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Crossroads Repertory Theatre offers Three Laughs and a Scream

June 5, 2013


Crossroads Repertory Theatre at Indiana State University plans a season on the light side, offering three comedies and a ghost play. Themed Three Laughs and a Scream, the season will run from June 21-July 27 in the New Theater on the Indiana State campus.

The season begins with "You Can't Take it With You," starring Lew Hackleman as Grandpa Vanderhoff and directed by Dale McFadden. Written by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman, this Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy was first performed in 1936 and remains popular today. Promoting individuality and free thinking, the play's colorful characters raise questions about what is "normal." Opening night is June 21.

Opening June 28 is "Suds: The Rocking 60s Musical Soap Opera," where archangels descend upon an early ‘60s coin laundry to provide celestial guidance for the heartbroken Cindy, whose woes are topped by news that her pen-pal boyfriend is breaking up with her. This hilarious show, directed by Sharon Ammen, will feature Carolyn Conover and Cathy Sponsler. "Suds" was created and written in 1987 and revised in 2008 by Melinda Gilb, Steve Gunderson, Will Roberson and Bryan Scott.

The third season offering is the most popular work ever written in the 18th century Commedia dell-arte tradition, where the actors are masked. In Carlo Goldoni's "The Servant of Two Masters," fathers and their misguided servants attempt to manipulate love and, due to hilarious mistaken identities and backfiring schemes, create a hopeless knot that only time and luck eventually untie. Arthur Feinsod will direct the play, opening July 5.

The last play, opening July 12, is the spine-chilling ghost story "The Woman in Black." Chris Berchild will direct the thriller, adapted by Stephen Mallatratt from the book by Susan Hill. The Crossroads Rep interpretation of this British ghost story will highlight Berchild's signature technological wizardry and innovative concepts and imagery. "The Woman in Black" is the second-longest-running, non-musical show in London history.

Finally, Crossroads Rep will provide a free community service with a traveling show. Brandon Wentz, an Indiana State alumnus, will direct a fun-filled adaptation of Robin Hood called "The Untold Story of Little John," written by ISU alumna Rachelle Martin Wilburn. These performances are made possible by a grant from the City of Terre Haute and the Indiana Arts Commission through Arts Illiana. Call 812-237-3334 for additional information.

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Crossroads Repertory Theatre 2013 Season at Indiana State University

* You Can't Take It With You

June 21, 22, July 16, 20, 25 at 7:30 p.m. and June 23 at 4 p.m.

* Suds

June 28, 29, July 17, 26 at 7:30 p.m. and June 30 and July 21 at 4 p.m.

* The Servant of Two Masters

July 5, 6, 18, 24, 27 at 7:30 p.m. and July 7 at 4 p.m.

* The Woman In Black

July 12, 13, 19, 23 at 7:30 p.m. and July 14 at 4 p.m.


Contact: Gail Hayes, Crossroads Repertory Theatre, 812-237-3334