IRT Opens 40th Season with “Dracula”
Kelly Young on behalf of Indiana Repertory Theatre
The Indiana Repertory Theatre (IRT) opens its 40th season on September 7, 2011, with an adaptation of the classic Bram Stoker’s Dracula. The 2011-2012 One America Season promises another great year of the highest quality of professional theatre artistry and an ample bill of plays that will engage, entertain, challenge and amuse IRT audiences. Tickets and season information can be found at www.irtlive.com or call the ticket office at 317.635.5252.
IRT’s 2011-2012 One America Season Presents:
Dracula, by Steven Dietz, presented by Anthem
September 7 – October 1
Wicked and seductive, the original bloodsucker is back in a fresh, faithful adaptation of Bram Stoker’s horrific tale. The Count has taken residence in London, and only Professor Van Helsing understands the extent of the terror that is about to be unleashed. Transported back to a time where legend and science contend for supremacy.
Going Solo Festival, presented by Oxford Financial
September 20 – October 23
This festival of three intimate one-actor plays returns for its third year of audience acclaim. A highlight this season will be an original work by IRT playwright-in-residence James Still.
- Lost: A Memoir, by Cathy Ostlere & Dennis Garnhum
September 20-October 15
Cathy’s brother calls home every year on his birthday but not this year. As days become weeks and then months, Cathy must tell her parents that David is lost at sea. She then sets off on a journey of her own to find her brother or the truth of his fate.
- Nobody Don’t Like Yogi, by Tom Lysaght
September 23 – October 23
For the Greatest Generation, baseball was the nation’s pastime. Every team had its heroes, and the New York Yankees had Yogi Berra, the finest catcher the game has ever known. Yogi was famous for his way with words (“It ain’t over till it’s over”) and for his even temperament—but also for his 14-year feud with Yankees’ owner George Steinbrenner. Yogi looks back at the life experiences that led him to return to Yankee Stadium, offering his unique view of baseball, relationships, and life!
- I Love to Eat, directed by James Still
September 27 – October 23
Before Rachel Ray, before Julia Child, there was James Beard, the first TV chef! He brought fine cooking to the small screen in 1946 and helped establish an American cuisine. His message of good food, honestly prepared with fresh, wholesome ingredients, made him America’s first foodie. Come meet the man described as “the face and belly of American gastronomy.”
Julius Caesar, Directed by IRT’s Janet Allen
October 21 – November 5
One of Shakespeare’s most well-known tragedies, Julius Caesar grapples with the universal themes of honor, patriotism and the ultimate betrayal of ruler and friend. Tension reaches a boiling point after Caesar’s brutal assassination, while political scheming spurs power hungry Romans into civil war. A classic piece of theater that echoes current political issues, making this a relevant, not-to-be-missed experience.
Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, presented by St.Vincent Health
November 25- December 24
Winter can be a cold, hard place, especially when one man’s heart resists every effort to warm it. Can the spirits of the season prevail in time to save Scrooge from an eternity of miserly misery? Find out when Charles Dickens’ beloved holiday favorite returns. Unwrap the perfect family outing and experience the joy of the IRT’s timeless Christmas classic.
Radio Golf, by August Wilson
In Radio Golf, a Pittsburgh mayoral candidate struggles to find the balance between ambition and honor of those before him when he decides to redevelop a historic African-American neighborhood.
God of Carnage, by Yasmina Reza
February 28 – March 24
A playground incident between two boys devolves into a comedy of bad manners as the parents meet to work things out. It’s hard to tell the children from the adults in this edgy satire from Yasmina Reza that catapults the IRT audience into the middle of a war-of-words zone where things are never what they seem. Winner for Best Play at the 2009 Tony Awards.
Fallen Angels, by Nöel Coward
March 13-April 15
Witty dialogue, glamour and madcap humor bubble out of control in Nöel Coward’s 1925 farce. We follow the story of Julia and Jane, two upper-class friends waiting for a shared secret to arrive at the front door. Can the virtues of married life stand firm against the lure of lost romance?
The Miracle Worker, by William Gibson, presented by Eli Lilly and Company
April 17 – May 20
In what Time Magazine called “…unforgettable theater,” The Miracle Worker recreates the life and education of Helen Keller. Tragically deaf, blind and ultimately mute due to a childhood illness, the wild child meets her match when Annie Sullivan, a teacher with passion, resilience and cunning wit, arrives to teach Helen her greatest lesson: the gift of communication. Extraordinarily woven by the playwright, this century old story of fortitude and friendship still stirs audiences today.
About the IRT
The IRT celebrates its 40th season. Founded in 1972, the IRT is the largest and leading fully professional not-for-profit theatre in the state and has grown into one of the leading regional theatres in the country. The IRT continues to be one of the top-flight cultural institutions in the city and state, providing experiences that engage, surprise, challenge and entertain.
Editor’s Acknowledgment: Baise Communications.