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For more than 40 years, the Indiana Repertory Theatre has brought together actors, friends, families and neighbors to enjoy great entertainment and unique performances. We are proud to continue our support of the IRT and its significant cultural contributions. We hope that you will enjoy the 2017-2018 Season. â€”Scott Davison, OneAmerica Chairman, President, and CEO
OUR MISSION & VISION MISSION
Live theatre connects us to meaningful issues in our lives and has the power to shape the human experience. 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. VISION
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The Indiana Repertory Theatre will be a life-long destination of choice for an ever-expanding audience of all ages and backgrounds seeking enjoyable and meaningful experiences. Using theatre as a springboard for both personal reflection and community discussion, our productions and programs will inspire our neighbors to learn about themselves and others. As an arts leader in the state of Indiana, the IRT's goal is to make Indiana a dynamic home of cultural expression, economic vitality, and a diverse, informed, and engaged citizenry.
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AS AN INSTITUTION, WE VALUE:
SUSTAINING A PROFESSIONAL, CREATIVE ATMOSPHERE
The professional production of plays that provide insight and celebrate human relationships through the unique vision of the playwright • Professional artists of the highest quality working on our stages in an environment that allows them to grow and thrive • Our leadership role in fostering a creative environment where arts, education, corporate, civic, and cultural organizations collaborate to benefit our community. PRUDENT STEWARDSHIP OF OUR RESOURCES
Our public-benefit status, where the focus is on artistic integrity, affordable ticket prices that allow all segments of our community to attend, and community service • Fiscal responsibility and financial security based on achieving a balanced budget • Growing our endowment fund as a resource for future development and to ensure institutional longevity. INCLUSIVENESS
The production of plays from a broad range of dramatic literature addressing diverse communities • The involvement of all segments of our community in our activities • Using theatre arts as a primary tool to bring meaning into the lives of our youth, making creativity a component of their education • The employment of artists and staff that celebrates the diversity of the United States. HERITAGE AND TRADITION
Our role as Indiana’s premiere theatre for more than 40 years, recognized by the 107th Indiana General Assembly in 1991 as “Indiana’s Theatre Laureate.” • The historic Indiana Theatre as our home, as a cultural landmark, and as a significant contributor to a vital downtown • Our national, state, and local reputation for 40+ years of quality creative work and educational programming • Our board, staff, volunteers, artists, audiences, and donors as essential partners in fulfilling our mission.
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performance spaces (OneAmerica Mainstage, Upperstage, and The Cabaret) and work spaces, reviving this historic downtown entertainment site. To keep ticket prices and services affordable for the entire community, the IRT operates as a not-for-profit organization, deriving more than 50% of its operating income from contributions. The theatre is generously supported by foundations, corporations, and individuals, an investment which recognizes the IRT’s mission-based commitment to serving Central Indiana with top-quality theatrical fare. PROGRAMS
INDIANA REPERTORY THEATRE PROFILE
Since the Indiana Repertory Theatre was founded in 1971, it has grown into one of the leading regional theatres in the country, as well as one of the top-flight cultural institutions in the city and state. In 1991 Indiana’s General Assembly designated the IRT as “Theatre Laureate” of the state of Indiana. The IRT’s national reputation has been confirmed by prestigious grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, The Lila Wallace– Reader’s Digest Fund, The Theatre Communications Group– Pew Charitable Trusts, The Shubert Foundation, and The Kresge Foundation; and by a Joyce Award from The Joyce Foundation. The IRT remains the largest fully professional resident not-forprofit theatre in the state, providing more than 100,000 live professional theatre experiences for its audience last season. These experiences included 38,000 students and teachers from 53 of Indiana’s 92 counties, making the IRT one of the most youth-oriented professional theatres in the country. A staff of more than 100 seasonal and year-round employees creates nine productions exclusively for Indiana audiences. Actors, directors, and designers are members of professional stage unions. The IRT’s history has been enacted in two historic downtown theatres. The Athenaeum Turners Building housed the company’s first eight seasons. Since 1980 the IRT has occupied the 1927 Indiana Theatre, which was renovated to contain three
• The OneAmerica Season includes nine diverse productions from classical and contemporary repertoires, including Eli Lilly and Company presents A Christmas Carol, James Still's Appoggiatura, and Noises Off. • New Play Development The IRT offers Write Now, a prestigious national workshop for adult playwrights writing for young audiences; and Young Playwrights in Process (YPiP), a playwriting contest and workshop for Indiana middle and high school students. • Community Gathering Place Located in a beautiful historic landmark, the IRT offers a wide variety of unique and adaptable spaces for family, business, and community gatherings of all types. Call Margaret Lehtinen at 317.916.4880 for more information. • Opportunities The IRT depends on the generous donation of time and energy by volunteer ushers; call 317.916.4880 to learn how you can become involved. • Meet the Artists Regularly scheduled pre-show chats, post-show discussions, and backstage tours offer audiences unique insights into each production. • Student Matinees The IRT continues a long-time commitment to student audiences with school-day student matinee performances of all IRT productions. These performances are augmented with educational activities and curriculum support materials. This season Eli Lilly and Company presents A Christmas Carol, Romeo and Juliet, and The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse offer extensive opportunities for student attendance. • Educational Programs Auxiliary services offered include visiting artists in the classroom, study guides, pre- and post-show discussions, and guided tours of the IRT’s facilities. • Classes From creative dramatics to audition workshops to Shakespeare seminars, the IRT offers a wide array of personal learning opportunities for all ages, including our Summer Conservatory for Youth. Call 317.916.4842 for further information. 7
as numerous grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and Shakespeare for a New Generation. Among the memorable productions Janet has directed on the IRT’s stages are The Glass Menagerie (1999), Ah! Wilderness (2002), The Drawer Boy (2004), Looking Over the President’s Shoulder (2008), The Diary of Anne Frank (2011), James Still’s The House That Jack Built (2012), and To Kill a Mockingbird (2016). Celebrating the IRT’s 46-year legacy this season, she directs A Christmas Carol and Looking Over the President’s Shoulder.
LEADERSHIP: JANET ALLEN EXECUTIVE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Creating world-class professional theatre for Central Indiana audiences of all ages has remained a career-long passion for Janet Allen. She began at the IRT in 1980 as the theatre’s first literary manager and dramaturg. After four years in New York City, she returned to serve ten years as associate artistic director under mentors Tom Haas and Libby Appel. Named the IRT’s fourth artistic director in 1996, she is now in her 22nd season in that role. In 2013, she was named the IRT’s executive artistic director. During Janet’s tenure, the IRT has significantly diversified its education services to both adults and children, expanded its new play development programs, solidified its reputation as a top-flight regional theatre dedicated to diverse programming and production quality, and established the IRT as a generous content partner with organizations throughout Central Indiana. Janet’s passion for nurturing playwrights has led to a fruitful relationship with James Still, the IRT’s playwrightin-residence for 20 years, and the creation and production of 16 new works—the Indiana Series—that examine Hoosier and Midwestern sensibilities (seven of them by James Still). Her collaboration with playwrights has brought the theatre prestigious grants from The Pew Charitable Trusts, The Joyce Foundation, and The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, as well 8
Janet studied theatre at Illinois State University, Indiana University, and Exeter College, Oxford. As a classical theatre specialist, she has published and taught theatre history and dramaturgy at IUPUI and Butler University. Janet’s leadership skills and community service have been recognized by Indianapolis Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” Award, the Network of Women in Business–IBJ’s “Influential Women in Business” Award, Safeco’s Beacon of Light in Our Community Award, a Distinguished Hoosier Award conferred by Governor Frank O’Bannon, Girls Inc.’s Touchstone Award for Arts Leadership, and the Indiana Commission on Women’s “Keeper of the Light”Torchbearer Award. She is a proud alum of the Stanley K. Lacy Leadership program (Class XIX) and the Shannon Leadership Institute in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and is a 2013-14 Arts Council of Indianapolis Creative Renewal Arts Fellow. In 2015 Janet was inducted into the College of Fellows of the American Theatre at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and received a Medallion Award for significant national contributions from the Children’s Theatre Foundation of America. In July 2017 Janet was named an Indiana Living Legend by the Indiana Historical Society. Janet is a member of the Indianapolis Woman’s Club and Congregation Beth-El Zedeck. She lives in an historic house built in 1855 in the downtown Chatham Arch neighborhood with her husband, Joel Grynheim, their two daughters, and a lovely canine mutt.
Suzanne is a graduate of the College of William & Mary (undergraduate) and Indiana University (M.B.A.). She started her career as a CPA; prior to coming to Indianapolis, she worked in finance for more than 10 years, living in such varied locales as Washington, DC; Dallas, Texas; Frankfurt, Germany; Honolulu, Hawaii; and even working for three months in Auckland, New Zealand (where, yes, she went bungee jumping). She is a proud alum of the Stanley K. Lacy Leadership Program (Class XXXI). Suzanne lives in the Old Northside with her 14-year-old son, Jackson, and their foxhound rescue dog, Gertie, and spends some of her downtime in Palatine, Illinois, with her partner, Todd Wiencek. Opposite: Kim Staunton and Lauren Briggeman in the IRT's 2016 production of Finding Home: Indiana at 200. Photo by Zach Rosing. Below: Rob Johansen and Elizabeth Laidlaw in the IRT's 2016 production of The Three Musketeers. Photo by Zach Rosing.
LEADERSHIP: SUZANNE SWEENEY MANAGING DIRECTOR
Suzanne is a 20-year veteran of the IRT, managing every administrative area within the theatre at one time or another during that period. Serving as the managing director is the capstone to her career here. Her main responsibility had been to serve as the chief financial officer of the theatre, running the business office, human resources, and information technology functions. As the CFO, she helped to steer the organization through 15 years of balanced budgets (and 15 audits!). She also served as the interim managing director for 18 months in 2004-2005. Suzanne is continuing the work of maintaining a brilliant team whose members expertly manage all of the administrative areas. She is excited to be moving into year five of this leadership role of the organization she loves, alongside her mentor and friend Janet Allen. In 2016, Suzanne was honored to serve as a panelist for Shakespeare in American Communities in cooperation with Arts Midwest. Suzanne is active in the community, having been the treasurer of Irish Fest for nine years, a member of the board of directors and treasurer of the Day Nursery Association (now Early Learning Indiana) for seven years, and a past treasurer of IndyFringe.
Inge Festival’s Otis Guernsey New Voices Award, the Orlin Corey Medallion from the Children’s Theatre Foundation of America, and the Charlotte B. Chorpenning Award for Distinguished Body of Work. His plays have been nominated four times for the Pulitzer Prize, and have been developed and workshopped at Robert Redford’s Sundance, the New Harmony Project, Eugene O’Neill Playwrights Conference, the Colorado New Play Summit, the Lark in New York, Launch Pad at UC–Santa Barbara, Perry-Mansfield New Works Festival, Telluride Playwright’s Festival, New Visions/ New Voices, Fresh Ink, and Write Now at the IRT. Three of his plays have received the Distinguished Play Award from the American Alliance for Theatre & Education, and his work has been produced throughout the United States, Canada, China, Japan, Europe, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.
LEADERSHIP: JAMES STILL PLAYWRIGHT-IN-RESIDENCE
Other theatres that have produced James’s plays include the Kennedy Center, Denver Center, Geva, Cornerstone Theater Company, Ford’s Theatre, People’s Light & Theatre, the Barter, Pasadena Playhouse, Portland Stage, the Station, the Asolo, Company of Fools, the Children’s Theater Company of Minneapolis, Metro Theater Company, B-Street Theatre, Tricklock, Vermont Stage Company, the Round House, American Blues, Shattered Globe, Illusion Theater, and the Mark Taper Forum.
During James’s 20 years as playwright-in-residence, IRT Recent premieres at other theatres include the Denver Center audiences have seen his plays Miranda; April 4, 1968: Before We Theatre production of Appoggiatura, which was a nominee for Forgot How to Dream; The House That Jack Built; I Love to Eat: Outstanding New Play for the Henry Awards at the Colorado Cooking with James Beard; The Velveteen Rabbit; The Heavens Theatre Guild. Miranda premiered at Illusion Theater in Are Hung in Black; Interpreting William; Iron Kisses; Looking Over Minneapolis just before its IRT production. The Widow Lincoln the President’s Shoulder (twice); The Gentleman from Indiana; premiered at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, DC, marking the 150th Searching for Eden; He Held Me Grand; And Then They Came anniversary of President Lincoln’s death. James’s short play When for Me: Remembering the World of Anne Frank (thrice); Amber Miss Lydia Hinkley Gives a Bird Waves; and The Secret History of IN 2017, SARAH & JOHN LECHLEITER GAVE A GIFT TO THE the Bird has appeared in several the Future. He has also directed IRT IN HONOR OF JAMES STILL’S LONG-TIME RELATIONSHIP festivals around the country after many productions at the IRT, WITH THE IRT, CREATING THE JAMES STILL PLAYWRIGHT-INits premiere with Red Bull Theatre including Dial “M” for Murder, RESIDENCE FUND, WHICH WILL PROVIDE FUTURE SUPPORT in New York. New plays include The Mystery of Irma Vep, Red, FOR THE PLAYWRIGHT-IN-RESIDENCE AS WELL AS THE an adaptation of the classic Black Other Desert Cities, God of CREATION OF NEW WORK FOR THE IRT. Beauty commissioned by Seattle Carnage, Becky’s New Car, Rabbit Children’s Theatre, and a new play called (A) New World. Hole, Doubt, Bad Dates, Plaza Suite, The Immigrant, and Dinner with Friends, as well as his own I Love to Eat, Looking Over the James also works in television and film and has been nominated President’s Shoulder (2001), and Amber Waves. This season for five Emmys and a Television Critics Association Award; he has the IRT produces his plays Appoggiatura and Looking Over the twice been a finalist for the Humanitas Prize. He was a producer President’s Shoulder, and he directed The Originalist. and head writer for the series PAZ, the head writer for Maurice James is an elected member of the National Theatre Conference Sendak’s Little Bear, and writer for the Bill Cosby series Little Bill. in New York, and a Kennedy Center inductee of the College of He wrote The Little Bear Movie and The Miffy Movie as well as the Fellows of the American Theatre. Other honors include the Todd feature film The Velocity of Gary. James grew up in Kansas and McNerney New Play Prize from the Spoleto Festival, William lives in Los Angeles. 10
Bay Area Children’s Theatre. At Berkeley Rep he created innovative community engagement programs to build and diversify audiences, and he facilitated youth development and leadership through the company’s Teen Council and representation at national conferences. Celebrating the work of young artists, he produced five festivals of plays written, directed, designed, and performed by Bay Area teens. At the Bay Area Children’s Theatre, he served as a director and interim artistic director, developing three world premiere musicals adapted from children’s literature, creating a new student matinee program, and overseeing a successful move into a new theatre building and campus.
LEADERSHIP: BENJAMIN HANNA ASSOCIATE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Ben is a director, new play developer, educator, and community engagement specialist whose passion for multigenerational theatre has influenced his work across the country with companies such as Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Children’s Theatre Company, Penumbra Theatre, Seattle Children’s Theatre, Steppingstone Theatre, and the Bay Area Children’s Theatre. In all of his myriad roles, Ben is guided by the belief that access to high-quality theatre helps build creative, empathetic people and healthy communities.
In his native Minnesota, Ben was privileged and honored to serve on the education staff of Penumbra Theatre Company, the nation’s leading African American theatre, where he helped to expand their education and outreach offerings. His proudest accomplishments during his four years with the company include growing the nationally recognized Summer Institute for Activist Artists into a three-year multidisciplinary social justice theatre training program, developing a multigenerational quilting circle, and helping to create and facilitate a racial equity training program through the company’s RACE workshop series. Ben holds a degree in theatre arts from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. He grew up on a small rural farm and fell in love with theatre at the age of eleven. He continues to create for his new favorite audience: his five nieces and nephews. Ben is excited to make his home in Indianapolis, to learn from the amazing team of artists and administrators at IRT, and to get to know (and no doubt love) this new and diverse community. Antonio King and Lex Lumpkin in IRT's 2017 production of Stuart Little. Photo by Zach Rosing.
Ben is thrilled to begin his first year on the leadership team at Indiana Repertory Theatre. He joins IRT following the completion of a prestigious 18-month Theatre Communications Group Leadership University Award. This highly competitive grant, administered by TCG and funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, supported his artistic associate position at the Children’s Theatre Company in Minneapolis, the nation’s largest theatre for young audiences. During his tenure at CTC, Ben directed in-house productions and took shows across the globe, as far afield as South Africa; he played a key role in fundraising, management, education, and strategic planning processes; and he helped guide the organization in addressing historical inequities and ensuring that the company’s work reflected the diversity of the local community. Prior to his role at CTC, Ben spent five years in California’s Bay Area, dividing his time between Berkeley Repertory Theatre and the
INDIANA REPERTORY THEATRE STAFF & ASSOCIATES EXECUTIVE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Associate Artistic Director Benjamin Hanna General Manager Jane Robison Production Manager Brian S. Newman Resident Dramaturg Richard J Roberts Company Manager Hillary Martin Manager of Outreach Programs Milicent Wright Playwright-in-Residence James Still COSTUME SHOP
Costume Shop Manager Guy Clark Lead Draper Jessica Hayes Costumers Christi Parker Judith Skyles
Teaching Artists Chelsea Anderson Joanna Bennett Andrew Black Emily Bohn Ann Marie Elliott Callie Burk Hartz Kate Homan Ronn Johnstone
Wardrobe Supervisor Rachel Taylor Shop Assistant Jason Gill ELECTRICS
Master Electrician Beth A. Nuzum Assistant Master Electrician Elizabeth G. Smith Electrician Kayla Brown PAINT SHOP
Charge Scenic Artist Claire Dana Assistant Charge Scenic Artists Jim Schumacher Robyn Vortex PROPERTIES SHOP
Properties Manager Geoffrey Ehrendreich Properties Carpenter Christina Buerosse Properties Artisan Rachelle Martin Wilbur
Technical Director Chris Fretts Assistant Technical Director John Bennett Shop Foreman Kyle Baker Master Carpenter Betty Rupp Carpenters Seth Randall-Tapply David Sherrill Deck Manager Matt Shives SOUND
Resident Sound Designer Todd Mack Reischman Audio Engineer Maggie Hall Audio Video Engineer Alec Stunkel STAGE MANAGEMENT
Production Stage Manager Nathan Garrison Production Assistants Claire Stark Rebecca Roeber
Teaching Artists, Cont. Beverly Roche Katie Sellars Milicent Wright
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Director of Finance Greg Perkins ADMINISTRATION Receptionist /Administrative Assistant Assistant Controller Danette Alles Seema Juneja Payroll & Benefits Specialist Executive Assistant Jennifer Carpenter Randy Talley Administrative Support Specialist Suzanne Spradlin Beinart DEVELOPMENT
Director of Development Jennifer Turner Associate Director of Major Gifts Lindsey Horan Institutional Giving Manager Eric J. Olson Donor Relations Manager Maggie Barrett Schlake Development Systems Brady Clark EDUCATION
Director of Education Randy D. Pease Youth Audience Manager Sarah Geis
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Operations Manager Robert Steele Manager of Public Operations Margaret Lehtinen Assistant Ticket Office Manager Eric Wilburn Tessitura Administrator Molly Sweets House Manager Heather Uuk Customer Service Representatives Kelsey Keating Jacob Peterman Mac Wright Building Services Dameon Cooper Dave Melton
Group Sales & Teleservices Manager Doug Sims Assistant Teleservices Manager Jeff Pigeon
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BOARD OF DIRECTORS Welcome to the IRT! On behalf of the IRT’s Board of Directors and staff, thank you for joining us for another outstanding performance created right here at Indiana’s leading professional theatre. Great theatre sparks conversations, thoughtful questions, and ideas that reflect on and carry into our lives, workplaces, and communities. Whether you’ve been part of the IRT family for years or are a first-time visitor, we are glad you are with us! As we celebrate our 46th season, we also want to thank you for supporting the IRT’s mission to bring world-class theatre to adult and youth audiences across the state. Your attendance, your gifts, and your good will are critical to our ongoing ability to serve the people of Indiana. With your participation, the IRT can continue its longtime role as a pillar of the state’s performing arts scene, an important downtown magnet, and a valuable community partner. Enjoy the show, and we look forward to seeing you again soon! –Tom Froehle, IRT Board Chair OFFICERS CHAIR
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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS Noises Off is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc. Dialect Coach: Nancy Lipschultz Assistant to the Director: Katie Horwitz Fight & Movement Coordinator: Rob Johansen Fight Captain: Ryan Artzberger Lighting Design Assistant: C. J. Whitaker Actors and stage managers in this production are members of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States. The director is a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, a national theatrical labor union. The scenic, costume, lighting, and sound designers are represented by United Scenic Artists Local 829, IATSE. Photography of the set without actors and with proper credit to scenic and lighting designers is permitted. Due to union agreements, photography and audio recording are not permitted during the performance. The videotaping of productions is a violation of United States Copyright Law and an actionable Federal Offense.
LAUGHING AT OURSELVES BY JANET ALLEN, EXECUTIVE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Farce is a natural outgrowth of human endeavor, and an important one. On the surface, it appears merely to be aimed at triggering laugh reflexes, which are very healthful. But on a deeper level, it allows us to see that we are not in total control of our universe—that is, the banana peel can rise up and trip even the most enlightened among us. In farce, inanimate objects seem to have minds of their own. They can turn on us in an instant, if for no other reason than to prove that we are not the all-powerful creatures we wish to be. From a societal perspective, farce is therapeutic, and may have developed to put us in our place! In the hands of British master writer Michael Frayn, farce is something more literate. Yes, the doors and phone cords (remember those?) and sardines and bags seem to have sentient abilities; but the human characters are scrambling to outwit these objects, and each other, at every turn. Frayn’s abilities as a writer are multifaceted and prodigious. Not only does he write plays in many genres, but he writes brilliant fiction (if you are looking for an interesting read, try his Headlong). Perhaps not surprisingly, he writes philosophy, biography, comic essays, and screenplays as well. We have done two other Frayn plays, each as different from Noises Off as imaginable. Benefactors (IRT 1990) focuses on midlife crises and a London architect’s fight against urban blight. Copenhagen (IRT 2002) is 22
a theatrical debate between two brilliant physicists, Niels Bohr and Werner Heisenberg, about the idea of the atomic bomb. This is the output of a wide-ranging brain, and that is apparent even in Noises Off (IRT 1999), easily the most accessible of Frayn’s writing endeavors. Here he focuses on a theatre company—something he knows more than a little about. The world loves to laugh at theatre artists—a fact that we, as theatre artists, sometimes rue! But we can’t argue with the fact that it’s easy to poke fun at our pretensions and clichés. The overwrought director, the aging diva, the beleaguered stage hand, the oblivious ingénue, the perennially sunny “fixer”: while all these stereotypes have equivalents in many businesses, they are perhaps funniest when selected from the entertainment industry for the purpose of entertaining. The universe of farce is ultimately a safe one. We know that no door slam, no fall, no slap, no ripped costume will result in any real damage, so we are free to revel in mankind’s pretentions and peccadillos. Perhaps that’s why farce is so needed right now. In a world where safety seems to be at a premium, it’s freeing to enter a world where we know everyone will come out the other side with only some bruised egos. It is a world that reminds us of our humanity—while tickling our funny bone.
Marcus Truschinski and Rob Johansen in the IRT's 2016 production of The Mystery of Irma Vep. Photo by Zach Rosing.
UNDERDOGS BY DAVID BRADLEY, DIRECTOR
There are works that make you love being human and make you love and revere the humanity of other people. That is the great potential of any art. —Marilynne Robinson “The Brain Is Larger than the Sea”
Even with a turkey that you know will fold— You may be stranded out in the cold— Still you wouldn’t change it for a sack of gold. Let’s go on with the show!
I’m from Philadelphia. We get a lot of Rocky comments and comparisons. I guess I’m ok with that, because Rocky’s an underdog, and I like underdog stories. I think a lot of people do. There’s something compelling and even inspiring about watching someone try to overcome obstacles and beat the odds when it seems they have no chance.
And ain’t that what being human is all about? We go on. And sometimes we’ve just gotta laugh hard at what an absurd endeavor that is—especially these days. (I keep thinking of a live version of “Stairway to Heaven” where lead singer Robert Plant suddenly cries out, “Does anyone remember laughter?”). So we come to watch Dotty and Lloyd and Belinda and the company of Nothing On give it their all. And we get to laugh our heads off as they make a glorious mess.
A farce is an underdog story—except in farce, instead of David vs. Goliath, we get David vs. the doors, or the stairs, or the props (particularly if they are of a slippery, fishy variety). All those obstacles. All those things in the way of getting what you want. All those chances to fall down, screw up, topple over. Lots of reasons to throw in the towel—but in farce, no one ever does. They keep going. They go on with their particular show, whether it’s love, life, or, in the case of Noises Off, an actual show.
—Irving Berlin, “There’s No Business like Show Business”
But I think deep down we’re laughing with them. Because at some point, we’ve all been them—underdogs, battling the odds. We’re as human as they are. They’re not giving up. We’re not giving up. We’re all in this together. Let’s go on with the show.
Matt Schwader, Melisa Pereyra, Greta Wohlrabe and Chris Klopatek in IRT's 2017 production of Boeing Boeing. Photo by Zach Rosing.
THE SCIENCE OF FARCE BILL CLARKE SCENIC DESIGNER Designing Noises Off might be called a double-binary bit of lunacy. First and most obviously, you design the show from the front; then for Act II, the same show from the back. You also design the set for the play-within-the-play, Nothing On, the silliness of which is amply indicated in the script. But the subtler and more challenging job is figuring out the exact spatial arrangement that allows Michael
Fraynâ€™s satire to function like the perfect machine that it is. Our task is to find the key that makes it work best: for example, if two doors are either too far apart or too close together, a joke which is highly dependent on the mad dash from one to the other may fall flat. We wish you all of the fun and none of the head scratching!
Preliminary sketches by scenic designer Bill Clarke.
MICHAEL LINCOLN LIGHTING DESIGNER Michael Frayn’s Noises Off is one of those plays that every theatre maker has heard of, if not seen or worked on. When it premiered in 1982, it was an instant classic. It is a brilliant backstage comedy, so funny that it is irresistible, even to the most curmudgeonly theatregoer. I had heard of the play, but never seen it, when I was given the opportunity in 2000 to design the Broadway transfer of London’s West End production of Michael Frayn’s Copenhagen. These two plays couldn’t be more different. Copenhagen is a dense, extremely intelligent play filled with challenging scientific language. Noises Off is an extremely silly play filled with
ridiculousness. The fact that these two plays are from the mind of the same man is astonishing. But, when you examine how scientifically Noises Off is structured, you realize that only a playwright as brilliant as Michael Frayn could have written it. I’m thrilled to have my first chance to design it! Preliminary costume sketches for Lloyd, Dotty, Frederick, and Selsdon by designer Rachel Anne Healy.
THE COMPANY WILL ALLAN TIM ALLGOOD
Will is making his Indiana Repertory Theatre debut. He is a Chicago actor whose recent credits include Good People, The Flick, The March, Animal Farm, and A Separate Peace at Steppenwolf; Ah, Wilderness!, The Seagull, and Dartmoor Prison at the Goodman; The Whale at Victory Gardens; The History Boys at TimeLine; The Goat or, Who is Sylvia? at Remy Bumppo; The Antelope Party with Theater Wit; and Circumference of a Squirrel with Greenhouse Theater Solo Celebration; as well as productions with First Folio, American Theater Company, Strawdog, and more. Regional productions include The Mousetrap at Milwaukee Rep, Red at Human Race Theatre Company, and Frankenstein at Cardinal Stage. Will is an associate artist with TimeLine Theatre as well as a member of their Playwrights Collective.
RYAN ARTZBERGER LLOYD DALLAS
Ryan’s IRT credits include Romeo and Juliet (2018 & 2010), A Christmas Carol, The Three Musketeers, The Mousetrap, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Great Gatsby, The Crucible, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, God of Carnage, Julius Caesar, Fire in the Garden, Rabbit Hole, Iron Kisses, Our Town, Death of a Salesman, He Held Me Grand, Macbeth, and The Herbal Bed. Ryan is a member of Indianapolis Shakespeare Company, where he has appeared in The Winter’s Tale, Twelfth Night, The Tempest, The Taming of the Shrew, and Othello. At the Phoenix Theatre he performed in Reasons to Be Pretty. Regional credits include the Shakespeare Theatre and the Studio Theatre in Washington, D.C., Shakespeare Santa Cruz, the Goodman Theatre, Berkeley Rep, Kansas City Rep, the Lookingglass, Great Lakes Theater Festival, the Denver Center, New Jersey Shakespeare, and Playmakers Rep. Ryan is a graduate of Ohio University and the Juilliard School.
ASHLEY DILLARD BROOKE ASHTON
Ashley has been seen this season in Romeo and Juliet and A Christmas Carol. Regional credits include Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike at the Phoenix Theatre; Love’s Labor’s Lost, Persuasion, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Sense and Sensibility at IU Summer Theatre; Garfield: The Musical and Brighton Beach Memoirs at Cardinal Stage Company; Home— A New Musical at Bloomington Playwrights Project; Rent, A Wrinkle in Time, Godspell, Crimes of the Heart, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, A Doll’s House, and Moon over Buffalo at Crossroads Repertory; Lend Me a Tenor at Gilmore Creek Repertory; and Pump Boys and Dinettes at Chenango River Theatre. Ashley holds an M.F.A. in acting from Indiana University and a B.A. in theatre from Indiana State University.
MEHRY ESLAMINIA POPPY NORTON-TAYLOR
Mehry made her IRT debut in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Her most recent Midwest credits include First Fairy in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Nanna and Lady Montague in the world premiere of the Q Brothers’ I Heart Juliet with Illinois Shakespeare Festival. Colorado credits include Farzana in the world premiere of Wisdom from Everything at Local Theater Company; Kate and Musician in the world premiere of James Still’s Appoggiatura and A Christmas Carol at the Denver Center for Performing Arts; Shar in The Happiest Song Plays Last with Curious Theatre Company; and Adelaide in Guys and Dolls, Jolene in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Johnna in August: Osage County, and Mrs. Soames in Our Town with Creede Repertory Theatre.
HEIDI KETTENRING BELINDA BLAIR
Heidi is a Chicago-based actor, where her credits include Wicked for Broadway In Chicago and productions with Court Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Writers Theatre, Marriott Theatre, Drury Lane Theatre (Oakbrook Terrace and Evergreen Park), Chicago Commercial Collective, Northlight Theatre, and American Theatre Company. National tour credits include Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Regional credits include productions with Theatre at the Center, Fulton Theatre, Maine State Music Theatre, TheatreWorks, and Peninsula Players. Film and television credits include Man of Steel, Chicago Fire, and Cupid. Heidi can be heard singing on two Disney children’s books, and has sung concerts all over the country. She has received a Joseph Jefferson Award, the Sarah Siddons Award, an After Dark Award, and the Richard M. Kneeland Award. She is a Northwestern graduate.
ROBERT NEAL FREDERICK FELLOWES
Robert has performed in more than 40 productions at the IRT. He is a member of the Indianapolis Shakespeare Company, where he will direct Coriolanus this summer, and has appeared locally with ShadowApe, the Phoenix Theatre, and Cardinal Stage, as well as the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and the Indianapolis Early Music Festival. In 2012 he reprised his performance in James Still’s I Love to Eat for the James Beard Foundation Awards at Lincoln Center. Regional credits include Syracuse Stage, American Players Theatre, Pennsylvania Center Stage, and the Oklahoma and Kentucky Shakespeare festivals, to name a few, as well as the English American Theatre Festival in Dusseldorf, Germany. TV credits include NBC’s Chicago Fire. Robert’s training is from Penn State (M.F.A.) and the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. He is a recipient of the 2007 Arts Council of Indianapolis Creative Renewal Fellowship, the 2016 Theatre MVP Grant from the Central Indiana Community Foundation, and is a 2017 Lunt-Fontanne National Fellow at Ten Chimneys where he worked with master teacher Alfred Molina.
THE COMPANY HOLLIS RESNIK DOTTY OTLEY
Hollis is happy to be back at IRT, where she has appeared in Abe Lincoln in Illinois, State of the Union, and The Gifts of the Magi. She is a Chicago resident but has appeared all over the United States. Regional credits include Arena Stage, the Alliance in Atlanta, Arizona Rep, Milwaukee Rep (where she played Amanda in The Glass Menagerie), Long Wharf Theatre, Cleveland Play House, Philadelphia Theatre Company, and the Muny. National tours include Mother Superior in Sister Act, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, and Thoroughly Modern Millie. Chicago credits include the Goodman, Chicago Shakespeare, the Court, Marriot Lincolnshire, Writers Theatre, and many others. Recently she has been seen in The Taming of the Shrew at CST and Cabaret at the Paramount. She is the recipient of 12 Jeffs, a Helen Hayes Award, and a Lunt-Fontanne Fellowship.
JERRY RICHARDSON GARRY LEJEUNE
Jerry is thrilled to return to IRT, having last appeared here in This Wonderful Life and A Christmas Carol. New York credits include Anniversary and Last Exit to Hollywood at Ensemble Studio Theatre; FUBAR at 59E59; and Last Call at the Atlantic. He was in the national tour of Scooby Doo Live. Regional credits include The Little Foxes at Cleveland Play House; Pride and Prejudice, The Winter’s Tale, and Of Mice and Men at People’s Light & Theatre; Stones in His Pockets at the Zephyr; The Mousetrap, Dracula, The Unexpected Guest, and Woman in Black at Fulton Theatre; Sweet Bird of Youth at the Shakespeare Theatre; As You Like It and Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet at the Folger Theatre; and Love’s Labor’s Lost, Henry IV Part 1, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream at American Shakespeare Center; and shows at Signature Theatre, Vermont Shakespeare, Cape Cod Playhouse, and others. Film and TV credits include The Producers, Gigantic, Law & Order, Guiding Light, and Homicide. jerry-richardson.com
ROB RILEY SELSDON MOWBRAY
Rob makes his IRT debut. Chicago credits include Blind Date, The Crowd You’re in With, Moonlight and Magnolias, The Beard of Avon, and A Touch of the Poet at the Goodman; Q.E.D. with Collaboraction; I Sailed with Magellan, Unspoken Prayers, A View of the Dome, Before My Eyes, and Heartbreak House at Victory Gardens; The Merry Wives of Windsor at Chicago Shakespeare; The Front Page at Timeline; The Weir and The Playboy of the Western World at Steppenwolf; Seasons Greetings and The Cripple of Inishmaan at Northlight; Travesties at Wisdom Bridge; and several mainstage revues at the Second City. Other credits include Ground at Actors Theatre of Louisville; Wild Men! at the West Side, New York; and Paul Sills’s Sills and Company at Actors’ Playhouse in New York. Rob has also written for and acted in film and television.
MICHAEL FRAYN PLAYWRIGHT
Michael Frayn was born in Middlesex, England, in 1933. After studying philosophy at Cambridge, he began his career as a columnist for the Guardian and the Observer, becoming well known for his humor. His plays include Noises Off (winner of the 1982 Olivier Award for Best Comedy; previously produced by the IRT in 1999); Benefactors (1984; produced by the IRT in 1990); and Copenhagen (winner of the 2000 Tony Award for Best Play; produced by the IRT in 2002). He is highly regarded as a translator of the plays of Chekhov. His novels include Towards the End of the Morning (1967), Headlong (1999), and Spies (2002); his non-fiction includes Constructions (1974), The Human Touch (2006), and several collections of his columns and essays. Not only do his plays cover a broad range from the wildest comedy to the deepest drama, but he is one of the few writers in the English language to have been successful in both drama and prose.
DAVID BRADLEY DIRECTOR
David is delighted to return to IRT, where he has directed The Miracle Worker, Holes, This Wonderful Life, Iron Kisses, Searching for Eden, and He Held Me Grand. A Philadelphia-based director and producer who loves crossing the lines of theatre, music, education, and civic dialogue, David is a longtime company member at People’s Light in Malvern, Pennsylvania, where his more than 30 productions include The Diary of Anne Frank, Row after Row, Of Mice and Men, Doubt, The Crucible, and A View from the Bridge. He is founding director of the music not-for-profit LiveConnections, and was a producer on First Verse and A Day in My Life, its collaborative albums with Philadelphia schools. Recent theatre includes directing A Fierce Kind of Love for Temple University’s Institute on Disabilities, and writing and directing Voices of Voting for Philadelphia’s good government advocate, the Committee of Seventy. David’s arts and civic engagement work has included projects at the National Constitution Center, Theatre of War and Animating Democracy. “For Jacob: 18—l’chaim!”
BILL CLARKE SCENIC DESIGNER
Bill has previously designed To Kill a Mockingbird, The Diary of Anne Frank, The Ladies Man, A Streetcar Named Desire, The Nerd, and Long Day’s Journey into Night at the IRT. He has designed A Walk in the Woods and Abby’s Song on Broadway; Off-Broadway designs include Lemon Sky (Keen Co), So Help Me God! (Lortel), Eccentricities of a Nightingale (T.A.C.T.), The Daughter-in-Law (Mint Theater; NYTimes 10 Best List), June Moon (Drama Dep’t), Ann Magnuson’s You Could Be Home Now (NYSF), The Cherry Orchard (Juilliard), and many more. Regional credits include Seattle Rep, Old Globe, Milwaukee Rep, Alley, Asolo, Denver Center, A.R.T., Huntington, McCarter, Coconut Grove, Cincinnati Playhouse, Cleveland Play House, and Pittsburgh Public. Bill earned his M.F.A. at the Yale School of Drama. He is the recipient of Merimack Rep’s Artistic Achievement Award, IRNE (New England) Award, New Hampshire Theatre Award, Hollywood Drama-Logue Award, and the San Diego Theater Critics’ Circle Award.
RACHEL ANNE HEALY COSTUME DESIGNER
Rachel has designed costumes for the IRT’s Who Am I This Time?, Fallen Angels, The Gospel According to James, and Around the World in 80 Days. Based in Chicago, she has designed costumes for various stages, including the Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Writers’Theatre, Chicago Children’s Theatre, the Court Theatre, Northlight Theatre, Drury Lane Theatre, American Theatre Co, the Next Theatre, Timeline Theatre, and Remy Bumppo Theatre. Regionally, she has designed with the Alliance Theatre, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, First Stage Children’s Theatre of Milwaukee, American Players Theatre, and Long Wharf Theatre. 29
THE COMPANY MICHAEL LINCOLN LIGHTING DESIGNER
Michael has designed more than 30 productions at the IRT, including A Christmas Carol; Finding Home; April 4, 1968; The Two Gentlemen of Verona; Who Am I This Time?; A Little Night Music; The House That Jack Built; God of Carnage; The 39 Steps; Becky’s New Car; This Wonderful Life; The Piano Lesson; Old Wicked Songs; Arcadia; The Immigrant; Ah, Wilderness!; The Glass Menagerie; Hedda Gabler; and Benefactors. Highlights of his career include the Broadway productions of Copenhagen, More to Love, and Skylight, as well as off-Broadway designs including Mr. Goldwyn, The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin, Defying Gravity, Bunny Bunny, and Swingtime Canteen. In addition to the IRT, Michael has had long associations with the Alley Theatre, Cleveland Play House, Studio Theatre DC, Santa Fe Opera, and Los Angeles Ballet. He is artistic director of the Ohio University Theater Division. michaellincoln.net
TODD MACK REISCHMAN SOUND DESIGNER
Todd has created sounds and music for more than 80 productions at IRT during his 16 seasons as resident sound designer. His work has also been heard in other theatres around the country. In his other life, Todd dabbles in a number of music projects and considers himself fortunate to keep busy doing things he loves. The craft has taught him both to create and describe the ruckus.
RICHARD J ROBERTS DRAMATURG
This is Richard’s 28th season with the IRT, and his 20th as resident dramaturg. He has also been a dramaturg for the Hotchner Playwriting Festival, the New Harmony Project, and Write Now. He has directed the IRT’s productions of The Cay, Bridge & Tunnel, The Night Watcher, Neat, Pretty Fire, The Giver (2009), The Power of One, and Twelfth Night, as well as four editions of A Christmas Carol. Other directing credits include Actors Theatre of Indiana, the Phoenix Theatre, Edyvean Repertory Theatre, Indianapolis Civic Theatre, IndyShakes/Wisdom Tooth, Butler University, and Anderson University. Richard studied music at DePauw University and theatre at Indiana University. In 2003 he was awarded a Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship from the Arts Council of Indianapolis.
NATHAN GARRISON STAGE MANAGER
This is Nathan’s 22nd season at the IRT. He has also worked with Center Stage in Baltimore, Utah Shakespeare Festival, and Brown County Playhouse. He received a Creative Renewal Fellowship from the Arts Council of Indianapolis in 2005; and he is an inaugural company member of the new Indianapolis Shakespeare Company.
CLAIRE SIMON CASTING
Based in Chicago, Claire Simon, C.S.A., has worked with the IRT on casting more than 30 productions, including Appoggiatura, Romeo and Juliet, The Originalist, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, Finding Home, The Three Musketeers, The Mousetrap, The Great Gatsby, The Game’s Afoot, The Mountaintop, The Crucible, and many more. Other regional credits include Syracuse Stage, Indiana Festival Theatre, Lyric Opera, Milwaukee Rep, New Theatre, Paramount, Writers Theatre, Broadway in Chicago’s Working, and the Tony Award–winning Million Dollar Quartet. TV credits include Empire, Sense8, Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, Crisis, Betrayal, Detroit 1-8-7, Boss, Mob Doctor, and Chicago Code. Film credits include Divergent, Contagion, Unexpected, and Man of Steel. Claire has won Artios Awards for casting the pilot of Empire and for Season 1 of Fox’s Prison Break. 30
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PRODUCTION MANAGER BRIAN NEWMAN BRINGING EXPERIENCE FROM RINGLING BROS. AND BARNUM & BAILEY AS WELL AS CIRQUE DU SOLEIL, BRIAN HAS BEEN LEADING THE IRT’S PRODUCTION STAFF FOR SIX SEASONS.
HOW DID YOU FIRST GET INTERESTED IN THEATRE? At one point in life I thought I wanted to be an engineer, and I thought theatre would be a good tool from a public speaking and skills perspective. I got into theatre class and I enjoyed it, so I stayed with it through high school. I actually went to engineering school for the first semester of undergrad, and then I thought, this is not what I want to do for the rest of my life. So I transferred to Louisiana State University and got into the theatre. And then I went to graduate school in the Professional Theatre Training Program at University of Delaware, where I earned my M.F.A. in stage management. I worked in summer stock and eventually got my Equity union card. Then while trolling the job postings one day, I saw that Ringling Bros. was looking for a production manager. I interviewed, and they hired me. WHAT WAS YOUR JOB WITH RINGLING BROS.? I was a production manager. My first two years were with the Gold Unit, the Hometown Edition. That was a one-ring show with a pared down staff, so I was responsible for all things artistic. What do the costumes look like, what are the props, are they being maintained, scheduling that maintenance. Scheduling practices, because each act has to practice, and at different times they need different things. I started in the second year advancing the show as well, taking responsibility for the load-ins and load-outs, as well as moving the show from venue to venue. Eventually I moved up to the Red Unit, which was the three-ring show. On that show I stepped back into the role of just dealing with the production itself, because moving a mile-long train, 27 semis, and all of the animals and everything else— 32
that's too much for one person. We had 95 full-time performers, including musicians, and a crew of about 40 people. After four years with Ringling, I transitioned to Cirque du Soleil, where I worked on their show Zaia in Macao, China, near Hong Kong. WHAT DID YOU DO FOR CIRQUE DU SOLEIL? I started as a stage manager, which for Cirque is very much like a theatre stage manager—except for calling cues. One person can’t call automation, lighting, sound, follow spots, and performers, when there’s a cue on every beat of music. So there are several stage managers, plus the various operators have to learn the show and time their own cues. It takes months to train a new person. Within the first year, I was promoted to general stage manager, and then we decided to completely re-create the entirety of the show—the only things we didn't change were the costumes and the staff. As general stage manager, I scheduled the entire tech process, from automation to artist. We were performing the original show at night, and rehearsing the new show in the day. That lasted for three years, until the official re-launch of the new show. By that point, I wanted to be closer to my family. A friend saw the IRT job posting and sent me an email: “You need to apply. They do good work. They’re good people.” Send. I applied the next day, and I interviewed by Skype from China. WHAT IS YOUR JOB AS PRODUCTION MANAGER HERE AT THE IRT? My primary focus is on long-range planning. I’m fully engaged with what’s going on right now, but at least haIf my time is working on things down the road. Currently I’m working on the design development of the first three shows of next season, plus planning how to get started on that for the subsequent shows.
We’ve already planned the budget, now I’m interviewing people to come on staff next season. Day to day I try to stay out of the way of my shop heads. I have an extraordinary team of shop managers, and they know what they’re doing. I check in with them daily on how they’re maintaining schedules, what information they need to keep moving forward. Our biggest constraint is time, far more than skill or budget. Things have a finite cost—there’s only so much plywood you can put on the stage. But if a designer or a director hasn’t made a decision, and we can’t get started, that’s time we can’t get back. Sometimes there are interdepartmental projects. Something like the street lamp in Appoggiatura, that was a three-department project: scenery, electrics, and props. I was constantly aware of where we were on it, but I was not very involved, because they were doing well, and they didn't need me. With something like the projections in Looking Over the President’s Shoulder, I was much more hands-on. How are the projectors going to be rigged? Scene Shop. How are they going to be controlled? Electrics. How are we going to get power to them? Scene Shop and Electrics. Plus how are we going to provide content? Who’s going to be hanging and focusing them? What’s the projection surface? So at some point you have got four or five departments tied into that conversation. WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT YOUR JOB? I like that it’s never the same two days in a row. That is also one of my least favorite things, some days. You just can’t plan what it’s going to be. But I like that it changes, and it’s varied. One day I’m helping to figure out how we get a gondola on stage, and what does it look like, and how do we build it, and how do we get it
to the stage from the shop? The next day we’re figuring out how to make this railing break apart so it can be put back together every day. The varied skills and the varied mind processes that it takes, it’s fun. WHAT’S UNIQUE ABOUT WORKING AT THE IRT? We have a very significant culture of reflection. There are essentially three different post-mortems on every show. Janet and I meet with every show’s creative team to discuss what worked, what didn't work, what do they wish we had done differently. Are there materials or equipment we don’t have that you would like to use? Did you have trouble communicating with someone? We also have a debrief with all our shop heads; we’re very concerned about what process they went through with their respective designers. I have heard the designer’s perspective, now I need to hear the shop manager’s perspective, and know that the reality is probably somewhere in-between. And then we try to move everyone forward the next time we work together. At the end of the season we have the entire artistic team get together and talk about the art of the plays we did. I do not know of any other theatre in the country that does that much reflection on what they have done. But it’s only by reflecting on what you have done that you learn what you need to improve upon going forward. There’s a great striving for excellence here, across the board. As a not-for-profit theatre, sometimes we grab onto that excellence ring, and then, guess what? Once we really grab hold of it, we’re going to move it up a little bit higher. And we’re going to keep moving it up. Because it’s important to keep striving for something greater than what we’re doing right now. 33
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WHAT IF YOU SAW ONLY HALF THE PLAY? Ticket revenue covers just half of what it costs to produce world-class professional theatre at the Indiana Repertory Theatre. The IRT gratefully acknowledges the remarkable support we receive from our generous and committed donors whose contributions ensure that the show does go on!
REPERTORY SOCIETY ANNUAL CAMPAIGN GIFTS $1500+ | JULY 1, 2017 - MARCH 25, 2018 PLAYWRIGHT CIRCLE $10,000+
Bob & Toni Bader Leo G. Bianchi & Jill A. Panetta Scott & Lorraine Davison Michael Dinius & Jeannie Regan-Dinius Nancy & Berkley Duck Dan & Ginny Emerson Tom & Jenny Froehle Susan & Charlie Golden The Judy and Michael Harrington Family Foundation, a fund of CICF David I. & Betty Klapper Sarah & John Lechleiter Dr. & Mrs. William Macias Jackie Nytes & Michael O'Brien Sue & Bill Ringo Mary Frances Rubly & Jerry Hummer Wayne & Susan Schmidt Simmons Family Foundation, a fund of CICF David P. Whitman & Donna L. Reynolds Dr. Christian Wolf & Elaine Holden-Wolf DIRECTOR CIRCLE $5,000 - $9,999
David & Jackie Barrett Susie & Joel Blum Gary Denney & Louise Bakker Rollie & Cheri Dick David & Ann Frick Drs. Cherryl & Shelly Friedman Nadine & Alvin Givens Ann Hinson 44
Bill & Nancy Hunt Carl Nelson & Loui Lord Nelson Mr. Stephen Owen & Dr. Cheryl Torok Owen Ben Pecar & Leslie Thompson Mel & Joan Perelman Noel & Mary Phillips* Dr. Eric Schultze & Dr. Marcia Kolvitz Mike & Sue Smith Cheryl & Ray Waldman ARTIST CIRCLE $3,000 - $4,999
A.J. Allen & Kathy Maeglin Daniel & Rita Blay Mary Findling & John Hurt Dick & Brenda Freije Robert Giannini Charles Goad & James Kincannon Jeffrey Harrison Donald & Teri Hecht Richard & Elizabeth Holmes John & Liz Jenkins Tom & Kathy Jenkins Eric & Karen Jensen David Kleiman & Susan Jacobs John & Susan Kline Steve & Bev Koepper Richard & Mary Kortokrax Scott & Amy Kosnoff Kevin Krulewitch & Rosanne Ammirati* Dr. & Mrs. Dan & Martha Lehman John & Laura Ludwig Charlie Morgan & Kelly Smith David & Leslie Morgan
Mr. & Mrs. Kimball Morris Bob & Dale Ann Nagy Tim & Melissa Oliver Dr. Christine & Mr. Michael Phillips Becca & Jonathan Polak N. Clay & Amy Robbins Jerry & Rosie Semler Mark & Gerri Shaffer Cynthia & William Smith III Jim & Cheryl Strain Joe & Jill Tanner Gene & Mary Tempel Jeff & Benita Thomasson John & Kathy Vahle PATRON CIRCLE $1,500 - $2,999
Eric & Catherine Allen Janet Allen & Joel Grynheim Anonymous (2) Tammara D. Porter Avant & Jesse Avant Trudy W. Banta Sharon R. Barner Sarah C. Barney Frank & Katrina Basile Keith A. & Heather Bice Benjamin & Ashley Blair Dan Bradburn & Jane Robison Craig Burke & Diane Cruz-Burke David & Judith Chadwick Alan & Linda Cohen James & Kathy Cornelius Cowan & King, LLP Susan M. Cross Daniel & Catherine Cunningham
REPERTORY SOCIETY CONT. ANNUAL CAMPAIGN GIFTS $1500+ | JULY 1, 2017 - MARCH 25, 2018 PATRON CIRCLE, CONT. $1,500 - $2,999
Frank & Noreen Deane Gregory Dedinsky, M.D. & Cherri Hobgood, M.D. Ann & Kenneth Dee Dr. Brian Dillman & Erin Hedges* Paul & Glenda Drew Drs. Richard & Rebecca Feldman Gary R. & Barrie K. Fisch Jim & Julie Freeman Fritz French Brian & Lorene Furrer The Future Keys Foundation Phyllis & Ed Gabovitch Mr. Jim Gawne Dorothea & Philip Genetos Ron & Kathy Gifford Marianne Glick & Mike Woods Ricardo & Beatriz GuimarÃ£es Dr. & Mrs. James & Pat Hamby Michael N. Heaton Jane Herndon & Dan Kramer Bruce Hetrick & Cheri O'Neill William & Patricia Hirsch Brenda S. Horn Randolph & Rebecca Horton The Indianapolis Fellows Fund, a fund of The Indianapolis Foundation Daniel T. Jensen & Steven Follis Cliff & Janet Johnson Denny & Judi Jones Mike & Pegg Kennedy Phil & Colleen Kenney Arthur & Jacquelyn King Rebecca & Brad King Joy Kleinmaier Gary Knott & Colette Irwin-Knott Kurt & Judy Kroenke Jill & Peter Lacy Dr. & Mrs. Alan Ladd
Ed & Ann Ledford Andrew & Lynn Lewis Joe & Deborah Loughrey John & Barbara MacDougall Jeff & Patricia MacKay Donald & Ruth Ann MacPherson Mike & Pat McCrory The Alice Greene McKinney and E. Kirk McKinney, Jr. Fund, a fund of CICF Sharon R. Merriman Dod & Laura Michael Andrew & Amy Michie David & Robin Miner Michael D. Moriarty Stephen & Deanna Nash The Blake Lee and Carolyn Lytle Neubauer Charitable Fund, a fund of Legacy Fund Nancy & John Null Larry & Louise Paxton Brian & Gail Payne Gail & William Plater The David and Arden Pletzer Endowment Fund, a fund of Legacy Fund George & Christine Plews Bob & Kathi Postlethwait Phil & Joyce Probst Peter & Karen Reist Ken & Debra Renkens Karen & Dick Ristine Marya & Tony Rose Chip & Jane Rutledge Francisnelli Santos & Brian S. Newman Charles & Jenny Schalliol Jane & Fred Schlegel Tom & Barbara Schoellkopf Tim & Karen Seiler Michael & Holly Semler Jack & Karen Shaw Marguerite K. Shepard, M.D. Michael & Cynthia Skehan
Cheryl & Bob Sparks Edward & Susann Stahl Robert & Barbara Stevens Dr. Kathryn Godwin Stuart, DDS Suzanne Sweeney & Todd Wiencek Jonathan Tempel Jennifer C. Turner Eric van Straten Larry & Nancy VanArendonk Jennifer & Gary Vigran Amy Waggoner Dorothy Webb Rosalind Webb & Duard Ballard Carol Weiss Alan & Elizabeth Whaley Cliff & Molly Williams Ken & Peggy Williams Bob & Dana Wilson Heather Wilson John & Margaret Wilson Jim & Joyce Winner John & Linda Zimmermann *Denotes a sustaining member
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DONOR GUILDS ANNUAL CAMPAIGN GIFTS $250+ | JULY 1, 2017 - MARCH 25, 2018 DRAMA GUILD $650 - $1,499
Pat & Bob Anker Anonymous Jeri Ballantine Kristen Belcredi Andrea Best Jesse L. & Carolynne Bobbitt Christopher Brannon Gordon A. & Celia Bruder Paul & Renee Cacchillo Vince & Robyn Caponi Brady Clark Dr. & Mrs. John J. Coleman III Daniel P. Corrigan Don & Dolly Craft David Crites & Joan Tupin-Crites Craig & Marsha Dunkin Rick & Kathy Feid Michael & Beth Gastineau Griffith Family Foundation, Inc. Susan C. Guba, M.D. Emily F. (Cramer) Hancock* Marjorie & James Herald Greg & Kathy Hill Karen Holmes Charles Howe Dave & Donna Kaiser Frank & Frances Kelly Louise & Mike Kinney Michael & Molly Kraus Dr. Donald & Mrs. Shirley Kreipke J.A. & Elizabeth Lacy Linebarger Janin Family Fund of CICF Liz & JD Masur James & Kathleen McGrath Susan Meloy & Chick Vladuchick R. Keith & Marion Michael David H. Moore, M.D. & M. Kristine Beckwith, M.D. 46
John & Carolyn Mutz Robert & Sara Norris Dr. & Mrs. Lee Phipps Gail & William Plater Myrta Pulliam Scott & Susan Putney John & Alicia Reuter Ann & Richard Riegner Sally Rowland Richard & Christine Scales Owen Schaub & Donna McClearey Robert & Alice Schloss Thomas & Teresa Sharp Jacqueline Simmons & Tom Schnellenberger Michael Slavens Steven & Patricia Spence Ed & Jane Stephenson The Ruth E. Stilwell Endowment Fund, a fund of CICF Lynne & Alex Timmermans Robert & Debra Titus Dr. James & Linda Trippi Barbara S. Tully* Brian West Philip & Shandon Whistler John & Ingrid Barbro Wiebke Frederick & Jacquelyn Winters THEATRE GUILD $250 - $649
John & Eileen Ahrens* David & Mary Allen Anonymous (12) Michael Arnett & Barbara Young Phillip Baker Walter Bartz* Carolyn Bealmear Charles & Suzanne Beard Constance C. Beardsley* Jane & Mike Bennett
Dan & Barb Bickel Mr. & Mrs. J. Burton Black Barbara & Christopher Bodem* Ted & Peggy Boehm Stephen Bogdewic & Betsy Lee Daniel & Elizabeth Bohn Joseph & Helen-Louise Boling William & Donna Bonifield Mary T. Bookwalter & Jeffery Stant Charlie & Cary Boswell Risa Brainin & Michael Klaers Ray & Kathy Brinkmeyer Thomas & Victoria Broadie Bob & Chris Broughton Alice Brown Charles W. Brown & Louise Tetrick Melanie Brown & Amy Harbin* Mr. & Mrs. Michael E. Brown Chris & Charlie Brunette Reverend & Mrs. Jack & Pam Burks Dr. Mellonee Burnim David & Beverly Butler Sherry A. Butler Tom & Bobbie Campbell Dr. Louis B. & Linda E. Cantor Allen B. Carter & Patricia Hester Clarence L. & Carol Casazza Steve Chatham & Family Robert & Jennifer Cochrane Jeff Coffee Keith & Brenda Coley William E. & Angela Corley Michael & Jennifer Courtney Norma & Carl Crabiel Dennis & Cindy Crawley Karen Dace* Robert & Elaine Damler Clem Davis Dr. Rebecca De La Rosa Paul & Carol DeCoursey*
DONOR GUILDS, CONT. ANNUAL CAMPAIGN GIFTS $250+ | JULY 1, 2017 - MARCH 25, 2018 THEATRE GUILD, CONT. $250 - $649
Phillip & Caroline Dennis* Steve & Mary DeVoe Dr. Andrew D. & Ruth Dick Catharine Diehr Ditech Inc. Rosemary Dorsa John & Cynthia Dozier* Linda Dulin Jenni Egger Richard & Judith Essex Jim Eup Keith & Sarah Faller Sherry Faris Dawn M. Fazli Karen & Terry Feltner Margaret Ferguson* Dr. Thomas Ferry Elaine K. Fetta Hank & Nanci Feuer Rebecca Fields Joan M. FitzGibbon Mary L. Forster, M.D. Mary Fortney Kerry Foster Hayley & Eric Frandsen Edward & Elizabeth Frazier David & Jean Fronek Howard & Phyllis Fulford Gamma Nu Chapter of Psi Iota Xi William & Jill Ann Garvey Jennifer Gates Paul & Phylis Gesellchen Bruce J. Glor Darrell & Thecla Gossett Peggie & Bob Gould John & Mary Ann Grogan Walter & Janet Gross Bill & Phyllis Groth
Chad & Kelli Grothen Brad Guill Marla & Mike Guzman Jerry & Kathleen Hacker Mr. & Mrs. David J. Hamernik Amy Hamilton Don & Carolyn Hardman David & Tish Haskett Dennis & Amy Haworth Hear Here LLC Catherine Herber Mike & Noel Heymann Tom & Mary Hightshue Marilyn Hoffman Betty Hogsett Eleanor Hood Lindsey & Tom Horan Ron M. Hubbard Dr. Barbara Jackson Greg & Patricia Jacoby Rick & Katy Johnson Christopher S. Jones, M.D. Marty & Linda Kaplan Marc & Dana Katz Aldy & Natinne Keene Mary & Max Kime Alison King Jay & Carole Kirkpatrick Steven & Mary Koch* Paul & Lana Kruse Mr. & Mrs. Matthew & Erica Kuchinski Dr. John and Tisa Ladd Roger & Janet Lang John Langham I.M. Larrinua & M.T. Wolf Jonathan & Lisa Le Crone Frank & Sandra Learned Celeste Jasmin Ledezma Dr. Peggy Daniels Lee
Andra Liepa Charitable Fund, a Donor Advised Fund of the U.S. Charitable Gift Trust Rebecca Lindberg Linda Lough* Mark & Teresa Lubbers Terren Magid & Julie Manning Magid Dr. & Mrs. Peter Marcus* Anne & Ken Marnocha William & Margo Martin Sandy & Tom Mason Dr. & Mrs. Scott E. Mattson Charles & Sonnie McAuley Angela & Bill McBride Christina McBride Donald & Elizabeth McIntire James M. McMechan Trinda & Doug Metzger MidAmerica Health Milton & Margaret Miller Dr. Frederick & Alice Milley The Mills Family Foundation, a fund of Legacy Fund Dane & Shannon Mize Rev. Mary Ann Moman* James A. & Tammy Morris Mr. Electric of Central Indiana Terry & Lew Mumford John & Beth Murphy Sharon & Dan Murphy Aaron & Leigh Anne Naas Susan & Jim Naus Dr. LeeAnne M. Nazer Christine Osborn Srikanth Padmanabhan Pragna & Shantilal Patel Stacey & Blaine Paul Dr. & Mrs. Robert & Judith Pearce
*Denotes a sustaining member
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DONOR GUILDS, CONT. ANNUAL CAMPAIGN GIFTS $250+ | JULY 1, 2017 - MARCH 25, 2018 THEATRE GUILD, CONT. $250 - $649
Ray & Kimberley Peck Gary & Pam Pedigo* Judy & Sidney Pellissier Deb & Greg Perkins Paul Eric Pickett Michael & Patricia Pillar Flora Reichanadter Adrienne Reiswerg & Rob Young Dr. Nenetzin Reyes* Bob & Carol Reynolds Richard & Diane Rhodes Rich & Shari Richey Charlotte Robertson Larry Robinette Mark & Karen Roller Pat Garrett Rooney Julie & Tracy Rosa Bill Rosenbaum & Mimi Brittingham Royal United Mortgage Samudio Consulting Paula F. Santa Dennis & Sandy Sasso Mark & Julanne Sausser Scampers the Cat Anne & Rod Scheele Dan & Patty Schipp Steve Schlangen* Ms. Karen Schnyder* Philip Seabrook
Kevin & Carol Sears Mr. & Mrs. Kevin & Jacqueline Shaffer Dr. Jill Shedd* Dr. Stephen Shideler Richard & Kimberly Shields Dr. & Mrs. Michael Silbert Marilyn Sleppy Joyce A. Smidley Amanda Smiley Kevin & Amy Sobiski* Marta Spence Ross & Rosemarie Springer Luke Stark* Sarah Stelzner Alice Steppe & Patrick Murphy Doshia & John Stewart Nancy S. Stokely, Ph.D. Dan & Diana Sullivan Richard & Lois Surber Nela Swinehart* Zach & Melissa Taft Gene & Rosie Tanner Corby & Julie Thompson Jeffrey E. & Cynthia L. Thompson Lori Thompson Jennifer & Randall Todd Christopher J. Tolzmann Donald & Shirley Trapp Robert & Barbetta True* Glenn & Margy Tuckman Dr. Carson Turner
Ann & Mark Varnau Dick & Ramona Waddell David & Jenny Wade Jim Wade Ron Walker Susan Weatherly* Dr. Michele Weiberg, M.D. Zoe Urena Weiss John & Pamela West Dan Wheeler & Susan Wakefield* Julie Whitman & Ray Stuart Bill & Audrey Wiebenga A. Donald Wiles Allen R. Wilkie Patty Wilkinson Ronald Wilkinson Prof. Gail F. Williamson Dr. Frank & Christine Wilson John & Judy Wilson Lisa Winternheimer Reba Boyd Wooden* Brant & Lorene Wright Wendy Wright Laura Yeo Steven & Judith Young Rick & Sandra Zeckel Zionsville Physical Therapy* *Denotes a sustaining member
OVER 40,000 STUDENTS WILL EXPERIENCE LIVE THEATRE AT THE IRT THIS SEASON Without the Alan and Linda Cohen Education Fund, almost half of those students would not be able to attend. Join the hundreds of donors who make live theatre experiences possible for students across the state, donate to the Cohen Education Fund today! "A student told me he couldn’t pay for the trip because his family doesn’t have a lot of money right now. I told him that the IRT had helped cover the cost. His eyes lit up and he kept saying 'thank you!' throughout the day." -An Indiana Teacher Tyler Ostrander and Lex Lumpkin in IRT's 2017 production of Stuart Little. Photo by Zach Rosing.
FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT SUPPORTING STUDENT MATINEES, CONTACT: MAGGIE BARRETT SCHLAKE: MBARRETT@IRTLIVE.COM | 317.916.4830
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JAMES STILL SOCIETY Thank you to those donors who are supporting James Stillâ€™s 20th season as IRT Playwright-in-Residence. As a member of the James Still Society, you are demonstrating your dedication to new play development and celebrating storytelling. In order to qualify for the Society, donors must be new to the IRT this season, or have increased their contribution by an amount listed below. MANUSCRIPT CIRCLE $500+
Anonymous Trudy W. Banta Sarah C. Barney David & Jackie Barrett Carolyn Bealmear Charles & Suzanne Beard Leo G. Bianchi & Jill A. Panetta Keith A. & Heather Bice Mr. & Mrs. J. Burton Black Susie & Joel Blum Daniel & Elizabeth Bohn Christopher Brannon Craig Burke & Diane Cruz-Burke David & Judith Chadwick Alan & Linda Cohen Daniel P. Corrigan Cowan & King, LLP Don & Dolly Craft Robert & Elaine Damler Scott & Lorraine Davison Ann & Kenneth Dee Michael Dinius & Jeannie Regan-Dinius Dan & Ginny Emerson Keith & Sarah Faller Fritz French Drs. Cherryl & Shelly Friedman Tom & Jenny Froehle The Future Keys Foundation Michael & Beth Gastineau Robert Giannini Ron & Kathy Gifford Nadine & Alvin Givens Marianne Glick & Mike Woods Griffith Family Foundation, Inc. Walter & Janet Gross 50
Ricardo & Beatriz Guimaraes The Judy and Michael Harrington Family Foundation, a fund of CICF Jeffrey Harrison Ann Hinson William & Patricia Hirsch Randolph & Rebecca Horton Tom & Kathy Jenkins Daniel T. Jensen & Steven Follis Dave & Donna Kaiser Mary & Max Kime Joy Kleinmaier John & Susan Kline Gary Knott & Colette Irwin-Knott Richard & Mary Kortokrax Scott & Amy Kosnoff Michael & Molly Kraus Lacy Foundation J.A. & Elizabeth Lacy Sarah & John Lechleiter Ed & Ann Ledford Mark & Teresa Lubbers John & Laura Ludwig Dr. & Mrs. William Macias Jeff & Patricia MacKay The Alice Greene McKinney and E. Kirk McKinney, Jr. Fund, a fund of CICF Sharon R. Merriman MidAmerica Health David & Robin Miner David H. Moore, M.D. & M. Kristine Beckwith, M.D. Charlie Morgan & Kelly Smith David & Leslie Morgan Mr. & Mrs. Kimball Morris John & Beth Murphy Carl Nelson & Loui Lord Nelson Robert & Sara Norris
Jackie Nytes & Michael O'Brien Tim & Melissa Oliver Mr. Stephen Owen & Dr. Cheryl Torok Owen Ben Pecar & Leslie Thompson Noel & Mary Phillips Dr. & Mrs. Lee Phipps George & Christine Plews Sue & Bill Ringo Sally Rowland Marguerite K. Shepard, M.D. Simmons Family Foundation, a fund of CICF Michael Slavens Cynthia & William Smith III Robert & Barbara Stevens Dr. Kathryn Godwin Stuart, DDS Joe & Jill Tanner Lynne & Alex Timmermans Christopher J. Tolzmann John & Kathy Vahle Eric van Straten Jim Wade Dorothy Webb Alan & Elizabeth Whaley Rick & Sandra Zeckel DIALOGUE CIRCLE $250 - $499
Anonymous (4) Frank & Katrina Basile Kristen Belcredi Daniel & Rita Blay Mary T. Bookwalter & Jeffery Stant Alice Brown Chris & Charlie Brunette Tom & Bobbie Campbell Allen B. Carter & Patricia Hester Steve Chatham & Family
JAMES STILL SOCIETY, CONT. DIALOGUE CIRCLE, CONT. $250 - $499
Dr. & Mrs. John J. Coleman III Dennis & Cindy Crawley David Crites & Joan Tupin-Crites Dr. Rebecca De La Rosa Jenni Egger Dawn M. Fazli Rick & Kathy Feid Rebecca Fields Jennifer Gates Mr. Jim Gawne Peggie & Bob Gould Brad Guill Amy Hamilton Marilyn Hoffman Karen Holmes Richard & Elizabeth Holmes Charles Howe Ron M. Hubbard Dr. Barbara Jackson Christopher S. Jones, M.D. Aldy & Natinne Keene Frank & Frances Kelly Alison King Steve & Bev Koepper Dr. Donald & Mrs. Shirley Kreipke Dr. Peggy Daniels Lee Rebecca Lindberg Linda Lough Terren Magid & Julie Manning Magid William & Margo Martin Angela & Bill McBride Christina McBride Mike & Pat McCrory Donald & Elizabeth McIntire James M. McMechan Dane & Shannon Mize Aaron & Leigh Anne Naas Christine Osborn Stacey & Blaine Paul Ray & Kimberley Peck
Judy & Sidney Pellissier Paul Eric Pickett Gail & William Plater Adrienne Reiswerg & Rob Young John & Alicia Reuter Rich & Shari Richey Ann & Richard Riegner Mark & Karen Roller Pat Garrett Rooney Julie & Tracy Rosa Samudio Consulting Anne & Rod Scheele Philip Seabrook Mr. & Mrs. Kevin & Jacqueline Shaffer Dr. Stephen Shideler Marilyn Sleppy Joyce A. Smidley Marta Spence Steven & Patricia Spence Sarah Stelzner Zach & Melissa Taft Corby & Julie Thompson Jeffrey E. & Cynthia L. Thompson Glenn & Margy Tuckman Dr. Carson Turner Dr. Michele Weiberg, M.D. Patty Wilkinson Ronald Wilkinson Jim & Joyce Winner Lisa Winternheimer Frederick & Jacquelyn Winters Wendy Wright CHARACTER CIRCLE $100 - $249
Tim & Sue Alexander Janet Allen & Joel Grynheim Jo-Ann Andrews Anonymous (5) Michael Arnett & Barbara Young Linda Bailey Phillip Baker Mary Ball
Jeri Ballantine William Bankston Allisan Barkel Sandra Barnes David & Nikki Barrett Doug & Pat Bebee The Begala Family Kristi Beyer Michael & Jennifer Bielarczyk Brian Biggs Dr. Marc & Ann Bilodeau Jason Bohac William & Donna Bonifield Dan & Val Boots Rosemary Bova-Wood Dan Bradburn & Jane Robison D. Craig & Stephanie Brater James & Julie Breuninger Brett Brewer & Jan Hornaday William & Sue Ann Brown Carol Bryan Russell C. & Nancy Burk Bob & Julie Burns Jim & Becky Butler Paul & Renee Cacchillo Dr. Louis B. & Linda E. Cantor Dr. Kenneth & Mrs. Nancy Carlson Helen Carroll Kathryn Cimera Brenda Cole Cindy & Keith Condon Charles & Sheila Connett Doug & Megan Cooper Kathleen Corbin Mike & Helen Corbitt Michael & Jennifer Courtney James & Sharon Cross Sharon David Jef & Pam Davidson Clem Davis Nancy Davis & Robert Robinson Carolyn Dederer
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JAMES STILL SOCIETY, CONT. CHARACTER CIRCLE, CONT. $100 - $249
Kevin & Natalie Dempsey Gary Denney & Louise Bakker Karl & Diane DeSante Ann Dettwiler Dr. Andrew D. & Ruth Dick Jenny Dickey Eric Diters Dr. Antoinette Dobson Mark Dodds Julie & Matthew Dollins Sarah Donaldson Christopher Douglas Jacqueline Drain & Richard Lippitz David Dreyer & Susan Kmieciak Linda Dulin Katherine Eardly Bob & Patricia Edwards Carole Ervin-Brown Cindy Evans Marni R. Fechtman Karen & Terry Feltner Margaret Ferguson Linda Ferreira Elaine K. Fetta Jeremy Fetty Mr Jeffery Fites Mary Fortney Kerry Foster Hayley & Eric Frandsen Edwin Free & Cynthia Zweber-Free David & Jean Fronek Howard & Phyllis Fulford Philip Funkenbusch Meg Gaffney Bill & Roberta Gardner Kevin & Anne Gardner Sara Garland William & Jill Ann Garvey 52
Glen & Catherine Gillespie Rick Ginther Karen & Joe Glaser Barbara Goddard Tom & Betty Graffis John & Mary Ann Grogan Carl Grow & Judith Reed Jan Guffin Marla & Mike Guzman Jerry & Kathleen Hacker Shirley Haflich Tim & Diane Hall Emily F. (Cramer) Hancock John Hansberry & Karry Book David & Tish Haskett Jeremy & Courtney Hatch Dennis & Amy Haworth Laura M. Hays Hear Here LLC Donald & Teri Hecht Jane Herndon & Dan Kramer Greg & Kathy Hill Tony Hill Eleanor Hood Dr. Donna Hudson Laura Hutson Nicholas Ide & Audra Baumgartner Sharon Jackson Greg & Patricia Jacoby Mr. & Mrs. Lawrence Jahnke Rick & Katy Johnson Suzann Johnson Larry & Connie Kane Kenneth & Phyllis Kaplan Marty & Linda Kaplan Marc & Dana Katz Linda S. Kennen Phil & Colleen Kenney Kirk King Louise & Mike Kinney Patricia A. Kinney Dennis & Robin Klutzke
Rachel Barrett Knight & Jacob Knight Mary Beth & Kevin Kohart Norbert & Katherine Krapf Mark & Karen Kryah Deb Lawrence Cathy & Bill Lawson Jonathan & Lisa Le Crone Frank & Sandra Learned Shawn Leuck Ned & Shirley Lewis Karlton Litteral Cindy Lorentson Cook Donald & Ruth Ann MacPherson Mark Magee Dan Owen Maletic Gerald Malone Meredith Mann David & Mary Marbaugh Esperanza Martinez-Mier Mike & Jody Mason Dr. & Mrs. Scott E. Mattson Kellie McCarthy Martha McCullen McGowan Insurance Group Alan & Ann McKenzie Kevin & Amy McMullen Dana McRae Judy McWilliams Don & Terri Means Susan Meloy & Chick Vladuchick Trinda & Doug Metzger James Miller James A. & Tammy Morris Terry & Lew Mumford John & Carolyn Mutz Edward Milburn Gilbert-Nease Tom Noonan & Marian Mather Brian D. Parker Tricia Parrott Pragna & Shantilal Patel Brian & Gail Payne Deb & Greg Perkins
JAMES STILL SOCIETY, CONT. CHARACTER CIRCLE, CONT. $100 - $249
Valerie & Andrea Petro Michael & Patricia Pillar Karon Preston Maureen & John Purcell Tony Purkey Scott & Susan Putney Doug & Paula Richards James & Julia Richter Sue Rickett Sandra & Joe Ridenour Ann & Richard Riegner Cynthia Robbins Jane Rothbaum Donor Advised Philanthropic Fund Mary Frances Rubly & Jerry Hummer Judith Russell Jane & Fred Schlegel Robert L. & Becky Schneider Kevin & Carol Sears Nanci Sears-Perry Dr. & Mrs. Michael Silbert Amanda Smiley
Brent Smith Gary Smith Barbara Snyder Errol & Judith Spears Jodine Staebler Robert Stanley David & Lori Starr Alice Steppe & Patrick Murphy Jim & Cheryl Strain Mr. & Mrs. Lee Strassell Jeffrey Stratton Sue Sudhoff Gregg & Judy Summerville Dianne Sutton David & Jane Svrcek Suzanne Sweeney & Todd Wiencek Claudia Swhier Robert Swingle Laura Tagliani Randy Talley Nolan J. Taylor Gene & Mary Tempel Sue Ann & Richard Tempero Byron Tetrick
Joshua Thaxton Ms. Michele Thomas & Mr. Steve Wornhoff Gordon & Mary-Anne Thompson Lori Thompson William & Karen Thompson Eric & Carolyn Tinsley Nadine Treon UBS Financial Services United Transportation Union 1548 Larry & Nancy VanArendonk Dick & Ramona Waddell David & Jenny Wade Elaine Wagner & Family Ron Walker Sherry Watkins Rosalind Webb & Duard Ballard Julie Whitman & Ray Stuart Debbie & Dave Wietfeldt Dr. Frank & Christine Wilson Ken & Mary Anne Winslow Jim Wintz Jan Woodruff Steven & Judith Young
IN-KIND & TRADE GIFTS In honor of Claire Fretts Dana & Chris Fretts Susan & Edmund Dana
In honor of Heather Uuk Nancy Carlson
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OVATION SOCIETY The Ovation Society is an exclusive program that recognizes donors that have made a legacy gift to the IRT. The IRT truly appreciates those individuals whose gift will ensure that the Theatre can continue to provide meaningful and inspirational experiences for future generations of Hoosiers. Gary Addison Janet Allen & Joel Grynheim Pat & Bob Anker Frank & Katrina Basile Charlie & Cary Boswell Ron & Julia Carpenter John R. Carr (in memoriam) John & Mary Challman Thomas & Sue Dapp Nancy Davis & Robert Robinson Rollie & Cheri Dick Nancy & Berkley Duck Dale & Karen Duncan Jim & Julie Freeman
Meg Gammage-Tucker David A. & Dee Garrett (in memoriam) Michael Gradison (in memoriam) Emily F. (Cramer) Hancock Bruce Hetrick & Cheri O'Neill David Kleiman & Susan Jacobs Frank & Jacqueline La Vista John & Barbara MacDougall Donald & Ruth Ann MacPherson Stuart L. Main (in memoriam) Michael R. & Sue Maine Sharon R. Merriman David & Leslie Morgan Michael D. Moriarty
Richard & Lila Morris Deena J. Nystrom Marcia O'Brien (in memoriam) George & Olive Rhodes (in memoriam) Jane & Fred Schlegel Michael Suit (in memoriam) Gene & Mary Tempel Jeff & Benita Thomasson Christopher J. Tolzmann Alan & Elizabeth Whaley John & Margaret Wilson
CORPORATE, FOUNDATION & GOVERNMENT ANNUAL CAMPAIGN GIFTS $250+ | JULY 1, 2017 - MARCH 25, 2018 CORPORATE
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield Apex Benefits Group Barnes & Thornburg LLP Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP BMO Harris Bank Dow AgroSciences LLC Eli Lilly and Company Faegre Baker Daniels Frost Brown Todd Hilliard Lyons Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance Company Indiana University Health Indianapolis Colts Indianapolis Power & Light Company JPMorgan Chase Bank Katz, Sapper & Miller, LLP KPMG LLP 54
Navient Foundation Noble Consulting Services, Inc. OneAmerica Financial Partners Oxford Financial Group, Ltd. PNC Printing Partners Schmidt Associates, Inc. Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP Wells Fargo Foundation in cooperation with Wells Fargo Advisors FOUNDATIONS
The Ackerman Foundation Actors' Equity Foundation, Inc. The Jerry L. and Barbara J. Burris Foundation Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation Christel DeHaan Family Foundation
The Margot L. Eccles Arts & Culture Fund, a fund of CICF The Glick Family Foundation F.R. Hensel Fund for Fine Arts, Music, and Education, a fund of The Indianapolis Foundation Lacy Foundation Lilly Endowment, Inc. GOVERNMENT
Arts Council of Indianapolis Indiana Arts Commission Shakespeare in American Communities, a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest
IN-KIND & TRADE GIFTS ANNUAL CAMPAIGN GIFTS $250+ | JULY 1, 2017 - MARCH 25, 2018
Brooks Publications/Urban Times Candlewood Suites Eco-Kinetic Hotel Tango Artisan Distillery IBJ Corp JL Squared Midwest Parenting Publications
National Institute of Fitness & Sport New Day Craft NUVO Pac-Van, Inc. Saint Joseph Brewery, LLC Skyline Exhibits By Reitz & Associates Studio 2000
Tastings Wine Bar Taxman Brewing Company TwoDEEP Brewing WFYI WICR
IRT SUMMER CONSERVATORY SCHOLARSHIP FUND Drs. Robert Baker & Paula Trzepacz
THE ALAN AND LINDA COHEN EDUCATION FUND Anonymous
Eli Lilly and Company
F.R. Hensel Fund for Fine Arts, Music, and Education, a fund of The Indianapolis Foundation
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2018 CELEBRITY RADIO SHOW Thank you to the following individuals and organizations who helped make the 2018 Celebrity Radio Show a huge success. The Celebrity Radio Show, the IRT's annual fundraising event, was on Friday, February 16, 2018. 500 Festival Inc. Kent Adler Frank Alan & Donna Eide A.J. Allen & Kathy Maeglin Janet Allen & Joel Grynheim Dr. Patrick & Danette Alles Lisa Almert Anonymous Nick Anthony Ash & Elm Cider Co. Tammara D. Porter Avant & Jesse Avant Bob & Toni Bader Russ & Dolly Baker The Ball And Biscuit Sharon R. Barner Linda Bayne Mark Beeghley Jason Beehler Scott Beier Suzanne Bellamy Gerald & Moira Berg Donna Bide Susie & Joel Blum Board & Brush Creative Studio James Bork & Cathy Ferree Robert & Mary Beth Braitman Heather Brogden Bob & Julie Burns The Cabaret Adam Carroll Central Indiana Community Foundation Cheese Desert Chicago Architecture Foundation CNO Financial Group ComedySportz Conner Prairie Conrad Indianapolis William Cowan 56
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C O M M E N C I N G T U E S D AY 1 5 T H J A N U A R Y F O R O N E W E E K O N LY O T S TA R P R O D U C T I O N S LT D P R E S E N T :
DOTTY OTLEY BELINDA BLAIR
GARRY LEJEUNE in
BY ROBIN HOUSEMONGER with
SELSDON MOWBRAY BROOKE ASHTON
DIRECTED BY LLOYD DALLAS Scenic Designer GINA STAIRWELL
Costume Designer PATSY BUTTON
Company & Stage Manager TIM ALLGOOD
Lighting Designer CHUCK SPANNER
Assistant Stage Manager POPPY NORTON-TAYLOR
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BEHIND THE DRESSING ROOM DOORS DOTTY OTLEY makes a welcome return to the stage to create the role of Mrs. Clackett after playing Mrs. Hackett, Britain’s most famous lollipop lady (“Ooh, I can’t ‘ardly ‘old me lolly up!”) in over 320 episodes of TV’s “On the Zebras.” She was born in Malta, the only daughter of Lt. Cdr. Clive Otley, R.N., D.S.M, and trained at the Estelle Birkwood School of Drama and Allied Arts, winning the Bronze Medal. Understudying Bee Duffell in Haddock’s Eyes at the New Lindsey Theatre, Notting Hill Gate, and Margaret Lockwood in Peter Pan at the Scala, was followed by the King’s Theatre, Peebles, for a season, and then the Duke’s players at the Lyme Regis for the better part of two seasons, and this in turn led to a prolonged stay in Australia, where she enjoyed some of the biggest successes of her career. When she gets the time she intends writing her memoirs, she says. BELINDA BLAIR (Flavia Brent) has been on the stage since the age of four, when she made her debut in Sinbad the Sailor at the old Croydon Hippodrome as one of Miss Toni Tanner’s Ten Tapping Tots. She subsequently danced her way round this country, Southern Africa, and the Far East in shows like Zippedy-Doo-Da! and Here Comes Les Girls! More recently she has been seen in such comedy hits as Don’t Mr. Duddle!, Who’s Been Sleeping in My Bed?, and Twice Two Is Sex. She is married to scriptwriter Terry Wough, who has contributed lead-in material to most of TV’s chat shows. They have two sons and three retrievers. GARRY LEJEUNE (Roger Tramplemain) was twice winner of the Rose Bruford Medal for Effort. He has made innumerable television appearances, but is perhaps best-known as Cornetto, the ice cream salesman who stirs the hearts of all the lollipop ladies in “On the Zebras.” Recently made his “big screen” debut in Up the Virgin Soldiers, for which he was nominated as Best Male Newcomer under Forty in any British Low-Budget Comedy Film by readers of the SUN newspaper. SELSDON MOWBRAY (Burglar) first “trod the boards” in A Midsummer Night’s Dream with the Ben Greet Players, with whom he toured for three years, playing, among other roles, Moth, Mustardseed, and Nerissa (!). Outstanding seasons with various repertory companies across the length and breadth of Great Britain led to his first West End play, Kelly’s Eye. To Stratford thence for Mercutio, King John, and the Porter in Macbeth. To Hollywood for several good supporting Roles, including Stand-In to Robert Newton. Back home he played King Lear in Pourtsmouth, and joined the BBC Rep for two months. To Dublin next, where he set up his own touring company playing the Classics, and rivaling the great Agnew Macmaster. Since then, apart from an occasional excursion to “tread the green,” he has been busy writing his autobiography, which he is thinking of titling Hanging on the Wall.
BEHIND THE DRESSING ROOM DOORS BROOKE ASHTON (Vicki) is probably best known as the girl wearing nothing but “good, honest, natural froth” in the Hauptbahnhofbrau lager commercial. Her television appearances range from Girl at Infants’ School in “On the Zebras” to Girl in Strip Joint in “On Probation.” Cinemagoers saw her in The Girl in Room 14, where she played the Girl in Room 312.
FREDERICK FELLOWES (Philip Brent) comes from a theatrical family: his parents were a popular specialty dance act of the forties and fifties, The Funny Fellowes. He taught at a prep school near Hayward’s Heath before bowing to family tradition and joining the Osmosis Players. He was most recently seen in the controversial all-male version of The Trojan Women. He is happily married, and lives near Crawley, where his wife breeds pedigree dogs. “If she ever leaves me,” he says, “it will probably be for an Irish wolfhound!” LLOYD DALLAS (Director) “read English at Cambridge, and stagecraft at Salisbury.” Lloyd has directed plays “in most parts of Britain,” winning the South of Scotland Critics’ Circle Special Award in 1985. In 1989 he directed a highly successful season of the National Theatre of Sri Lanka. In recent years Lloyd has probably become best-known for his brilliant series of “Shakespeare in Summer” productions in the parks of the inner London boroughs.
TIM ALLGOOD (Company Stage Manager) trained for a career in Market Research, and became interested in the theatre only through a chance holiday visit to a local production of There’s a Girl in My Soup. During a production of Hamlet at the Lyceum, Portsmouth, he took over the part of Polonius at short notice, but subsequently found himself more in demand on the technical side.
POPPY NORTON-TAYLOR (Assistant Stage Manager) is from a family found more often on the boards of leading companies than on the boards with touring companies. Her father is chairman of European Breweries, but has been “terribly sweet about it all–so far!” This is her first job and she is enjoying the challenge enormously. Her hobbies include riding, skiing, tennis, reading good books, and loving anything small and furry.
ROBIN HOUSEMONGER (Author) was born in Worcester Park, Surrey, into a family “unremarkable in every way except for an aunt with red hair who used to sing all the high twiddly bits from The Merry Widow over the tea-table.” He claims to have been the world’s most unsuccessful gents hosiery wholesaler, and began writing “to fill the long hours between one hosiery order and the next.” He turned this experience into his very first play, Socks before Marriage, which ran in the West End for nine years. Several subsequent plays have been produced, and at least one of them broke box office records in Perth, Western Australia. Nothing On is his seventeenth play.
in order of appearance Mrs. Clackett DOTTY OTLEY Roger Tramplemain GARRY LEJEUNE Vicki BROOKE ASHTON Philip Brent FREDERICK FELLOWES Flavia Brent BELINDA BLAIR Burglar SELSDON MOWBRAY Sheikh FREDERICK FELLOWES
The action takes place in the living-room of the Brents’ country home, on a Wednesday afternoon.
Sardines by Sardine Services Miss Ashton’s lenses by Double Vision Optical Ltd Antique silverware and cardboard boxes by Mrs. J. G. H. Norton-Taylor Stethoscope and hospital trolley by Severn Surgical Supplies Straitjacket by Kumfy Restraints Ltd Coffins by G. Ashforth and Sons SMOKING IS NOT PERMITTED IN THE AUDITORIUM The use of cameras and tape recorders is forbidden. The management reserve the right to refuse admission, also to make any alteration in the cast which may be rendered necessary by illness or other unavoidable causes. FROM THE THEATRE RULES “All exits shall be available for use during all performances.” “The fire curtain shall be lowered during each performance.”