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“The Color Purple” is on stage now at the Civic Theatre!

AshLee “PsyWrn Simone” Baskin, who plays Shug Avery and Jonathan Studdard, who plays Preacher, Ol’ Mister and works as equity and diversity liaiso at the Civic Theatre, joined us today to share what we can expect from the show.

You can see it now through October 23.

This show is the musical adaptation of Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning story of hope and a celebration of life. The joyous jazz, ragtime, gospel, African music, and blues score sets the musical apart from the acclaimed 1985 film.

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You can now see Shakespearean plays all across Indiana this summer! This is thanks to the Brown Box Theatre project who has now added new dates to their tour.

Margaret Clark, who plays Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing, joined us on Indy Style to preview the July performances. Margaret is originally from Toledo, OH, and returns to Brown Box for her sixth show. Her previous credits include Taming of the Shrew, Hamlet, The Hotel Nepenthe, and Rosalind in As You Like It. Other local credits include Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are DeadRomeo and Juliet (Huntington Theatre), Henry V (Actor’s Shakespeare Project), and The Three Musketeers (GBSC/Front Porch).

Brown Box Theatre Project, the country’s premier outdoor Shakespeare touring company, comes to Indiana this summer as part of their 10th Annual Shakespeare tour! Brown Box’s largest tour to date spans 3 regions across the US from Indiana to Massachusetts to Delmarva, featuring free outdoor performances of the comedy Much Ado About Nothing, and a series of “Page to Stage” library workshops exploring Shakespeare’s world and words. Under the direction of Executive Artistic Director and Co-Founder Kyler Taustin, audiences can now enjoy Shakespeare’s beloved comedy of trickery, deceit, and masquerade LIVE and on-stage, with bonus workshops for audiences of all ages, thanks to partnerships with local libraries. The expanded 2021 Indiana Summer Tour brings Shakespeare to 8outdoorstages and 6 library workshops in July 2021!  A special workshop for teens ages 14-18 will be held on Friday, July 30th hosted by the Rushville Library at Riverside Park!

All Much Ado About Nothing performances are free, outdoors, and open to all audiences; no tickets are needed. Social distancing through lawn seating, blankets and lawn chairs are welcome.Brown Box’s extended tour will also include locations in Massachusetts (August 2021 – 13 outdoor performances and 4 library workshops!) and Delmarva (September 2021 – 18 outdoorperformances and 4 library workshops!). Please visit for full performance schedule and rain locations. All library workshops are free and open to the public; some are in-person and some are virtual. Please see each library’s website for information and registration.

Since 2010 Brown Box Theatre Project has been committed to reinventing the way theatre is created and consumed, by transforming public spaces into vibrant cultural and tourist destinations. Brown Box has perfected the art of the tour; through unique partnerships with local and state organizations, Brown Box delivers outdoor programming and educational workshops that engage and inspire. Brown Box’s touring Shakespeare events include professionally designed sets, lighting, costumes and props, performed by skilled regional actors. Each program is built, performed, and packed away at each location!

About Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing:

“Some Cupid kills with arrows, some with traps.” Upon their return from war, a group of soldiers are reminded that life and love are not so black and white. Trickery, jealousy, deceit, and masquerade each play a role in challenging Benedict and Beatrice’s scorn for love (and each other) as well as the seemingly unassailable love of Claudio and Hero. Through witty banter and dastardly deception, Shakespeare’s beloved comedy, Much Ado About Nothing debates the preconceived notion of how to love and the value of trust.

Much Ado About Nothing will be fully staged in each location and will feature professional artists, designers, and actors.

“Much Ado About Shakespeare: Stage to Page” Library Workshops – JUST ADDED!:

Brown Box Theatre Project is thrilled to announce the addition of 6 “Much Ado About Shakespeare: Stage to Page” Library Workshops in Indiana, presented FREE to the public during the company’s 2021 Summer Tour! Audiences of all ages are invited to join Brown Box Theatre Project in an engaging, exciting exploration of Shakespeare’s words and worlds, in partnership with libraries in each touring region. Starting with collaborative relationship-building exercises, we will look at Much Ado About Nothing through its post-conflict scope. What happens when communities, like those in the script, begin to embrace non-traditional ways of thinking? Committed to curating a safe, accessible space for varying skill levels and interests, the workshops will be led by teaching artist, Surrey Houlker. Please see each library’s website for information and registration.

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Ladies & Gentlemen, start your engines and drive on over to hear the first ATI Drive-In of 2021!

It’s time to rev-up for the Indy 500 and the gang’s back together again to bring you the music of the highways and by-ways of America.  From “King of the Road” to the surf music of the 1960s, it’s gonna be some high-octane fun, fun, fun till your daddy takes your T-Bird away!

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Are you on the search for local entertainment? Well, Tom Alvarez, theater critic, has you covered with what’s “On the Aisle” for the rest of this month.

“La La Love”

“Love Springs Eternal”

“Alabama Story”

Indianapolis Pipe Organ Festival

Hommage to Kriesler: 2014 Silver Medalist Tessa Lark in Recital

“Joshua Powell and the Great Train Robbery”

Read Tom’s reviews, previews and interviews on his “On the Aisle” blog, visit TomAlvarez.Studio. Also, follow him on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.