Yankee Tavern, Mini Dietz Fest Continue

If you haven’t caught Becky’s New Car at the Indiana Repertory Theatre, you only have one more weekend to get in gear and head to Indianapolis downtown for this fun piece of Indianapolis theatre. The mini Dietz Fest, produced by the IRT and Phoenix Theatre with a double header of Steven Dietz plays continues this weekend when Yankee Tavern opens. The second of two Steven Dietz plays produced in the Circle City this Spring, Yankee Tavern offers another enjoyable romp through the mind of this gifted playwright.

Adam, and his fiance Janet, run a dive bar, Yankee Tavern, while Adam attempts to finish a Masters Degree in International Studies. Adam inherited the run down New York bar and the shabby hotel above it after his father committed suicide. Adam also inherited this careworn tavern’s fair share of regular bar flies, including  the outlandish Ray, whose interest in conspiracy theories borders on obsession. Night after night, Janet and Adam tend to the bar as Ray spouts a host of unfounded conspiracies from the Bay of Pigs to Starbucks. Only when Ray tires of his usual paranoid wanderings does his conversation turn to talk of ghosts, who live in the hotel upstairs.
When a quiet stranger, Palmer, happens upon the bar, Adam is about to leave on an educational trip to Washington D.C. with one of his professors. But as Ray’s theories enrapture this mysterious stranger, it soon becomes apparent that even the most bizarre conspiracy theory contains a kernel of the truth. But which of Ray’s theories are revealed to be more truthful than even he could have imagined? When reality comes out, there is no stopping a Adam’s entanglement in one of Ray’s ramblings.

In this post September 11 mystery thriller, the Phoenix Theatre has found the perfect tag line, “A guy walks into a bar. . . and disappears.” Don’t miss this enchanting and suspenseful drama by one of America’s best new playwrights. Steven Dietz has written more than thirty plays, which have been translated into more than six different languages for various countries around the globe. As a champion of new play development, Dietz not only contributes to the current fabric of newly written theatre, but works to encourage the work of f he PEN U.S.A. Award in Drama and the Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays Award.

This weekend marks the only overlapping weekend of the two Dietz plays in Indianapolis performing arts this Spring. Purchase tickets to both plays for only $50.00 in a special cross promotion between the IRT and the Phoenix Theatre. Tickets to see just Yankee Tavern at the Phoneix Theatre range from $15.00 to $20.00. Show times are Thursdays at 7:00 pm, Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 pm and Sundays at 2:00 pm. Yankee Tavern runs at the Phoenix Theatre through May 1. Don’t miss this quirky thriller at the Phoenix Theatre on Mass Ave.

Enjoy the Indianapolis cultural district, Mass Ave, when you head to Indianapolis downtown to see Yankee Tavern. Grab a bite to eat at any of the nearby Indianapolis restaurants before the show. For upscale dining check out Agio’s Italian Restaurant. For affordable, yummy food head to Yats Cajun Restaurant. Or even split a pizza at Bazbeaux Pizza. Keep the fun going after the show at any of these great Indianapolis bars.

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Yankee Tavern
April 8 to May 1, 2010

The Phoenix Theatre

749 North Park Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46202