Phoenix Theatre Stages Rock Musical SPUN, Now thru 5/11

Phoenix Theatre Stages Rock Musical SPUN, Now thru 5/11

Phoenix Theatre of Indianapolis announces Spun. Opening tonight, April 17, 2014 in the Livia and Steve Russell Theatre at the Phoenix, this show runs through May 11, 2014 and will be directed by Bloomington Playwrights Project Producing Artistic Director Chad Rabinovitz.

Spun was originally commissioned and produced by fellow National New Play Network (NNPN) Member Theatre Bloomington Playwrights Project. National New Play Network (NNPN) is the country's alliance of non-profit theaters that champions the development, production, and continued life of new plays. The book is written by former Bloomingtonian Emily Goodson, who now lives in Detroit. Music and lyrics by Jeremy Schonfeld run the gamut from folk to almost heavy metal to blues.

Following their father's death, twenty-something estranged siblings, Molly and Jesse, try to find a way to reconnect within the ruins of their childhood. But memories have a funny way of changing over time, and with two very different recollections of their life-altering choices on a night eight years prior, blame, doubt, and rock-n-roll become weapons. This high-octane musical explores the complexities of family, forgiveness, memory and perception, weaving together the memories and unique perspectives of siblings with comedy, wit, and rock.

ABOUT EMILY GOODSON: Emily Goodson is a Bloomington theatre veteran, currently working in Detroit, Michigan.

ABOUT JEREMY SCHONFELD: Singer-Songwriter and musical theater composer Jeremy Schonfeld's singular blend of tuneful pop, hard-edged rock, gospel, soul and blues has drawn him comparisons to Billy Joel and Jonathan Larson in the New York Times, and has made him one of todays most sought after singer/songwriter talents and musical theater composers. Smart and contemporary with intelligent lyrics, Schonfeld attended the Berklee College of Music and participated in the BMI Lehman-Engel Musical Theater Workshop.


(in alphabetical order)

Molly........... Lisa Ermel

Jesse........... Chris Roe


Chad Rabinovitz will be directing. He is Producing Artistic Director at Bloomington Playwrights Project where Spun was initially created. He has directed and produced more than 100 productions across the country, focusing on new and contemporary works.

In addition, the production staff for Spun includes Bryan Fonseca as Producer, David Sheehan as Assistant Director, Shane Cinal as Set Designer, Lee Burckes as Lighting Designer, Rebecca Itow as Choreographer, Ashley Kiefer as Props Master and Costume Designer, Ben Dobler as Audio and Electric Supervisor, and Chelsey Stauffer as Stage Manager.

Tickets for Spun are on sale now. The entire first weekend are CheapSeats performances, so tickets are just $18.00 per person. All remaining performances are $28.00 per person, or $18.00 for anyone 21 & under. Tickets for Spun may be purchased by calling the box office at 317.635.7529 or may be purchased on-line at Curtain times for all Phoenix shows: Thursdays - 7 pm; Fridays and Saturdays - 8 pm; Sundays - 2 pm. Group rates are available for this show - contact Sales Director, Ryan O'Shea, at 317.635.2381 or

ABOUT THE PHOENIX THEATRE: The Phoenix Theatre is Indiana's only professional contemporary theatre, and has presented productions to challenge and entertain the Indianapolis community for 31 years. An Equity house, the Phoenix presents the Midwest and Indiana premieres of many popular Broadway and Off-Broadway plays, and has presented more than 85 world premieres. The Phoenix operates the 130-seat proscenium Livia and Steve Russell Theatre as well as the 65-seat cabaret-style black box Frank and Katrina Basile Stage. The Phoenix Theatre serves beer, wine, coffee, soft drinks, water, and treats. Patrons may take all refreshments into either theatre. Both venues are housed along with administrative offices in a renovated 1907 church in downtown Indianapolis' historic Chatham Arch neighborhood, part of the Mass Ave Arts and Theatre District. The Phoenix Theatre is a member of the National New Play Network and the League of Indianapolis Theatres, and is supported by the Indiana Arts Commission, the Arts Council of Indianapolis, and the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as local corporate and foundation funders and more than 400 individual donors.

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