TERRE HAUTE —
Crossroads Repertory Theatre at Indiana State University plans a season on the light side, offering three comedies and a ghost play. Themed “Three Laughs and a Scream,” the season will run from June 21 to July 27 in New Theatre at Indiana State University.
The season begins with “You Can’t Take it With You,” starring Lew Hackleman as Grandpa Vanderhoff and directed by Dale McFadden. Written by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman, this Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy was first performed in 1936. As a promotion of individuality and free thinking, the play features characters who raise questions about what is “normal.” Opening night is June 21.
Opening June 28 is “Suds: The Rocking ’60s Musical Soap Opera,” in which archangels descend on an early 1960s coin laundry to provide celestial guidance for the heartbroken Cindy, whose woes are topped by news that her pen-pal boyfriend is breaking up with her. This comedy, directed by Sharon Ammen, will feature Carolyn Conover and Cathy Sponsler.
The third offering of the season is the most popular work ever written in the 18th century Commedia dell-arte tradition, in which the actors are masked. In Carlo Goldoni’s “The Servant of Two Masters,” fathers and their misguided servants attempt to manipulate love and, because of mistaken identities and backfiring schemes, create a hopeless knot that only time and luck eventually untie. Arthur Feinsod will direct the play, opening July 5.
The last play, opening July 12, is the ghost story “The Woman in Black.” Chris Berchild will direct the play, adapted by Stephen Mallatratt from the book by Susan Hill. The Crossroads interpretation of this British ghost story will highlight Berchild’s technological wizardry and innovative concepts and imagery.”
Crossroads Repertory Theatre will honor the memory of former Department of Music faculty member Jim Dailey with a benefit fund-raiser on June 1.
Hackleman will direct a concert version of “Pump Boys and Dinettes,” which featured Dailey in a 1987 ISU SummerStage performance. Members of the original cast, including Sponsler and John Blair, will share their interpretations of the music.
Crossroads will also provide a free community service with a traveling show. Wentz, an ISU alumnus, will direct an adaptation of “Robin Hood” called “The Untold Story of Little John,” written by ISU alumna Rachelle Martin Wilburn
These performances are made possible by a grant from the City of Terre Haute and the Indiana Arts Commission, through Arts Illiana.
Season tickets will be available; for tickets, call 812-237-3333. For more information on Crossroads Repertory Theatre, call 237-3334.