October 20 - November 15
Adult pricing: $25-59
Student pricing: $20
Running time: two hours and 20 minutes, plus a 15 minute intermission
Opening Night Event: Peace walk on the Glick Peace Trail
10/23/2015 at 5:30 p.m.
Cookies and Coffee Series
11/05/2015 at 2 p.m.
11/10/2015 at 5:30 p.m.
10/24/2015 at 5 PM
IRTea talk with Ray Boomhower & Wilma Moore
11/01/2015 at 2 PM
IRTea Talk: James Still and Interviewees
11/08/2015 at 2 PM
Post-Show Discussion with Modupe Labode from IUPUI
11/11/2015 at 7:30 PM
Post-Show Discussion : Judge Dreyer & Kennedy King Park
10/22/2015 at 7:30 PM
Post-Show Discussion at Kountry Kitchen
10/25/2015 at After the performance
Post-Show Discussion: Executive Director Allan Boesak w/ Desmond Tutu Organization
11/10/2015 at 6:30 PM
The past several years I have made a point to travel from Springfield IL to see James Still’s plays at the IRT. He has such an interesting way of bringing to life monumental moments from our nation’s past – whether it be the Lincoln’s in the White House or a White House butler’s career in the 20th-century White House or, now, a moment of history about RFK & Martin Luther King – all thru the eyes of an Indianapolis teenager and her family. He writes about human beings, so we all identify and connect – and that’s what theater is all about. Excellent cast, beautiful production all around. Thank you!
I attended the performance of “April 4, 1968”, and was so impressed. James Still's grasp of local history – and even very secondary references to Indy landmarks and events -- is spot on. Really liked the way he approached the topic/pivotal event, loved the characters and was impressed (as always, at the IRT) with the acting and the staging. A real winner, as far as I’m concerned.
What Still's play brought back was the inability, at the time, of Whites and Blacks - even those who liked each other - as Mike and Geneva did - to talk about the importance of King's death and the differing perspectives it brought. My Black "school" friends and I just didn't talk about it. Couldn't. I didn't understand their perspective and they couldn't understand mine. The topic was radioactive.You did a terrific job of shining a light on the perception gap. And the difficulty of breaching it. Thank you. Terrific cast, set, language and overall execution. Well done. Still has done what a playwright should do - bring tears, smiles and hope. Not easy or often accomplished.
I really loved it! Still really captured the essence of something of importance that happened, a family's dynamics, and a young person's struggle to find her way. Bravo! Also a good cast, great direction and amazing set!
Just saw world premier #April41968 at @IRTlive. Simply overwhelmed. @oceanrunnerx playwright James Still has written an enormous play.
James Still left all of America and especially Indy a great gift tonight. Don't miss it @IRTlive #irtlive
About the Play
An intimate look at an Indianapolis family's collision with history. Bobby Kennedy’s powerful speech on the night of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination is a vital moment in Indiana’s memory. Inspired by true stories from those who were there, this world premiere offers an intimate look at one family and their personal experiences as history unfolds around them. It will surprise you, move you—and perhaps remind you.
DeeJay & Composer
Michael & Judy Harrington | Artist Sponsors of Courtney Sale
Stephen & Bev Koepper | Artist Sponsors of Cathy Simpson
Sarah & John Lechleiter | Artist Sponsors of James Still
Mike & Pat McCrory | Artist Sponsors of Nia Simmons
Jackie Nytes, Michael O'Brien & Patrick O'Brien | Artist Sponsors of Christina D. Harper
James Reed & Kris Martin | Artist Sponsors of Tracey N. Bonner
Michael & Elizabeth Simmons | Artist Sponsors of Nick Vidal
Cheryl & Ray Waldman | Artist Sponsors of James T. Alfred
Dr. Christian Wolf & Elaine Holden-Wolf | Artist Sponsors of Michael Keck