Indiana Rep Will Premiere Interpreting William, Tapping Into State History, in 2009

News   Indiana Rep Will Premiere Interpreting William, Tapping Into State History, in 2009
The Indiana Repertory Theatre's 2008-09 season will include the world premiere of James Still's Interpreting William, inspired by the life of Indiana settler William Conner.

Commissioned by Indiana Rep in Indianapolis, Interpreting William, according to the Rep, is the result of playwright-in-residence James Still's multi-year study of the story of William Conner (1777-1855), the founder of what is now Conner Prairie Pioneer Settlement, "and his involvement with the Native American issues that characterized pre-statehood Indiana culture."

The play uses contemporary and historic time frames. "Yesterday and today merge as a college professor struggles to uncover the secrets of Conner's complicated personal life while also trying to understand his own," according to the Rep.

Performances will play the IRT Mainstage March 3-22, 2009.

James Still's plays include Amber Waves, And Then They Came for Me: Remembering the World of Anne Frank, Iron Kisses, Gentleman From Indiana, Looking Over the President's Shoulder and more.

The Indiana Rep season will also include:

  • Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure, adapted by Edgar Award winner Steven Dietz, based on the original 1899 play by William Gillette and Arthur Conan Doyle, Sept. 16-Oct. 11 (Mainstage).
  • Macbeth by William Shakespeare, Oct. 8-Nov. 9 (Upperstage).
  • Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, adapted by Tom Haas, Nov. 2-Dec. 28 (Mainstage).
  • This Wonderful Life, written by Steve Murray, conceived by Mark Setlock, a one-man version of the famous film "It's a Wonderful Life," Nov. 25, 2008-Jan, 4, 2009 (Upperstage).
  • Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird, adapted by Christopher Sergel, Jan. 21-Feb. 21, 2009 (Mainstage).
  • Fyodor Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment, in a Joseph Jefferson Award-winning adaptation (that runs 90 minutes) by Marilyn Campbell and Curt Columbus, Feb. 10-March 8, 2009 (Upperstage).
  • Crowns, by Regina Taylor, adapted from the book by Michael Cunningham and Craig Marberry, about African-American church ladies and their hats, April 7-May 2, 2009 (Mainstage).
  • Rabbit Hole, the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by David Lindsay-Abaire, about a couple grieving a loss, April 21-May 17, 2009 (Upperstage).
  • The Ladies Man, by Georges Feydeau, freely translated and adapted from Taillieur Pour Dames by Charles Morey, May 12-31, 2009 (Mainstage). The Indiana Repertory Theatre is Indiana's only fully professional, not-for-profit resident theatre. For more information visit

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