‘Gatsby,’ ‘Mockingbird’ and an August Wilson classic on new IRT schedule

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The Indiana Repertory Theatre kicks off its season with an oft-assigned literary classic and ends it with a popular mystery, those being an adaptation of "The Great Gatsby" and a a production of Agatha Christie's "The Mousetrap."

In between, the schedule includes:

—April 4, 1968," set on the night of Dr. Martin Luther King's assassination and focusing on an Indianapolis' family impacted by that tragic event as well as Bobby Kennedy's now-famous speech.

—"The Mystery of Irma Vep," Charles Ludlam's bit of gothic craziness in which two quick-changing actors play an archeologist, a housekeeper, a mummy, and everyone else populating the show.

—"To Kill a Mockingbird" needs no introduction. This will be the third time within my memory that the theater has staged the play as part of its mainstage season. I recall the first being much stronger, the second being underpopulated. Ultimately, of course, much of it comes down to finding the right Scout.

—August Wilson's "Fences" is another returnee to the IRT stage. It's part of Wilson's cycle of plays, each set in a different decade of the 20th century (this one's anchored in the 1950s).

—"Bridge and Tunnel" is Sarah Jones' one-woman play set at an open-mic poetry night.

Of course, "A Christmas Carol" will also be back, along with "Peter Rabbit and Me' for the little ones.

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