AMERICAN THEATRE | Indiana Rep Announces Updated 2020-21 Season

Adella Miesner

INDIANAPOLIS: Indiana Repertory Theatre has announced an updated 2020-21 season of virtual productions that will be filmed and streamed to patrons. The production dates, plus additional titles, will be announced in the near future. “The season will celebrate the resiliency of our art and safely accommodate our staff and actors […]

INDIANAPOLIS: Indiana Repertory Theatre has announced an updated 2020-21 season of virtual productions that will be filmed and streamed to patrons. The production dates, plus additional titles, will be announced in the near future.

“The season will celebrate the resiliency of our art and safely accommodate our staff and actors in the rehearsal room, and patrons at home,” said Janet Allen, IRT’s artistic director, in a statement. “This reimagined season has taken a lot of careful research and ingenuity to create. Ultimately, we are beyond elated, while cautiously optimistic, to be able to share our craft and mission this season through virtual productions. What our patrons can expect is the artistic excellence that they have come to enjoy at the IRT, joyfully reinvented by artisans and artists, and delivered to you through our wonderful partnership with WFYI.”

Just in time for the holidays will be Steve Murray’s This Wonderful Life (December), about a man who enacts and reacts to the iconic movie It’s a Wonderful Life. Rob Johansen will star.

Next up will be Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters’ First 100 Years, adapted by Emily Mann from the book by Sarah L. Delany and A. Elizabeth Delany with Amy Hill Hearth. The play, presented in partnership with PNC, follows sisters Bessie and Sadie as they share the amazing story of their lives in their own words.

Following will be Tuesdays With Morrie, by Jeffrey Hatcher and Mitch Albom. Based on the book by Albom,  this life-affirming play is about a dying sociology professor and the lasting impact he had on his students.

“We are embarking on this virtual adventure and are swiftly creating plans for a truly unique season featuring IRT classics with themes of joy and hope,” said managing director Suzanne Sweeney in a statement. “In this moment, to be able to produce this season means that we can retain our talented staff, hire world-class actors, and engage with our season ticketholders, donors, and our community in new ways. All the while, we are working diligently on reopening plans with the hope of in-person spring performances.”

Indiana Repertory Theatre, founded in 1971, is committed to engaging, surprising, and entertaining the community of Indianapolis.

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