Crossroads Repertory Theatre Opens June 23

June 8 2006

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- The name might have changed, but the tradition of providing the Wabash Valley with quality theater has not. Join Indiana State University's Crossroads Repertory Theatre (formerly SummerStage) for its inaugural season beginning Friday, June 23.

"Crossroads Repertory Theater will still offer the community the same caliber of performances, Sunday talks and guest lecturers and SummerStage," said Arthur Feinsod, ISU theater department chair.

"The name change better describes who we are - we are at the physical crossroads of America, but we also serve as the crossroads between theater artists from throughout the United States and other cultures," Feinsod added.

* Kicking off the season will be the comedic "Moon Over Buffalo" - Follow the antics of George and Charlotte Hay, two aging actors with a second rate acting company. When they think Frank Capra will be in the audience and cast them in his current movie all mayhem breaks loose!

The production of "Moon Over Buffalo" is sponsored by Ned and Phyllis Dye Turner.

"Moon Over Buffalo" will be presented at 7:30 p.m. on June 23, 24 and 28 as well as July 20 and 28. There will also be a matinee performance at 4 p.m. on June 25. All shows will take place in the New Theater and are under the direction of Kristin Kundert-Gibbs.

* "A Doll House" - Ruled her whole life by her father then her husband, Nora Helmer questions the foundation of everything she believes in when her marriage is put to the test. Amy Attaway returns to Terre Haute as Nora, joining Mark Douglas Jones in this play that changed the course of modern drama.

"A Doll House" is sponsored by Donald and Gretchen Bauer Jennermann.

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. June 30, July 1, 5, 22 and 27 and with a matinee at 4 p.m. on July 2. All shows will take place in the New Theater and are under the direction of CRT Artistic Director Arthur Feinsod.

* "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown" - A musical by Clark Gesner based on the Charles Schulz's comic strip "Peanuts." Spend an evening of music and fun with Lucy, Schroeder, Linus, Sally, Snoopy and Charlie Brown. This family-friendly production features company veterans Andy Rabensteine and Mark Douglas Jones.

"You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown" is sponsored by Wal-Mart.

The musical will be performed at 7:30 p.m. on July 7, 8, 12, 21, 26 and 29 with matinees at 4 p.m. on July 8 and 9. All shows will take place in the New Theater and are under the direction of Christopher Berchild.

* The CRT season will end with Kathleen Tolan's "Memory House," a co-production with the Phoenix Theatre in Indianapolis. An essay being written for a college application forces a single mother (played by Julie Dixon) and her adopted daughter (played by ISU alumna Kelsey Hanlon) grapple with their past as they face an uncertain future.

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. on July 14, 15, 19 and 25 with a matinee at 4 p.m. on July 16. All shows will take place in the New Theater and are under the direction of Lew Hackleman.

This production will also be performed at Indianapolis' Phoenix Theatre at 7:00 p.m. on August 3 and 10; at 8:00 p.m. on August 4, 5, 11, and 12; and August 6 and 13 at 2 p.m.

Crossroads Rep season tickets can be purchased for $42. Single production tickets, which go on sale June 19, are $12 for each of the three plays and $15 for the musical. For general information, contact the Crossroads Repertory Theatre publicity office at (812) 237-3334; to purchase tickets or for ticket information, contact the ticket office at (812) 237-3333.

Another returning aspect of Crossroads Repertory Theatre is the "New Play Tuesdays," which features the readings of bold new scripts. Members of the company perform these staged readings at 7:30 p.m. in Dreiser Theater, located at 6th and Cherry Streets, and are made possible by the Florette McKinney Fund.

Four short pieces by playwrights who have been affiliated with Crossroads Rep over the years will be presented on Tuesday, June 27th; "Safe," by Ron Fitzgerald will be read on July 11; and "Quid Pro Quo," by deaf playwright Garrett Zuercher will be presented on July 18.

Also of interest to the public will be "Sunday Talks" at 6:30 p.m. following Sunday matinee performances on June 25, July 2, 9 and 16. The talks will feature scholars and artists with expertise in the plays that are performed. Scheduled lecturers include Dr. Christopher Berchild, Crossroads Repertory Theatre literary manager, June 25; Dr. Mark Sandberg from the University of California, Berkley, July 2; Dr. M. Thomas Inge, from Randolph-Macon College, July 9; and Kathleen Tolan, playwright of ?Memory House,? July 16.

Audience members will also have a chance to interact with the shows' actors and directors at "Wednesday AfterWords," immediately after each Wednesday night performance. All educational programs, including "Sunday Talks," "New Play Tuesdays" and "Wednesday AfterWords" are free and open to the public.

Crossroads Repertory Theatre is made possible in part by the ISU College of Arts and Sciences, the President's Society, Arts Illiana, the Indiana Arts Commission, the National Endowment for the Arts, Sodexho Food Services, Terre Haute Savings Bank, charter members of Crossroads Repertory Theatre and the Friends of Crossroads Rep.

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Contact: Arthur Feinsod, department of theater chair, (812) 237-3336 or tharthur@isugw.indstate.edu

Writer: Paula Meyer, ISU Communications & Marketing, (812) 237-3783 or devmeyer@isugw.indstate.edu

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Join Indiana State University's Crossroads Repertory Theatre (formerly SummerStage) for its inaugural season beginning Friday, June 23.

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