Crossroads Repertory Theatre Announces Summer Lineup

April 12 2007

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- Indiana State University's Crossroads Repertory Theatre will perform the following productions during its season, which opens Friday, June 22.

Charles Ludlam's The Mystery of Irma Vep
Opens June 22

The season opens with this sidesplitting comedy where two actors play many roles in a send-up of a gothic mystery that would have you shaking in fear if you weren't laughing so hard. Crossroads veterans Mark Douglas-Jones and Brandon Wentz will depict a houseful of memorably outrageous characters through haunted stormy nights, directed by the sure comic hand of director Sharon Ammen.

A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry
Opens June 29

Artistic director Arthur Feinsod, who brought you classics such as “Glass Menagerie” and “A Doll House,” takes on this celebrated Pulitzer-Prize-winning play, starring Michael Cherrie, who recently played Othello with the Houston Shakespeare Company, and returning favorite Diane Weaver as Mama. Competing dreams of the Younger family create friction, crisis and heartbreak, but lead to courageous family action as they stand up against prejudice and for positive action.

The Roar of the Greasepaint, the Smell of the Crowd
Book, music and lyrics by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley
Opens July 13

Director Susan Monts Bologna will give a new spin to this time-honored comic sensation of the musical repertoire, as relevant today as it was when it was first performed in the 1960’s. Sir, the corpulent man of leisure, sets the rules, while Cocky, the perennial underling, continually strives to win at the game of life only to sing through his small victories and bigger defeats with such famous songs as “Who Can I Turn to” and “Nothing Can Stop Me Now.”

Arthur Feinsod’s Table 17
Opens July 20

Director Tony Hall returns to Terre Haute to direct the world premiere of this comedy/drama about a young Jewish lawyer (played by Peter Papadopoulos), who tries to do right by his dying grandmother’s final wish, driving him to confront his family and to try to assist their former live-in African-American domestics. The battle over the inheritance reopens old wounds and rekindles old affections, leading to a surprise visitor from far away and, ultimately, an unexpected spiritual victory.

All shows begin at 7:30 p.m. in the New Theater, located at 540 N. Seventh Street.

Crossroads Rep season tickets can be purchased for $42. Single production tickets, which go on sale June 18, 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 readings and studio performances of cutting edge scripts. Members of the company perform these showings at 7:30 p.m. in Dreiser Theater. This year’s New Play Tuesday Series includes a show for the whole family based on “Pinocchio,” with a free performance in Fairbanks Park. Watch local media outlets for more information!

Also returning to the lineup will be “Sunday Talks” following selected Sunday matinee performances. The talks will feature scholars and artists with expertise in the plays that are performed.

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, thanks to the generous support of the the Florette McKinney Fund.

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.

For more information on the Crossroads season, go to http://www.indstate.edu/theatre/crossroads.htm or call (812) 237-3334.

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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 pmeyer4@isugw.indstate.edu

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Indiana State University's Crossroads Repertory Theatre will perform the following productions during its season, which opens Friday, June 22.

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