Friday, September 23

Phoenix Theatre Announces 2011-12 Season

Spring Awakening
September 22-October 23, 2011
Music by Duncan Sheik, Lyrics and Book by Steven Sater
Mainstage – Midwest Premiere
Spring Awakening is a rock musical adaptation of the controversial 1891 German play of the same title by Frank Wedekind. Set in late nineteenth-century Germany, it is all about teenagers who are discovering the inner and outer tumult of sexuality.
October 27-November 20, 2011
By Jack Canfora
Frank and Katrina Basile Theatre – National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere
 This comic drama that deals in a sharp and witty way with where we are as a nation in regard to this tragedy and more specifically the process of grief, forgiveness and healing. Beth’s husband Alec died in the World Trade Center on 9/11 and she sees and talks with him often.
A Very Phoenix Xmas 6: Our Goose is Cooked!
December 1-December 23, 2011
By Various Artists
Phoenix Mainstage 
The Phoenix Theatre continues its “tradition” of providing counter-programming to the traditions of other arts organizations, starting with all-new sketches.  
Current Economic Conditions
January 12-February 12, 2012
By Don Zolidis
Frank & Katrina Basile Theatre – World Premiere
Current Economic Conditions is a charming, yet bitingly sarcastic, look at the serious social message of how skewed our society’s perceptions of our work force have become. Lily Booker is trained as a writer and has an entry-level job at a publishing company. She soon finds out that her job is being eliminated and she has the option of staying on at the company as an unpaid intern or leaving entirely.
August: Osage County
February 16-March 11, 2012
By Tracy Letts
Phoenix Mainstage – Midwest Premiere
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and a Tony Award for Best Play, Tracy Letts’ darkly comic drama August: Osage County is set on the plains of modern day, middle-class Oklahoma. The Weston family members are all intelligent, sensitive creatures who have the uncanny ability of making each other absolutely miserable. When the patriarch of the household mysteriously vanishes, the clan gathers to simultaneously support and attack one another.
Freud’s Last Session
March 15-April 15, 2012
By Mark St. Germain
Suggested by The Question of God by Dr. Armand M. Nicholi, Jr.

Frank & Katrina Basile Theatre – Midwest Premiere
This exciting and thought-provoking drama centers on legendary psychoanalyst Dr. Sigmund Freud who invites the young, rising Oxford Don C.S. Lewis to his home in London. On the day England enters World War Two, Freud and Lewis clash about love, sex, the existence of God and the meaning of life, just weeks before Freud takes his own life.  Freud’s Last Session is a deeply touching play filled with humor and exploring the minds, hearts and souls of two brilliant men addressing the greatest questions of all time. 
April 19-May 13, 2012
Phoenix Mainstage
Special Presentation
May 17-May 26, 2012
Frank & Katrina Basile Theatre
 We will soon be announcing details about our sixth annual bilingual play to be seen during this time slot in the season.   
Next Fall
June 7-July 8, 2012
Geoffrey Nauffts
Phoenix Mainstage – Midwest Premiere
Next Fall takes a witty and provocative look at faith, commitment and unconditional love. While the play’s central story focuses on the five-year relationship between Adam and Luke, Next Fall goes beyond a typical love story. This timely and compelling new American play forces us all to examine what it means to “believe” and what it might cost us not to.
With A Whimper
July 12-August 12, 2012
By Pete McElligott
Frank & Katrina Basile Theatre – World Premiere
 Pete McElligott continues his postmodern superhero tale with the second in a trilogy that started with last season’s With A Bang.
For more information about any Phoenix programs or to purchase tickets, call the Phoenix Theatre box office at 317.635.PLAY(7529). The theatre’s website is
Elizabeth J. Musgrave is a syndicated columnist, travel writer, music, restaurant and performing arts critic. Catch her as Indy’s Arts & Entertainment Adviser on 93 WIBC and follow her on Twitter @ejmusgrave1 and Facebook. Gotta Go is published in M magazine and the following newspapers: South Sider Voice, Indiana Weekender, New Palestine Reporter, Pendleton Times Reporter and Fortville-McCordsville Reporter.

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