Indiana Repertory Theatre announces 2020-2021 Season
Community stories to shine in Bicentennial celebration and INclusion Series continuation
Indianapolis, Ind.—The Indiana Repertory Theatre has announced the 2020 - 2021 Season, which will take audiences on a journey from astonishing thrills to heartfelt laughter and from shared yesterdays to unknown tomorrows. Set to begin on September 9, 2020, the season continues IRT’s commitment to literary and multigenerational stories, celebrates the city’s Bicentennial and centers on the importance of community and change.
The Signature Six Series includes Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Indianapolis at 200: Finding Home, Native Gardens, Thurgood, The Widow Lincoln, and Steel Magnolias. The additional productions for students and families will be Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, Dr. Seuss’s Cat in the Hat, and the return of the Indy holiday tradition Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.
The IRT will continue into the second year of the INclusion Series to celebrate diverse storytelling with the hot-button comedy Native Gardens by Karen Zacarías and Thurgood, a portrait of Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall by George Stevens, Jr. Rounding out the INclusion Series will be Indianapolis at 200: Finding Home, a collection of stories crafted by writers across the city to support and reflect on Indy’s Bicentennial.
“We’re looking forward to our 49th season of producing nine plays across a diverse spectrum especially for our central Indiana audiences. These compelling stories encourage patrons of all ages to consider our shared history and celebrate and learn from our differences,” IRT’s Margot Lacy Eccles Artistic Director Janet Allen said. “We are particularly excited to continue our INclusion Series, to participate in Indianapolis’ Bicentennial observance, to produce a play focused on an iconic moment in American history by our playwright in residence, and to share with our audiences three remarkable pieces of theatre adapted from particularly timely, world-changing pieces of literature.”
The Season Sponsor for the 26th straight year is OneAmerica Financial Partners, who has pledged through 2025. The season is also made possible by Season Partner Lilly Endowment, Inc.
Seated ticket packages are available now and include options for the Signature Six Series. To learn more about season package benefits and to purchase, visit irtlive.com. Build Your Own packages and single tickets will go on sale later this summer.
For more information on the season announcement, contact Marketing Communications Manager Kerry Barmann at firstname.lastname@example.org or 317.916.4824.
2020 - 2021 SEASON AT THE INDIANA REPERTORY THEATRE
Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein
adapted by David Catlin
September 9 - October 4, 2020
electrifying look at a classic thriller
Join a memorable gathering of literary giants on a dark and eerie evening as Mary Shelley stitches together her grisly gothic tale of Victor Frankenstein and his terrifying creation. This galvanic adaptation of the classic novel thrills and enthralls as it experiments with love, grief, horror, and the power to create—or destroy—life. There’s a little monster in all of us.
Indianapolis at 200: Finding Home
a collaboration by writers across the city
with songs by Tim Grimm & Bill Myers
October 6 - November 8, 2020
exploring Indy’s shared history
Delve into beloved icons and hidden gems, the famous and the forgotten, with an Indianapolis Bicentennial collection created by a diverse group of writers from all around the city. Featuring songs by Hoosier singer-songwriter Tim Grimm and Indianapolis jazz icon Bill Myers, this multifaceted look at our city’s story mixes music and history, comedy and drama, fact and fable.
A Christmas Carol
adapted by Tom Haas
November 14 - December 26, 2020
Indy’s holiday tradition
As the weather turns cold, warm your heart with Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim, and spirits of the past, present, and future. A Christmas Carol shines a light on the power of kindness and love in this uplifting tale of one man’s journey to redemption. Come celebrate the joy of the season with our annual holiday treasure infused with music and song.
by Karen Zacarías
January 13 - February 6, 2021
You can’t choose your neighbors. In this thorny new comedy, cultures and gardens clash when a Latinx couple, Pablo and Tania, move in next to Frank and Virginia, a white couple with a prize-worthy English garden. The neighbors, each rooted in their views on race, taste, class, and privilege, get into a border dispute over a long-standing fence line—pushing both couples to surprising and hilarious extremes.
The Cat in the Hat
based on the book by Dr. Seuss
play originally produced by the National Theatre of Great Britain
adapted and originally directed by Katie Mitchell
January 30 - February 28, 2021
the best playdate ever
Everyone's favorite cat comes to life in this theatrical adaptation of the Dr. Seuss classic. From the moment his tall, red-and-white-striped hat appears around the door, Sally and her brother know that the Cat in the Hat is the funniest, most mischievous cat they have ever met. With the trickiest of tricks and the craziest of ideas, he turns a rainy afternoon into an amazing adventure. But what will Mom find when she comes home? Introduce your children to the joyful experience of live theatre and the creativity of play.
adapted by Tobias Andersen
February 5 - March 6, 2021
timeless sci-fi tale
In a dystopian future where the written word is forbidden, firemen are paid to burn books instead of fight fires. But when Montag starts to read the books he is supposed to burn, he begins to question the life he leads. Now he must choose between continuing his regimented existence or risking everything for the right to think. Published in 1953, this science fiction classic is even more relevant today.
by George Stevens, Jr.
March 2 - March 28, 2021
champion of equality
As a young Civil Rights lawyer, Thurgood Marshall risked his life to guarantee equal education opportunities for all children. Eventually, he took the landmark Brown v. Board of Education case all the way to the highest court in the land—and won. Later, as the first African American Supreme Court Justice, he fought for liberty and justice for all of us. This Broadway hit is an eye-opening, uplifting, and surprisingly humorous portrait of an American hero.
The Widow Lincoln
by James Still
March 31 - April 25, 2021
tragic and triumphant
Fascinating, frustrating, and misunderstood, Mary Lincoln was one of the most criticized and maligned First Ladies in American history. When Abraham Lincoln was assassinated, she locked herself in a room in the White House and didn’t come out for 40 days and 40 nights. Commissioned by Ford’s Theatre, James Still’s hauntingly theatrical play weaves together the past and the present into the fever dreams of a woman trying to grieve, trying to imagine a suddenly unknown future, and trying to do it on her own terms.
by Robert Harling
April 13 - May 9, 2021
strong and sassy
Before it was a movie, this pop culture favorite was an off-Broadway hit. With sharp, witty banter and memorable one-liners, six women from all walks of life celebrate the everyday joys and tears of small-town living while gathered at their favorite hair salon. But when tragedy strikes, the play reveals the steely bonds of compassion and love that hold true friends together.
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Founded in 1971, the Indiana Repertory Theatre (IRT) is the largest professional not-for-profit theatre in the state and one of the leading regional theatres in the country. The mission of the Indiana Repertory Theatre 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.
The IRT produces top-quality, professional theatre that engages, surprises, challenges and entertains people throughout their lifetimes, helping to build a vital and vibrant community.
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