Crossroads Repertory Theatre at Indiana State University is proud to present a summer season with the theme “Comings and Goings.” There is dual meaning for the theme. First, it is a nod to the four summer plays, which all include characters constantly coming and going. The second is recognition of a change of the guard on the horizon. This season will be the last for Arthur Feinsod as artistic director, with Chris Berchild in the wings set to become artistic director in 2015. Also, longtime managing producer Sherry McFadden, and technical director David DelColletti, will retire after this season.
“Comings and Goings” will run June 20 through July 26 at the New Theater on the Indiana State University campus.
The season begins with “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change,” a musical comedy with book and lyrics by Joe DiPietro and Jimmy Robert. It will be directed by celebrated professional director and actor Bill Kincaid, a visiting professor from Western Illinois University. This show is the second-longest running Off Broadway musical in history and was nominated for the Outer Critics Circle Award as Outstanding Off-Broadway musical in 1997. It is a series of vignettes connected by a theme of love and relationships, with six actors playing multiple roles. Opening night is June 20.
The family musical opens June 27. It is “The Untold Story of Little John: A Musical Sidekick Sequel to Robin Hood,” with book and lyrics by Rachelle Martin Wilburn and music composed by local composer/performer Travis Dillon. Both are Indiana State alums of the Theater Department. Feinsod is directing. In the musical, Little John is sent by Robin Hood to help a village plagued by a robber in black. If he can catch the man, Little John will become a knight. His competitor for this distinction is Sheriff Melvin, who is also Little John’s rival for the lovely Lady Hilda. This show is sponsored by Terre Haute Savings Bank.
The third season offering is a new play by Feinsod called “Coming to See Aunt Sophie.” The drama is based on the life of Jan Karski, a Polish courier during World War II who tried to stop the Holocaust, using the words of this play’s title as his secret code to make his way through Nazi-occupied Europe to England and then the United States. The play premiered in Germany on May 9 and then will also be performed in three Polish cities, including Warsaw. An expanded version of the touring play will make its American debut at Crossroads Rep, with Dale McFadden directing. The play opens on July 2. The sponsors for this show are Phyllis and Ned Turner.
The last play, opening July 11, is the popular comedy “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead,” by Tom Stoppard, directed by Chris Berchild. The play, first performed in 1966, follows the exploits of two minor characters in Shakespeare’s “Hamlet,” who now find themselves wandering through an existential void, looking for bearings, certainty and identity in a world that has abandoned them to their own comic antics and ponderings. This brilliant comedy stars Crossroads Rep veterans Brandon Wentz and Carolyn Conover and displays Berchild’s media wizardry at its best. The show is sponsored by Don and Gretchen Bauer Jennermann.
The ticket office will open for general ticket sales on June 16. Season tickets will be available soon. Call 812-237-3334 for additional information.
• “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change”: 7:30 p.m. June 20, 21, July 17, 25, 26 and 4 p.m. June 22
• “The Untold Story of Little John”: 7:30 p.m. June 27, 28, July 16, 20, 23 and 4 p.m. June 29
• “Coming to See Aunt Sophie”: 7:30 p.m. July 2, 3, 19, 22 and 4 p.m. July 6
• “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead”: 7:30 p.m. July 11, 12, 15, 18, 24 and 4 p.m. July 13