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“Jericho” Opens Oct. 28 at the Phoenix Theatre

October 25, 2011 Leave a comment
"Jericho" at the Phoenix Theatre

"Jericho" at the Phoenix Theatre. Photo provided by the theatre and used with written permission.

By Lori Raffel
Phoenix Theatre

The Phoenix Theatre of Indianapolis announces the opening of Jericho by Jack Canfora, a National New Play Network (NNPN) Rolling World Premiere, Friday, October 28, 2011, in the Frank & Katrina Basile Theatre. Winner of the Edgerton New American Play Award, Jericho opened at New Jersey Repertory Company in September and will open at Florida Studio Theatre in Sarasota later this year.

Set in Manhattan and its suburbs around Thanksgiving, Jericho is a thought-provoking comic-drama that explores how people cope with collective and personal tragedy. Canfora’s characters are touchingly human, struggling to learn what it means to belong to another person and to a larger community, all while figuring out how to meet their own needs. With surprising humor, Jericho undertakes some of the larger and more troubling questions of American life without forgetting all struggles, even political ones, are ultimately personal.

As a result of extending Spring Awakening for another weekend, the opening weekend of Jericho will look like this:

Spring Awakening
Thursday, October 27, 2011, 7:00 pm, Mainstage

Friday, October 28, 2011, 8:00 pm, Frank and Katrina Basile Theatre

Spring Awakening
Saturday, October 29, 2011, 6:00 pm, Mainstage

Saturday, October 29, 2011, 8:30 pm, Frank and Katrina Basile Theatre

Sunday, October 30, 2011, 2:00 pm, Frank and Katrina Basile Theatre

Spring Awakening
Sunday, October 30, 2011, 5:00 pm, Mainstage

About the Production

Bryan Fonseca, Phoenix Theatre Producing Director and Jericho director, says “I first heard Jericho when it was selected to be read at the National New Play Network Showcase of New Plays in Denver, Colorado in December of last year. I was struck with how the play deals in a sharp and witty way with the process of grief, forgiveness and healing, as well as with where we are as a country on the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy.”

Abby Rowold, an Indiana University graduate who now lives in Cincinnati, is making her debut on the Phoenix stage as Beth, the woman who lost her husband on 9/11. In dual roles, Scot Greenwell, most recently seen on the Phoenix Mainstage in This, portrays Beth’s psychiatrist Dr. Kim and her husband Alec. Rich Rand returns to the Phoenix stage as Josh, who survived being in one of the Twin Towers on 9/11, but who may not survive the guilt of still being alive. Eric J. Olson is Beth’s new boyfriend and Josh’s brother; Angela Plank is Josh’s wife Jessica; and Deb Sargent returns to the Phoenix stage as Rachel, the family matriarch who has called everyone to her house on Thanksgiving to announce a major change in her life that will affect all of them.                            

In addition to director Bryan Fonseca, the creative team for Jericho includes Assistant Director Gregory Howard, Set Designer Bernie Killian, Phoenix Resident Lighting Designer Laura Glover, Costume Designer Ashley Kiefer, Stage Manager Anthony Morton and Technical Director Nolan Brokamp.

About the Playwright

Jack Canfora’s writing career includes work for PBS television as well as serving as head writer for the award winning former internet magazine Angst American Style, where his work was featured on CNN. His play Place Setting premiered last year at the New Jersey Repertory. The Newark Star Ledger called it “Funny and fascinating” and nominated as Best Play last year alongside works by Edward Albee and Elaine May and Theresa Rebeck. Place Setting was also read in Los Angeles and starred Steven Weber and Jon Cryer. It was also read in London this past summer. His sketch comedy writing was frequently seen in Manhattan, most notably on the main stage of the world famous comedy club Caroline’s. His one act comedy Viking Funeral was named a winner of the 2002 National One Act Play Contest. His one-act play Object Permanence also received many accolades, winning a Finalist Prize in’s international “Best Plays 2000” competition as well as being named a winner of the 2001 National One Act Play contest. In 2002 Jack was named “Best Playwright” by The American Theatre of Actors.

Ticket Prices: Last Chance for FlexPasses

Back by popular demand, the Phoenix FlexPass is the best theatre deal in Indy and will only be available through October 31, 2011. Buying a FlexPass is like getting one Friday, Saturday or Sunday ticket for free. A FlexPass for $100 gets a patron five vouchers that can be traded in for any combination of tickets for any of the 2011-2012 productions.

CheapSeats performances will continue on Thursdays, so the price for a Thursday ticket will remain $15 per person. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday performance tickets will be $25 for all shows. The Phoenix will continue to offer a youth rate of $15, for those individuals aged 20 and younger.

Tickets for the new season may be purchased by calling the box office at 317.635.7529 to charge by phone, and are available online at All seating is general admission on a first-come, first-served basis. Performances are Thursdays at 7:00 pm; Fridays at 8:00 pm, Saturdays at 8:00 pm and Sundays at 2:00 pm, unless otherwise noted on our website. Doors open ½ hour prior to curtain for seating. The Phoenix Pub, located inside the theatre, offers beer, wine, soft drinks, coffee and bottled water, as well as treats, and all refreshments may be taken into either theatre and consumed during the performance.

For more information about any Phoenix productions or to purchase tickets, call the Phoenix Theatre box office at 317-635-7529. Tickets may also be purchased online. The theatre’s website is

“The Phoenix Theatre has cornered the market on hip new works.” — Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune

The Phoenix Theatre is Indiana’s only professional contemporary theatre, and has presented productions to challenge and entertain the Indianapolis community for 29 years. An Equity house, the Theatre presents the Midwest and Indiana premieres of many popular Broadway and Off-Broadway plays, and has presented more than 83 world premieres in its quarter century. The Phoenix operates the 130-seat proscenium Mainstage as well as the 75-seat cabaret-style black box Frank & Katrina Basile Theatre. The Phoenix Pub, located in the Basile Theatre, serves beer, wine, coffee, soft drinks, water, and treats, and patrons may take all refreshments into either theatre. Both venues are housed along with administrative offices in a renovated 1907 church in downtown Indianapolis’ historic Chatham Arch neighborhood, part of the Mass Ave Arts & Theatre District. The Phoenix Theatre is a member of the National New Play Network and the League of Indianapolis Theatres, and is supported by the Indiana Arts Commission, the Arts Council of Indianapolis, and the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as local corporate and foundation funders and more than 400 individual donors.

ABOVE (L to R): Josh (Rich Rand), Jessica (Angela Plank), Rachel (Deb Sargeant), Alec (Scot Greenwell), Ethan (Eric J. Olson), and newcomer Beth (Abby Rowold) in Jericho by Jack Canfora. Photo credit: Zach Rosing.