Artwork by Kyle Ragsdale

Show Information


October 20 - November 15
Upperstage
Adult pricing: $25-59
Student pricing: $20

Running time: two hours and 20 minutes, plus a 15 minute intermission

Special Events


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.

Happy Hour
11/10/2015 at 5:30 p.m.

Post-Show Discussion
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

Reviews


Phil Funkenbusch

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! 

Nelson Price

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.

Bob and Dana Wilson

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.

David Hochoy

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!

Jim Reed

Just saw world premier #April41968 at @IRTlive. Simply overwhelmed. @oceanrunnerx playwright James Still has written an enormous play. 

Michael Harrington

James Still left all of America and especially Indy a great gift tonight. Don't miss it @IRTlive #irtlive 

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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.

Cast Members


JAMES T. ALFRED
JAMES T. ALFRED
John Henry
Tracey N. Bonner
TRACEY N. BONNER
Addie
Christina D. Harper
CHRISTINA D. HARPER
Geneva
Michael Keck
MICHAEL KECK
DeeJay & Composer
Nia Simmons
NIA SIMMONS
Johnna Rose
Cathy Simpson
CATHY SIMPSON
Miss Davine
Nick Vidal
NICK VIDAL
Mike

Creative Team

Courtney SaleDirector
James StillPlaywright
Joel GrynheimStage Manager
Samantha JonesCostume Designer
Michael KeckComposer
Michael LincolnLighting Designer
Russell MethenyScenic Designer
Richard J. RobertsDramaturg
Claire Simon CastingCasting

Multimedia


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Video: April 4, 1968: Before We Forgot How to Dream Video Teaser
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Video: Cast Interview: Tracey N. Bonner & Christina D. Harper
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Video: Interview with Courtney Sale, Director of April 4, 1968

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