What's on tap for 2011/2012 at the Indiana Repertory Theatre?
First, an a-bit-too-early-for-Halloween production of "Dracula." There are a number of stage versions of the classic out there (Bela Lugosi starred on stage as the count before committing his performance on film). This one was penned by Steven Dietz, familiar to local audiences from the IRT's recent "Becky's New Car" and "Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure" and the Phoenix's "Yankee Tavern." No word yet, but I'm guessing opening night might be a good place for a Red Cross blood drive.
Next, moving from its usual winter slot, will be the latest trio of "Going Solo" one-actor plays. Titles haven't been announced, but one will come from the pen of IRT playwright-in-residence James Still.
A near-guaranteed hit with those who book school groups, "Julius Caesar" is next (although not part of the subscription season). For those who enjoy comparing and contrasting, note that this will be the second local professional "Caesar," with Heartland Actors Repertory Theatre staging its own this summer in White River State Park. The IRT's, though, will be a compact 90 minutes.
Of course, "A Christmas Carol" returns in November and December. After that comes August Wilson's final play, "Radio Golf," the completion of his cycle of plays each set in a different decade of the 20th century. After that, the IRT offers Noel Coward's "Fallen Angels."
Then comes one of the hottest plays on the regional theater circuit, Yasmina Reza's popular "God of Carnage" (the Chicago production recently was extended). The Tony-winning Best Play opens in late February. Then the season wraps with William Gibson's "The Miracle Worker."