Indy Shakes Shakespeare Birthday Bash! Thurs April 20th, 2017

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Join all of us at the Indianapolis Shakespeare Company as we celebrate our 10th year as HART/Indy Shakes--and as we celebrate Shakespeare's birthday, too! This fabulous fete is on Thursday, April 20th from 5-8pm at downtown Indy's new event venue, The Cyrus Place.

Tix begin at only $25 and can be ordered here: https://portal11.bidpal.net/Portal/bpe307319/main/home.html

 

HART becomes Indianapolis Shakespeare Company!

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Thanks to a strategic planning grant from Lilly Endowment, the Heartland Actors' Repertory Theatre (HART) is becoming the Indianapolis Shakespeare Company! We'll be Indy Shakes for short! After a decade of offering professional, accessible theatre to the Indianapolis community, we are taking our organization to the next level with a new name and a vigorous passion for bringing quality Shakespeare productions to the Indy community for free!

Indy Shakes Mission:

To share the joy of live professional theatre in ways that appeal to diverse audiences.

Our Vision:

Creating great theatre for a great city.

Our Values:

  • Open, accessible performances
  • Support for all types of theatre artists
  • Commitment to quality
  • Champions for the power of live theatre

Stay tuned for a new website and new Indy Shakes news!!!!!

 

 

2016 Parking & Mobility Assistance Info: The Winter's Tale

We're thrilled you are joining us for our 2016 production of Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale! Parking will be available at two convenient parking sites near HART’s Shakespeare production.

1. White River State Park underground parking garage: Entrance is located between the Eitlejorg Museum and the Indiana State Museum (and across Washington Street from the Marriott Courtyard Hotel/JW Marriott complex).

  • Price: $10
  • From the underground garage, exit the western pedestrian staircase and head west into White River State Park. The JW Marriott will be to your back and the NCAA Headquarters will be on your right. Stroll west along the canal until you reach the Celebration Plaza Amphitheatre where HART performs. The White River is our backdrop.
  • See map below.

2. Indianapolis Zoo parking: 1200 West Washington Street

  • Zoo parking will remain open all three evenings for HART’s Shakespeare production
  • Price: $10 for general public; $7 for zoo members
  • From the Zoo parking lot, walk in between the Zoo entrance building and the White River Gardens (“butterfly”) building. Follow sidewalk between these buildings and pass through an iron gate. You will then be on the old Washington Street pedestrian bridge. Simply walk east across the bridge (towards the JW Marriott) and the Celebration Plaza Amphitheatre where HART performs will be on your left.
  • See map below.
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HART SHUTTLE STATION - MOBILITY ASSISTANCE: HART makes every effort to ensure our shows are accessible to patrons with mobility issues. We offer a free golf cart shuttle service to and from the Indianapolis Zoo parking lot and the HART stage. To meet the shuttle, enter the path between the Zoo entrance and the White River Butterfly building (marked by a HART sign). Follow the path to find the HART Shuttle Station. The golf cart shuttle will take you across the bridge to the HART stage.

WEATHER ALERT:

HART’s Shakespeare productions go forward despite inclement weather!

Lightning and heavy rain would delay our production, but other than that, THE SHOW WILL GO ON!

If we would have to cancel a production, we will post that information immediately on our website: www.heartlandactors.com and HART’s Facebook page and Twitter (@HARTheatre)

Announcing HART's Summer 2016 Winter's Tale Company

HART 2016 Company for THE WINTER’S TALE Join us in White River State Park on July 21, 22, 23, 2016 for our FREE production!

Cast List:

Leontes                       Ryan Artzberger

Hermione                    Mara Lefler

Mamillius                    Dalyn Stewart

Antigonus                   Scott Russell

Paulina                        Constance Macy

Camillo                        Charles Goad

Polixenes                     Ben Tebbe

Florizel/Lord 1            Ryan Claus

Perdita                         Phebe Taylor

Old Shepherd              Miki Mathioudakis

Clown/Lord 2              Scot Greenwell

Mopsa/Lady 1            Margaret Morgan

Dorcas/Lady 2            Frankie Bolda

Autolycus                    Rob Johansen

 

HART’s Directing/Design/Tech/Production Summer 2016 Team:

Producing Artistic Director: Diane Timmerman

Director: Robert Neal

Set design: Rob Koharchik

Lighting design: Laura Glover

Costume design: Guy Clark

Props design: Bart Simpson

Sound design: Todd Reischman

Stage Manager: Nathan Garrison

Sound engineer: Jeff Mountjoy

Sound assistant: Kevin Caraher

TD/set construction: B Sutherlin

Production Manager: Nolan Brokamp

HART Event Manager & Program Administrator: LaKisha Cooper

Premium Seat Coordinator: Janet Hock

HART House Manager: Caron Morales

 

HART’s 2016 Interns:

Assistant to the Artistic Director: Jessica Meister (IUPUI)

Assistant to the Director: Corbin Fritz (Butler)

Costume/wardrobe: Nora Chapin-Eppert (Depauw) & Sarah Hunter (Marian)

Marketing: Charell Luckey (Butler) & Courtney Shelburne (IUPUI)

Stage Management: Sara Frey (Purdue) & Abigail Tomlin (Ball State)

Production: Zach Alexander & Rachel Kerkes (IUPUI)

HART Board:          

Susan Zurbuchen, Chair

Mark Stuaan, Secretary

Joel Ericson, Treasurer

Robyn Cates

Dorothy Ilgen

Megan McKinney-Cooper

Robert Neal

HART Company Members:

Ryan Artzberger

Sam Fain

Scot Greenwell

Lauren Morris

Robert Neal

Matthew Roland

Phebe Taylor

Ben Tebbe

Diane Timmerman

 

Announcing: The Winter's Tale directed by HART Company Member Robert Neal

HART announces our 8th Shakespeare production in downtown Indianapolis' White River State Park:The Winter's Tale directed by HART Company Member Robert Neal will be presented July 21, 22, 23, 2016 Preshow band and festivities at 6pm Production at 8pm

AUDITIONS for our production will be held on March 13 6-10pm in Lilly Hall 328 on the Butler University campus. Schedule auditions here: http://heartlandactors.appointy.com/

Important Parking Information for Twelfth Night!

Twelfth Night opens this week! Prepare for plenty of fun and laughs this Thursday July 30, Friday July 31, and Saturday August 1!

As you plan for our festivities downtown, remember these parking tips:

 

Please note we anticipate a lot of downtown traffic this weekend and are recommending that HART patrons allow plenty of time to get to the park.

 

*For Friday July 31st, we strongly recommend that HART patrons park in the Zoo parking lot to avoid the sold-out Indians game and the 40,000 people attending the One Direction concert at Lucas Oil Stadium. 

 

Parking options:

 

  1. White River State Park underground parking garage: 801 West Washington Street (not recommended for Friday, July 31st)

 

  • Entrance is located between the Eitlejorg Museum and the Indiana State Museum (and across Washington Street from the Marriott Courtyard Hotel/JW Marriott complex).
  • Price: $6-$10. Mention you are with HART Shakespeare for the $6 price!
  • From the underground garage, exit the western pedestrian staircase and head west into White River State Park. The JW Marriott will be to your back and the NCAA Headquarters will be on your right. Stroll west along the canal until you reach the Celebration Plaza Amphitheatre where HART performs. The White River is our backdrop.
  • See accompanying Mobility Assistance information for a golf cart ride from the garage or from the Indiana State Museum drop-off circle.

 

  1. Indianapolis Zoo parking: 1200 West Washington Street: STRONGLY RECOMMENDED, especially for FRIDAY, JULY 31st

 

  • Zoo parking will remain open all three evenings for HART’s Shakespeare production
  • Price: $10 for general public; $6 for zoo members
  • From the Zoo parking lot, walk in between the Zoo entrance building and the White River Gardens (“butterfly”) building. Follow the sidewalk between these buildings and pass through an iron gate. You will then be on the old Washington Street pedestrian bridge. Simply walk east across the bridge (towards the JW Marriott) and the Celebration Plaza Amphitheatre where HART performs will be on your left.

 

Can't wait to see you this weekend!

Introducing Our New Mobility Assistance Program!

Need help getting from your car to our location in White River State Park?

This year, HART makes it easier for patrons to get from their cars to our production with our new Mobility Assistance Program!

Whether you're getting dropped off or parking your car in the underground garage, our shuttle service can help you get from Point A to Point B fast and efficiently.  Below is a map of our shuttle stops. Please note that one of our drop-off points, the Indiana State Museum front circular drive LOOKS like it is under construction, but it is actually open.

Mobility Assistance Program

We hope to see you July 30, July 31, and August 1!

"Play on" and Come See HART's Twelfth Night!

"If music be the food of love, play on"

Join us as we present Twelfth Night

At White River State Park

Preview performance Thursday July 30th Performances Friday July 31st & Saturday August 1st Preshow Band, Food Trucks, Sun King Beer at 6:00 pm Twelfth Night begins at 8:00 pm

Free lawn chairs are available, or patrons may bring their own lawn chairs and blankets.  Taller lawn chairs sit in the back.  Patrons may bring their own food and drink, or it can be purchased at the venue.

Premium seating is available for purchase via Eventbrite.  Click the link below to purchase seats.

Eventbrite - HART's Shakespeare on the Canal: TWELFTH NIGHT

HART announces season auditions for TWELFTH NIGHT!

Auditions have been held for the 2015 Twelfth Night performance. For next year's auditions, please begin preparing a Shakespeare monologue less than two minutes in length.

Here is the UPDATED summer 2015 Twelfth Night schedule

We will go into rehearsal around July 13th.

Rehearsals are typically weekday evenings and weekend days. Rehearsal location is the Butler University gardens.

Tech rehearsals in White River State Park are on Monday, July 27, Tuesday, August 2, Wednesday, July 29. Sat Aug 1 Performance and Load out

Preview performance: Thursday, July 30th

Performances: Friday July 31st, Saturday, August 1st

See You Next Year!

10301518_10152614322887450_4290723023343993757_n Thank you to all who came out and supported HART's 2014 production of The Tempest!

A special thank you to the Indianapolis Foundation, a CICF Affiliate; Lilly Endowment; and, the Christel DeHaan Family Foundation. In addition, many thanks to all of our individual donors, our corporate supporters and to our foundation supporters for all you are doing to make free Shakespeare in downtown Indy available to audiences every summer!

A Tempest at the Tempest?

We sure hope not! But here is the scoop if we get a storm: We will do EVERYTHING we can to present our production tonight (Friday) and Saturday at 8pm.

Preshow festivities will begin at 6pm if at all possible.

What would shut us down? Lightning and/or heavy rain.

How will you know what's going on? Keep up to date with our Facebook and Twitter pages for any changes to the present schedule.image

All You Need to Know About Coming to The Tempest!

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"Oh Ferdinand, where should people park when they come and see us in The Tempest?" "Dear Miranda, I have much to say about parking and logistics! Here's the scoop:

Parking is available in the White River State Park underground garage located at 801 West Washington. The entrance is right between the Eiteljorg Museum and the Indiana State Museum. This year, pay on your way in for quick, easy exiting after the show."

"How much does the parking cost, Ferdinand?" "On Thursday July 31st and Friday Aug 1st, parking is $5. On Saturday Aug 2nd, parking is $6 because there is an Indians Game at 7pm. Please note there will be extra traffic that evening, Miranda, from the Indians Game as well as the Indy Eleven home game at 7:30pm."

"Where will people find us?" "Once you have parked the car, exit the western pedestrian staircase, stroll west, past the NCAA, and there you'll find the beautiful amphitheatre with the lovely White River and Old Washington Street Bridge serving as our backdrop."

"Ferdinand, what if people don't like sitting on a rock like us?" "Why, Miranda, free lawn chairs are available! Or people may bring a blanket! Just remember, taller lawn chairs shall sit in the back rows!"

"Got it, Ferdinand! What is our running time again?" "Our whole performance is two hours, including intermission, Miranda."

"What if I am hungry or thirsty?" "Miranda, no worries! You may bring your own picnic basket and beverages or you may purchase delectable food and drinks from the Indy Food Trucks, Sun King Brewery, Rettig Hill Winery and Satek Winery."

"That sounds fantastic, Ferdinand! See you at the park!" "I wouldn't miss it for the world, Miranda!"

Photo by: Julie Curry Miranda: Zoe Turner Ferdinand: Ross Percell

HART announces The Tempest: July 31, Aug 1, Aug 2, 2014

HARTShrew8-10-13 115Shakespeare returns to White River State Park!Join us as we celebrate Shakespeare's 450th Birthday with our production of The Tempest Preview performance Thursday July 31st Performances Friday August 1st & Saturday August 2nd Preshow Bands, Indy Food Trucks, Sun King Beer & Rettig Hill Winery at 6:00 pm The Tempest begins at 8:00 pm

 

 

Thank You!

Taming of the Shrew 2013 Thank you to all who supported HART's 2013 production of The Taming of the Shrew!

Although the production may seem a distant memory...our HART hearts are still filled with joy for the opportunity to share quality theatre with our audiences in beautiful downtown Indianapolis.

A special thank you to all of our individual donors, our corporate supporters and to our foundation supporters for all you are doing to make free Shakespeare in downtown Indy one of our city's yearly cultural offerings.

Deep appreciation goes to the Indianapolis Foundation, a CICF Affiliate; Lilly Endowment; and, the Christel DeHaan Family Foundation in honor of the children and families of Christel House.

 

"A rose by any other name..."

shakespeare canal HART’s Shakespeare series has been known as "Shakespeare on the Canal"…but should we find another name?

We have been known as Shakespeare on the Canal over these past years.... but many Indy residents think of the canal as being a bit further north...by the Indiana State Museum (with their fun Summer Sounds Concert Series), the Eiteljorg Museum (with the lovely Christel DeHaan Family Terrace overlooking the water) and the Indiana Historical Society (which hosts those awesome Concerts on the Canal!)

Where exactly are WE located?

HART's outdoor Shakespeare productions happen in White River State Park with the beautiful White River as our backdrop. Our lovely amphitheater is nestled between the bridge that leads to the Indianapolis Zoo on one side and the canal located in front of the NCAA on the other side. IUPUI's NIFS is also close by, and White River State Park's Celebration Plaza is where you'll find our food trucks plus beer and wine when we produce The Taming of the Shrew this summer on Aug 9th and 10th!

HART’s Shakespeare on the Canal has a nice ring to it….but should we change it to something more accurate??

Please post any and all ideas to our Facebook page!

Lou Harry on HART

Much Ado

Professional Shakespeare in the park to returneth this summer

Lou Harry June 4, 2013

Thanks to grants from the Central Indiana Community Foundation and Lilly Endowment, professional summer Shakespeare will return in August to White River State Park. Heartland Actors Repertory Theatre has staged free productions in the park every year except one since 2008, but funding has always been an issue.

The foundations' funding—$50,000, which covers about half the production expenses—will go toward not only paying actors, but also the purchase of a new sound system.

“Our only complaint that we’ve heard over the years is with our sound,” said Butler University Theatre Department Chairwoman Diane Timmerman, a former HART company member who recently took over as HART's producing artistic director. “We just haven’t had the money to purchase or rent a decent sound system.”

(Full disclosure, HART staged a play of mine in 2008 and I was involved in the early days of its development.)

For its first three years, summer Shakespeare was under the umbrella of the White River State Park Family Fun series. Since then, HART has had to search for funding each year, with last-minute saves every year except for 2011. The pledge of ongoing support from CICF (led by Brian Payne who, not coincidentally, ran Shakespeare Santa Cruz before moving to Indianapolis) means HART can focus on long-term planning, including the possible construction of a permanent stage in the park. HART currently uses the amphitheater between the NCAA Hall of Champions and the bridge to the Indianapolis Zoo.

“We have a fantastic designer working on a plan for the permanent,” said Timmerman. “But it’s still in its embryonic stage. It’s a state property—there are a lot of hoops to go through."

Robert Whitt, executive director for White River State Park, applauds the return of theater to the park and is open to the idea of a permanent stage. "We are open to anything that would enhance the experience of our visitors. But we have a number of considerations. That's one of the best vistas in the park so we wouldn’t want to do anything that would obstruct that view. The other thing is, we have a lot of other uses for that area. It's popular for weddings, for instance. And we need to take all of that into account."

While the permanent stage isn’t happening this year, other changes are in the works for the Aug. 9-10 performances of “The Taming of the Shrew.” Loyalists will note that there will be a slight change in the orientation of the audience and performance space—a move aimed at keeping the sun out of the audience’s eyes (Timmerman would prefer Indiana switch to Central time, but realizes that’s unlikely). HART is also considering adding premium (paid) seating for a small section and is working to attract food trucks and wine and beer purveyors to add to a festive atmosphere. Previous productions drew an estimated 1,200 to 1,500 people, many armed with picnic baskets, wine and even candelabras.

It’s a lot of work for two performances. But the space can handle up to 2,100 people. “If we get 2,000 people to come to ‘Shrew,’" said Timmerman, "we would consider that a big success.”

“I have two jobs right now,” Timmerman said. “One is to make sure ‘Taming of the Shrew’ is an awesome production. The other is to build an infrastructure for the company so we are not ever again in the 11th-hour situation we found ourselves in during the last two years. And we’d like to build it to more weekends, create new programming, and have multiple shows in repertory.”

Your thoughts?

This article from Lou Harry's A&E on Indianapolis Business Journal.