Indianapolis, Indiana

A series featuring voices from in and around Indianapolis's theatre community.

Eclectic Pond logo.
Shakespeare for the Young in Indianapolis
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Shakespeare for the Young in Indianapolis

20 February 2014

When we do a talk back after our public performances of a Shakespearean play, there's a particular question that frequently comes up. This one question does a fair job of identifying the mission of EclecticPond Theatre Company (ETC). It's also the reason I signed on with the company shortly after it was formed in 2010. Invariably, this question comes from a well-meaning adult, and it always manages to surprise me that it has been asked again. “Do you really think that students can actually relate to anything in this play?”

An Indianapolis Hub for New Work
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An Indianapolis Hub for New Work

Phoenix Theatre

19 February 2014

In this installation, sound designer and playwright Tom Horan interviews Artistic Director Bryan Fonseca about the history and current status of the Phoenix Theatre.

Cabaret Poe poster.
Pursuing Originality in Indianapolis Theater
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Pursuing Originality in Indianapolis Theater

Q Artistry

19 February 2014

We often discuss originality at Q Artistry, an Indianapolis based new works theater organization. We debate it and comb over it with dirty, bloody brushes or pluck at it with a solitary virgin pick. And we always come up with different answers. From talking bowling pins to singing bunnies, we've presented ideas in theater form that were brand new or re-imagined. We've set Edgar Allan Poe to theatrical music in "Cabaret Poe" and turned the villain from the oldest poem known to man into an experience for audiences in "Grendel".

John Goodson's reading at Indy Actors' Playground.
Giving Indianapolis Actors a Place to Curate
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Giving Indianapolis Actors a Place to Curate

18 February 2014

Indy Actors’ Playground also gives working actors a chance to see their peers at work, a chance for theater professionals in the audience to see other sides of these actors, and a chance for students from local theater programs to be exposed to a wide range of plays. It gives our actors a chance to get past commercial considerations and ask themselves, “What do I really want to do?” In a largely dependent career, the chance to act on their answer can be exhilarating.

A large audience.
Free Shakespeare in the Heartland
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Free Shakespeare in the Heartland

17 February 2014

Our Shakespeare productions have become beloved Indianapolis events that draw over one thousand people per evening. We offer pre-show bands, food trucks, and beer and wine vendors. Audiences also bring their own picnic baskets: there are couples with tablecloths, candelabras, caviar and champagne, and families with buckets of chicken.

Theater in the Hoosier State
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Theater in the Hoosier State

16 February 2014

In this installation, Courtney Sale, the Associate Artistic Director for Indiana Repertory Theatre, gives an overview of the theatre scene in Indianapolis.

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