IRT’s Going Solo Opens Final Show: “After Paul McCartney”

The Going Solo Festival a spans the months of February and March at the Indiana Repertory Theatre. In this unique Indianapolis festival, three one actor plays take over the IRT’s upper stage in a rolling repertory format. The first to open, Pretty Fire starring the IRT’s own Milicent Wright, was a spectacularly joyful piece about the challenges of growing up as an African American girl in the United States. The second offering, Joan Didion’s The Year of Magical Thinking, is a two hour long powerhouse meditation on grief, mourning, loss and the medical community. The final offering, After Paul McCartney by David Hoppe, opens this Friday, February 26, 2010 at the IRT and runs through March 14, 2010.

Enjoy a selection of plays in festival format as your take in vastly different subject matters. After Paul McCartney was written by Indianapolis media personality David Hoppe, of NUVO Newsweekly. Former Butler University Theatre department chair, John Green, directs IRT familiar Rob Johansen (of The Giver). The trio paired up on this piece a few years back in 2008 to mount the show briefly on stage at Butler University, then took the performance to the world famous Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

The play was a critical success overseas in Scotland at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. It was hailed by Scotsman Malcom Jack as “one of the slickest pieces of one-man raconteuring I’ve seen at the Fringe this year.” When the IRT decided to produce a festival like Going Solo, a collection of one-actor plays, there was no question in their minds that local Indianapolis writer David Hoppe’s script would fit perfectly into the format.

The team reconvened this month in Indianapolis downtown to rehash their previous success in the rehearsal rooms of the IRT. John Green and Rob Johansen proved back in 2005 that they had excellent chemistry in rehearsal, when the IRT produced the one man show Underneath the Lintel with the same actor-director pair. The addition of David Hoppe to the mix, with his original script, makes perfect sense considering his wife’s long time collaborative partnership with John Green. It seems theatre runs in the Hoppe family with the success of Melli Hoppe’s own Indianapolis theatre company: Susurrus Performance Group, and now the presence of David on the Indianapolis performing arts scene as playwright.

After Paul McCartney is the story of two friends as they travel across the Atlantic ocean and back in an attempt to come face to face with half of the “greatest collaboration in 20th century art.” In a quietly epic adventure, the pair encounter dreamers, drifters and a whole host of other characters. The play not only delves into the Beatles phenomenon, but also into the heart of a friendship.

Don’t miss this final installment of the IRT’s Going Solo Festival. As a special note, this Saturday, February 27, 2010 is the one chance to see all three plays in one day. Experience the true meaning of marathon theatre as you encounter three vastly different characters in three vastly different worlds.

While you are in Indianapolis downtown, enjoy the great Indianapolis restaurants and Indianapolis bars. These plays will no doubt help you work up an appetite. Stay tuned to Indianapolis, News Events and Information on Fun City for all the latest on fun things to do in Indianapolis.

After Paul McCartney
February 26 through March 14, 2010

Indiana Repertory Theatre
140 W Washington St
Indianapolis, IN 46204

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