Butler Theatre’s 2013-2014 season, titled “Running the Gamut,” begins with two solo shows, Are There More of You and Galileo, by guest artists Alison Skilbeck and Christel DeHaan Visiting International Artist Tim Hardy, Sept. 19-21 in the Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts.

BThey will be followed by a special Butler Theatre alumni staged reading of Euripides’ Trojan Women in the Schrott Center for the Arts (Oct. 22, Schrott Center); a mainstage production of Romeo & Juliet (Nov. 13-17, Schrott Center); and four nights of play readings by Indiana writers or about Indiana…or both! (Dec. 2-5, Schrott Center).

The spring lineup will begin with a mainstage production of Susan Yankowitz’s Terminal (Feb. 19-March 2, Lilly Hall Studio Theatre 168). That will be followed by two productions for the second annual Butler ArtsFest: The Two Maples by Evgeny Shvarts (April 9-13 and April 17-20, Studio Theatre), and A Soldier’s Tale (dates to be announced, Schrott Center).

Show times and ticket prices are below.

For more information, call (317) 940-9659.

“The idea behind calling this season ‘Running the Gamut,’” said Theatre Department Chair Diane Timmerman, “is that we will have brand new plays, ancient and contemporary classics, first-year students onstage, alumni onstage, guest artists who have been with us before—Tim Hardy, Alison Skilbeck, Dan Sherer, Susan Yankowitz—and that we provide our students and our audiences with the whole gamut of theatre offerings in order to experience theatre in a myriad of different ways, forms, and styles.”

The fall season lineup follows.

ARE THERE MORE OF YOU?
Written and performed by Alison Skilbeck
When: 7 p.m. Sept. 19
Location: Schrott Center
Tickets: $8 general public, $5 students with ID.

Hilarious and heartbreaking tale of four women living seemingly different lives but all on the verge of a nervous breakthrough and linked by the same postcode.

GALILEO
Written by Nic Young and performed by Christel DeHaan Visiting International Artist (VITA) Tim Hardy
When: 7 p.m. Sept. 20

Location: Schrott Center
Tickets: $8 general public, $5 students with ID.

Thrilling one man show about Galileo’s heresy trial “that makes you think but also laugh and cry. Anyone who loves theatre should see this performance,” Peter Holland, McMeel Family Chair in Shakespeare Studies, Notre Dame.

ARE THERE MORE OF YOU? and GALILEO double bill

When: 7 p.m. Sept. 21

Location: Schrott Center

Tickets: $12 general public, $7 students with ID.

TROJAN WOMEN
By Euripides, directed by Butler Theatre alum Michael Bachman
When: 7 p.m. Oct. 22
Location: Schrott Center
Admission: Free

One-night staged reading by Butler Theatre alumni of perhaps one of the greatest antiwar dramas that examines the plight of the Trojan women after the fall of Troy.

ROMEO & JULIET
By William Shakespeare, directed by Christel DeHaan VITA Tim Hardy
When: 8 p.m. Nov. 13 & Nov. 14; 7 p.m. curtain and VITA gala after the performance Nov. 15; 8 p.m. Nov. 16; 2 p.m. Nov. 17 (Student matinees 10 a.m. Nov. 14 & 15)
Location: Schrott Center
Tickets: $19 adults, $13 seniors, $8 students with ID

“For now, these hot days, is the mad blood stirring.” Summer in Verona, the air shimmers with heat, the sidewalks are baking hot, it is the season when ancient family hatreds erupt into the streets. Into this context is born and dies—within just five days—the “star-crossed’ love between Romeo and Juliet. This love, full of fun and laughter and joy, is itself sometimes almost violent in its passion. These two young people are, after all, products of their environment. But when set against the implacable loathing that lies between their two so powerful families, there can be only one ending.

INDIANA NEW WORKS: Four nights of play readings by Indiana writers or about Indiana…or both! Directed by William Fisher, Owen Schaub, Diane Timmerman
When: 7 p.m. Dec. 2-5
Location: Schrott Center
Admission: $7 general public, students free with ID. Cash only at the door

Monday, Dec. 2: Three short plays

 

HARRY HOOSIER SPEAKS by Stephen H. Webb

Harry Hoosier was the first nationally famous African-American and, perhaps, the origin of the Indiana namesake, so why don’t we know more about him?

 

Stephen H. Webb has written 12 books and many essays on topics ranging from Bob Dylan and John Updike to the history of sound and the theological significance of dogs.

 

SPOTS by Jim Poyser

Spots imagines a world where the line between people and products has become blurred by the constant assault of advertising and marketing.

 

Jim Poyser, former managing editor of NUVO and editor of Indiana Living Green, is now executive director of Earth Charter Indiana. His 30 plays have been performed in Indianapolis, Bloomington and Chicago.

 

CORNFLOWER BLUE by Andrew Black

A teenage girl with a terminal illness receives a visit from the Make-A-Wish foundation to find out if she has unrealized dreams she would like to fulfill. When her mother learns that her daughter’s wish is to have a dream wedding to her boyfriend, it forces her to confront her own deepest fears about her daughter’s condition as well as unresolved issues she has concerning her own difficult marriage.

 

Andrew Black is a native Hoosier who ran away from Indiana for 30 years but recently returned to enjoy the moonlight on the Wabash. He has an MFA in playwriting from Ohio University, and his plays (many focusing on men who love other men) have been produced in theaters large and small across the United States.

 

Tuesday, Dec. 3: Scenes from two new plays

 

ELSIE & FRANCES & FAIRIES by Tom Horan

In 1920 a respected London magazine published an article about two girls who discovered fairies along with photographic evidence. Where these fairies real? Or had the girls tricked the public and the author of the article, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle?

 

Tom Horan is a writer, sound designer, co-artistic director of the Austin-born theater collective The Duplicates, and playwright-in-residence at The Phoenix Theater in Indianapolis.

 

UNDER A TREE AT THE END OF TIME

A new play, set in Indiana, about love and loss. Once, Jimmy dreamt that he was sitting under a tree in a landscape that was as big as the world, and there was no one else there, and it was still and quiet. And although there was a breeze, nothing at all seemed to move with it, because it seemed as though the breeze and the landscape were at different times and in different places, even though they were not. In that moment, Jimmy was truly happy and he didn’t want the dream to end. When Jimmy and Caitlyn arrived at her father’s house, which was a long way away, Jimmy saw that tree and he knew then that he would never, ever leave this place.

 

Dan Sherer is a professional theatre maker and doctoral candidate at University College London and was a visiting artist and scholar-in-residence at Butler Theatre during the spring 2013 semester.

 

Wednesday, Dec.  4: Three short plays

 

DILLINGER by David Hoppe

John Dillinger finds himself unstuck in place and time in this new work-in-progress by David Hoppe. 

 

David Hoppe is a playwright, journalist and author whose work has been produced at Butler University, the Edinburgh International Fringe Festival, by the Indiana Repertory Theatre and NoExit Performance. 

 

CASTLE GARDENS by Gari Williams

Castle Gardens takes place in a small Indiana town in the year before Pearl Harbor. We see how the world begins to intrude on the lives of three generations of women and the young adults who frequent their family’s restaurant.

 

Gari Williams is an Indianapolis-based playwright, teacher, actor and director.

 

OUTSIDE PROVIDENCE by Matt Benedict

Two thirty-something men, friends from college, converse on the telephone, one having called the other to help process a turmoil in his life. The other, “because he is a good listener,” helps walk his friend through the crisis, touching on along the way (with alternating tones of seriousness and humor) grief and family and loyalty. And logic. And quantum mechanics. And Christianity. And Hinduism, and 1990s grunge rock, and medievalism and astrology and … everything that makes the universe spin. Including love.

 

Matt Benedict (M.A. English, M.F.A. Creative Writing, University of Notre Dame) resides in South Bend, where he writes plays and prose.

 

Thursday, Dec. 5

 

LIGHTNING AND JELLYFISH by Lou Harry

Set in a rock-and-roll poster shop in the ’80s, Lightning and Jellyfish takes a realistic one-set play and explodes it, taking us into the hearts—and futures—of its characters. It’s about an evening in the life of a young woman on the brink of change—change she’s trying to convince herself that she’s ready for. Realism vs. romanticism. Youth and frustration. Coming-of-age as a process rather than as moment. It’s about what we forgive in others and ourselves. It’s about making a connection right now. It’s about how to enjoy Human League without expecting it to be The Beatles.

 

Lou Harry is arts & entertainment editor for the Indianapolis Business Journal. His produced plays as author or co-author include Midwestern Hemisphere, Beer Can Raft, The Pied Piper of Hoboken, The High-Impact Infidelity Diet, and Going…Going…Gone.

 

SPRING SEMESTER

TERMINAL by Susan Yankowitz, directed by William Fisher
When: Previews 8 p.m. Feb. 19-20; 8 p.m. Feb. 21-22, 27-March 1; 2 p.m. Feb. 23, March 1 and 2
Where: Lilly Hall Studio Theatre 168
Tickets: $15 adults, $10 seniors, $5 students with ID. (Preview performance: $5 general public; free to Butler students with ID.)
Box office: (317) 940-6247.

Terminal is Susan Yankowitz’s lyrical meditation on life, its inevitable conclusion, and death, and the way we face and avoid facing it. A seminal avant-garde theatre work presented by Joseph Chaikin’s Open Theatre Ensemble in New York in 1969, the piece was revived as 1969 Terminal 1996. Butler Theatre’s production, directed by William Fisher, will build on Terminal’s extant artistic past and structure with direct participation of Yankowitz. 

THE TWO MAPLES by Evgeny Shvarts, directed by Elaina Artemiev
When: Previews 7 p.m. April 9 and 10; 7 p.m. April 11, 12, 17-19, 2 p.m. April 13, 19.
Where: Lilly Hall Studio Theatre 168
Tickets: $15 adults, $10 seniors, $5 students with ID. (Preview performance: $5 general public; free to Butler students with ID.)
Box office: (317) 940-6247

Evgeny Shvarts’ (born 1896, Russia) endearing children’s play features an iconic Baba-Yaga figure (a supernatural, fierce woman) in a fairy tale struggle between good and evil in this updated, contemporary production.

A SOLDIER’S TALE, music by Igor Stravinsky, libretto by C.F. Ramuz, directed by Owen Schaub
When: TBA. Part of the 2014 ArtsFest
Where: Schrott Center

This “tale” is better known as Igor Stravinsky’s L’Histoire Du Soldat, a musical theatre piece composed in 1918 with the libretto by the French novelist Charles Ramuz. The work was conceived as a small touring theatre work requiring a small orchestra, a narrator and performers. The source of the story comes from a collection of stories about peasant soldiers during the Russo-Turkish War of 1827-1829 (one of many Russo-Turkish Wars). The collected stories were the work of the Russian folklorist Alexander Afanasyev. Although Russian in origin, Stravinsky and Ramuz gave the story a more universal quality because the soldier could be any bedraggled low-ranking warrior.  In a Faust-like story the soldier bargains with the devil, marries a princess, gains riches and then loses everything.

 

Media contact:
Marc Allan
mallan@butler.edu
(317) 940-9822