Plays of the Moment: Phoenix Theatre’s 2011-2012 Season

The Phoenix Theatre supplies Indianapolis with a host of issue-oriented plays in 2011 and 2012. With the aim to focus audiences on social concerns and to challenge them to examine their own roles in society, the Phoenix offers entertaining and thought provoking contemporary plays. An affordable theatre with an interesting focus, the Phoenix does what it can to keep the Circle City on pace with the global theatre world. Their season starts September 22 with Spring Awakening, and it just gets better from their. Tickets to this Indianapolis theatre range from $15 to $25.

Spring Awakening
Music by Duncen Sheik, Lyrics and Book by Steven Sater
September 22 to October 23, 2011

Hot on the heels of the Indianapolis Fringe Festival and based on the Phoenix’s incredibly successful run of Avenue Q, the Phoenix presents Spring Awakening. A rock musical adaptation of the 1891 German play by Frank Wedekind, this sexually charged musical won eight Tony Awards in 2007. Set in nineteenth century Germany, the story is all about teenagers discovering the inner and outer workings of sex. The original play was banned in Germany because of its controversial depiction of abortion, gay relationships, rape, child abuse and suicide. Check out more event info here.

By Jack Canfora
October 27 to November 20, 2011

This year is the tenth anniversary of September 11. Jericho, a comic drama, asks the question, “How far have we come?” As characters struggle through the process of grief, forgiveness and healing after this national tragedy, they are forced to re-examine their own priorities. Beth’s husband Alec died at the towers on 9/11. But she still sees him on a regular basis, particularly when she visits her therapist. As she takes on the dating world for the first time since his death, she is faced with another who shares in the tragedy. Check out more event info here.

A Very Phoenix X-Mas 6: Our Goose is Cooked!
By Various Artists
December 1 to December 23, 2011

Now in it sixth year, the Phoenix X-mas show has become a tradition in its own right. Featuring short scenes and plays from local and national playwrights, the Phoenix offers its own perspective on the holidays. Expect humor, poignancy and warmth. Check out more event info here.

Current Economic Conditions
By Don Zolidis
January 12 to February 12, 2012

The Phoenix Theatre offers the world premiere of this bitingly sarcastic script. Take a look at how skewed our society’s perceptions of our work force have become. Lily Booker is a trained writer, stuck in an entry level position at a publishing company. When she discovers her job will be eliminated, she must choose between taking the boot or staying on as an unpaid intern. Of course, she leaves, setting off on a journey many young people are living right now: moving back in with her parents (at 26), contemplating graduate school and going on an endless stream of failed interviews. Check out more event info here.

August: Osage County
By Tracy Letts
February 16 to March 11, 2012

A contemporary classic of American theatre, August: Osage County is both a Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner. This darkly comic drama is set on the modern Oklahoma plains. The Westons are a middle class family, who are intelligent, sensitive and drive each other mad. When their patriarch vanishes, the family must band together to find him, if they can overcome their own arguments. Check out more event info here.

Freud’s Last Session
By Mark St. Germain
March 15 to April 15, 2012

Dr. Sigmund Freud changed the face of modern psycho-therapy. The aging psychatrist invites rising star Oxford Don C.S. Lewis to join him in his London home on the day England enters World War Two. The pair clash on love, sex, the existence of a God and the meaning of life just weeks before Freud takes his own life. This deeply touching and thought provoking play tackles difficult issues with a healthy dose of humor. Explore the hearts, minds and souls of two brilliant men engaged in one of the greatest conversations of all time. Check out more event info here.

April 19 to May 13, 2012

We don’t know what they are planning, but we know it’s going to be good. Stay tuned for more information.

Special Presentation
May 17 to May 26, 2012

Again, the mysterious at the Phoenix pile up. Stay tuned for more info on a Special Presentation in the Frank and Katrina Basile theatre.

Next Fall
By Geoffrey Nauffts
June 7 to July 8, 2012

Next Fall
is a witty and provocative look at faith, commitment and unconditional love. While the main focus of the play is on the five year relationship of Adam and Luke, the script wanders beyond the boundaries of a typical love story. Check out more event info here.

With a Whimper
By Pete McElligot
July 12 to August 12, 2012

The second installment of a trilogy to be produced by the Phoenix, With A Whimper continues McElligot’s post apocolyptic story that started in With a Bang. “The first Phoenix production – WARP I, II and III by Stuart Gordon and Bury St. Edmond – was a science fiction trilogy,” says producing director Bryan Fonseca, “so it seems right that we make the commitment to produce this trilogy as our 30th anniversary approaches.” Check out more event info here.

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Phoenix Theatre
749 N Park Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46202