New theater launch, part 1

August 21, 2008
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A positive sign on the local arts scene (and we certainly could use those), is the launching of more professional arts organizations. Community theater is fine, but the more paying work there is for actors, directors, and designers, the better of an arts town we're going to have.

The latest: Sapphire Theatre Company.

Sapphire Theatre Company artistic director Bonnie Mill has ambitious plans. She wants to open a company theater space by its third season that will "mix live concerts, classic and independent film, dance, theatre and more with a coffee shop and cocktail lounge."

For now, it will be using at hoc locations, offering its adaptation of the "Make Love, Not War" classic "Lysistrata" in October at Circle Centre.

More news on another new company coming soon.
  • I have heard only good things about Sapphire. This is exciting news, indeed!

    I think it is ambitious (in a good way), too, to open with Lysistrata. I am looking forward to seeing it!

    Hope Baugh
  • PS - I agree with you, Lou, about the more paying theatre the better for Indianapolis. And for me, a theatre consumer.

    Is it fair to ask you at this point what else you think of when you think of Lysistrata or should I wait for your review?

    Hope Baugh
  • More on Sapphire Theatre Company's leaders:

    Bonnie Mill is a North Central and U. of Evansville grad who has performed at Indianapolis Civic Theatre, the Phoenix Theatre, Theatre on the Square, the New Harmony Project, and elsewhere. She's directed for ShadowApe, worked as Assistant Director at the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis, was an Assistant Professor at Penn State, and served as Assistant Artistic Director at Shakespeare Santa Cruz. Most recently she directed Dependence Day here at CTS.

    David Orr graduated from Wabash College. As a designer, he worked on Agio restaurant and Domont Studio Gallery. As a scenic artist, set designer, and building, he has worked with Indiana Repertory Theatre, San Jose Repertory Theatre, Theatre on the Square, ShadowApe, Pennsylvania Centre Stage, and Shakespeare Santa Cruz.

    I'm looking forward to seeing their work.


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