Indiana Repertory Theatre Announces Reimagined Virtual 2020-2021 Season

Joey Amato | October 12, 2020

The Indiana Repertory Theatre staff and Board have been spiritedly reimagining its 2020-2021 Season and curating IRT classic productions that will bring hope for the future. The IRT is pleased to announce that it will produce a 6-play virtual season opening in early December with the holiday offering This Wonderful Life, and run through June of 2021. In partnership with WFYI, productions will be filmed and available to stream for renewed season ticket holders and those who purchase virtual packages and tickets. The 2020-2021 Season is generously supported by OneAmerica Financial Partners. IRT will continue to develop protocols in the event that in-person performances can resume in the spring at the IRT in the OneAmerica Mainstage Theatre, giving patrons the option of live or virtual productions.  

“The season will celebrate the resiliency of our art and safely accommodate our staff and actors in the rehearsal room, and patrons at home. This reimagined season has taken a lot of careful research and ingenuity to create,” said Janet Allen, IRT’s Margot Lacy Eccles Artistic Director. “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.” 

Here are just a few of IRT’s classic stories that patrons will fall in love with this season, with dates and more titles to be announced in the near future. 

This Wonderful Life
by Steve Murray 

hilarious and heartwarming 
Frank Capra’s iconic holiday movie It’s a Wonderful Life provides the springboard for a spirited and heartwarming performance as a man in love with the film enacts and reacts to its classic characters and content. Indy-based actor Rob Johansen takes on this witty tour de force as he recreates more than 30 characters at madcap speed. In this time-honored story, it’s Christmas Eve and a distraught George Bailey is sure he has failed his family and community. Clarence, an angel-in-waiting, helps George see how vital a role he’s played in the world and ultimately shares the effect that one hardworking man’s life has on the people around him. Celebrate the season with theatrical magic, joyfully reimagined for our times.  

PNC Presents Having Our Say:
The Delany Sisters’ First 100 Years
a play by Emily Mann
adapted from the book by Sarah L. Delany and A. Elizabeth Delany with Amy Hill Hearth
trailblazing activist sisters 

Join 101-year-old Bessie and 103-year-old Sadie in their kitchen as they share the amazing story of their lives in their own words. These sisters grew up in the Jim Crow South, lived at the center of the Harlem Renaissance, and enjoyed professional careers as a dentist and a teacher. Fighting injustices big and small, they triumphed over prejudice with their charm, warmth, and dignity intact. Come have dinner with the Delanys, and hear the story of our nation. 

Tuesdays with Morrie 

by Jeffrey Hatcher & Mitch Albom 

based on the book by Mitch Albom 

life’s greatest lesson 

Morrie was Mitch’s sociology professor, but he was also his mentor, his advisor, his life coach. Now Mitch is a busy sportswriter with a frantic schedule and a troubled marriage, and Morrie is dying. One visit turns into a weekly pilgrimage and a final course in the meaning of life. The beloved book comes to life in this life-affirming play, full of compassion, humor, and hope. 

“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. 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 ticket holders, 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,” said Suzanne Sweeney, IRT’s Managing Director. 

IRT’s season ticket holders will receive access to this virtual season filled with new benefits and virtual offerings. Virtual packages and single tickets will be available for sale starting November 2. Visit irtlive.com for more details.