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Holiday Events in Downtown Indianapolis

November 30, 2012 Leave a comment
Bankers Life Fieldhouse

Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Nov. 29 to Dec. 2.

By Taylor Newell
Indianapolis Downtown, Inc.

Big Ten Football Championship weekend, Nov. 30 – Dec. 2
Be at Lucas Oil Stadium Dec. 1 for the most exciting Big Ten football action all year as Wisconsin and #14 Nebraska clash for the right to play in this year’s Rose Bowl. Tickets are available now through ranging from $50 – $125 and VIP packages are available through Indiana Sports Corp. The Big Ten Fan Fest presented by Dr. Pepper takes place Friday 3 – 9 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. at the Indiana Convention Center, featuring marching band performances, interactive exhibits, youth clinics and the Championship Stage where interviews with Big Ten football legends will be conducted. Tickets for the Fan Fest are $8 for adults, $4 for youth and FREE with a game ticket. The FREE Big Ten Football Georgia Street Tailgate Party takes place Friday and Saturday. Stop by for food, a beverage tent, live entertainment and stock up on your favorite team’s merchandise.  RV parking spots can be secured just blocks from Lucas Oil Stadium for $150. For more details, visit
Also this weekend, see some of the most exciting circus action in the world as Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey present DRAGONS comes to Bankers Life Fieldhouse (see photo above) now through Dec. 2.  On Dec. 1, the St. Nikolaus 5K & 5 Mile Lauf, a run/walk supporting Riley Children’s Hospital, Indianapolis YMCA’s “Y for All” campaign and children of Lutherwood, runs through Lockerbie Square east and ends at the historic Athenaeum. On Dec. 2 at Old National Centre, catch two performances of Max & Ruby: The Nutcracker.
Dec. 7 – 9: Downtown is bustling yet again this weekend: City Sidewalks, IMIS & more
FREE outdoor ice skating, local artisans, holiday performances, a live nativity scene, fresh-cut Christmas trees and Santa all come to Georgia Street Dec. 7 – 9 for City Sidewalks, Downtown’s newest public holiday event. A nod to the classic holiday song “Silver Bells,” City Sidewalks offers FREE fun for the whole family in the heart of Downtown. The fun kicks off Friday at 2 p.m. and runs through Sunday in the afternoon and evening. Visit for more information.
The International Motorsports Industry Show comes to the Indiana Convention Center Dec. 6 – 8 bringing 25,000 people. That Friday, Dec. 7, IDADA’s First Friday Art Tour takes place 6 – 9 p.m. along Mass Ave and in Fountain Square, and the Pacers take on the Denver Nuggets at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. There are also three shows this evening at Old National Centre: Straight No Chaser, twenty-one-pilots and Aaron Lewis. 
The morning of Saturday, Dec. 8, the Jingle Bell 5K and 10K Run/Walk for Arthritis takes off from Bankers Life Fieldhouse and the Hoosier Invitational, featuring 5 high school basketball games, tips off at Bankers Life at 2 p.m. The World Spirit Federation: Indy Showdown, which features some of the top cheer teams in the nation, takes place Dec. 8 and 9 at the Indiana Convention Center and Lucas Oil Stadium, bringing 8,000 people. The Colts challenge the Tennessee Titans at Lucas Oil Stadium Dec. 9 at 1 p.m. and Trans-Siberian Orchestra: The Lost Christmas Eve has two performances that afternoon and evening at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. For information on traffic and road closures for both of these busy weekends, visit
United Artists Circle Centre 9 Theatre presents It’s A Wonderful Life benefiting Indianapolis Downtown Beautification
Once again this year, the United Artists movie theatre inside Circle Centre will show the Jimmy Stewart holiday classic It’s A Wonderful Life the evening of Dec. 6, with all proceeds benefiting Indianapolis Downtown Beautification. The film will begin at 6:30 p.m. and admission is only $5. Before the movie, there will be a silent auction from 5 – 6:15 p.m. offering deals and gifts from some of Downtown’s best restaurants, hotels, attractions and more. Visit a wonderful life.cfm for more information.
Downtown sports action all month long
  • On Dec. 8 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, the Hoosier Invitational brings four girls’ and six boys’ Indiana high school basketball teams to the big stage for a total of five games. See every game for only $12.
  • The Close the Gap Crossroads Classic on Dec. 15 brings Indiana’s four biggest college men’s basketball teams to the Bankers Life Fieldhouse floor with IU vs. Butler and Notre Dame vs. Purdue. IU fans coming Downtown for the game can stay at the Canterbury Hotel for only $99!
  • The Indiana Ice play five home games in December including three at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. On Dec. 30, the Ice host the Green Bay Gamblers in their annual New Year’s Eve Celebration.
  • The Indiana Pacers play eight home games at Bankers Life Fieldhouse throughout December, including Dec. 26 against the division-rival Chicago Bulls. The Blue and Gold also play New Year’s Eve against the Memphis Grizzlies.
  • The 7-4 Indianapolis Colts play two home games at Lucas Oil Stadium in December: Dec. 9 against the Tennessee Titans and Dec. 30 against the division-leading Houston Texans.
Holiday Performances
Several holiday performances run through December at many of Downtown Indy’s top performing arts venues – some new and some old holiday favorites.
Indiana Repertory Theatre
This iconic Christmas play returns to the IRT offering several post-show discussions throughout the month.
Theatre on the Square
This holiday show is quite unlike any other. Be ready to participate in this “sacrilegious send-up of everything Christmas!”
Phoenix Theatre
Experience a hilarious twist on tried-and-true holiday traditions with the 7th version of this holiday collection of sketches, musical numbers and more.
Hilbert Circle Theatre
Indiana native Angela Brown returns home to host this year’s celebration featuring some new acts and old favorites like the dancing Santas!
A Christmas Carol, Unscripted, Fridays Nov. 30 – Dec. 29
ComedySportz Indianapolis
Experience the classic tale of Ebenezer Scrooge’s moral holiday journey based on audience suggestions! Must be 17 or older to attend.
Old National Centre
Catch one of two daytime shows of Max & Ruby’s kiddo-friendly take on this classic holiday suite.
Bankers Life Fieldhouse
Rock out the holiday season one day only with a musical portrayal of Charles Dickens’ classic tale of loss and redemption.
Peewinkle’s Puppet Studio
This kid-friendly puppet show features holiday spirit, music and plenty of audience participation.
Martinis & Mistletoe, Dec. 12 – 15
The Cabaret at the Columbia Club
See Shannon Forsell, Brenda Williams and The Buselli Wallarab Jazz Septet perform holiday classics like “The Christmas Song” and songs from A Charlie Brown Christmas.
Three Wishes, Dec. 14
Footlite Musicals
A special ballet performance one night only, featuring the Dance Magic Performing Arts Company.
Ring in the New Year Downtown!
For party animals young and old, there are plenty of fun ways to celebrate the New Year Downtown! Here is a preliminary list of Downtown New Year’s Eve events. Visit for updates as more Downtown events and specials are announced.
6 X 13: New Year’s Eve at the IMA, $125 – $175
Indianapolis Museum of Art
Don your festive cocktail attire and peruse the IMA’s fantastic galleries as you sample drinks from a champagne bar and select Upland Brewery offerings. Live music by The Cultural Cannibals.
Countdown to Noon, $17.50 adults, $12.50 kids (kid-friendly!)
The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis
Instead of counting down to midnight, celebrate during the day with music, fun activities and a Water Clock countdown that kids can enjoy without staying up late!
Family New Year’s Event, $6 member, $11 non-member (kid friendly!)
Indiana State Museum
Enjoy face painting, stilt walkers, clowns and music by The Tides with an 8 p.m. balloon drop. A fun, alcohol-free celebration for the family.
Hard Rock’s NYE Bash, $30 – $95
Hard Rock Cafe
Celebrate with live music from Brent James & the Contraband, coming straight off their tour with Third Eye Blind.
New Year’s Eve Party, $50 in advance, $55 at the door
Enjoy some local brew and live music from Zanna Doo! Includes Hors’D Oeurve Buffet and a champagne toast at midnight.
NYE with James Johann: “Rural Genius,” $22.50
Crackers Downtown
Welcome the New Year with stand-up comedy by comedian James Johann, who has been featured on Comedy Central and The Slackers Tour.
New Year’s Eve Murder, $50
Indianapolis Propylaeum
Enjoy a fabulous dinner at the Propylaeum – but be careful. Other things besides champagne corks are popping… the host is dead!
For more information, visit, or call 317-237-2222.

December Events in Bloomington and Monroe County

November 29, 2012 Leave a comment
Downtown Bloomington decorated for the holidays

Downtown Bloomington decorated for the holidays. Photo credit: Kendall Reeves. Provided by and used with written permission.

By Julie Warren

Twinkling lights and the scent of pine seem to be ever-present in Bloomington during the month of December.  It creates a quaint setting for the holiday season, putting everyone in a cheerful mood and encouraging some serious shopping!  Downtown Bloomington is especially lovely during this time of year, with the canopy of lights illuminating the courthouse square.

Downtown vendors offer up some great deals on unique gift items, many of them made locally.  Fine art by local and national artists, unique children’s clothing and toys, rare books, outdoor gear, apparel and accessories—it’s all available downtown.  The ambiance—and the shopping—of downtown just can’t be beat during the month of December.

But there’s plenty more than shopping in Bloomington this month.  If you’re in the mood for some holiday shows, don’t miss the tradition of The Nutcracker, presented by the IU Ballet December 1-2.  This timeless tale is a treat for the entire family and a chance to see the excellent ballet and musical performances of world class artists at the Jacobs School of Music.

Another classic show takes place December 21 through January 5 with the Cardinal Stage Company’s presentation of The Wizard of Oz.  Cardinal is known for their professional, high-quality productions and this one is sure to do the same.  It’s quality theater that’s family-friendly too, with a flying witch, great songs and a message that warms the heart on these cold December days.  This is one of many quality theater productions taking place this month, so check out the IU Theatre & Drama and Bloomington Playwrights Project productions too.

If you haven’t made plans for New Year’s Eve, consider a weekend getaway to Bloomington!  There are a variety of events happening that weekend, so no matter what your interests are you’ll have a good time ringing in the New Year.  As mentioned, the theater production of The Wizard of Oz will be showing that weekend.

There will also be some big laughs at the Comedy Attic with Bob & Tom Show favorites, Ben Moore and Josh Arnold, performing stand up on New Year’s Eve and counting down to midnight with a champagne toast.  The Hoosier women’s basketball team will be playing on New Year’s Eve- sure to be an amazing game with the revitalized team taking on UIC.  And later that night, you can catch great music like local favorites The Dynamics at Eagle Pointe Resort or the rocking bluegrass of Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band at the Bluebird.  Pair one or two (or three) of these events with some great dining at a local restaurant and you’ve got a stellar way to welcome 2013.

There are many more events, shows and performances taking place this month, including live local music every night of the week.  For more information on events, restaurants, shopping and attractions, go to  You’ll also find some fantastic hotel deals this month and next!


Brewery Tours at Upland’s Production Brewery
Every Weekend 2pm
Upland’s Production Brewery, 812-336-2337

54th Annual Art Fair and Bazaar
Dec 1, 9am
Unitarian Universalist Church, 812-332-3695

John Roy
Dec 1, 8pm & 10:30pm
The Comedy Attic, 336-LAFF

Concentus- Hodie Christus Natus Es
Dec 2, 4pm
IU Auer Hall, 812-855-1059

Fanny and Alexander
Dec 1, 3pm
IU Cinema, 812-856-2463

Rock of Ages the Musical
Dec 1, 3pm & 8pm
IU Auditorium, 812-855-9528

Dec 1, 6:30pm
IU Cinema, 812-856-2463

IU Men’s Basketball vs. Coppin State
Dec 1, 7:30pm
IU Assembly Hall, 866-IUSPORTS

Symphonic Choir
Dec 1, 8pm
IU Auer Hall, 812-855-1059

The Ramble
Dec 1, 9pm
The Bluebird, 812-336-3984

Life During Wartime
Dec 1, 9:30pm
IU Cinema, 812-856-2463

The Nutcracker
Dec 1-2
IU Musical Arts Center, 812-855-4733

IU Theatre: God of Carnage
Dec 1-8
IU Wells-Metz Theatre, 812-855-1103

Dec 1-15, 7:30pm
Bloomington Playwrights Project, 812-334-1188

Multi-Cultural Bazaar
Dec 2, 12pm
Congregation Beth Shalom, 812-334-2440

Dec 2, 1:30pm
Mathers Museum, 812-855-6873

IU Women’s Basketball vs. Cleveland State
Dec 2, 2pm
IU Assembly Hall, 866-IUSPORTS

Bloomington Bach Cantata Project
Dec 2, 2:30pm
St. Thomas Lutheran Church, 812-855-1059

BLEMF Madrigal Dinner
Dec 2, 5pm
The Fields Clubhouse

All Campus Choir
Dec 2, 7pm
IU Recital Hall, 812-855-1059

All Campus Orchestra
Dec 2, 8:30pm
IU Recital Hall, 812-855-1059

The Economics of Happiness
Dec 3, 7pm
IU Cinema, 812-856-2463

Songwriter Showcase
Every Monday, 8pm
Player’s Pub, 812-334-2080

Beer School
Every Tuesday, 7pm
Yogi’s Grill & Bar, 812-323-9644

B-Town Dishcrawl
Dec 4, 7pm
Various local restaurants, 812-699-2175

IU Women’s Basketball vs. Belmont
Dec 4, 7pm
IU Assembly Hall, 866-IUSPORTS

Tibetan Village Project Presentation
Dec 4, 7pm
Tibetan Mongolian Buddhist Cultural Center, 812-336-6807

Philharmonic Orchestra
Dec 4, 8pm
IU Musical Arts Center, 812-855-1059

Chimes of Christmas
Dec 5, 7:30pm
IU Auditorium, 812-855-9528

Dead Beat, Dead Week
Dec 5, 9:30pm
The Bishop

Seasons of Sebastian: Concert XIV Bach at Beck
Dec 6, 12:15pm
IU Beck Chapel, 812-855-1059

Ryder Films in the Root Cellar Lounge
Every Thursday, 7:30pm
Root Cellar Lounge, 812-323-0002

Spirit of ’68 presents: West End Motel feat. Brent Hinds of Mastodon
Dec 6, 9:30pm
The Bishop, 812-333-4700

First Friday & Gallery Walk
Dec 7, 5pm
Downtown Bloomington

John Legend
Dec 7, 8pm
IU Auditorium, 812-855-1103

Greg Proops
Dec 7-9, 8pm & 10:30pm
The Comedy Attic, 336-LAFF

Spirit of ’68 presents: Six Organs of Admittance
Dec 7, 8:30pm
The Bishop, 812-333-4700

Holiday Sale Celebrating the Artistry of People with Disabilities
Dec 8, 10am
Bloomington Playwrights Project, 812-332-2168 ext. 314

IU Children’s Choir Winter Concert
Dec 8, 1pm
St. John the Apostle Catholic Church, 812-855-1059

Bloomington Symphony Orchestra at Wonderlab
Dec 8, 5pm
Wonderlab, 812-337-1337

IU Men’s Basketball vs. C. Connecticut State
Dec 8, 6pm
IU Assembly Hall, 866-IUSPORTS

And Freely Sing: Winter Concert- Quarryland Men’s Chorus
Dec 8, 7pm
Buskirk-Chumley Theater, 812-323-3020

Matt Kearny
Dec 9, 8pm
The Bluebird, 812-336-3984

Sister Hazel
Dec 13, 8pm
The Bluebird, 812-336-3984

Rebecca Corry
Dec 13-15, 8pm & 10:30pm
The Comedy Attic, 336-LAFF

Clayton Anderson Band
Dec 14, 9pm
The Bluebird, 812-336-3984

Skate with Santa
December 15, 12:30pm
Frank Southern Ice Arena, 812-349-3740

Reindeer Reserve: A Live Arctic Animal Show
Dec 15, 1pm & 3pm
Wonderlab, 812-337-1337 ext.25

Pre-College Harp Christmas Recital
Dec 15, 2pm
IU Auer Hall, 812-855-1059

Craig Brenner at Café Django
Dec 15, 8pm
Café Django, 812-335-1297

IU Men’s Basketball vs. SIUE
Dec 16, 2pm
IU Assembly Hall, 866-IUSPORTS

Menahem Pressler & Christoph Prégardien
Dec 16, 8pm
IU Auer Hall, 812-855-1059

IU Men’s Basketball vs. Mt. St. Mary’s
Dec 19, 7pm
IU Assembly Hall, 866-IUSPORTS

Geoff Tate
Dec 20-22, 8pm & 10:30pm
The Comedy Attic, 336-LAFF

IU Women’s Basketball vs. Xavier
Dec 21
IU Assembly Hall, 866-IUSPORTS

IU Men’s Basketball vs. Florida Atlantic
Dec 21, 7pm
IU Assembly Hall, 866-IUSPORTS

Cardinal Stage Company presents: The Wizard of Oz
Dec 21-Jan 5
Buskirk-Chumley Theater, 812-336-9300

Jazz from Bloomington Jam Session
Dec 25, 6:45pm
Café Django, 608-322-6827

IU Men’s Basketball vs. Jacksonville
Dec 28, 8pm
IU Assembly Hall, 866-IUSPORTS

IU Women’s Basketball vs. UIC
Dec 31, 6pm
IU Assembly Hall, 866-IUSPORTS

Ben Moore & Josh Arnold
Dec 31, 8pm & 10:30pm
The Comedy Attic, 336-LAFF

The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band
Dec 31, 9pm
The Bluebird, 812-336-3984

The Dynamics
Dec 31, 9pm
Eagle Pointe Golf Resort, 812-824-4040

Big Ten Football Championship Game at Lucas Oil Stadium, Dec. 1

November 28, 2012 Leave a comment
Lucas Oil Stadium

Lucas Oil Stadium. staff photo, (c) 2009, all rights reserved.

By John Dedman
Indiana Sports Corporation

On December 1, 2012, Nebraska (the champions of the Legends Division) and Wisconsin (champions of the Leaders Division) will meet at Lucas Oil Stadium, 500 South Capitol Avenue, Indianapolis, Indiana, in the 2012 Big Ten Football Championship Game. The winner earns the Big Ten Championship and a chance to play in the Rose Bowl Game.

2012 Game Specifics:
Saturday, December 1, 2012; Lucas Oil Stadium; kick-off set for 8:17 p.m. (Eastern). Fox Sports will televise the game.

Tickets are currently on sale at

Future games:
In 2011, the Big Ten Conference and Indiana Sports Corp announced that the Big Ten Football Championship Games will be played in Indianapolis through at least 2015. The game will be played on the first Saturday in December each year. Fox Sports has the national television rights to the game through at least 2016. The Big Ten Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournaments will return to Indianapolis at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in 2014 and 2016.

Big Ten Fan Fest Presented by Dr Pepper:
Fan Fest will begin Friday, November 30, 2012 (3-9 p.m.), and continue Saturday, December 1 (10 a.m. until kick-off) at the Indiana Convention Center, 100 South Capitol Avenue, Indianapolis. More than 200,000 square feet will be dedicated to interactive games, entertainment including special guest appearances and mascots, performances by participating teams’ bands, giveaways, food and beverages, and much more.

A game ticket also provides entrance, but Fan Fest tickets (both adult and youth prices) can be purchased onsite.

Georgia Street Tailgate Party:
On Friday, November 30 (3-9 p.m.) and Saturday, December 1 (10 a.m.-8 p.m.), the west block of newly-renovated Georgia Street will feature food and beverages, a beer garden, college football action, merchandise, a photo opportunity with a lifesize Stagg Championship Trophy, and much more. This is one of the first event activations of the Georgia Street project.

On Friday, Nov. 30, the Georgia Street Tailgate Party will include a Q&A (6 p.m.) and autograph session (7 p.m.) with three INDYCAR drivers – Graham Rahal, Charlie Kimball and Katherine Legge.

The Georgia Street Tailgate Party will also include street-legal two-seater rides at the corner of Georgia and Illinois Streets from 3-6 p.m. for only $15. That’s a 50% discount off the regular price to experience INDYCAR on the streets of Indianapolis. There will also be INDYCARs on display, wrapped in Big Ten colors as well as cars featuring the races at Milwaukee and Detroit.

Downtown Indianapolis will also feature a good amount of Big Ten décor. A skywalk wrap is already in place at the corner of Capitol and Maryland. Street pole banners are also on display throughout downtown.

Big Ten RV Nation:
Located at the corner of South and Pennsylvania Streets, an RV parking area is the place for RV Tailgaters to gather. RV passes can be purchased in advance through Indiana Sports Corp. RV Nation will feature games, music, local entertainment, activities and special giveaways.

Youth Clinics:
The Big Ten Conference, Indiana Sports Corporation, St.Vincent Sports Performance and USA Football are hosting several clinics on December 1. The clinics will take place at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., Noon, 2 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. at the Big Ten Fan Fest at the Indiana Convention Center.  Youth may participate in the Fan Fest clinics with the purchase of a Big Ten Fan Fest or Championship Game ticket.

SaturDAY of Service:

Indiana Sports Corporation and the Local Organizing Committee have partnered with two local organizations, Gleaners and American Red Cross, to be part of an outreach initiative for the Championship Game that aims to have a lasting impact on the local community. The organizing committee will work with alumni groups and fans of all Big Ten universities to provide volunteers at two locations for service-oriented projects on Saturday, December 1.

Restaurant Pairings:
Eat and drink with your team’s fans. For previous Big Ten Conference events, we have utilized individual university pairings. For this event with two universities represented, we have designated Legends and Leaders locations. The place to be before, during and after the game.

Legends Division Restaurants (Nebraska)                                                        

Champions Sports Bar and Restaurant
350 W. Maryland St., 317-405-6111

Colts Grille
110 West Washington Street, 317-631-2007)

High Velocity
10 S. West St., 317-806-6500

O’Reilly’s Irish Bar and Restaurant
36 S. Pennsylvania St., 317-974-0674

Slippery Noodle Inn
372 S. Meridian St., 317-631-6974

Rock Bottom Brewery
10 W. Washington St., 317-681-8180

Weber Grill
10 N. Illinois St., 317-636-7600

Leaders Division Restaurants (Wisconsin)

Buffalo Wild Wings
7 E. Washington St., 317-951-9464

49 W. Maryland St., Circle Centre Mall, 317-951-0033

Harry & Izzy’s
153 S. Illinois St., 317-635-9594

The Ram Restaurant & Brewery
140 S. Illinois St., 317-955-9900

Kilroy’s Bar & Grill
201 S. Meridian St., 317-638-9464

Scotty’s Brewhouse
1 Virginia Ave., 317-571-0808

More information can be found on and

Asante Children’s Theatre Holiday Concerts

November 27, 2012 Leave a comment
Walker Theatre

Walker Theatre. staff photo, (c) 2009, all rights reserved.

By Yvonne Gilbert
Asante Children’s Theatre

The Asante Children’s Theatre holiday concerts are a celebration of the holiday season and a call to action for attendees to help Hoosier families who need food assistance.  The holiday concerts will explore holiday traditions through song, dance and comedy as well as encourage the concept of collective work and responsibility as it draws attention to restocking Gleaners Food Bank.

Under the direction of ACT Artistic Director Deborah Asante and Musical Director Vincent Howard, the holiday concerts will feature the multi-generational Kwanzaa Community Choir and the Voices of Worship of the University of Indianapolis, plus special performances by the ACT Prepsters and others.  Offered on four different dates at four different locations, the holiday concerts will engage and entertain all sectors of the Indianapolis community.


  • Friday, Nov. 30, 2012, 7 p.m., Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center, 1400 E. Hanna Avenue
  • Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012, 7 p.m., Indy Fringe Theatre, 719 E. St. Clair Street
  • Friday, Dec. 7, 2012, 7 p.m., John Marshall High School, 10101 E. 38th Street
  • Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012, 7 p.m., Madame Walker Theatre Center, 617 Indiana Avenue (pictured above)


Admission is two (2) non-perishable or canned food items per person at the door. Receptacles provided by the Gleaners Food Bank for the collection of canned food items will be located in each of the venues through December 10.

To benefit the Gleaners Food Bank, the Asante Children’s Theatre presents this event to the general public in partnership with University of Indianapolis, The Indy Fringe Theatre, John Marshall Community High School, The Madame Walker Theatre Center, with the support of the Arts Council of Indianapolis and the City of Indianapolis, Regional Arts Partner—Indiana Arts Commission, The Indianapolis Foundation—a CICF affiliate, Indianapolis Public Schools, Engaging Solutions LLC, Regina Marsh & Forest Manor Multi-Service Center, The Athenaeum  Foundation and other local organizations.

For more information, visit, or call 317-627-4755.

Hate Crime Drives Action in ‘Stop Kiss’ at UIndy Theatre

November 26, 2012 Leave a comment
'Stop Kiss' at the UIndy Theatre

Ashley Clark (left) and Morgan Jackson in ‘Stop Kiss’ at the UIndy Theatre.
Photo provided by the University of Indianapolis and used with written permission.

Press Release
University of Indianapolis

An unexpected love affair and a violent assault set the stage for an exploration of relationships in Stop Kiss, opening Nov. 30 and presented by the University of Indianapolis Department of Theatre.

The 1998 work by American playwright Diana Son tells the tale of Callie (Morgan Jackson) and Sara (Ashley Clark), two young women living in New York City whose friendship evolves into something more. Their first kiss provokes a physical attack by a stranger that leaves Sara in a coma. Two male friends (Ross Percell and Will Schnabel) try to help in the aftermath, with mixed results. The story is told in alternating scenes from before and after the assault, which is not seen onstage.

Performances are at 8 p.m. Nov. 30 through Dec. 2 and Dec. 6-8 in Studio Theatre of UIndy’s Esch Hall, 1400 E. Hanna Ave. Admission is $11 for the general public, $10 for seniors, groups of eight or more and non-UIndy students. A free preview is scheduled for 8 p.m. Nov. 29.

The production contains adult language and content that may be inappropriate for minors.


UIndy Theatre: Stop Kiss by Diana Son

8 p.m. Nov. 30 to Dec. 2 and Dec. 6-8
Studio Theatre, Esch Hall, University of Indianapolis, 1400 E. Hanna Ave.

Free preview: 8 p.m. Nov. 29

Admission: $11 general admission; $10 for seniors, groups of eight or more and non-UIndy students

Information: 317-788-3251 or