Indiana Repertory Theatre’s award-winning playwright-in-residence James Still, prepares for the Indiana premier of his new play, Miranda, which follows a CIA operative working in the Middle East who’s experiencing a mind-bending crisis.
This psychological riddle is on the IRT Upperstage stage March 28 through April 23.
Miranda, a play about dedicated women and men who work in the Middle East to secure intelligence, weaves a layered tale of what happens as operatives become emotionally intertwined in the intimate lives of others.
Miranda completes Still’s trilogy of plays about an American family that began with The House that Jack Built (IRT world premiere, 2012-2013), and continues with Appoggiatura in IRT’s 2017-2018 season.
“If my trilogy of plays is about a family, then Miranda is about a family inside that family,” said Still. “The more time I spent inside my own play, the more profoundly I understood the dedication of the women and men who commit to a life in the CIA.”
The production is led by Director Henry Godinez, who believes that this play is particularly relevant at this time. “This is a play about trust, people and nations, and explores how we overcome profound suspicion, hatred and fear,” said Godinez. “Miranda imagines the best of that which we are capable.”
Still’s 19-year relationship with the IRT is based on a desire to introduce new work to IRT’s programming and explore how Hoosiers see themselves in art.
“Although this production is not a part of the Indiana series, of which James has been instrumental, it does explore elements of American life that we are all deeply connected to, particularly in our current social climate,” said Janet Allen, Executive Artistic Director. “Miranda brings much richness – from diversity in music, set details, cast and more – and offers audiences a chance to peek into the lives of others in a very intimate and profound way.”
Scenic Designer Ann Sheffield brings Still’s play to life by transporting audience members across time and between places, while the original music of composer Gustavo Leone takes audiences through different Yemeni landscapes.
“I chose to explore the world of Miranda through the eyes of a photojournalist,” said scenic designer Sheffield, who suggests that the production is a complete sensory experience. “We want audiences to experience the beauty of places that have been at the front line of a harsh reality.”
Free your senses to explore Miranda on the IRT Upperstage beginning March 28. To purchase tickets and to learn more visit irtlive.com.
When: March 28 – April 23
Where: IRT Upperstage, 140 W. Washington Street
Age: Recommended for patrons 11th grade and older
Content advisory: Miranda is a psychological drama that contains strong language, references to sexuality and offstage references to war-like situations.
CAST & THE CREATIVE TEAM
NINOS BABA| Shahid
JENNIFER COOMBS | Miranda
ARYA DAIRE | Dr. Al-Agbhari
MARY BETH FISHER | Rose & Lauren
TORREY HANSON | John & Reed
HENRY GODINEZ | Director
ANN SHEFFIELD | Scenic Design
LINDA PISANO | Costume Design
ALEXANDER RIDGERS | Lighting Design
GUSTAVO LEONE | Composer
ANDREW HOPSON | Sound Design
SPECIAL EVENTS–Click to learn more
OPENING NIGHT | March 31, performance at 7:30 PM
BACKSTAGE TOUR | April 6, performance at 7:30 PM
IRTEA TALK | April 9, performance at 2 PM
HAPPY HOUR | April 11, performance at 6:30 PM
POST-SHOW DISCUSSION | April 15, performance at 1 PM
COOKIES & COFFEE | April 13, performance at 2 PM
POST-SHOW DISCUSSION | April 22, performance at 4 PM
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