The Indiana Repertory Theatre’s (IRT) executive artistic director of 20 years, Janet Allen and managing director & COO, Suzanne Sweeney have announced the 2016-2017 season. The nine production season features work on the OneAmerica Mainstage, the Upperstage and the IRT Cabaret.
“IRT’s forty-fifth season is filled with hidden gems and blockbusters: two new plays, four literary adaptations, a Hitchcock classic, a wacky 60’s farce and a theatrical homage to Indiana’s Bicentennial,” said Allen. “Our goal is to pack in as much diversity as we can in genre, time period, emotional terrain and generational appeal.”
The IRT opens its season with The Three Musketeers, which tells the story of an eager young lad from the provinces who arrives in Paris to join the king’s guard. He finds intrigue, love and plenty of crossed swords. The Three Musketeers is a legendary tale of danger and daring, royalty and romance.
The world premiere of Finding Home: Indiana at 200 delves into Indiana’s beloved icons and hidden gems, the celebrated and the scandalous, with a bicentennial collection created by writers from all over the state. Featuring songs by Hoosier singer-songwriter Tim Grimm, this multifaceted look at Indiana’s life and times mixes music and history, comedy and drama, fact and fable.
Returning to the stage, A Christmas Carol allows the spirit of Christmas to bring new life to Ebenezer Scrooge in his journey from dark night of the soul to bright joyous morning. Celebrate the season with Indianapolis’s favorite holiday tradition. God bless us, every one!
It’s 1967 and the world is changing, but the Draytons are open minded and forward thinking—until their white daughter brings home a black fiancé. Cultures clash and family ties are tested in Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, a witty and thoughtful look into the power of the human heart.
Amid the dangers of World War II, a privileged young white boy and a resourceful old black man are marooned on a tiny island in the Caribbean. Adapted from the award-winning children’s novel, The Cay tells a story of overcoming both hardship and prejudice, reminding us that friendship has no boundaries.
For a third year, the IRT presents an Exploring Stages production for its youngest audiences. This year, Stuart Little comes to life in the IRT Cabaret. Everyone’s favorite mouse lives a happy life with his human family and his friend Margolo the bird—as long as he can avoid that sinister feline, Snowball. The beloved children’s book becomes a lively stage event brimming with invention and imagination.
It’s the swinging sixties in Paris, where a swanky bachelor’s pad is the setting for Boeing Boeing. As three stunning stewardesses experience interlocking flight schedules, what could possibly go wrong? Doors slam and courses collide in this riotous romantic romp.
A CIA operative working in the Middle East goes through a mind-bending existential crisis. Who are her friends? Who is the enemy? And just who is Miranda? The IRT’s award-winning playwright-in-residence, James Still, brings us Miranda, a psychological riddle set in the world’s most explosive region.
A retired tennis pro plots the murder of his wife—but when she turns the tables on her attempted assailant, she is convicted of murder. Can the police detective who brought her to trial now decipher the clues that will save her life? Dial “M” for Murder weaves an ever tightening web of danger and deception.
The Three Musketeers
A Swashbuckling Adventure
Adapted from the novel by Alexandre Dumas by Catherine Bush
September 20 – October 15
Finding Home: Indiana at 200
Exploring our story
A collaboration from writers across the state
October 18 – November 13
Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol
Adapted by Tom Haas
November 19 – December 24
Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner
Can love conquer all?
By Todd Kreidler, based on the screenplay by William Rose
January 10 – February 4
Theodore Taylor’s The Cay
Struggle and survival
Adapted by Gayle Cornelison
January 28 – February 26
E.B. White’s Stuart Little
The excellent exploits of a tiny hero
Adapted by Joseph Robinette
February 25 – March 26
By Marc Camoletti, translated by Beverly Cross & Francis Evans
March 7 – April 1
By James Still
March 28 – April 23
Dial “M” for Murder
By Frederick Knott
April 25 – May 21
Season tickets are on sale now. Season packages offer savings off on single ticket prices, exclusive benefits and personalized customer service. For more information about season tickets visit irtlive.com/seasontickets or contact the ticket office at 317.635.5252. Single tickets go on sale in August.
ABOUT THE IRT
Founded in 1971, 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 mission of IRT is to produce top-quality, professional theatre and related activities, providing experiences that will engage, surprise, challenge and entertain people throughout their lifetimes, helping us build a vital and vibrant community.