Inge Artists Win Plaudits

The NY Times says “glorious,” and we concur. The reference is to Anika Noni Rose, in the title role of Carmen Jones. In 2010, Inge Festival audiences savored a reading of The Mountaintop, a Broadway-bound show by Otis Guernsey New Voices Award winner Katori Hall. While in Independence, Anika met with youth from the Independence Childrens Theater group, who of course know her as the voice of Tiana in Disney’s The Princess and the Frog.

Earlier this year, also at Classic Stage Company, Nathan Darrow starred in Tennessee Williams’ Summer and Smoke. Nathan was first an Inge guest artist in 2008 for a reading by Inge House playwright Adam Kraar; and returned to Indy to take part in the 2014 Inge Festival. Viewers can see Nathan’s featured TV roles in Gotham and House of Cards.

The Public Theater is famous for Shakespeare in Central Park, but its vibrant indoor theaters offer ground-breaking theater, too. Chay Yew is announced to direct Mojada (inspired by Medea) next summer at the Public Theater. Chay directed Anika Noni Rose in the aforementioned The Mountaintop.

Our 2001 Honoree John Kander (Cabaret) has a new musical. The Beast in the Jungle, based on a Henry James novella, just opened at the Vineyard Theater. Tony winner Susan Stroman is choreographer, aided by more top talent. David Thompson is book writer.
The irrepressible 2007 Honoree Sheldon Harnick has another New York revival of his Fiddler on the Roof—this time, in Yiddish. The production is at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, with the characters speaking the language as they would have in 1905 czarist Russia.

Three Tall Women, the 1994 Pulitzer Prize winner by Edward Albee (1999 Honoree, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?), just concluded its Broadway run. Glenda Jackson essayed the lead role.

Our 2000 Honoree A.R. Gurney (Love Letters), had a revival of his romantic comedy Later Life.

Also concluding off-Broadway is The Gentleman Caller. It is written by previous Inge House Playwright-in-Resident Philip Dawkins, and imagines a meeting between William Inge andTennessee Williams in 1944.

Karen Carpenter, our previous artistic director, is helming two upcoming off-Broadway shows. One is a musical version of Brave New World, based on the Aldous Huxley novel; and the play Chasing the River. Karen is currently in the throes of founding an international Greek-American theater festival, The Dionysus Festival: Voices of Women, for summer of 2020.
Mark Brokaw directed our 2010 Festival performance of Paula Vogel’s A Civil War Christmas, with a professional, student, and community cast. Mark just finished directing The Closet, at the Williamstown Theater Festival, starring Matthew Broderick.
Our 2012 Honoree David Henry Hwang has a new “play with music”. Softpower is The King and I reversed, in that a Chinese hero enlightens an American leader, which is turned into a cherished musical in China 100 years in the future. Now in San Francisco, reviews are highly positive. Look for Francis Jue in a central role, Francis was one of our 2010 guest artists.

Here's a Back-to-School note for you brave souls. We have also learned of an Inge-themed play Winter's Waltz by 2003 Inge House Playwright-in-Residence Richard Broadhurst. http://www.capradio.org/news/insight/2018/01/17/insight-011718c/

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