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 thrilled to share with you that we will produce a 6-play virtual season that will open in early December 2020 with the holiday offering This Wonderful Life, and 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, and if we are able to gather in-person in the spring, we will invite patrons for live performances at the IRT in our OneAmerica Mainstage Theatre.
Our season will celebrate the resiliency of our art and safely accommodate our staff, actors, and patrons. It is because of loyal patrons like you that we are able to continue our mission this season, and we hope that you will join us for this new virtual adventure and enjoy the exceptional craftsmanship that you have come to expect from the IRT!
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Here are a few of IRT’s classic stories that you will fall in love with this season, with dates and more titles to be announced in the near future:
This Wonderful Life
by Steve Murray
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.
Tuesdays with Morrie
by Jeffrey Hatcher & Mitch Albom
based on the book by Mitch Albom
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.
PNC Presents Having Our Say:
The Delany Sisters’ First 100 Years
a play by Emily Mann
adapted from the book by Sarah L. Delany and A. Elizabeth Delany with Amy Hill Hearth
trailblazing activist sisters
Join 101-year-old Bessie and 103-year-old Sadie in their kitchen as they share the amazing story of their lives in their own words. These sisters grew up in the Jim Crow South, lived at the center of the Harlem Renaissance, and enjoyed professional careers as a dentist and a teacher. Fighting injustices big and small, they triumphed over prejudice with their charm, warmth, and dignity intact. Come have dinner with the Delanys, and hear the story of our nation.
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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 with the hope that we can safely bring you back later this season 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, there’s no further action needed from you at this time. You will receive access to stream the 6 plays and we will send you detailed instructions on access and additional production titles as soon as we know.
By retaining your package, you will keep your renewed seats for the 2021-2022 Season, lock in your 2020-2021 season rates for the 2021-2022 Season, be first in line to come back to the Theatre if we are able to gather in-person later in the season, and enjoy benefits created just for you in this new virtual season including pre- and post-show virtual discussions.
For Build Your Own and Flex package holders, we will be in contact to see what productions you would like to view.
If you have questions or need assistance with your package, please contact the Ticket Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 317.635.5252.
In the meantime, we want you to know that your support means the world to us and continues to be imperative as we open the season in these uncertain times.
Here are ways that you can support the IRT:
- Keep or renew your season ticket package
- Please know that we have a season guarantee and are happy to talk to you about any questions that you have once we announce our final productions.
- Purchase a virtual package or single tickets
- Beginning November 2, virtual packages and single tickets will be on sale.
- 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!
We appreciate the patience and encouragement that you have shared with us. We know that we are all pining away for our art, and we cannot wait to open our 2020-2021 Season!
Margot Lacy Eccles Artistic Director Janet Allen and Managing Director Suzanne Sweeney