DAMN YANKEES, HAPPILY EVER AFTER CHLOE et al. to Play at Indiana Festival Theatre


The IU Department of Theatre and Drama announces its second annual Indiana Festival Theatre season. Hosted in the Lee Norvelle Theatre and Drama Center on the IU Bloomington campus, the new season offers a slate of classic comedies and musicals for theater lovers of all ages

Kicking off the summer in the Ruth N. Halls Theatre will be DAMN YANKEES, the much-loved musical that takes a swing at America's most legendary sports franchise. DAMN YANKEES opens June 14 and plays through July 1. Meanwhile, as a special offering for children -- and the young at heart -- Robert Kauzlaric's adaptation of THE TRUE STORY OF THE THREE LITTLE PIGS will play in the Studio Theatre from June 23 to July 7.

Opening July 5 in the Wells-Metz Theatre will be THE TAMING OF THE SHREW. Kate and Petruchio,  will battle it out through July 28. The infamous Sycamore family of Kaufman and Hart's YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU will supply American family chaos. YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU will also be in the Wells-Metz from July 12 to 29. These two shows will run in repertory.

Closing out the summer with a four-day engagement is HAPPILY EVER CHLOE. Featured in the Premiere Musicals Workshop at IU last summer, "Chloe" returns with a more fully realized production Aug. 16 to 19 in the Wells-Metz Theatre. This is the latest incarnation of a new musical by Grammy Award-nominated IU alumni Michael Heitzman and Ilene Reid.

For additional details about the season, visit theatre.indiana.edu.


Book by George Abbot and Douglass Wallop; music and lyrics by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross; directed by George Pinney; musical direction by Terry LaBolt
When: June 13, 7:30 p.m. (preview)
June 14-16 at 7:30 p.m.
June 17 at 2 p.m.
June 19-23 at 7:30 p.m.
June 24 at 2 and 7:30 p.m.
June 26-30 at 7:30 p.m.
July 1 at 2 p.m.
Where: Ruth N. Halls Theatre

Synopsis: DAMN YANKEES has baseball, love, music, laughs and a deal with the devil. It's 1955, and baseball fan Joe Boyd, whose Washington Senators are buried in the basement of the standings, is approached by the Mr. Applegate. Is Joe desperate enough to trade his soul for a chance to lead his favorite team to victory over the vaunted "damned Yankees" in New York? Joe becomes a young baseball sensation and takes the Senators into the winner's circle, but will baseball glory really bring him happiness? And what will he do about that contract he signed with Mr. Applegate?

A children's musical based on the children's book of the same title by Jon Scieszka, illustrated by Lane Smith; book and lyrics by Robert Kauzlaric; music by Paul Gilvary and William Rush; directed by Chad Rabinovitz; musical direction by Jay Ivey
When: 11 a.m. June 23, 26-30 and July 2-3, 5-7
Where: Studio Theatre

THE TRUE STORY OF THE THREE LITTLE PIGS reminds audiences there are two sides to every story. The long-suppressed account of the Big Bad Wolf is brought to light in Piggsylvania's trial of the century, where the audience acts as the jury to decide the Wolf's fate.

By William Shakespeare; directed by Jonathan Michaelson
When: July 5, 7:30 p.m. (preview)
July 6-7 at 7:30 p.m.
July 8 at 2 and 7:30 p.m.
July 15, 17, 19, 21 at 7:30 p.m.
July 22 at 2 p.m.
July 25, 27 at 7:30 p.m.
July 28 at 2 p.m.
Where: Wells-Metz Theatre

In Shakespeare's THE TAMING OF THE SHREW, passionate and cocksure Petruchio -- eager to win a challenge and claim a dowry -- marries temperamental and headstrong Katharina and takes her, kicking and screaming, to his country estate. But Katharina is a woman to be reckoned with. Will Petruchio "tame" her or will Kate find love on her own terms? 

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