James Still, resident playwright of Indiana Repertory Theatre, has set his latest play, Amber Waves, beginning Feb. 9, on Indiana soil, focusing on a family losing a farm.
Courage, love and humor are all part of the world premiere, which is a revised and expanded two-act based on a one-act Still had previously written and seen produced. Performances continue to March 4.
The playwright-actor John Henry Redwood (The Old Settler) plays a wise farmer and friend to a couple facing the loss of their farm. Tim Grimm play the farmer, Mike, Jan Lucas is his wife, Penny. The children, meanwhile, are shielded from the real circumstances and they imagine a number of disasters during a difficult year.
The Rep production note suggest the work is both an "optimistic and foreboding" look at a vanishing way of life.
The cast also includes Mat Hostetler, Courtney Bolin and Kristen Cooler. Grimm and partner Jason Wilber composed original music for the play.
Designers are Russell Metheny (set), Michelle Habeck (lighting), Joyce Kim Lee (costumes) and Mark Williams (videographer).
Tickets are $10-$35. Indiana Rep is at 140 W. Washington St. For information, call (317) 635-5252, or try www.indianarep.com.
-- By Kenneth Jones