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“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

January 5, 2017 Leave a comment
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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

December 27, 2016 Leave a comment
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Phoenix Theatre in Indianapolis, Indiana.
AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2015, all rights reserved.

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.

Phoenix Theatre Brew-Ha-Ha, June 18, 2016

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Phoenix Theatre in Indianapolis, Indiana.
AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2015, all rights reserved.

By Olivia Hinkel
Phoenix Theatre

The Phoenix Theatre will hold its 21st annual craft beer festival, Brew-Ha-Ha, on Saturday, June 18, 2016, 3:00-7:00 PM. The event is open to individuals ages 21 and older.

Sample the region’s finest microbrews and craft beers, enjoy live music all afternoon long, and indulge in great food at Indy’s original beer sampling event.

Proceeds from Brew-Ha-Ha support the Phoenix Theatre. Corporate sponsors for this year’s event are The Doug Dilling Team at Unite Real Estate and Williams Creek Consulting.

THE EVENT
Brew-Ha-Ha provides an outdoor block party atmosphere in the 700 block of North Park Avenue between Massachusetts Avenue and East St. Clair Street in downtown Indianapolis’ historic Chatham Arch neighborhood, with the street traffic rerouted for the event. Live entertainment is provided all afternoon by local bands The Underhills, Jon Strahl Band, and Monkey Fightin’ Snakes. Brew-Ha-Ha is held rain or shine.

BEER AND FOOD
Brew-Ha-Ha attracts the area’s finest microbrewers and craft beer distributors each year. This year, dozens of breweries from all over Indiana have been confirmed, including some new to the festival. For a full list of the brewers in attendance, visit the “News and Events” page of http://phoenixtheatre.org/.

Participating food vendors this year include King David Dogs, Ruth’s Chris Steak House, and Punch Burger.

THE BANDS

The Underhills

Weaving together guitars, banjo, fiddle, mandolin, and electric bass, The Underhills evoke the folk music traditions of Appalachia, while experimenting with motifs and grooves that draw influence from The Grateful Dead, The Beatles, Bob Marley, D’Angelo, John Hartford, Bach, and Vivaldi. Inspired by the wooded hills of southern Indiana, this seven-piece outfit uses intricate string arrangements, rich vocal harmonies, and modern songwriting styles to create a sound that is uniquely their own.

Jon Strahl Band

Jon Strahl Band is an Indianapolis, IN based Blues, Rock, and Soul act, which over the past few years has built a grass roots following in the Central Indiana region. With the release of their first full-length album, The Ladder, and on the strength of their crowd-pleasing live shows, their reputation continues to grow in leaps and bounds. The band takes a no-frills approach to their music, focusing on musicianship and soulfulness to get their point across. Taking cues from the Chicago, Mississippi , and Texas Blues traditions, and the Soul influence of Stax Records and Muscle Shoals, they have blended the old-school and the modern to create a sound all their own.

Monkey Fightin’ Snakes

In 2009, Stupid Nasty Angry Knights of the Evil Science (S.N.A.K.E.S.) began their conquest to consume the world with obnoxious conformity. They infiltrated the music business, embedding clandestine messages in the ‘out-tune’ vocals and repetitive beats of popular music. Thus, Mankind’s Only Non-Knights of Evil Yuck (M.O.N.K.E.Y.) was formed to fight SNAKES at its core: with straightforward, in-your-face rock and roll. One six string, one four string, one kit and one voice combine to stamp out the evil yuck. Over the years, fighters have been lost in battle, but Totin’ Todd (six string) and Marauding Mike (four string) have managed to survive. This summer, they are joined by recent recruits Raucous Rachelle on vocals and Rambunctious Rod on the kit. To protect its Monkey fightin’ members from Snake harm, they have periodically been forced to operate under pseudonym. Nevertheless, for seven straight years, Monkey Fightin’ Snakes has bombarded Brew-Ha-Ha with its electric attack on obnoxious conformity.

TICKETS
Tickets for Brew-Ha-Ha are on sale now. Tickets are $30 per person if purchased before the day of the event and will be $40 on the day of the event.

VIP tickets are on sale now and are $50. VIP admission starts at 2:00 PM, an hour before regular admission. VIP tickets are only available before the day of the events and are limited in quantity. Tickets for Designated Drivers are $10.

Tickets are available online at http://phoenixtheatre.org/ or by calling the Box Office at 317-635-7529.

2016-17 Season at The Center for the Performing Arts

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The Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel, Indiana.
AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2013, all rights reserved.

By Anne O’Brien
The Center for the Performing Arts

The Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel, Indiana announces its 2016-2017 season, presented by Allied Solutions. Highlights include:

* Jazz at Lincoln Center with Wynton Marsalis
* Alan Cumming
* The Yellowjackets
* Sara Evans
* Havana Cuba All-Stars
* Lang Lang
* Hubbard Street Dance Chicago
* Anoushka Shankar
* Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra
* Joan Baez
* Official Blues Brothers Revue

Subscriptions on sale Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Carmel, Ind. (April 25, 2016) – President and CEO Tania Castroverde Moskalenko and Artistic Director Michael Feinstein today unveiled the 2016-17 Season, presented by Allied Solutions, during a special gathering at the Palladium for subscribers and donors.

The 2016-17 season at the Center for the Performing Arts will feature six subscription series, including: Printing Partners Classical, The Stratford Songbook, Jazz, Country, World Stage and Dance. In addition, the Center will present Drewry Simmons Vornehm Pop/Blues/Folk, University of Indianapolis Spotlight, Family and Holiday performances.

Highlights of the season includes performances by Jazz at Lincoln Center with Wynton Marsalis, Alan Cumming, the Yellowjackets, Sara Evans, Havana Cuba All-Stars, Lang Lang, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Anoushka Shankar, Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, Joan Baez, and the Official Blues Brothers Revue and more.

The Center’s annual Songbook Celebration Gala presented by Krieg DeVault returns in October and the second annual New Year’s Eve Extravaganza returns in December.

New this year, the Center has increased subscriber benefits. Now, save 20-30% on tickets in a subscription series, and 15% on Create Your Own series. The 15-20% subscriber discount can be applied to any additional performances throughout the Center Presents 2016-17 season presented by Allied Solutions, including just-added performances.

“The Center has prepared a sensational lineup awaiting your discovery. From powerful classical recitals and orchestral performances, to exhilarating Songbook and Broadway showcases, from hand-clapping and foot-stomping pop rock, and blues bands, to awe-inspiring family friendly presentations, the season ahead is filled with incredible talent and flair. We look forward to sharing the season with the community and will continue, as always, to announce new performances throughout the year,” said Moskalenko.

Subscriptions are on sale Tuesday, April 26, beginning at 6 a.m. online and 10 a.m at the Palladium box office window and by phone at 317-843-3800 or toll-free at 877-909-2787. The season lineup will be outlined in full on the Center for the Performing Arts’ website:www.TheCenterPresents.org.

“The 2016-17 Season presented by Allied Solutions” includes:
Printing Partners Classical Series

Lang Lang
Tue., September 27 at 7:30pm | The Palladium

Russian String Orchestra
Sat., October 29 at 8pm | The Palladium

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
Fri., December 9 at 8pm | The Palladium

Prague Philharmonia Orchestra
Fri., January 20 at 8pm | The Palladium

Venice Baroque Orchestra with Nicola Benedetti, Violin
Sat., February 18 at 8pm | The Palladium

Direct from Kiev, National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine
Fri., March 3 at 8pm | The Palladium

The Stratford Songbook Series
2016 Songbook Academy Finals
Sat., July 23 at 7pm | The Palladium

Up, Up, & Away: Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis Jr. and The Next Dimension
Fri., September 23 at 8pm | The Palladium

Alan Cumming
Sat., December 3 at 8pm | The Palladium

Neil Berg’s “101 Years of Broadway”
Sat., January 21 at 8pm | The Palladium

Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra:
By George! The Pops Play Gershwin
Sun., April 2 at 7pm | The Palladium

Michael Feinstein with Special Guest
Sat., April 29 at 8pm | The Palladium

Jazz Series

Arturo Sandoval
Fri. September 30 at 8pm | The Palladium

Dr. John “The Spirit of Satch”
with Nicholas Payton
Sat., November 19 at 8pm | The Palladium

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis
Mon., December 5 at 7:30pm | The Palladium

The Yellowjackets
Fri., February 24 at 8pm | The Palladium

Joey Alexander Trio
Sat., March 25 at 8pm | The Tarkington

Charles Lloyd & The Marvels Featuring Bill Frisell
with Reuben Rogers, Eric Harland & Greg Leisz
Thur., April 20 at 7:30pm | The Palladium

Country Series A

Scotty McCreery
Fri., September 9 at 8pm | The Palladium

LeAnn Rimes
Sun., October 2 at 7pm | The Palladium

Sara Evans
Fri., February 3 at 8pm | The Palladium

The Time Jumpers featuring Vince Gill, Kenny Sears, and “Ranger Doug” Green
Fri., April 28 at 8pm | The Palladium

More Country Music! This year, the Center is adding more country performances and offering two Country Series packages. Subscribe now to the Country Series A. Stay tuned later this season for an additional package, Country Series B, for even more artists and discounts!

World Stage Series

Ballet Folklorico “Quetzalli” de Veracruz
Sun., September 25 at 7pm | The Palladium

Havana Cuba All-Stars
Fri., November 4 at 8pm | The Palladium

Danú: An Evening of Celtic Music
Fri., March 10 at 8pm | The Tarkington

Anoushka Shankar
Fri., March 24 at 8pm | The Tarkington

Simon Shaheen
Sat., April 8 at 8pm | The Tarkington

Dance Series

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago
September 23 & 24 at 8pm | The Tarkington

Koresh Dance Company
25th Anniversary Celebration
November 11 & 12 at 8pm | The Tarkington

Russian National Ballet Theatre
January 13 & 14 at 8pm | The Tarkington

Ballet Hispanico
March 17 & 18 at 8pm | The Tarkington

Drewry Simmons Vornehm Pop/Blues/Folk Performances

The Official Blues Brothers Revue
Sat., August 27 at 8pm | The Palladium

George Thorogood & The Destroyers
Sat., September 17 at 8pm | The Palladium

An Evening with Joan Baez
Thur., October 20 at 7:30pm | The Palladium

R.E.M.’s Mike Mills’ Concerto
for Violin, Rock Band, and Orchestra
Sat., November 5 at 8pm | The Palladium

“1964 the Tribute” – Celebrating the Beatles
Sat., February 17 at 8pm | The Palladium

Family Performances

Leela – The Divine Play
Sat., October 1 at 7pm | The Tarkington

Shaolin Warriors
Sat., March 18 at 8pm | The Palladium

Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo LIVE!
Sun., April 23 at 1pm & 4pm | The Palladium

CNO Financial Indiana Music Series

Purdue Glee Club & Purduettes
Sat., September 24 at 8pm | The Palladium

University of Indianapolis Spotlight Performances

Reduced Shakespeare Co.
The Complete History of America (abridged): Election Edition
Fri., September 30 at 8pm | The Tarkington

Jake Shimabukuro
Mon., November 7 at 7:30pm | The Palladium

Five Irish Tenors
Sat., February 4 at 8pm | The Palladium

Vienna Boys Choir
Sat., March 4 at 8pm | The Palladium

Holiday Performances

Sandi Patty Christmas
Fri., December 2 at 8pm | The Palladium

Dave Koz & Friends Holiday
Thur., December 8 at 7:30pm | The Palladium

Home Free Holiday
Thur., December 15 at 7:30pm | The Palladium

Special Events

2016 Songbook Celebration Gala presented by Krieg DeVault
Sat., October 15 | The Palladium

New Years Eve Extravaganza
Sat., December 31 at 8pm | The Palladium