2020-2021 Season

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Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein

adapted by David Catlin
September 9 - October 4, 2020

electrifying look at a classic thriller

Join a memorable gathering of literary giants on a dark and eerie evening as Mary Shelley stitches together her grisly gothic tale of Victor Frankenstein and his terrifying creation. This galvanic adaptation of the classic novel thrills and enthralls as it experiments with love, grief, horror, and the power to create—or destroy—life. There’s a little monster in all of us.

*Signature Six Series

Indianapolis at 200: Finding Home

a collaboration by writers across the city
with songs by Tim Grimm & Bill Myers
October 6 - November 8, 2020

exploring Indy’s shared history

Delve into beloved icons and hidden gems, the famous and the forgotten, with an Indianapolis Bicentennial collection created by a diverse group of writers from all around the city. Featuring songs by Hoosier singer-songwriter Tim Grimm and Indianapolis jazz icon Bill Myers, this multifaceted look at our city’s story mixes music and history, comedy and drama, fact and fable.

*Signature Six Season
**Part of IRT's INclusion Series: Celebrating Diverse Storytelling

Charles Dickens' A ChrISTMAS Carol

adapted by Tom Haas
November 14 - December 26, 2020

Indy’s holiday tradition

As the weather turns cold, warm your heart with Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim, and spirits of the past, present, and future. A Christmas Carol shines a light on the power of kindness and love in this uplifting tale of one man’s journey to redemption. Come celebrate the joy of the season with our annual holiday treasure infused with music and song.

Native Gardens

by Karen Zacarías
January 13 - February 6, 2021

hot-button comedy

You can’t choose your neighbors. In this thorny new comedy, cultures and gardens clash when a Latinx couple, Pablo and Tania, move in next to Frank and Virginia, a white couple with a prize-worthy English garden. The neighbors, each rooted in their views on race, taste, class, and privilege, get into a border dispute over a long-standing fence line—pushing both couples to surprising and hilarious extremes.

*Signature Six Series
**Part of IRT's INclusion Series: Celebrating Diverse Storytelling

Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451

adapted by Tobias Andersen
February 5 - March 6, 2021

timeless sci-fi tale

In a dystopian future where the written word is forbidden, firemen are paid to burn books instead of fight fires. But when Montag starts to read the books he is supposed to burn, he begins to question the life he leads. Now he must choose between continuing his regimented existence or risking everything for the right to think. Published in 1953, this science fiction classic is even more relevant today.


by George Stevens, Jr.
March 2 - 28, 2021

champion of equality

As a young Civil Rights lawyer, Thurgood Marshall risked his life to guarantee equal education opportunities for all children. Eventually, he took the landmark Brown v. Board of Education case all the way to the highest court in the land—and won. Later, as the first African American Supreme Court Justice, he fought for liberty and justice for all of us. This Broadway hit is an eye-opening, uplifting, and surprisingly humorous portrait of an American hero.

*Signature Six Series
**Part of IRT's INclusion Series: Celebrating Diverse Storytelling

The Widow Lincoln

by James Still
March 31 - April 25, 2021

tragic and triumphant

Fascinating, frustrating, and misunderstood, Mary Lincoln was one of the most criticized and maligned First Ladies in American history. When Abraham Lincoln was assassinated, she locked herself in a room in the White House and didn’t come out for 40 days and 40 nights. Commissioned by Ford’s Theatre, James Still’s hauntingly theatrical play weaves together the past and the present into the fever dreams of a woman trying to grieve, trying to imagine a suddenly unknown future, and trying to do it on her own terms.

*Signature Six Series

Steel Magnolias

by Robert Harling
April 13 - May 9, 2021

strong and sassy

Before it was a movie, this pop culture favorite was an off-Broadway hit. With sharp, witty banter and memorable one-liners, six women from all walks of life celebrate the everyday joys and tears of small-town living while gathered at their favorite hair salon. But when tragedy strikes, the play reveals the steely bonds of compassion and love that hold true friends together.

*Signature Six Series