“Indiana Festival Theatre” becomes “IU Summer Theatre” and launches four new productions for a summer of fun!

May 5, 2015

Bloomington, Ind – For the sixth consecutive summer, the Indiana University Department of Theatre, Drama, and Contemporary Dance will be a regional destination for the arts.

Formerly Indiana Festival Theatre, IU Summer Theatre is a professional summer stock company comprised of Equity guest actors, IU Theatre faculty, undergraduates, and MFA students.

This summer’s lineup includes three family-friendly classics: Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility, adapted for the stage by Joseph Hanreddy and JR Sullivan; William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream; and the classic 1967 musical, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, based on Charles Shultz’s iconic Peanuts characters. In addition, IU Summer Theatre will present a workshop production of a new musical, The King’s Critique, by New York-based writing duo Nat Zegree and Eric Holmes.

IU Summer Theatre is a proud partner with the campus-wide IU Summer Festival of the Arts, which will include programming by the IU Art Museum, IU Cinema, the Lilly Library, and more.

“It’s important to the entire region that IU be a year-round cultural destination, not just during the school year,” says Department Chair Jonathan Michaelsen, who will also direct A Midsummer Night’s Dream. “And we’re excited that theater is going to be at the heart of this vision.”

IU Summer Theater provides rare educational opportunities for students to work with professional actors from around the country.

“Our students need to see these professionals work – how they create characters, how they prepare, how they comport themselves in rehearsals,” explains Michaelson. “Plus, our students get sense of what a professional actor’s life is like: practically speaking, how these people structure their lives so they can do this kind of work?”

Directed by longtime musical theater faculty, George Pinney, The King’s Critique (June 8 – 11) presents a storybook world, in which the king appoints himself head theater critic of his entire empire. This playful comedy finds unlikely allies amongst the performers, banding together to fight this despotic bullying and bring laughter to the kingdom.  IU Summer Theatre’s “Premiere Musical” is a place where new voices in musical theater can emerge.

For centuries A Midsummer Night’s Dream (July 8 – 23) has been a beloved staple of summertime theater. Shakespeare’s eternally mysterious, whimsical take on the epic highs and crashing lows of falling in love is sure to brings smiles to Bloomington summer nights.

In 2015 IU faculty director, Dale McFadden, directed IU’s much-loved mainstage production of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, adapted by Jon Jory. This time McFadden sets his sights on a new version of Austen’s comedy of manners, Sense and Sensibility (July 9 – 23). Sisters Elinor and Marianne Dashwood personify the rational vs. the romantic, as the family struggles to balance love, reputation, and survival.

Led by guest director Bob Chapel, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown (July 29 – August 14) will round out the summer with a bang. The original production won the 1967 Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Production, and has gone on to become a classic of professional and community theater. Originally created by Clark Gesner and John Gordon, the play features all of Charles Shultz’s Peanuts characters, from Snoopy to Linus and, of course, C.B. himself.


IU Summer Theatre in residence at the Wells-Metz Theatre.


The King’s Critique
June 8, 9, 10 & 11 at 7:30pm

A Midsummer Night’s Dream
July 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 20 & 22 at 7:30pm
and matinees July 17 and 23 at 2:00pm

Sense and Sensibility
July 9, 13, 15, 19, 21 & 23 at 7:30pm
and matinees July 10 and 16 at 2:00pm 

You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown
July 29, 30, August 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13 at 7:30pm
and matinees July 30, 31, August 6, 7, 13 and 14 at 2:00pm

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

TICKETS: Regular admission is $25 for adults, $15 for students, $20 for seniors. 812.855.1103 or theatre.indiana.edu. Group discounts available.
TICKETS FOR KING’S CRITIQUE are just $15 Adults, $10 Students.