‘The House That Jack Built’ at the Indiana Repertory Theatre
By Kelly Young
On behalf of the Indiana Repertory Theatre
James Still, IRT’s playwright-in-residence, returns this month for the world premiere of his play The House That Jack Built. The two-time nominee for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama takes the audience on an emotional – yet very funny journey about an annual Thanksgiving gathering of an extended family that “prizes open arms, the sweet pursuit of happiness and the mysterious heartbreak that comes with getting what you think you want.” It’s a contemporary story of three women from two generations bound by many years and by the memory of Jack – one’s son, another’s brother, and the last’s husband. Surprising, humorous, and touching, it brings them together around a very recognizable family gathering – Thanksgiving – where they learn the real things for which to be thankful.
“This play is about friends and family gathering together at Thanksgiving, who deal with relationships, friendships and with a significant loss,” explained Still. “It’s not about anything, yet it’s about everything. It’s a love story about grown-ups – new love, old love, lost love.”
“It’s a very smart heart filled, often funny play that really gets at the core of human relationships in an incredibly winning way,” said Janet Allen, Artistic Director, IRT. “I found, when I read it, that at first I couldn’t put it down, and second that I laughed and cried in immediate proximity to each other. It’s incredibly powerful and by far it is the best new play I have read in a very long time.”
The House That Jack Built, by James Still, presented by One America
October 30 – November 25, 2012 (opening night is Nov. 2)
Indiana Repertory Theatre, Mainstage, 140 W. Washington St.
$20-55, prices vary based on day and time. For tickets and information, call the IRT ticket office 317-635-5252 or visit http://irtlive.com/.
The House That Jack Built Show Times: October 30-November 25
Tuesday, October 30, 7:30 p.m. (preview)
Wednesday, October 31, 6:30 p.m.. (preview)
Thursday, November 1, 7:30 p.m (preview)
Friday, November 2, 7:30 p.m. (Opening Night)
Saturday, November 3, 1 p.m. & 5 p.m.
Sunday, November 4, 2 p.m.
Wednesday, November 7, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, November 8, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, November 9, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, November 10, 1 p.m. & 5 p.m.
Sunday, November 11, 2 p.m. & 7 p.m.
Thursday, November 15, 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
Friday, November 16, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, November 17, 5 p.m. & 9 p.m.
Sunday, November 18, 2 p.m.
Tuesday, November 20, 6:30 p.m.
Friday, November 23, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, November 24, 4 p.m. & 8 p.m.
Sunday, November 25, 2 p.m.
Written by | JAMES STILL
Directed by | JANET ALLEN
Dramaturg | RICHARD J. ROBERTS
About the IRT
The IRT celebrates its 41st 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.