The Indiana Repertory Theatre, like all live performing arts organizations in our country, has suffered a considerable blow from the COVID-19 pandemic. Many new questions face us: not only about how to keep artists and audiences safe, but about what kinds of stories we long to experience in these challenging times. The constant amid all these dilemmas is the thing that has been true about theatre for over 2000 years of human history: the theatre is a place where we go when we need to experience deeply our own humanity, to have our heartstrings pulled, our funny bone tickled, and our empathy for those unlike us stirred. We are pleased to remain strongly attached to those values even in these trying times, because in trying times like these we need these moments of human connection most.
While the means by which we will deliver these enlivening stories may change a bit, our dedication to lifting stories of human resilience, to investing in quality storytelling and to featuring the work of remarkable artists will not. Some of you may see us only on a screen from the comfort and safety of your home this season; we hope after the first of the year, however, that some of you will be able to join us live (at reduced capacities) as we venture back into the time-honored live relationship between performers and audiences. But that will only happen if it is safe to do so. In the meantime, we are building our craft much the way we always have: one rehearsal at a time, one costume at a time, one piece of scenery at a time, one ticket at a time. We are working in some new ways to share stories with you because even if those stories are delivered virtually, we believe that the power of the performer and the story will reach your hearts and minds and reignite your sense of our shared humanity.
We have curated this season in a very new way: we are creating stories that bring us hope, using as many of our cadre of enormously talented local artists as we can, looking back to plays we have produced in IRT’s past that fire our imaginations and our empathy, while always keeping an eye on what we can most safely and responsibly make. But what also remains true is that we can’t do any of this without you: our loyal central Indiana community of supporters, as well as folks we may be able to reach through this new methodology/technology who we welcome into our community of supporters perhaps for the first time. So join us: join us in keeping the power of storytelling alive, in keeping arts and culture in our city vital, in honoring the art making of many talented artisans and in celebrating an art form that has thrived for thousands of years and will for thousands more.
Welcome to the IRT.
Janet Allen, Margot Lacy Eccles Artistic Director
Suzanne Sweeney, Managing Director