Season Preview: Indiana Repertory Theatre 2010-2011

Holy smokes!  My first scoop!  The stars are almost never aligned in such a way that I, a part-time theatre blogger, can post something before anyone else does, but I think this time I am first.  Is this what professional journalists feel like?  Oh, scoop, scoop, scoop!

Enough about me, though.  Guess what was in my home email box when I got off work from my day job just now…the following exciting press release from Kelley R. Young, my contact for news about the Indiana Repertory Theatre!  It is the announcement of their 2010-2011 season.

It looks like a good one, don’t you think?

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The IRT Unveils the Drama of its 2010-11 Season 

(April 27 – Indianapolis) – With two world premieres, an award-winning book and hit movie, a Tony Award-winning play, a traditional holiday favorite and the return of the critically acclaimed Going Solo Festival, the Indiana Repertory Theatre (IRT) unveils its 39th Season – a season filled with drama, comedy, mystery and history.  

Highlights of the IRT’s 2010-11 OneAmerica Season include: 

  • The award-winning book and hit movie, Holes (season opener)
  • The literary landmark of one young woman’s personal journal, The Diary of Anne Frank
  • The return of the IRT’s holiday tradition, A Christmas Carol
  • The return of the Going Solo Festival, three different works in repertory,featuring a sequel and a world premiere.
  • A Tony Award-winning play that is a take on a Hitchcock classic, The 39 Steps

 

About the Season
Holes, by Louis Sachar

Sept. 25 – Nov. 6

A lost treasure. A multi-generational curse. Racial injustice. And a bizarre correctional facility where kids serve time digging holes in the desert. Found guilty of a crime he didn’t commit, Stanley discovers more than dirt as he digs – in this quirky comedy, he also finds new friends, the power of perseverance and the truth about his family’s past. What will he find at the bottom of the next hole? 

Mary’s Wedding, by Stephen Massicotte

Nov. 3 – Dec. 4

The night before her wedding, Mary wakes from a recurring dream about a childhood love – and takes the audience through a dreamscape of love, heartache, passion and heroism. Set against the backdrop of World War I, Mary’s Wedding presents lives and hearts caught in a time of stunning change. Dreams and life collide in an intimate and powerful work that asks, do we see the truth in our sleep, or after we awake? 

The Diary of Anne Frank, by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett, newly adapted by Wendy Kesserlman

Jan. 18 – Feb. 24

The Diary of Anne Frank is such a literary landmark that it’s easy to forget how it started out: as the personal journal of a young girl striving to become a woman. Written while she and her family hid from Nazis in Amsterdam, Anne Frank’s diary stands as a tribute to the human spirit. 

A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens, adapted by Tom Haas

Nov. 26 – Dec. 26

The classic story of greed and redemption comes to life when Scrooge is taught the true meaning of Christmas by a trio of ghosts who show him his past, present and future.  
 

Going Solo

A festival of intimate stories brought to life by three actors, three scripts, three shows in repertory.

  • Neat, by Charlayne Woodard: the story of Charlayne’s brain damaged aunt, Neat, and the profound change she brought to Charlayne with her enormous love, energy, simplicity and magnificent clarity. (a sequel to last year’s Pretty Fire)
    • Feb. 10 – Mar. 6
  • Fire in the Garden, by Ken Weitzman: a father ponders the changes he undergoes during his wife’s pregnancy while gaining understanding about what it means to be a father for the first time.
    • Feb. 12 – 27
  • In Acting Shakespeare, by James DeVita: a Shakespearean actor takes a humorous look at his life with the Bard.
    • Feb. 19 – Mar. 13

 

The Gospel According to James, by Charles Smith

Mar. 22 – Apr. 10

In 1930, James Cameron and Mary Ball emerged as the sole survivors of racial crimes in Marion, Indiana. Teenagers when the crimes occurred, they look back on those events and their lives in this World Premiere work commissioned by the IRT with support from the Joyce Foundation. As their past and present lives intermingle, Cameron and Ball discover that their remembrances of that day differ even if their experiences were the same.  

The 39 Steps, Alfred Hitchcock

Apr. 20 – May 14

This Tony Award-winning play has been called “a Hitchcock masterpiece … with a dash of Monty Python.” Four actors play multiple characters, contend with outrageous special effects and, along the way, pay homage to some of Alfred Hitchcock’s most iconic movie moments … all while delivering a somewhat faithful, totally tongue-in-cheek rendering of a classic Hitchcock movie. The 39 Steps in IRT’s 39th season! 

Performance and ticket information is available at www.irtlive.com or by calling the IRT Ticket Office at 317.635.5252.  
 

About the IRT

Since the Indiana Repertory Theatre was founded in 1972, it has grown into one of the leading regional theatres in the country, as well as one of the top-flight cultural institutions in the city and state. The IRT has made the historic Indiana Theatre, 140 W. Washington Street, its home for nearly 30 years. Led by Artistic Director, Janet Allen and Managing Director, Steven Stolen, the theatre serves a diverse audience in public performances and student matinee presentations of the plays, serving students, teachers and schools in 2/3 of Indiana’s counties. The IRT celebrates its 39th season. 

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I actually have several other exciting items in my mailbox, but first I am going to work on the three or four reviews I have in the pipe. 

‘See you at the theatres…

Hope Baugh – www.IndyTheatreHabit.com

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P.S. – I admit that professional journalists would probably never just post a press release as is.  They would add value in the form of their own commentary, which in turn would be based on their own previous experience of, and knowledge about, these shows.  That is one of the things I love and admire about them.

But still… my very first scoop!  I am claiming and embracing the moment anyway.   (Thanks, IRT.  Thank you, stars in alignment.)

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