The Indiana Repertory Theatre’s season continues with their most recent production, Becky’s New Car by Steven Dietz, an economic farce. Becky’s New Car began previews March 23 and opens officially for Indianapolis theatre this Friday, March 26, 2010. The simple story of a lady named Becky as she scrimps and saves to buy a new car builds to a hilarious comic masterpiece as mistaken identity tempts midlife crisis. This Indianapolis performing arts event runs through April 11, 2010.
Becky’s New Car follows the plight of a regular middle class American woman, Becky, who works at an auto dealership. With her meager income supplemented by her husband’s roofing work, Becky is working with one thing on her mind: a new car. But with a twenty six year old son still at home and “on the payroll” and plenty of bills to pay, Becky’s hopes seem nothing but a far away fantasy. That is until she meets a bumbling millionaire, who has the potential to change her life forever. As she finds herself in flirtation with the lonely (but very rich) widower, a case of mistaken identity finds her in a precarious situation.
Steven Dietz’s sweet, goofy comedy was actually commissioned by ACT Theatre as a birthday present for a Seattle area theatre fan. In an attempt to raise money for playwriting commissions, ACT Theatre posed a offer to its audiences: anybody could underwrite a new play as a gift to someone. The practice of arts patrons funding new work is not a new concept, and is, in fact, responsible for some of the greatest works from artists like Shakespeare or Mozart. When Seattle commercial realtor, Charles Staadecker, heard this proposition he new it would be a perfect present for his wife Benita, who happens to be an ACT trustee.
Dietz had no rules or regulations placed on him during his writing process, save one. He had to have one scene written in time for Benita’s birthday, to be presented to her as a token of the journey she was about to join. While the Staadeckers were careful to not place restrictions or demands on the writing or production processes, they were, in Dietz’s words, “enmeshed in the production, coming to rehearsals and watching over the project. And really, I’ve [Dietz] just loved having them around.”
The play premiered at ACT Theatre in 2008. Dietz spent two years writing the play. It examines class, wealth and cultural values during a period of economic meltdown, lending a deeper meaning to this farcical comedy. “It we were in a flush time, like the 1990s, this would probably be considered a midlife crisis play,” said Dietz. “But right now people’s individual crises are dovetailing with larger crises in our society. That amplifies everything.”
Directed by James Still (playwright, The Heavens Are Hung in Black) and starring favorite Indianapolis artists Constance Macy (A Christmas Carol) and Robert Neal (Romeo and Juliet), Becky’s New Car promises to be an entertaining and light evening out in Indianapolis downtown. Tickets to this Indianapolis art event range from $29.00 to $49.00, depending on show date and time.
Becky’s New Car is an extra special Indianapolis culture event, as it connects the IRT with Mass Ave’s Phoenix Theatre, which is producing Yankee Tavern (also by Steven Dietz). The Phoenix show opens in early April, but Indianapolis people can get a great deal to see both Steven Dietz shows for $50.00 total in a cross promotion with this Indianapolis nonprofit organizations. Really get involved in this mini Dietz Fest happening in Indianapolis theatre when the playwright visits the Phoenix Theatre for a discussion on March 28, moderated by Indianapolis Business Journal’s Lou Harry. Visit the IRT website (listed below) to find out more.
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Becky’s New Car
Now through April 11, 2010
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