Theatre Within’s Twilight of the Golds Asks Tough Questions with a Twist

Fountain Square’s Theatre Within starts its 2010 season this weekend with The Twilight of the Golds, a family dramedy that explores eugenics and homosexuality. Known for producing social and culturally challenging plays, the Theatre Within makes no apologies in their first selection for this year. Offering Indianapolis theatre risky choices with solid acting, the Theatre Within is fast becoming a watermark for pushing boundaries in Indianapolis art.

Set in 1980s New York City, The Twilight of the Golds, by Jonanthan Tolins, centers around imminent plans to welcome new life into the Gold family. This wealthy Manhattan family has been firmly rooted in the Big Apple for generations, and hopes to see the family continue to thrive as true New Yorkers. When Suzanne Gold-Stein announces her pregnancy, her father Walter, mother Phyllis, brother David and husband Rob are thrilled with the news.

Playwright Tolins introduces a twist with a bit of science fiction He imagines the advent of a new prenatal test that reveal the child’s genetic coding before birth. When the Golds learn that the baby will most likely be born gay, they are faced with the decision to either keep or abort the pregnancy. The debate tears the family apart, as David Gold, whose homosexuality has never been accepted by his conservative family, struggles to convince his sister to keep the child. With the music of Wagner as a theme throughout, the Gold family faces a schism like never before.

The original production of The Twilight of the Golds opened on Broadway in 1993. It ran for only fifteen previews and twenty nine performances. However, Tolins script offers such rich material, it was optioned for a TV movie, which was screened at the 1997 Sundance Film Festival prior to its television debut. The film was nominated for a number of awards including the Screen Actors Guild Award for “Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a TV Movie” and a GLAAD Media Award for “Outstanding Made for TV Movie.”

Don’t miss this Indianapolis event, Fridays and Saturdays March 12 through 27. All performances begin at 8:00 pm. Stick around after the show for a the Theatre Within’s discussion series “Looking Within.” Talk with the actors, fellow audience members and a special guest about the collective experience you have all shared. Tickets to this Indianapolis performing arts event are $15.00.

After the show enjoy the sights and sounds of the Indianapolis cultural district, Fountain Square. This young hip part of the Circle City offers a handful of Indianapolis restaurants and Indianapolis bars with a relaxed and cool feel. Make your outing in Indy complete by taking part in the Indianapolis nightlife in Fountain Square. Stay tuned to Indianapolis News, Events and Information on Fun City for all the latest on fun things to do in Indianapolis.

The Twilight of the Golds
March 12 to 27

Theatre Within at the Church Within
1125 Spruce Street
Indianapolis, IN 46203