Butler Theatre opens its magical and mysterious 2017–2018 Mainstage Season with the Brecht/Weill classic music theatre piece The Threepenny Opera, November 1-5 in the Schrott Center for the Arts.

Also on the schedule this season are Stories from Dark Alleys by Ivan Bunin (November 29–December 3), a special one-night-only production in Clowes Memorial Hall of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (February 28, with student matinees on March 1), and The Little Prince, based on the book by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (April 11-22).

Tickets for all shows are available at the Clowes Memorial Hall box office during regular business hours or by phone at 800-982-2787.

For more information about Butler Theatre, call 317-940-9247.

“The 2017–18 Butler Theatre season exemplifies our ethos of exploring all forms of theatre in a wide variety of spaces,” Butler Theatre Department Chair Diane Timmerman said. “From a music theatre piece to an original adaptation to Shakespeare’s classic comedy and ending with one of the world’s best-loved children’s story, audiences will experience the magic and mystery of theatre in boundary-pushing productions that sparkle with our students’ creative energy.”

More about each show follows.

The Threepenny Opera by Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill
Directed by William Fisher
Schrott Center for the Arts
Wednesday, November 1, 7:00 PM
Thursday, November 2, 7:00 PM
Friday, November 3, 7:00 PM
Saturday, November 4, 7:00 PM
Sunday, November 5, 2:00 PM
Tickets: students $10; seniors $15; general/adult $25.

Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill’s music theatre masterpiece plunges us into the lusty, cruel, and treacherous worlds of Jeremiah Peachum, corrupt boss of the syndicate of the city’s beggars, and the charismatic and predatory outlaw Mack the Knife. When Mack “marries” his daughter Polly, Peachum’s sovereignty is threatened and he orchestrates the epic destruction of his underworld rival. Brecht’s epic dive into corruption, justice and kleptocracy exquisitely merges with the dark beauty and sexy grit of Kurt Weill’s music. This adds up to a disturbingly amusing show that features a cast of shady, yet alluring characters … and a surprise ending!

Stories from Dark Alleys, by Ivan Bunin
Directed by Elaina Artemiev
Lilly Hall Studio Theatre 168
Wednesday, November 29, 7:00 PM (preview)
Thursday, November 30, 7:00 PM
Friday, December 1, 7:00 PM
Saturday, December 2, 2:00 PM and 7:00 PM
Sunday, December 3, 2:00 PM
Tickets: students $5, seniors $10, general/adults $15
(Preview prices: free for Butler students, $5 for all others)

Adapted for stage by director Elaina Artemiev, Dark Alleys is a collection of short stories by Nobel Prize-winning author Ivan Bunin. The tales are regarded as masterpieces in the author’s homeland of Russia, and are united by their dark liaisons and explorations of the complexity of love.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream, by William Shakespeare
Directed by guest artist Constance Macy
Clowes Memorial Hall
February 28, 7:00 PM
March 1, 9:30 AM (student matinee)
March 1, noon (student matinee)

Tickets: students $10, seniors $15, general/adult $25.
(Matinee prices: $8 for Butler students, $15 for all others)

Shakespeare’s magical comedy unfolds in a rollicking production on the Clowes Memorial Hall stage. Butler Theatre Chair Diane Timmerman’s 90-minute adaptation is directed by beloved Indianapolis actress Constance Macy. Audience members of all ages love this classic comedy that revolves around mistaken identities, lovers chasing each other through the woods, rustic workers trying to put on a play, and fairies creating magic everywhere.

The Little Prince, by Rick Cummings and John Scoullar, based on the book by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Directed by Elaina Artemiev
Wednesday, April 11, 7:00 PM (preview)
Thursday, April 12, 7:00 PM (preview)
Friday, April, 13, 7:00 PM
Saturday, April 14, 7:00 PM
Sunday, April 15, 2:00 PM
Thursday, April 19, 10:00 AM (student matinee)
Thursday, April 19, 7:00 PM
Friday, April 20, 7:00 PM (student matinee)
Friday, April 20, 7:00 PM
Saturday, April 21, 7:00 PM
Sunday, April 22, 2:00 PM
Tickets: students $5, seniors $10, general/adults $15
(Preview prices: Free to Butler students, $5 for all others)

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s tale shares universal truths about love and loyalty. This childhood favorite is the story of a pilot stranded in the desert who meets an enigmatic young prince who has recently fallen from the sky. Let your imagination take flight in this adventure that celebrates fantasy and friendship.


Media contact:
Marc Allan