André De Shields Stars in World Premiere of Fact-Based Gospel According to James at Indiana Rep

News   André De Shields Stars in World Premiere of Fact-Based Gospel According to James at Indiana Rep
The world premiere of Charles Smith's The Gospel According to James — a drama about a race-based crime — begins March 22 at Indiana Repertory Theatre. Broadway's André De Shields stars in the title role.

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Chuck Smith directs the production at the resident Equity theatre in Indianapolis. The fact-based drama is inspired by the Depression-era lives of James Cameron and Mary Ball, who emerged as the sole survivors of racial crimes in Marion, IN. Teenagers when the crimes occurred, "they look back on those events and their lives in Charles Smith's latest work commissioned by the IRT," according to production notes. "As their past and present lives intermingle, Cameron and Ball discover that their remembrances of that day differ even if their experiences were the same — challenging us all to wrestle with the tensions between memory, history and redemption."

Performances continue to April 10. The Gospel According to James also features Kelsey Brennan (Mary), Keith Gallagher (Claude), Marcus Hendricks (Tommy), Linda Kimbrough (Marie), Diane Kondrat (Bea), Christopher Jon Martin (Hoot), Anthony Peeples (Apples) and Tyler Jacob Rollinson (Abe).

In November 2010, two-time Tony Award nominee and Emmy Award winner De Shields (Play On!, The Full Monty, Ain't Misbehavin') portrayed W.E.B. Du Bois in playwright Charles Smith's critically acclaimed New York production of Knock Me a Kiss, directed by Chuck Smith.

Opening is March 25. The production team includes Linda Buchanan (scenic designer), Rachel Anne Healy (costume design), Kathy A. Perkins (lighting designer), Ray Nardelli (composer and sound designer), Richard J Roberts (dramaturg), Nathan Garrison (stage manager) and Claire Simon (casting).

For tickets and information, call (317) 635-5252 or visit

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