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Phoenix Theatre: Affordable Indianapolis Theater Art

For current show information at the Phoenix Theatre, visit its website.

The Phoenix Theatre in downtown Indianapolis is committed to producing newly published original art by cutting edge playwrights. Located in the Massachusetts Avenue cultural district, the Phoenix is a favorite among Indianapolis theatre and performing arts companies for the younger audiences. The Phoenix is an important part of the theater art district in that area surrounded by other theaters such as Theatre on the Square, Comedy Sportz, and the Old National Centre. The Phoenix is also one of the venues for the indyFringe Festival.

The theater’s mission statement makes a commitment to presenting contemporary art in an intimate setting. They challenge their audiences through issue oriented plays that raise awareness of social concerns; in addition, each play presented at the Phoenix Theatre asks the audience to consider its responsibility to the issue at hand, placing theater goers in the hot seat more often than not. Their purpose in doing this is to start a discussion in the community that may eventually enact change within our society. In this way, the theater contributes meaningfully to Indianapolis arts.

The Phoenix Theater’s home is a work of art unto itself, a turn-of-the-century church donated to them by J. Scott Keller in 1988. The innards of the original building have been gutted to make way for two performance spaces. The smaller stage in the basement of the building is referred to as Cabaret style. It has  a lounge feel with chairs around small tables and a wine and beer bar at the back. Audiences enjoy a drink as they watch the show in an incredibly intimate setting. Their second larger stage is located on the building’s first floor. It is a standard proscenium arch theater that seats 130 people.

The Phoenix has been producing art for an amazing 24 consecutive seasons and is a part of the Actors Equity Association, one of only two theaters in Indianapolis with this status. The Indiana Repertory Theater is the other.

The Phoenix is a great place to take a date, with wonderful shows and fabulous restaurants in walking distance, such as Scholars Inn, Agio Italian Restaurant, Yats, and the Rathskeller Restaurant. The atmosphere at the Phoenix is relaxed yet artsy. As far as Indianapolis performing arts organizations go, the Phoenix definitely caters to a much younger crowd that is looking for an intellectually stimulating evening out that is relatively affordable.

Shows at the Phoenix run Thursday through Saturday each week and tickets range from $15 to $25, depending on your age. However, the theater does offer cheap seat nights every Thursday during the run of each of its shows. Everyone who attends on these nights pay the cheaper ticket price, a testament to the Phoenix’s attitude that art should be accessible to all. Free parking is readily available in the neighborhood surrounding the theater.

The Phoenix always welcomes volunteers to usher or to get involved behind the scenes by offering technical support or office help. Indianapolis culture truly benefits from having the Phoenix Theater in its own backyard. With a fresh point of view, an interesting set of ideas and a love for art, the Phoenix Theater in Indianapolis never fails to impress.

The Phoenix Theater
749 N Park Ave
Indianapolis, IN 46202
317.635.PLAY

 

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