Join us in the New Year for a stunning display of contemporary dance, featuring brand new and repertory works created by Elizabeth Shea, Nya McCarthy-Brown, Selene Carter, Iris Rosa, and George Pinney, as well as Guest Choreographers Angie Hauser and Kyle Abraham.
“Antigone started with an idea of a world, music, and movement.Those ideas were taken to three extraordinary designers who helped to shape this world for the actors and choreographers to step into before rehearsals began: Kevin Nelson, set design, CarrieBarton, lighting design, and Courtney Foxworthy, costume design. Before choreographer Liz Shea got involved in this production, I could only hope that my idea of adding dance/movement to this show would work. Not only did she come into this theatrical environment with beautiful and inspiring images from her extensive experience in contemporary dance, but she worked with each individual actor's strengths, making them all dancers in their own right. Adam McLean's stage combat and stage movement expertise created the extraordinary Civil War piece. - Katie Horwitz, director
Director Kenneth L. Roberson talks Fosse, and scenic designer Bridgette Dreher shares her design inspired by the vintage postcards and advertising culture of New York in the 60's. Meet the cast and get ready to be transported back to the Fandango Ballroom in IU Theatre's 2015 production of SWEET CHARITY. Book by Neil Simon / Music by Cy Coleman / Lyrics by Dorothy Fields Directed & Choreographed by Kenneth L. Roberson Music Direction by Terry LaBolt
Perhaps no writer has contributed more to the style and values of contemporary drama than Henrik Ibsen. That is especially true in the United States, where Hollywood has adapted Ibsen’s emphasis on psychology, realism, meticulous character orchestration, and plot construction on a truly industrial level. Meet the cast and creative team behind IU Theatre's 2015 production of HEDDA GABLER.
It's hot hot hot out, but it's super-cool in the Jungle of Nool! Welcome to the wonderful, wild, and wacky world of SEUSSICAL! As much fun for the big kids as it is for the shorties. :) In this Audience Guide, you'll meet the folks behind the scenes and on the stage! A magical cat with a mystical hat, And a brook in a bathtub What is weirder than that? A General who’ll fight over butter side down and a Sour Kangaroo who does nothing but frown. There are monkeys on scooters and what’s even stranger, a vulture who puts the whole Who world in danger!
Indiana Festival Theatre, IU's professional summer theatre, presents William Shakespeare's AS YOU LIKE IT and James Still's The Gentleman From Indiana, based on the story by Pulitzer Prize winning Indiana author Booth Tarkington
If one story isn't enough for you, this musical mash-up brings together all of Grimm's Fairy Tale characters into one twisted tale of cows and curses, beanstalks and bakers, princes and princesses, and of course an evil witch. "Careful the things you say, Children Will Listen..."
IU's MFA playwriting program gives audiences a first-hand look at the development process leading up to full productions in the Wells-Metz Theatre. This season features two new plays, SING TO ME NOW and AMERICAN ASTEROID. Iris Dauterman (SING TO ME NOW) is a third year M.F.A. playwright at Indiana University. She graduated from Bennington College in 2008 with a B.A. in Drama. For IU Theatre, Trigger Warning premiered in the Studio Theatre as part of the 2014 At First Sight Festival of New Plays. Her full-length plays The Waypoint and You Can Have Me were both selected to receive staged readings at the Berkshire Fringe Festival. The Waypoint was also given a full production by the same company in the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Arts. She acted as artist-in-residence at a creative arts summer camp in Keene, NH, where her play The Alien Girl was performed by the campers. Since moving to Indiana, her play The Little White House was performed at the university as part of the school's Directing Realism class. Iris is originally from San Luis Obispo, California. Mauricio Miranda (AMERICAN ASTEROID) is a native of Lima, Peru in his second year of the M.F.A. playwriting program. His produced plays include Bound and Broken, The Watchman, The Exorcism, All The Other Kids, Marriage Play, The Costly Secret, The Other Side, God Red, among others. His plays have been produced and/or workshopped at Freed-Hardeman University, No Doze Theatre Festival, Men of Guidance Festival, South Eastern Theatre Conference, and Indiana University. As an actor Mauricio has worked with theatre companies through out Tennessee, Indiana, and New York City including Ground Up Productions, AlphaNYC Productions, Abingdon Theatre Company, Phoenix Theater Indianapolis, Cardinal Stage Company, and Jewish Theatre of Bloomington. Mauricio earned both a B.A. and M.A. from Freed-Hardeman University.
Described by director Nancy Lipschultz as a "full-on late-Renaissance Romeo & Juliet", this IU Theatre production provided our designers with a great opportunity to design lush sets and costumes, and to create an experience replete with Elizabethan songs and a presence of light used as a metaphor that brings a highly passionate and emotional mood to the play.
What does it mean to be a good kid? Opening Friday, Feb 6th 2015, Naomi Iizuka's GOOD KIDS takes on the issue of consent and the dire consequences of bad decisions fueled by "Jello shots and trash can punch". When Chloe wakes up in a strange house and can't remember what happened the night before, she finds out the whole school already knows. Inspired by events at a high school in Steubenville, Ohio, the play is a fictional account of a sexual assault at a post-game party – and its tragic repercussions. "Now a phone is not just a phone. It’s how you stay connected, how you know what’s happening, how you tell everybody what’s happening. You’re just one click away from sharing with the whole wide world, whether you realize it or not, whether you want to or not." - Dierdre
In IU Contemporary Dance presents its 2015 Winter Concert, European Contemporary Ballet and American Modern Dance meet and mingle in this innovative production, featuring a brand new work by London-born choreographer Ihsan Rustem and works by Nyama McCarthy-Brown, Selene Carter, Elizabeth Shea, Roger Jeffrey, Iris Rosa and Stephanie Nugent.
IU Theatre's 2014 production of Tarell Alvin McCraney's IN THE RED & BROWN WATER, directed by David Koté. At Indiana University's Wells-Metz Theatre. Featuring scenic design by Kristen Martino, lighting by Aaron Bowersox, and costume design by Aaron Wardwell. "Gotta girl named Oya run like the wind. She say she coming on in a year...You know that's a good lesson on this life. You never can tell what will happen to your chances. You gotta jump when you can move. Young people like yourself don't have much in the way of opportunity in this world." - The Man From State
Indiana University Department of Theatre, Drama, and Contemporary Dance presents Jon Jory's adaptation of Jane Austen's beloved novel. The guide contains background, cast, and creative team information for this 2014 production. Jane Austen (1775-1817) was born in Steventon, Hampshire at the start of the American War of Independence. The Austen siblings put on amateur theatricals, including Sheridan’s The Rivals , at home, while at Oxford brothers James and Henry published the periodical The Loiterer . Jane Austen began writing at an early age, drafting Sense and Sensibility in 1795 and beginning First Impressions , re-titled Pride and Prejudice , in 1796. Published in 1813, Pride and Prejudice was praised for its realistic portrayal of human character and feeling. The Critical Review noted that “Many such silly women as Mrs. Bennet may be found; and numerous parsons like Mr. Collins, who are every thing to every body. . . . The sentiments, which are dispersed over the work, do great credit to the sense and sensibility of the authoress.” The author of six completed novels, two of which were published posthumously, Jane Austen died in 1817 at the age of forty-one. (JANE AUSTEN Biography by Dr. Rae Greiner)
David Henry Hwang's M. BUTTERFLY won the 1988 Tony Award for Best Play and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. To date, M. BUTTERFLY has been staged in over four dozen countries and was the basis for a major motion picture. IU Theatre is pleased to share with audiences this behind-the-scenes look at our 2014 production.
IU Theatre Audience guide for the 2014-15 production of The Mystery of Edwin Drood, directed by George Pinney, with music direction by Terry LaBolt. Costume design by Eriko Terao and scenic design by Reuben Lucas.