2020-2021 Season

The Indiana Repertory Theatre staff and Board have been spiritedly reimagining our 2020-2021 Season and curating IRT classic productions that will bring us all joy and hope for the future. Your tremendous support and patience have been instrumental as we have researched the best path forward. We are producing a 6-play virtual season that opened in December and will run through June of 2021. In partnership with WFYI, each of our productions will be filmed and available to stream. Our season is generously supported by OneAmerica Financial Partners. 

Our season celebrates the resiliency of our art and safely accommodates our staff, actors, and patrons. It is because of loyal patrons like you that we are able to continue our mission this season. We hope that you will join us for this virtual adventure and enjoy the exceptional craftsmanship that you have come to expect from the IRT!

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This Wonderful Life
by Steve Murray
directed by Benjamin Hanna
Streaming December 1, 2020 – January 3, 2021

hilarious and heartwarming

Frank Capra’s iconic holiday movie It’s a Wonderful Life provides the springboard for a spirited and heartwarming performance as a man in love with the film enacts and reacts to its classic characters and content. Indy-based actor Rob Johansen takes on this witty tour de force as he recreates more than 30 characters at madcap speed. In this time-honored story, it’s Christmas Eve and a distraught George Bailey is sure he has failed his family and community. Clarence, an angel-in-waiting, helps George see how vital a role he’s played in the world and ultimately shares the effect that one hardworking man's life has on the people around him. Celebrate the season with theatrical magic, joyfully reimagined for our times.

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Tuesdays with Morrie
by Jeffrey Hatcher & Mitch Albom
based on the book by Mitch Albom
directed by Benjamin Hanna
Streaming February 8 – February 28, 2021

life’s greatest lesson

Morrie was Mitch’s sociology professor, but he was also his mentor, his advisor, his life coach. Now Mitch is a busy sportswriter with a frantic schedule and a troubled marriage, and Morrie is dying. One visit turns into a weekly pilgrimage and a final course in the meaning of life. The beloved book comes to life in this life-affirming play, full of compassion, humor, and hope.

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PNC presents NO. 6 
by T.J. Young
directed by Dwandra Nickole Lampkin
Streaming March 11 – April 4, 2021

family, racial tensions, & healing

As city-wide riots approach their neighborhood, a Black family shelters in their apartment above the small dry-cleaning business they own. When they find themselves protecting an intoxicated White man from the street, tensions inside the apartment amplify and secrets are revealed. Inspired by the killing of a young Black man by Cincinnati police in 2001, the play bears witness to the ongoing violence against Black citizens while reaching for the possibility of hope.

Part of IRT's INclusion Series: Celebrating Diverse Storytelling

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based on the book by Edmond Rostand
adapted for the stage by Jo Roets
directed by Janet Allen
Streaming April 15 – May 9, 2021

epic, intimate romance

The most dashing of heroes, the wittiest humor, passionate romance, heartbreak, tragedy, and a really big nose. It’s everything you could want in a night of theatre! This thrillingly theatrical gem sparkles with all the enchantment, intrigue, and sacrifice of love—and love lost.

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Mrs. Harrison
a play by R. Eric Thomas
directed by Mikael Burke
Streaming May 6 – May 30

simmering confrontation

Two women meet at their ten-year college reunion. Aisha is a successful Black playwright. Holly is a struggling White comedian and storyteller. As they dredge up shared memories and past confidences, we begin to wonder—which one is misremembering? Or lying? Or are they both? Wry humor clashes with long-suppressed grudges as this volatile encounter raises the question: who has the right to tell whose story?

Part of IRT's INclusion Series: Celebrating Diverse Storytelling



The House That Jack Built
by James Still
directed by Janet Allen
Streaming May 27 – June 20

a feast of feelings

Jack is gone, but his family gathers for Thanksgiving. Delicious aromas carry with them painful memories. Flowing wine dislodges hidden resentments. Old stories evoke shared laughter—and silent tears. This award-winning play by the IRT’s own playwright-in-residence returns with all its heart, tenderness, joy, and sorrow, reminding us we must accept the past before we can embrace the present.


Curious to know more?

As theatre-makers, we pride ourselves on being exquisite planners and this season reimagining has taken a great deal of study to fully research the best ways for us to safely and creatively produce this season. By producing virtually, it provides us the opportunity to keep our actors and staff healthy during their rehearsal schedule at the IRT, and it allows you the safety of streaming productions from the comfort of your home.

IRT’s reopening plan is being led by a task force comprised of Board and staff members, and includes experts from the medical and facilities fields. While we have been developing our reopening plan, we have simultaneously been working with the theatrical unions for them to approve our reopening plan which has hinged on Indiana’s COVID-19 numbers. Union approval was mandatory to hire actors and begin production. We have obtained approval with many controlled measures in place. We will continue to develop our reopening protocols for the time when we can safely bring you back for live performances at the IRT in our OneAmerica Mainstage Theatre. 

What does this mean for you?

We are elated to partner with WFYI to film our productions and offer on-demand streaming, knowing that this option will provide the most accessible viewing options for you in this moment. If you enjoyed Murder on the Orient Express on demand, we have more in store for you including enhanced audio and visual as well as accessible features such as closed captioning.

For Signature Six seated package holders, you will continue to receive access to stream this season’s plays, and we will send you detailed instructions on access as they become available.

For Build Your Own and Flex package holders, let the Ticket Office know what productions you would like to stream.

If you have questions or need assistance with your package, please contact the Ticket Office at ticketoffice@irtlive.com or 317.635.5252. 

Here are ways that you can support the IRT: 

  • Purchase a virtual package or single tickets 
    • 3-Play virtual packages and single tickets are on sale now!
  • Donate to the IRT 
    • IRT productions have always served to inspire, challenge, and captivate both you and your loved ones. With your support, we can bring stories to life that will bring our community together once again. Please consider making a gift to the IRT, YOUR support makes the mission of the Indiana Repertory Theatre possible! CLICK HERE TO DONATE 


Margot Lacy Eccles Artistic Director Janet Allen and Managing Director Suzanne Sweeney

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