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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!!!!!

 

 

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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)

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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

 

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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/

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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!

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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!

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"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

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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

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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

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All You Need to Know About Coming to The Tempest!

MirFerdonrocks

"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

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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.

 

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Reviews for The Exonerated

 

 

The Exonerated was gripping, graphic, heart-wrenching, poetic and dangerous as several former death row inmates ruminate on the fragility of life and the chaos of fate. The packed house included overflow viewers watching via live feed. Produced by Butler University and Heartland Actors Repertory Theatre, this simple staged reading presented complex and fully fleshed relationships, where the slightest nod of the head or lift of the face cues us in. The versatile ensemble of professional actors carried our attention with their razor sharp focus. Director William Fisher created an empathetic atmosphere for each inmate's story, where the facts are justice is an illusion and the state is the enemy. Yet, Fisher is careful not to answer the questions raised in the production, instead he leaves space for the audience to choose between belief or doubt. This evening was a true event in theater: unique and impermanent, just like life. Nuvo Newsweekly

Under the right direction, play readings—with actors reading from scripts—can be just as powerful, memorable and theatrically magical as full productions. That’s been proven time and again on my visits to L.A. Theatre Works (most recently for “Lobby Hero” with Tate Donovan). And it was proven closer to home with the Aug. 29 reading of “The Exonerated,” Jessica Blank’s and Erik Jensen’s play that examines the alleged crimes and redemptive aftermath of six cases where death-row inmates were released after new evidence came to light.

Rather than a fully staged production, Heartland Actors Repertory Theatre, in conjunction with Butler University Theatre, simply parked 10 of Indy’s top actors on stools in front of music stands (after just one rehearsal, per union rules) and allowed them to tell these stories.

And it worked, hauntingly, with crowds watching not just from Butler’s Studio Theatre but also in other rooms via closed-circuit TV.

Granted, the material itself is inherently compelling. The play immerses us in the true stories of Delbert Tibbs (David Alan Anderson), a prison poet not even in the same state where the murder he was accused of occurred, and Gary Gauger (Michael Shelton), a mild man accused of slaughtering his parents. We learn of Sunny Jacobs (Diane Timmerman), a self-proclaimed hippie who allowed her romance with her husband to blossom while both were in different cells on death row after being found guilty in a police killing. We share the story of Robert Earl Hayes (Ben Rose), an African-American horse groomer accused of killing a white woman he had had relations with (even though she was found with Caucasian hair in her grip). And that of David Keaton, a would-be minister (Monte Tappler) coerced into confessing to a murder he didn’t commit. Then there’s Kerry Max Cook (Ryan Artzburger), brutalized in prison after being found guilty of rape and murder.

Yes, it’s somber stuff. But, counterintuitively, the material works when the characters come across as living, breathing, flawed, unique people, not as noble martyrs. And that’s the gift that the entire cast of Indy all-stars—including supporting cast members Milicent Wright, Jen Johansen, Matthew Roland and Doug Johnson—gave to “The Exonerated.” Even in “off camera” moments, the actors were engaged, touching and true.

I’ve hinted for a long time of the potential benefits to the Indy cultural scene of a regular series of such readings. Not only do audiences get to gain from the opportunity to experience work they otherwise might not get a chance to see and hear (at least, not with such a top-notch company), but the actors themselves gain by being able to work with one another and to explore a wider range of roles without needing to commit to lengthy runs. They also get a chance to be seen by theater lovers who might not have the means to attend theater as often as they would like.

We’ve got a talented pool of performers here, and “The Exonerated” showed off what they can do when their forces are combined. Here’s hoping for more such readings in the future. Indiana Business Journal