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“A Night in India” at Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre, June 9-10, 2017

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By Michael Davidson
On behalf of Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre

Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre presents A NIGHT IN INDIA at The Tarkington at The Center for the Performing Arts, June 9-10, 2017 at 7 pm.

India keeps drawing Mr. Hancock back to its vibrant landscape and culture. After arriving home to Carmel, Indiana last December after his seventh trip to India, GHDT’s Artistic Director Mr. Gregory Hancock is as energized as ever to share his experiences and inspirational discoveries with theater audiences.

“The scope and variety of Indian arts are vast and diverse, and I feel I have only tapped into an extremely small portion of them. I want to share my appreciation for this culture with our GHDT audiences,” Mr. Hancock explains.

The intriguing stories of India’s art, culture and history will forever provoke his thoughts and its richness has naturally sparked his imagination once again to create a work of art filled with stunning music, dance, costumes and theatre sets.

This production will capture the beauty and diversity of this interesting country. As choreographer and storyteller, Mr. Hancock will premiere new works during this performance in addition to presenting other popular company repertoire pieces with Indian flare.

A mix of Eastern and Western music and dance will complement the romantic and dramatic tales of this region. As costumer, he is selecting, designing and constructing costumes and jewelry to enhance the visual authenticity of the evening. As teacher, he will inspire and direct over 20 professional and pre-professional dancers to bring their artistry to the stage.

As artistic director, he will mold all theatrical elements into a one breathtaking 2-hour experience. This is a must-see performance at The Tarkington that will appeal to audiences of all ages.

To complement the evening, an Indian Market will be open in the theatre’s lobby prior to each performance.

Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre is the resident professional dance company at The Tarkington at The Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel, Indiana.

For more information, visit http://gregoryhancockdancetheatre.org/, or call 317-844-2660. Tickets: 317-843-3800.

“Kinky Boots” at Clowes Hall, May 16-21, 2017

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“Kinky Boots” at Clowes Hall, May 16-21-, 2017.
Photo provided by the event organizers and used with written permission.

By Jessica Redden
On behalf of Broadway in Indianapolis

Inspired by true events, KINKY BOOTS takes you from a gentlemen’s shoe factory in Northampton to the glamorous catwalks of Milan.

Charlie Price is struggling to live up to his father’s expectations and continue the family business of Price & Son. With the factory’s future hanging in the balance, help arrives in the unlikely but spectacular form of Lola, a fabulous performer in need of some sturdy new stilettos.

KINKY BOOTS opens at Clowes Memorial Hall, 4602 Sunset Avenue, Indianapolis, Indiana, Tuesday, May 16 and runs through Sunday, May 21, 2017, for a limited engagement. Tickets are available in person at Clowes Memorial Hall, the Old National Centre Ticket Office, online at BroadwayinIndianapolis.com, or by phone at 1-800-982-2787.

“SuperHero” at The Tarkington, April 14-15, 2017

March 19, 2017 1 comment
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James Gilmer soars about the Tarkington stage as Jesus of Nazareth in the 2016 production of SuperHero. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2016, all rights reserved.

By Michael Davidson
On behalf of Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre

Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre presents SUPERHERO; a story of a man called Jesus at The Tarkington (in the Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre building) at The Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel, Indiana, April 14-15, 2017.

Back by popular demand for the fourth consecutive year and now becoming an annual Holy Week tradition, Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre’s SUPERHERO; the story of a man called Jesus is an experience of unprecedented emotion and is the must ‘see of the season.

This critically acclaimed, full-length modern ballet brings to life the struggles of Jesus Christ and the women surrounding him, as well as his complicated relationship with Judas Iscariot.

A story of betrayal, trust, sacrifice and great love, SUPERHERO; the story of a man called Jesus is masterfully set to modern music and movement and is an emotional roller coaster from the first pulsating rhythms to the final sweeping notes.

With world-class dancers, choreography and costumes, Artistic Director Gregory Hancock skillfully draws audiences into the poignant emotion of Jesus’s story, while evoking the universality of Jesus’s message and teachings.

SUPERHERO; the story of a man called Jesus is considered one of GHDT’s signature works and has been lauded as “exquisite,” “captivating from start to finish,” and “a most moving portrayal of The Passion.”

TICKETS:
$37.50 to $42.50

VENUE:
The Tarkington, 3 Center Green, Carmel, Indiana

DATES:
Friday, April 14, 2017, at 7 pm
Saturday, April 15, 2017, at 7 pm

INFO:
http://thecenterfortheperformingarts.org/
317-843-3800

Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre is the resident professional dance company at The Tarkington at The Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel, Indiana.

“The Cay” at Indiana Repertory Theatre, Jan. 28 to Feb. 26, 2017

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Indiana Repertory Theatre in downtown Indianapolis, Indiana.
AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2013, all rights reserved.

By Carolyne Holcomb
Indiana Repertory Theatre

Indianapolis—Amid a war-torn 1942, a young white boy and an older black man find themselves stranded on a Caribbean island in the Indiana Repertory Theatre’s (IRT) The Cay, on the Upperstage from January 28 through February 26, 2017.

In this story of opposites, The Cay follows a friendship that blossoms despite racial division as Phillip (played by Dalyn Stewart) and Timothy (played by David Alan Anderson) learn that without each other, neither will survive. Together, the duo brings Theodore Taylor’s award-winning novel to life and share that despite age, upbringing or race, friendship can be found in the most unlikely of places.

Taking place on a set that brings to life a variety of circumstances and locations, the characters survive being stranded at sea, tossed amidst a hurricane and deserted on an island. Geoffrey Ehrendreich, IRT Properties Manager, believes the complexity and creativity of the set to be the best work of the season.

“My favorite theatre is when you have to use your imagination, and this production encourages just that,” said director and IRT dramaturg, Richard J Roberts, revealing that the sound effects have been created using musical instruments and the props, including two giant palm trees, have been fashioned from items one might find washed ashore after a shipwreck.

“This production asks the audience to look beyond the surface reality of stage objects and imagine a world of natural wonders, just as the characters must look beyond their personal differences and see the possibilities of friendship,” said Roberts.

Celebrate the New Year, with new friendships found only in the IRT’s The Cay. Learn more about this production by visiting http://irtlive.com, or call 317-635-5252.

DETAILS

What: The Cay, by Theodore Taylor, adapted by Gayle Cornelison
When: January 28 – February 26, 2017
Where: IRT Upperstage | 140 W. Washington Street, Indianapolis, Indiana
Run Time: 80 minutes, no intermission
Age: Recommended for patrons in 4th grade and older
Content themes: Racism and social status, friendship, violence, World War II, man and the natural world, sacrifice, family, coming-of-age and mortality.

“How to Use a Knife” at the Phoenix Theatre, Jan. 19-Feb. 12, 2017

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Phoenix Theatre in Indianapolis, Indiana.
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By Olivia Hinkel
Phoenix Theatre

Phoenix Theatre of Indianapolis announces the National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere of How to Use a Knife opening January 19, 2017 on the Frank and Katrina Basile Stage. This production runs through February 12, 2017, with Bryan Fonseca serving as director.

ABOUT THE PLAY

Amidst the chaos of a New York City kitchen, Chef George is trying to turn his life around. As he struggles to stay sober, he must also contend with two spirited Guatemalan line-cooks, a pot-smoking busboy, an eerily quiet African dishwasher, and, of course, the lunch hour. But now immigration authorities are knocking at the door and it becomes apparent to George that his own life isn’t the only one he holds in his hands.

THE DIRECTOR

For 33 years, Bryan Fonseca has served as the Producing Director of the Phoenix Theatre. He previously worked in Indianapolis as the Producing Director of the Broad Ripple Playhouse and the assistant to the Producing Director at the Civic Theatre of Indianapolis. He was a founder and first Artistic Director of The Company Players in his hometown of Gary, Indiana. Bryan has directed for the MFA Playwrights Workshop at the Kennedy Center, The Human Race Theatre, Indiana University, Ball State University, and the Civic Theatre of Indianapolis. Over the years, he has transferred six Phoenix shows to Chicago. Bryan has received an Achievement and Service award from the Indiana Theatre Association, two Artist Fellowship awards from the Indiana State Arts Commission and two Creative Renewal Fellowships from the Arts Council of Indianapolis/Lilly Endowment. He is the first recipient of the Transformational Impact Fellowship from the Arts Council of Indianapolis, with the generous funding support of Lilly Endowment Inc. In addition to his work at the Phoenix, he is an adjunct professor at IUPUI and lectures frequently at Butler University and the University of Indianapolis. He has served on the board of the National New Play Network and developed and served as the first president of the League of Indianapolis Theaters.

THE PLAYWRIGHT

Will Snider was born and raised in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. His play How to Use a Knife will receive a National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere this season through Capital Stage (Sacramento, CA), Phoenix Theatre (Indianapolis, IN), Unicorn Theatre (Kansas City, MO), and InterAct Theatre (Philadelphia, PA). Other plays include The Big Man (EST’s Marathon of One-Act Plays), Strange Men, and Death of a Driver. His work has been developed at MCC, NNPN National Showcase of New Plays, The Kennedy Center, SPACE on Ryder Farm, Great Plains Theatre Conference, #serials@theflea, the claque, and MAKEHOUSE. He is a member of Youngblood, recipient of an EST/Soan Grant and The Kennedy Center’s Paula Vogel Playwriting Award, and spent three years working in agricultural development in East Africa. He is pursuing an MFA at UCSD under Naomi Iizuka.

THE CAST

How to Use a Knife features Chelsea Anderson as Kim, Ryan Artzberger as George, Josh Castaneda as Miguel, Rob Johansen as Michael, Tommy Lewey as Jack, Carlos Medina Maldonado as Carlos, and Ansley Valentine as Steve.

Chelsea Anderson has worked with Indiana Repertory Theatre, Phoenix Theatre, Forward Theater, Great River Shakespeare Festival, Heartland Actors Repertory Theatre, among others. She was most recently seen on the Phoenix stage in One Man, Two Guvnors.

Ryan Artzberger is returning to the Phoenix Theatre after having appeared in This and Reasons to be Pretty. In addition to being a regular at IRT and a company member of HART, Ryan has performed in theaters across the country, including Berkeley Rep, The Shakespeare Theatre Company in D.C., The Studio Theatre, The Lookingglass Theatre and The Goodman Theatre. Ryan is a graduate of The Juilliard School and Ohio University.

Rob Johansen will appear in this NNPN Rolling World Premiere directly following his appearance in Dogs of Rwanda. Previously, he was most recently seen at the Phoenix in the NNPN Rolling World Premiere of On Clover Road.

Ansley Valentine’s performance credits include several seasons with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s A Yuletide Celebration as puppet master and “Scrooge.” He recently joined the theatre faculty of Indiana University. His last appearance at The Phoenix Theatre was in Joe Turner’s Come and Gone.

TICKETS

Tickets for How to Use a Knife are on sale now. Tickets are $27.00 per person on Thursdays and Sundays, $33.00 per person on Fridays and Saturdays, and $20.00 for anyone 21 & under. Tickets for How to Use a Knife may be purchased by calling the box office at 317-635-7529 or visiting phoenixtheatre.org. Curtain times for the production are: Thursdays at 7 pm, Fridays at 8 pm, Saturdays at 8 pm, and Sundays at 2 pm.