A new play by James Still debuts at the Indiana Repertory Theatre this week; The Heaves are Hung in Black has their first preview tomorrow Tuesday October 6. The play officially opens this Friday, October 9, but you can see theater in process all this week as the Indiana Repertory Theatre invites audiences to preview the first show of their season in technical rehearsals.
The Indiana Repertory Theatre has employed James Still as a writer-in-residence for more than a decade now. As this relationship has progressed, Still has written many things commissioned by the Indiana Repertory Theatre, including a few pieces, such as The Gentleman from Indiana and last seasons Interpreting William, which speak directly to the Hoosier spirit. And this year, the Indiana Repertory Theatre has decided to go with what they know as they open Indianapolis theatre and performing arts season with a play that speaks to every Hoosier’s American spirit.
The Heavens are Hung in Black examines the life and characters surrounding Abraham Lincoln in the days leading up to the penning of the Emancipation Proclamation. The Civil War rages in the days after the death of Lincoln’s son, Willie. The first lady, Mary Todd, is slowly slipping to what their eldest son Robert would later described as insanity. And Lincoln finds himself deeply tortured by the ghosts of fallen soldiers from the war. To this background, James Still paints a touching portrait of the Great Emancipator, whose soul goal was simply to preserve the union.
The play was written for the reopening of the Ford Theater in Washington DC in February of 2009. In the time leading up to the world premiere early this year, Still meticulously researched the life of the United States’ greatest President ever. Yet in this content that could easily drone on historical, Still adds dashes of magic and sprinkles of spirit. This historical spirits were easily invoked in the Ford Theater last February, and follow the play as it premieres across the country. A monument to the Lincoln’s legacy The Heavens are Hung in Black is perhaps even as important as Indiana’s own war memorials such as Monument Circle and Military Park.
Now the Indiana Repertory Theatre’s playwright-in-residence brings this masterpiece to the Circle City. Catch a preview of The Heavens are Hung in Black this Tuesday through Thursday. Or wait for the official opening on Friday, October 9 in the heart of Indianapolis downtown. The show runs through Sunday, October 25.
Celebrate the spooky season by learning about one of the most fascinating Civil War era ghosts. Make an evening of it in downtown Indy by visiting any of the nearby Indianapolis restaurants. After the show, keep the discussion going at any of many great Indianapolis bars. Live a little and enjoy Indianapolis nightlife. The Indiana Repertory Theater is the biggest theater in Indiana, producing some of the most intriguing work in central Indiana.
Do not miss the first in a slew of great shows produced by this Indianapolis performing arts organization. The Indiana Repertory Theater is an Indianapolis nonprofit organization, which receives support from the Lilly Endowment Fund, the Indiana Arts Commision, the Arts Council of Indianapolis, and the National Endowment for the Arts. You live more when its live at the Indiana Repertory Theater!
IRT 2009-10 season opens with The Heavens are Hung in Black
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