SCOOP: IRT's 12/13 schedule to be announced

March 28, 2012
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What does the Indiana Repertory Theatre have in store for 2012/13?

The already announced big news is that Sylvia McNair will be playing the lead in a Jan.-Feb. production of "A Little Night Music." It's a rare musical for the IRT and an even-rarer non-operatic part for McNair.

Besides, "Night Music," the IRT will take a page from this year's playbook and open with another chiller. In 2011 it was Steven Dietz's adaptation of "Dracula," this time it's Jeffrey Hatcher's adaptation of "Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde." Dietz will be represented later in the season with "Jackie and Me," about a young baseball fan's meeting with Jackie Robinson.

The Going Solo Festival will again feature three one-actor plays, with "The Night Watcher" by Charlayne Woodard and "The House that Jack Built" by IRT Playwright-in-Residence James Still. And, of course, "A Christmas Carol" will be back.

The IRT will also be staging Shakespeare again, with the audience favorite "A Midsummer Night's Dream."

There's no big direct-from-on-or-off-Broadway play in the line-up, which leaves one wildcard. Matthew Lopez's "The Whipping Man" is a Civil War-era story involving a Passover Seder in an antebellum mansion. It will be interesting to see if the amputation scene in this one gets anything like the reaction of the vomit scene in "God of Carnage."

Your thoughts?

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  • A 'little' Night Music
    Does anybody know if IRT will hire an orchestra for the musical?
  • Sigh . . . .
    Midsummer? Really? Yawn!!!
  • ???
    A negative comment to Midsummer? Not every play has to be set yesterday and ripped from the headlines. There is hardly any Shakespeare in this town, and I'm happy to see it. The real question is are they going to abridge it like all the other Shakespeare they've done recently, or commit to an intelligent and full length staging.
  • LOVE Shakespeare
    Dave - just wanting IRT (or anyone else)to do some Shakespeare that hasn't been performed to death. IRT did a very nice Midsummer, not that long ago. Could we at least see them try a comedy or tragedy that hasn't been done this Century? And NOT abridged? Good luck with that!

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