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Crossroads Rep promises mind-bending 2017 season

April 19, 2017

Don't bother adjusting your theater set -- this year's Crossroads Repertory Theatre is all about "The Tricks the Mind Plays" for its upcoming summer season.

"Crossroads Repertory Theatre is very excited to bring to the stage a wide array of mind-teasing productions. This summer offers up the comic classic ‘Young Frankenstein: The New Mel Brooks Musical,' a gothic horror ‘Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde,' Pulitzer Prize winner ‘Rabbit Hole,' and finally, the story of the grotesque yet beautiful ‘Cyrano de Bergerac.' We can't wait to see you at CRT for our 2017 series of ‘The Tricks the Mind Plays,'" said Chris Berchild, artistic director of Crossroads Repertory Theatre and professor and theater department chair at Indiana State University.

In its 52nd year, Crossroads Rep was born as a summer stock theater at Indiana State. The company takes on classic plays and musicals and continues to draw the best talent regionally, and alumni have been featured on prestigious marquees all over the nation and beyond.

The 2017 season includes:

-- Mel Brook's hilarious 1974 comedy "Young Frankenstein" comes alive on stage through silly songs and unforgettable characters. In this musical parody of a classic horror story, the audience is transported to a small village in Transylvania, where Fredrick von Frankenstein struggles to overcome his family's sinister legacy... with frighteningly hilarious results.

Featuring songs like "The Happiest Town (in Town)" and "He Vas My Boyfriend," all the music and lyrics were written by Brooks himself. Bill Kincaid returns as director for another CRT season. Shows are 7:30 p.m. June 16-17, July 7, 12, 15 and 4 p.m. June 18, July 9, 16.

-- In true CRT fashion, creative dramatics and technical innovation combine in an exciting retelling of the literary classic "Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde." Witness the evolution and evil as the kind Dr. Jekyll splits his brain and body with the sinister Mr. Hyde. This Robert Louis Stevenson favorite - directed by Berchild - is reimagined as a haunting and theatrical chamber piece that's guaranteed to entice your mind.
Shows are 7:30 p.m. June 23-24, July 5, July 8, 13 and 4 p.m. June 25.

-- A husband and wife struggle to rebuild their lives and maintain their relationship in the wake of a senseless and inexplicable tragedy "Rabbit Hole," a Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winning drama by David Lindsey-Abaire.

Families and strangers must comfort one another, even as they confront the grief and resentment that threaten to consume them. Share in the drama The New York Times called "exceptional" for its "honesty, accuracy and humor" and its empathetic exploration of love and loss. Lauren Morris will direct this production set for 7:30 p.m. June 30, July 1, 6, 14 and 4 p.m. July 2.

-- One of literature's oldest romantic comedies, "Cyrano de Bergerac" is a bittersweet love story has been delighting readers and theater-goes alike for more than 200 years.

The story directed by CRT alumni Arthur Feinsod follows the handsome but hopeless Christian as he attempts to woe the beautiful Roxane, all thanks to the verbal wit of Cyrano, the boastful soldier whose known more for his sizable snout than his bravery. Audiences are sure to enjoy this exciting story of love, poetry and panache, set for 7:30 p.m. July 20-22 and 4 p.m. July 22-23.

Season tickets are available for $64 each, and single-production tickets are $16-20 for general admission.

To buy tickets or donate to Crossroads Repertory Theatre, go to or call the box office, which opens June 16, at 812-237-3333.


Photos: -- "Young Frankenstein" -- "Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde" -- "Rabbit Hole" -- "Cyrano de Bergerac"

Media Contact: Trevor Bridgewater, marketing and publicity director, 812-241-5638,

Story Highlights

his summer offers up the comic classic "Young Frankenstein: The New Mel Brooks Musical," a gothic horror "Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde," Pulitzer Prize winner "Rabbit Hole," and finally, the story of the grotesque yet beautiful "Cyrano de Bergerac."

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