Indiana Repertory Theatre of Indianapolis has selected a mix of American, British and French plays for its 1997-98 season. The company looks just across its western border for its first selection, Robert Sherwood's Pulitzer Prize-winning Abe Lincoln in Illinois. The production will run on the IRT mainstage Oct. 6-Nov. 6.
The season then shifts to the upstate New York kitchen of the Delaney sisters, as the theatre presents Having Our Say Emily Mann's dramatization of the two long-lived, African-American sisters' memoir. Playing dates are Oct. 27-Dec. 5.
Alfred Uhry's recent Tony-winner, The Last Night of Ballyhoo, opens on Jan. 7. The tale of the Jewish Freitag family's efforts at assimilation in 1930's Georgia runs through Jan. 30.
IRT audiences can take a break from American fare with Pierre Corneille's classic The Illusion, which fills the stage Feb. 10-March 6. The Renaissance comedy examines the fine line between memory and fantasy, reality and illusion.
Its back to the midwest with IRT's fifth selection, Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie. The trials of the Wingfield family will be on view March 16-April 17. IRT closes the season with Michael Frayn's backstage farce Noises Off, April 28-May 22. The theatre will also present two shows on the Upperstage as part of its Discovery Series: Captive Heart by Jeff Hopper (Jan. 31-Feb. 27) and Shakespeare's Macbeth (Apr. 2-May 1).
For information, call (317) 635-5252.
-- By Robert Simonson