IU Theatre presents emo-rock musical Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson

March 15, 2016

Bloomington, Ind – This spring the Indiana University Department of Theatre, Drama, and Contemporary Dance will fill the Ruth N. Halls stage with over twenty performers in the hit rock musical, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson.

This one-of-a-kind theatrical experience reimagines president Andrew Jackson as an Emo-Punk star, as the turbulence of his life and politics are transposed into a biting rockumentarey. Created by Michael Friedman and Alex Timbers, Bloody reached Broadway in 2010, winning a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Book and an Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding New Musical.

“The students performing in the play have truly taken possession of this musical, because they see the issues of Andrew Jackson’s presidency emerging in their lives today,” says director George Pinney, the longtime Head of Musical Theatre at IU. “The rise of Donald Trump, the whole idea of American populism, questions of assimilation, deportation, and the threat of violence are all entwined in our contemporary politics.”

Working with designers Kristen Martino and Carrie Barton, Pinney has chosen to embrace these parallels at every turn of the production’s creation. IU’s Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson will utilize digital projection, improvisation, a three-piece house band (members of the local Phunk Nasty’s) incorporated into the performance, and a thrust stage intended to eliminate the traditional space between performer and audience.

“It’s a challenging play to work on as a choreographer, because it’s really mosh-pit choreography, so there are no jazz slides, no pirouettes,” says Pinney. “I’ve learned that I need to give the actors the framework, but they really have to run with it. The performers are deeply involved in the creation of this show from start to finish.”

WHAT: Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson

WHEN: April 15, 16, 19-22 @ 7:30 p.m., April 23 @ 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: Ruth N. Halls Theatre, Lee Norvelle Drama Center, 275 N. Jordan Ave.

TICKETS: Regular admission is $25 for adults, $15 for students, $20 for senior citizens.  theatre.indiana.edu. For group discounts contact the box office at 812.855.1103.