The Indiana Repertory Theatre kicked off its 41st season with a new take on the old classic Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde. The upcoming season will feature Grammy-winning vocalist Sylvia McNair in an unforgettable production of Stephen Sondheim’s A Little Night Music;”updated classics like A Midsummer Night’s Dream; a world premiere by James Still; a remarkable debut from playwright Matthew Lopez and the return of Millicent Wright as the voice of Charlayne Woodard. The IRT promises to inspire, entertain and move its audiences with another great year of the highest quality of professional theatre artistry.
Founded in 1972, the IRT is the largest and leading fully professional not-for-profit theatre in the state and has grown into one of the leading regional theatres in the country. The IRT continues to be one of the top-flight cultural institutions in the city and state, providing experiences that engage, surprise, challenge and entertain.
IRT’s 2012-2013 One America Season Presents:
(1) Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher, from the novella Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
A smart, sexy and suspenseful new take on Stevenson’s look at the evil that lurks in the hearts of men.
Going Solo Festival
September 18 – October 13
This festival will feature two intimate one-actor plays, one yet to be announced.
(2) The Night Watcher, by Charlayne Woodard
September 20-October 15
Family ties reach beyond blood in this moving, one-woman piece by acclaimed playwright Charlayne Woodard. Investigating the social and cultural challenges that come with raising kids, Woodard’s tales of her “children” are transfixing and tragic.
(3) TBA – the second play in the Going Solo Festival has not yet been released.
(4) The House That Jack Built, by James Still
October 30-November 25
The world premiere from IRT Playwright-in-Resident James Still takes us to a rambling Thanksgiving get together in Vermont where friendship and family are intertwined and memories of the past have a place at the table.
(5) A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens, presented by St.Vincent Health
November 25- December 24
Join Scrooge, Tiny Tim and a host of spirited ghosts in this timeless story of regret and redemption.
(6) Jackie and Me, by Steven Dietz, adapted from the book by Dan Gutman
January 11-February 16
A young boy’s school report on Jackie Robinson finds him travelling back in time to meet one of the most influential baseball players in history. But a strange twist gives him a unique understanding of the struggles faced by the first black man to play in the major leagues. T
(7) A Little Night Music, by Steven Sondheim
January 23-February 17
This captivating tale of romance and loss exquisitely reminds us: the best dance is done with a partner you love. Inspired by one of Ingmar Bergman’s most enchanting films,Send In The Clowns. Starring international vocalist Sylvia McNair.
(8) The Whipping Man, by Matthew Lopez
As the Civil War comes to a bloody close, a Passover Seder in a shattered antebellum mansion reveals hidden truths about the nature of freedom and the frailty of family. Everyone carries scars in this emotionally stirring period drama that binds three men whose world has changed forever.
(9) A Midsummer Night’s Dream, by William Shakespeare
April 10-May 12
Mistaken identities, love charms and magical encounters all run amok in Shakespeare’s classic comedy set in an Athenian forest inhabited by sprites, fairies and a group of amorous couples who change partners at the drop of a spell.
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