Theatre News: 2011 IndyFringe applications open now

(UPDATED on November 17, 2010 with a little more info and a “Perry Haughter” photo.)

I have so much in terms of Indianapolis area theatre news and reviews to share with you, and so very little free time in which to do it! 

(Keep breathing, Hopie.  Everything that needs to get done WILL get done, in its own best time.  Do your best and leave the rest; angels do no more.)

Self-talk aside, here is a quick but important post to tide us over until I can carve out some more writing time:

Here is an excerpt from an email that I received from Indy Fringe director Pauline Moffat a few days ago:


Dear Performers,

IndyFringe 2011 applications will be on line this week.     

To make it even easier IndyFringe  will be taking applications via email and payment via credit card!   

Also, IndyFringe is currently seeking applicants for DivaFest. See more information below.

The next most important piece of news is that IndyFringe is raising funds to buy the building which is home to the festival and a low cost rehearsal and performance space all year round.

If you have a few spare dollars please donate to the festival and help us buy the building.

I need to get this done by December 13!!!   Will you help us?




I cut out the part that talked about her travel plans because I didn’t know if she wanted that out here on the Internet.  The rest of her email was not in a form that I could cut-and-paste so you’ll have to go to the IndyFringe website to read about DivaFest.  Here is a direct link to that page:

The big news seems to be that there are applications this year for both 10-minute plays and 1-hour plays. 

I enjoyed the two shows (“Dash Thirty Dash” and “Madwomen’s Late Night Cabaret“) that I saw during the first DivaFest, earlier this year.  I’ll look forward to visiting this new theatre festival again in early 2011.

And, of course, I have the 2011 IndyFringe Festival on my calendar already:  August 19-28, 2011.  I am already curious about who the performers will be!

There is almost always something interesting going on at the IndyFringe Theatre year-round.   Some day when I am independently wealthy and have a whole staff of writers for Indy Theatre Habit, one whole writer will be devoted to covering the IndyFringe beat.   Wouldn’t that be great?

In the meantime, here is what I am working on:

*** Review of the 2010 Basile Emerging Stories event, plus news of Niall de Burca coming from Ireland to share stories at the Indiana History Center on Friday, December 3 (for families) and Saturday, December 4 (for adults), 2010.  For more info right away, please see  I don’t know for sure, but I think “Niall” is pronounced the same as “Neal” or “Neil.”

*** Review of Broadway Across America’s “Dreamgirls” at the Murat, plus news of the 3-days-only “Cats” coming up at Clowes Hall.  (From the press release:  “CATS will play Clowes Memorial Hall, November 26-28, 2010: Friday at 8:00PM, Saturday at 2:00PM & 8:00PM and Sunday at 1:00PM. Tickets range in price from $22.00 -$62.00 and may be purchased in person at Clowes Memorial Hall, the Old National Centre Box Office of the Murat Theatre, and the Broadway Across America Box Office downtown at 342 Massachusetts Avenue. You can also purchase them online at and by phone at 1-800-982-2787. For groups of 15 or more, contact the group sales department at 317-632-5182 ext 103.”)

*** Review of Q Artistry’s “Perry Haughter and the Magical Musical” at the Historic Irvington Lodge.  Only one more weekend for this fun “Q-munity” production. (Here are the quick comments I wrote on Lou Harry’s IBJ blog for his weekly “You Review It” invitation just now.  And from the press release:  “Perry Haughter and the Magical Musical” November 12, 13, 19, 20 at 8pm; November 14, 21  at 2pm. Running Time: 2 hours, with intermission.  Q Artistry at the Irvington Lodge, 5515 E Washington St, Indianapolis, IN 46219
Tickets $15 for adults,  $13 for children (to age 12), seniors, and groups (10 or more)
Tickets available through Brown Paper Tickets ( or 1-800-838-3006.)”

Here is a photo from the show, taken by director Ben Asaykwee (left to right – Abigail Wright, Matt Campbell, Ryan Powell):

I also have many, many news items to share with you.  Soon, I hope!

‘See you at the theatres!

Hope Baugh –

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