Now Playing Onstage in Indianapolis - Week of 1/06/2013

January 6
10:00 AM 2013
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A truly original musical that takes a look at the complexities of relationships between Brothers and Sisters and parents and children, set against the background of a changing America between 1950 and 1990, JOHN & JEN is a gem of a show brimming with intelligence, wit and beautiful melodies.This is the story of Jen and her relationships with the two Johns of her life: her younger brother, who was killed in Vietnam, and his namesake, her son who is trying to find his way in a confusing world. With a cast of only two people, JOHN & JEN is a tour-de-force for two actors who take them from childhood, through adolescence and beyond.A chamber musical, beautifully scored for piano, cello and percussion, JOHN & JEN is a musical about connections, commitments and the healing of the human heart.
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Jackie and Me in Broadway JACKIE AND ME
Indiana Repertory Theatre
Jackie Robinsonís powerhouse contributions to the game he loved, and to the American civil-rights movement, are well-chronicled in Steven Dietzís play for youth, Jackie and Me, opening on the IRTís Upperstage, January 11, 2013. This exciting play illuminates Jackie Robinsonís courage and dignity in the face of cruel racial prejudice. Jackie and Me will have you on The Edge of your seat while rooting for the man who changed the face of the game. Joey Stoshack needed to learn how to control his temper and not give in to bullies. When he needed to write a school report and picked Jackie Robinson as his topic, he found the answer. Joey had an amazing skill; he could travel back in time. Holding onto a baseball card from 1947, he traveled back to meet one of the most influential baseball players in history. There he was in Branch Rickeyís office on the day Jackie Robinson signed with the Brooklyn Dodgers. Only now Joey was an African American boy and soon found himself facing the same taunts that Jackie Robinson had endured. With Jackie as his role-model, Joey learned to face bullies without losing control and stooping to their level. This tale of an American icon brings to life the struggles and courage it took for Jackie Robinson to become the baseball player and man of courage that he was and an example for us all.
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Indiana Repertory Theatre
Upperstage: - adapt: Steven Dietz; dir: Courtney Sale.
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