **IN** **46204-1606***

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*Theatre on the Square opens its 2009/2010 season with a Midwestern premiere of* */Ug! The Caveman Musical /a tuneful, hilarious comedy of the origin of theatre. It will feature Dane Rogers, Erin Cohenour, Evan Wesselman, Sarah Hoffman, Thomas Turner, Doug Messinger, Ian Cruz and William Andrews. Staged by Artistic Director Ron Spencer, with vocal and musical direction by Roger Smith, set design by Jim Trofatter and costumes and properties by Therese Burns and Jeff Hamilton, the show’s upbeat score features musical styles ranging from Boogie Woogie to Elvis and beyond. THIS SHOW IS FAMILY FRIENDLY…WITH PG CONTENT. *


*Next up, Stage 2, beginning Friday, November 6th is*/ *In Bed with Chuck and Lois*/* by Joni Hilton author of last season’s most successful show /Does This Show Make My Butt Look Fat? /Coming home from a party, Chuck is hoping for some action; Lois, his wife, just wants to go to sleep. We hear both their conversation and have the added benefit of hearing their true thoughts as relayed by their alter egos who are present. But neither one of them get their way because chaos ensues when Lois’ dead beat brother, Gary, smashes his trailer into their house. Directed by Thomas Turner, the show features TOTS’ regulars Cindy Phillips, Darren Gowan, Juli Inskeep and talented newcomers Anthony Dalton and Paul Sullivan.*


*For Christmas, and through the first weekend of the New Year, we offer Bryan Fogel and Sam Wolfson’s /Jewtopia, /a smash hit both in **L.A.** where the show originated and Off-Broadway in **New York** where it ran for over four consecutive years. /Jewtopia/ tells the story of Chris, a gentile, wants to marry a Jewish girl so he’ll never have to make another decision and Adam, a Jew, wants to marry a Jewish girl to please his family, but can’t get a date to save his life. Stereotypes collide, cultures clash and chaos ensues!*


*January 8th through the 30th is My First Time by Ken Davenport which he based on the true accounts of first time encounters as written anonymously on the revolutionary My First Time website. The premise is basically: If you did it, you probably remember it. And now you can hear about everyone else’s! See it with your friends or significant other, because this show will have you laughing and reminiscing about your own first time…and thinking about your next time!*


*/The Trials and Tribulations of a Trailer Trash Housewife/** is our February 5th through March 6th show. This is the latest work from the pen of our favorite author,* *Del Shores, who wrote several of our biggest hits /Southern Baptist Sissies/, /Sordid Lives, Daughters of the Lone Star State/ and /Daddy’s Dyin’ Who’s Got the Will/? The story: Willi’s abusive husband won’t let her get a job. Her best and only friend, a large black woman who lives next door, worries about her constantly, always concerned that Willi’s husband will end up killing her. A new woman comes to live in the trailer park and ends up having an affair* *with Willi’s husband. A blues singer weaves songs into the action, commenting upon Willi’s situation and urging her toward decisive action.*


*In March and April,/ Avow/ by Andrew Gans tells the saga of Brian and Tom who ask their liberal and forward-thinking parish priest, Father Raymond, to witness and bless their vows to each other. Although Father Raymond understands their affection for each other, he holds that they must live a celibate life if they wish to be part of the Church. Brian is outraged! His sister, Irene, is pregnant out of wedlock and he has convinces her to have the baby, which he and Tom will adopt. Irene, desiring nothing more than her brother’s happiness and security, tries to mediate between Brian, Tom, and Father Raymond. Tom’s and Brian’s catalytic request creates five separate and linked spiritual journeys, each seeking to balance passion and faith. *


*Think Bill Gates meets Elle Woods. In Jenny Lyn Bader’s romantic comedy,* */None of the Above, /Jamie, 17, a sophisticated New York City private school student, answers the door one day expecting her drug dealer—and instead finds her SAT tutor. Things degenerate from there. First Jamie tries to get out of being tutored and then she tries to cut a deal with the tutor, Clark. He doesn’t have much sympathy for her plight. They clash right away and seem to have very different values and priorities. But as the play progresses, Jamie and Clark negotiate an unusual pact. The romance begins April 30th and continues through May 22nd .*


*And last, but certainly not least, a revival of the best selling musical in Theatre on the Square history*, */The /**/Great/**/ /**/American/**/ /**/Trailer Park/**/ Musical. /* *Complete with the sensational original cast, twirling trailers and raucous live band! There’s a new tenant at Armadillo Acres—and she’s wreaking havoc all over **Florida**’s most exclusive trailer park. When Pippi, the stripper on the run, comes between the Dr. Phil–loving, agoraphobic Jeannie Garstecki and her tollbooth collector husband—the storms begin to brew. *


*Season Flex Passes, which can be used for a single admission or any combination of admissions up to a total of eight, are on sale now at deeply discounted prices! For information and tickets to any our performances call our box office at 317-685-8687 or go online to www.tots./org <http://www.tots./org> and clicking on Tickets Online or Current Season.*


Hope Baugh – and @IndyTheatre on

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