The Spotlight Players of Beech Grove, Indiana offer When You Comin’ Back, Red Ryder? to Indianapolis theatre April 2 through April 18. This Indianapolis performing arts group gives community actors a chance to shine in fun, and often times, challenging pieces of theatre. Their latest production delves deep into the human psyche, questioning the very essence of humanity. Show times are Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 pm and Sundays at 2:30 pm.
When You Comin’ Back, Red Ryder?, by Mark Medoff is a drama set in a small New Mexican diner. This unfortunate restaurants lost a majority of its normal clientele after a new highway bypass put them out of the way. With a small staff of only two, a cook Stephen a.k.a. Red Ryder and a waitress Angel, the hard edge boss of the diner, Clark, struggles to make ends meet. Their boring routine is only completed when the owner of the gas station across the street, Lyle, stops in to break up the monotony as best he can.
However, with a few customers their solitude is disrupted, perhaps forever. A pair of drug running lovers enter the picture, things at this sleepy diner are forever altered. Teddy is an unbalanced Vietnam War veteran with his hippie girlfriend, Cheryl, and a cache of marijuana in tow. After their getaway car breaks down, the pair seek refuge in the middle of nowhere diner. But as Teddy turns his sardonic humor on the diner staff and other patrons, he reveals a talent for picking at people’s innermost insecurities.
As he exposes their fears and secret desires, things turn from bad to worse. Eventually, he takes advantage of their weakness to take the entire diner hostage. He leave, alone, only after binding and robbing each character of their finances and their dignity. Though each person comes through with little physical harm, they have been forever changed by the brutal experience, in more ways than they care to admit.
Written in 1973, When You Comin’ Back, Red Ryder? premiered off-Broadway in the Eastside Playhouse, where it ran for a whopping 302 performances. Playwright Mark Medoff was awarded the Village Voice’s Obie for Distinguished Play. In 1979, the script was adapted into a film. A revival recently took place New York.
Tickets to this Indianapolis art event are $12.00 for Indianapolis people and $10.00 for seniors and students. Before the play, grab dinner at any of the great Beech Grove restaurants or Beech Grove bars in Beech Grove downtown. Afterward, head back to the Circle City for dessert or drinks at any of these great Indianapolis restaurants or Indianapolis bars. Stay tuned to Indianapolis News, Events and Information on Fun City Finder.com for all the latest on fun things to do in Indianapolis. Get out in Indy and find some fun!
When You Comin’ Back, Red Ryder?
April 2 to April 18
524 Main Street
Beech Grove, IN 46107