Community and New Play Development in The Duchess of Stringtown
14 January 2018
Jordan Schwartz, director of literary programs and outreach at Phoenix Theatre in Indianapolis, discusses a project that originated at the Indiana Women’s Prison and culminated in a production in the neighborhood that was the setting of the story.
The Value of the PhD in Theatre at Public Institutions
30 November 2017
Noe Montez discusses Indiana University’s recent decision to discontinue the PhD in Theatre and Drama program, and discusses the need for public institutions to advocate for the futures of their doctoral students.
Disability On Stage and Off in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
22 November 2017
Talleri McRae interviews actors Mickey Rowe and Landon G. Woodson from The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time about casting actors with disabilities play disabled characters, and the power of inclusive casting.
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?”
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".
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.
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.
Seeing Red by David J. Loehr at Riverrun Theatre Co
Friday 9 March 2012
Madison, IN, United States
Riverrun Theatre Company presented Seeing Red by David J. Loehr, livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Friday 9 March 2012 at 7:30 p.m. EST / 6:30 p.m. CST / 4:30 p.m. PST.