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“The 39 Steps” at Actors Theatre of Indiana, Jan. 30-Feb.15

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Studio Theatre in Carmel

Studio Theatre at The Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel. staff photo, (c) 2011, all rights reserved.

By Kristin Merritt
Actors Theatre of Indiana

Actors Theatre of Indiana (ATI), the resident professional theatre company of The Studio Theater at The Center for the Performing Arts, will present the two-time Tony and Drama Desk Award winner, The 39 Steps (Title Sponsor, Pedcor Companies), Jan. 30 to Feb. 15, 2015.

Based on the 1935 film thriller, The 39 Steps mixes a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel, adds in a dash of Monty Python and the result is a sheer comedic brilliance! Four actors who, against all odds, masterfully and hilariously play over 150 characters…sometimes changing roles in the blink of an eye!

The 39 Steps is directed by Richard J Roberts (no period after the initial J), who most recently directed ATI’s critically acclaimed production of My Fair Lady. Scenic design is by Bernie Killian, sound design by Joe Court, lighting by Erin Meyer and costumes by Amanda Bailey. Actors Theatre of Indiana welcomes Lisa Ermel (Annabella Schmidt/Pamela/Ensemble), Ian McCabe (Clown #2) and Logan Moore (Richard Hanney) who make their ATI debut in this production. Artistic Director and ATI co-founder Don Farrell, returns to the stage in the role of Clown #1.

The production runs Friday, January 30 through Sunday, February 15 and performances are Wednesdays at 7:30pm (discounted ticket rate of $25.00), Thursdays at 7:30pm, Fridays at 7:30pm, Saturdays at 7:30pm and Sundays at 2:00pm in The Studio Theater, 4 Center Green, Carmel, IN 46032. We will present our talkback series, “Behind the Curtain” sponsored by Matt the Miller’s Tavern, featuring the cast/production crew of The 39 Steps directly following the Sunday, February 8 performance.

Ticket prices for all performances are $40.00 for adults, $36.50 for seniors, $20.00 for students (18 and younger) and may be purchased online, or by calling the box office, 317.843.3800. Group rates are available through the box office for groups of 15 or more.

‘The Giver’ at Indiana Repertory Theatre, Jan. 23-Feb. 21

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Indiana Repertory Theatre staff photo, (c) 2013, all rights reserved.

By Carolyne Holcomb
Indiana Repertory Theatre

Beginning Jan. 23, 2015, the Indiana Repertory Theatre (IRT) will bring Lois Lowry’s Newbery Award-winning children’s novel, The Giver, to its Upperstage. This cross-generational story engages both adults who grew up reading the novel and children who are reading it for the first time.

In this play, adapted by Eric Coble and directed by IRT’s Associate Artistic Director Courtney Sale, audiences experience a utopian society where citizens have eliminated human characteristics in exchange for a safe and a sanitized existence.  What at first appears to be an idyllic society, quickly unfolds into dystopia when Jonas (played by Grayson Molin) discovers his ability to see beyond the world of grey that has been created by his citizenry.

As his unique abilities emerge, he and The Giver (played by David Allen Anderson) who is charged with transferring memories of love, beauty, sadness, war, music and more, devise a plan which allows Jonas to escape to “elsewhere,” freeing the society from the opaque lens from which they perceive life’s limited depth and beauty.

“The production works beautifully because it allows audiences to experience a great narrative that takes a look at becoming an adult, understanding manipulative culture and determining how young adults choose to do something about it,” said Sale. “This is a story of enormous awakening; it’s about a brave young man who challenges the space of disobedience.”

The Giver, endlessly thought-provoking and daring, challenges audiences to question the dangers of conformity and the power of truth.  The show runs Jan 23 through Feb. 21and is one hour and thirty minutes with no intermission.

What: The Giver opening at Indiana Repertory Theatre

Where: IRT Upperstage, 140 W. Washington St., Indianapolis

When:  Jan. 23 – Feb 21; Opening Night on Jan 23

Cost: Adult: $25-47 Students: $20


Performance Dates and Times

Jan. 23 @ 7 p.m. –Opening Night

Jan. 24 @ 3 p.m. & 7 p.m.

Jan 31 @ 3 p.m. & 7 p.m. –ASL/A-D Performance 

Feb. 6 @ 7 p.m.

Feb. 7 @ 3 p.m. & 7 p.m.

Feb 13 @ 7 p.m.

Feb 14 @ 3 p.m. & 7 p.m.

Feb 20 @ 7 p.m.

Feb 21 @ 3 p.m. & 7 p.m.


Special Events


*For every performance there will be a post-show discussion hosted by IRT staff and artists.

*The IRT’s The Giver: Scavenger Hunt at the Central LibraryJan.  18, 2:30 p.m. –4 p.m. Test your knowledge of Louis Lowry’s acclaimed novel, The Giver, by venturing on a scavenger hunt at the Central Library, hosted by the Indiana Repertory Theatre. All participants will receive a 50 percent off coupon for one ticket and will be entered to win four tickets to see the IRT’s The Giver and an exclusive backstage tour.  All ages invited to participate.




Mother | KATIE deBUYS




The Chief Elder | KATIE deBUYS


Read the company bios here



Scenic Designer | ROBERT MARK MORGAN

Costume Designer | GUY CLARK


Sound Designer & Composer | TOM HORAN