Theatre Department announces new season

A musical comedy and a revamped Greek tragedy are among the highlights of the 2014-2015 season recently announced by UIndy’s Department of Theatre.

Admission to most productions is free for UIndy students, faculty and staff. New this year for the general public is the addition of a Half-Price Second Thursday performance for all non-musical productions, with tickets priced at just $6. Tickets may be reserved through the Event Ticketing Center by visiting www.uindy.edu/arts/ETC or calling (317) 788-3251. Most productions include adult themes that some may find inappropriate for younger viewers.

The upcoming productions are:

Urinetown: The Musical
Music and lyrics by Mark Hollmann; book and lyrics by Greg Kotis
8 p.m. Oct. 17-18 and 23-25; 2 p.m. Oct. 19
Ransburg Auditorium, Esch Hall
Admission: $12 general; $10 for alumni, seniors, groups of eight or more, and non-UIndy students with ID
Free preview: 8 p.m. Oct. 16

Urinetown-Color-Logo-(large)One of the most uproariously funny musicals in recent years – and winner of three Tony Awards, including Best Book and Score – Urinetown is a tale of greed, corruption, love and revolution in a time when water is worth its weight in gold. In a Gotham-like city, a terrible water shortage caused by a 20-year drought has led to a government-enforced ban on private toilets. The citizens must use public amenities, regulated by a single malevolent company that profits by charging admission for one of humanity’s most basic needs. Among the people, a hero decides he’s had enough, and plans a revolution to lead them all to freedom.

Student-Directed Productions
8 p.m. Nov. 21-23 and Dec. 4-6
Studio Theatre, Esch Hall
Admission: $12 general; $10 for alumni, seniors, groups of eight or more, and non-UIndy students with ID
Free preview: 8 p.m. Nov. 20
Half-Price Second Thursday: 8 p.m. Dec. 4

Student-Directed Productions typically are fully staffed and designed by students, who use them as a laboratory experience, putting into practice the principles they have learned in the classroom. Working closely with members of the faculty and staff, the students select, cast, and direct the plays and supervise the lighting, design, and construction for the productions. Specific shows to be announced.

Dinner Theatre: The Odd Couple (Female Version)
by Neil Simon
Feb. 20-22 and Feb. 26-28; dinner 6:45 p.m., performance 8 p.m.
Schwitzer Student Center Dining Hall
Admission: $26 general; $24 for alumni, seniors, groups of eight or more, and non-UIndy students with ID; $14 for UIndy students, faculty and staff
Free preview: 8 p.m. Feb. 19 (performance only, no dinner)
Half-Price Second Thursday: 8 p.m. Feb. 26 ($6, performance only, no dinner)

In this adaptation written by the original playwright himself, neat-freak Florence Unger moves in with sloppy, outspoken Olive Madison. Instead of the four guys who come over to Oscar’s place each Friday night to play poker, there are four women who get together at Olive’s each Friday to play Trivial Pursuit. Instead of the Pigeon sisters, the upstairs neighbors of Florence and Olive are the Costazuela brothers from Spain.

Eurydice
by Sarah Ruhl
8 p.m. April 17-19 and 23-25
Ransburg Auditorium, Esch Hall
Admission: $12 general; $10 for alumni, seniors, groups of eight or more, and non-UIndy students with ID
Free preview: 8 p.m. April 16
Half-Price Second Thursday: 8 p.m. April 23

This production recounts the classic Greek myth of Orpheus in modern times through the eyes of its heroine. Dying too young on her wedding day, Eurydice must journey to the underworld, where she reunites with her father and struggles to remember her lost love. With contemporary characters, ingenious plot twists, and breathtaking visual effects, the play is a fresh look at a timeless love story.