Friday, August 31

IRT Announces 2012-13 Season Includes Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

The Indiana Repertory Theatre announces its upcoming 41st season, featuring Grammy-winning vocalist Sylvia McNair in Stephen Sondheim’s A Little Night Music; new takes on classics like Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde and A Midsummer Night’s Dream; a world premiere by James Still; a debut from playwright Matthew Lopez and the return of Millicent Wright as the voice of Charlayne Woodard.


IRT 2012-13 Season

Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde
by Robert Louis Stevenson
from the novella Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher
September 5-30
A smart, sexy and suspenseful new take on Stevenson's look at the evil that lurks in the hearts of men. Hatcher’s adaptation takes us from Victorian drawing rooms to the grim alleyways of London as it examines the inner workings of two very different personalities and the ties that bind them dangerously close.
Read Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde Review Here
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Going Solo Festival
September 18 – October 13
This festival features two intimate one-actor plays.


Syringa Tree
By Pamela Gien
September 19-October 13
Out of the shadow of apartheid comes this joyous, personal tale of ties that cannot be broken. Elizabeth Grace is a young white girl growing up in South Africa in the 1960s, making her way through a world losing its innocence. Along her journey she meets friends and strangers, black and white, young and old. Through her we see the complexities of the world they share—their dreams, struggles and laughter — and their shared humanity.


The Night Watcher
by Charlayne Woodard
September 20-October 15
Family ties reach beyond blood in this moving, one-woman piece by acclaimed playwright Charlayne Woodard. Investigating the social and cultural challenges that come with raising kids, Woodard’s tales of her “children” are transfixing and tragic. Millicent Wright returns to channel the voice of Woodard in the fourth of her autobiographical plays, continuing an IRT cycle from previous seasons that includes Pretty Fire and Neat.

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The House That Jack Built
by James Still
October 30-November 25
The world premiere from IRT Playwright-in-Resident James Still takes us to a rambling Thanksgiving get together in Vermont where friendship and family are intertwined and memories of the past have a place at the table. It’s a funny and affecting visit with three women, their significant others and their not insignificant desire to recapture what they once shared.

A Christmas Carol
by Charles Dickens
November 25- December 24
Join Scrooge, Tiny Tim and a host of spirited ghosts in this timeless story of regret and redemption. The holidays aren’t complete until you’ve treated the family to a tradition that has spanned the decades-- A Christmas Carol at IRT, the season’s most heartfelt gift.

Jackie and Me
by Steven Dietz
adapted from the book by Dan Gutman
January 11-February 16
A young boy’s school report on Jackie Robinson finds him travelling back in time to meet one of the most influential baseball players in history. But a strange twist gives him a unique understanding of the struggles faced by the first black man to play in the major leagues. This tale of an American icon leaves the history books and lands on stage in this brilliantly adapted play based on the young adult novel by Dan Gutman.

Click below to read reviews of past IRT Dietz plays
Dracula Review
Becky's New Car

A Little Night Music
by Steven Sondheim
January 23-February 17
This season, one of Sondheim’s most beautiful works waltzes onto the IRT stage. This captivating tale of romance and loss that exquisitely reminds us: the best dance is done with a partner you love. Inspired by one of Ingmar Bergman’s most enchanting films, this Tony Award Winner for Best Musical features the bittersweet classic, Send In The Clowns. Starring international vocalist Sylvia McNair.

The Whipping Man
by Matthew Lopez
March 5-24
As the Civil War comes to a bloody close, a Passover Seder in a shattered antebellum mansion reveals hidden truths about the nature of freedom and the frailty of family. Everyone carries scars in this emotionally stirring period drama that binds three men whose world has changed forever. What comes next when the end of bondage brings uncertainty rather than liberty? Find out in this impressive debut from playwright Matthew Lopez.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream
by William Shakespeare
April 10-May 12
Mistaken identities, love charms and magical encounters all run amok in Shakespeare’s classic comedy set in an Athenian forest inhabited by sprites, fairies and a group of amorous couples who change partners at the drop of a spell. This exuberant tale of young lovers in the woods for a night of mischief is sure to please anyone who remembers the magic of true romance. What fools these mortals be.

For tickets, directions and information, visit IRTLive.com.

Images: submitted by IRT

Elizabeth J. Musgrave is a syndicated fine-living, travel columnist, freelance writer, and performing arts and restaurant critic. Read her new column, Infused, at GottaGo.us and FoodandDrinkDigital.com and catch her as Indy’s Entertainment Adviser on 93 WIBC. Gotta Go is published on Gottago.us, BroadwayWorld.com, in M and Retired Living magazines and several Indianapolis area newspapers. Follow her on Twitter @GottaGo, LinkedIn and Facebook.

Monday, August 27

10 Best Indianapolis Festivals Autumn 2012 You Don't Want to Miss

Easing from the blistering summer into a colorful autumn creates a longing for festivals in the Midwest. And Indiana fall festivals are plentiful in quantity and diversity.
In the Indianapolis area there are many to help keep your festival needs satisfied with pumpkins, music and cultural celebrations. Here are my 10 Indianapolis Festivals You Don't Want to Miss Autumn 2012.

1) Indianapolis Greek Fest
What: 39th annual event celebrating Greek heritage and culture with authentic food, wine, beer and entertainment, including dance and music.
When: Sept. 7-8, 2012
Where: Carmel, IN
Website: IndyGreekFest.org

2) Indianapolis Scottish Highland Games & Festival
What: 3rd annual celebration of Scottish heritage with clans ceremonial presentation to Mary, Queen of Scots, 50 world-class amateur-athletes participating in Celtic games including haggis toss, sheath and hammer throw, Scotch tasting, authentic food, beer, scotch, historic re-enactors, pipe bands, bagpipers, roving entertainers and children's activities.
2012 Theme: The return of Mary, Queen of Scots, to her beloved Scotland. Time period: 1560s
When: Oct. 13, 2012
Where: German Park, Indianapolis
Website: IndyScotGamesandFest.com

3) Irvington Halloween Festival
What: Historic neighborhood festival celebrating the charming community with more than 120 vendors, entertainment, fun, children's activities and a costume parade
When: Oct. 27, 2012
Where: Historic Irvington neighborhood, Indianapolis
Website: IrvingtonHalloween.com

4) Fishers Renaissance Faire
What: 8th annual event showcasing the era of Queen Elizabeth I with more than 250 costumed characters, armed combat, jousting, period music and dancing, Shakespeare vignettes, knighting ceremonies, more than 70 artisans and merchants, food vendors, beer and mead.
2012 Theme: 20th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth I's coronation Time period: 1579
When: Oct. 6-7, 2012
Where: Fishers, IN
Website: FishersRenFaire.com

5) Penrod Arts Fair
What: 46th annual holding of more than 300 artists, 6 entertainment stages, 50 arts-related, non profit groups, extensive children's area, Indiana Craft Beer Garden
When: Sept. 8, 2012
Where: Indianapolis Museum of Art grounds
Website: PenrodArtsFair.org

Irish Fest                 Image/EJMusgrave
6) Heartland Film Festival
What: 21st annual event honoring uplifting independent, international films and film-related activities bringing together film professionals and enthusiasts for viewing of films, workshops and award ceremony.
When: Oct. 18-27, 2012
Where: Various locations throughout Indianapolis
Website: HeartlandFilmFestival.com

7) Indy Jazz Fest
What: 14th annual event highlighting top quality international, regional and local jazz musicians and singers covers week-long schedule of events including various locations throughout Indianapolis and a diversity of jazz styles.
When: Sept. 10-16, 2012
Where: Various locations, including Indiana Landmarks Center, The Cabaret at The Columbia Club, The Jazz Club, Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center at the University of Indianapolis, with the two-day outdoor grand finale at Opti Park at the Indianapolis Art Center in Broad Ripple.
Website: IndyJazzFest.net

8) Feast of the Hunter's Moon
What: 45th annual recreation of the annual fall gathering of the French and Native Americans at a fur trading outpost in the mid 1700s.
When: Sept. 22-23, 2012
Where: Historic Fort Ouiatenon Park, West Lafayette, IN
Website: Tcha.mus.in.us

9) Covered Bridge Festival
What: 55th annual largest state festival showcases covered bridges, entertainment, and locally crafted items and food.
When: Oct. 12-21, 2012
Where: Various locations throughout Parke County; headquartered in Rockville, IN
Website: CoveredBridges.com

10) Indy Irish Fest
What: 17th annual celebration of Irish heritage and culture, including kilted mile run, hurling, Celtic music, entertainment, food, beer, Celtic dogs activities, children's activities and sheep herding.
When: Sept. 13-16, 2012
Where: Military Park, Indianapolis
Website: IndyIrishFest.com

Elizabeth J. Musgrave is a syndicated fine-living, travel columnist, freelance writer, and performing arts and restaurant critic. Read Infused, at GottaGo.us and FoodandDrinkDigital.com and catch her as Indy’s Entertainment Adviser on 93 WIBC. Gotta Go is published on Gottago.us, BroadwayWorld.com, in M and Retired Living magazines and several Indianapolis area newspapers. Follow her on Twitter @GottaGo, LinkedIn and Facebook.

Saturday, August 25

Neil Armstrong Dies at 82

Neil Alden Armstrong ( August 5, 1930 - August 25, 2012)
Neil Armstrong, famed astronaut and first man on the moon has died at the age of 82 today. Along with Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins, Armstrong made the July 20, 1969 lunar landing. Forever etched into the minds of Americans, and the world over, is the commander of Apollo 11 stepping onto the surface of the moon, declaring, "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind."

Born in Wapakoneta, OH, the astronaut served as a Navy fighter pilot flying approximately 80 missions during the Korean War. He served as a test pilot for NASA and was commander of Gemini 8, saving lives during an emergency landing in the Pacific Ocean in 1966.

The quiet hero, who underwent heart surgery earlier this month, was an Aeronautical Engineering student at Purdue University.

Armstrong died from post surgery related complications and is survived by his wife Carol and two sons.

Elizabeth J. Musgrave is a syndicated fine-living, travel columnist, freelance writer, and performing arts and restaurant critic. Read her new column, Infused, at GottaGo.us and FoodandDrinkDigital.com and catch her as Indy’s Entertainment Adviser on 93 WIBC. Gotta Go is published on Gottago.us, BroadwayWorld.com, in M and Retired Living magazines and several Indianapolis area newspapers. Follow her on Twitter @GottaGo, LinkedIn and Facebook.

Wednesday, August 22

Infused: Review Volere Wine in a Purse

I was asked to review a wine.

Wine in a purse to be exact.

As a wine drinker, and fan of cool purses, I was intrigued.

The Volere box arrived and I found inside a sassy red handbag made of recyclable materials filled with a Merlot-Pinot Noir blend. Hmmm... compact size, cute container and disposable without guilt. All pluses so far.

Volére is the carry-with-you boxed, ahem... purse line of three artisan wines: Pinot Grigio (Tan/white purse), Merlot/Pinot Noir (Red purse) and Rosé (Pink/white purse). Price point is $14.99. The wine producer is Cantina di Soave from Italy’s Veneto region. Price is comparable with box wines and the packaging lands squarely in the omg-that's-so-cute, I-must-have department. 

Each purse holds 1.5 liters (two bottles worth) of the Italian wine making it very user friendly. No more lugging two clinking glass bottles and an opener, and no more worry about dispensing of breakable glass. Nice. Okay, but how does it taste? Because no matter how adorable, how efficient (great compact size for two bottles' worth) and how affordable it is, if its taste gets it thrown away with most of the wine still inside, it's a no-go anywhere wine.

The label on the Merlot/Pinot Noir blend describes it as "silky, vibrant red with delightful notes of red berry, cherry and currant, with a hint of vanilla."
Definitely the berry/cherry was present and that hint of vanilla was exactly that. A hint. Not overpowering, not even strong. This bright, delightful (yes, they described it accurately) Italian blend perfectly matches its exterior. Sassy, playful and flirty.

This is a fun wine. If you give it even 30 seconds worth of thought, you have over thought the situation. It isn't meant to be discovered, allowed to breathe or contemplated ~ simply enjoyed.

Food pairings? Again, simple is the solution. Salmon or tuna, and cheeses such as asiago, brie, gouda pair nicely to keep it light.
As I mention in this early review (click to read) the central part of wine enjoyment is food pairing; however, that wine connects with other factors to create an entire experience. Drinking wine while overlooking a lake is a different experience than that same wine being enjoyed while snuggling in front of a fireplace.

Music also plays a role along with the food, wine and atmosphere, detracting or enhancing the mood and experience as well. Match it all the way through for success.

My motto: Wine + food + environment + music = great experience.

My choice of music: For this wine, with an outdoor-grilled, or picnic-like light meal, I would select conversation-friendly music as you will undoubtedly be sharing this with your friends on a deck, boat or at that favorite amphitheatre. You can't go wrong with 80s music such as Cyndi Lauper or Cher, or any decade's pop music. Nothing heavy, depressing or too straight-laced for this flirty red.

Would I serve this to a Master Sommelier? Not a chance. But there are fewer than 200 of them in the world. Would I serve it to a wine snob? No way. But I would serve it to my friends in a heartbeat.

Bottom Line: Volere "wine in purse" is fun, fashionable and flirty in taste, and perfect in size for a few friends. I anticipate a line of attache-case wines in the near future for those larger parties.

Images and sample supplied by Cantina di Soave Vineyards.

Elizabeth J. Musgrave is a syndicated fine-living, travel columnist, freelance writer, and performing arts and restaurant critic. Read her new column, Infused, at GottaGo.us and FoodandDrinkDigital.com and catch her as Indy’s Entertainment Adviser on 93 WIBC. Gotta Go is published on Gottago.us, BroadwayWorld.com, in M and Retired Living magazines and several Indianapolis area newspapers. Follow her on Twitter @GottaGo, LinkedIn and Facebook.

Theater Review: Indy Fringe Festival 2012: 465: Sex Drive...a musical

Sex.

Make no mistake about it.

It's about sex.

Sex addictions. Sex fetishes. Sex in every way, fashion and style you could imagine.

The Indy Fringe Festival's popular show  states it boldly in the title, 465: Sex Drive...a musical. So no one mistakenly shows up with children for a performance about Indianapolis' loop around the city, perhaps? During the carpool trip around the city's loop and throughout a therapy session for the five sex addicts, streets, neighborhoods and parks are mentioned as great places for various sexual encounters.

Where the idea came from... who knows?

Somehow ~ someway ~ this script, written by Kenny Shepard, Ty Stover and Sharla Steiman, originated, materialized and became a stage production at the annual Indianapolis event.

And, somehow ~ someway ~ it works.

In fact, it works really, really well.

Don't believe me? Maybe you'll believe the packed house...on a Tuesday night. Yes, a full house on a Tuesday at 9 p.m. And that crowd was laughing hysterically, applauding and cheering throughout the performance from Red Boat Productions.

Why?

Because it is that hilarious.

What coulda, shoulda, woulda been yet one more attempt at raucous humor, another mediocre stab at a group discussing their sexual hangups, a yet-again glimpse into people's secretive sexual fantasies was a well performed musical that just happened to be about...sex.

Get the difference?

I did. And so did the audience. Where a lesser talented writer(s) might have failed at weaving a full circle of needy individuals in a sex addiction group, Shepard, et al., created a group of vulnerable, believable characters who rejoiced in being sexually active. Really sexually active. And bared their souls in a tender, somewhat soulful way in order to find the one key that would transform them into the someone they wanted to be.

As they connect, tear each other apart, and then help one another mend, the group finds they are all fallible, human and not so bad.

The entire cast, including Erin Cohenour, Matthew Goodrich, Danny Kingston, Amanda Lawson (Joseph...Dreamcoat), Laura Lockwood (Cinderella) and Clay Mabbitt, works as a team that has been together for a longer time than is actual.

Stepping into the Gotta Go Spotlight is Kingston. What is it about Danny Kingston? I have no idea except that every single time I have reviewed a show in which he performs ~ he stands out and shines.
Whether as an evil troublemaker in Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre's "Camelot", or in The Phoenix Theare's "Spring Awakenings," Kingston fully immerses himself into the character and you cease thinking about what a good actor he is and relate to him as, in this case, an emotionally messed up endearing guy who has a bit of impishness pop out between his tales of woe and need for attention. Just a regular guy with a sex-with-strangers addiction.

And the "...a musical" part? Seven songs full of emotions were written by Lynn Lupold (music and lyrics) and Ron Spencer (lyrics). "Hide & Seek," performed by Kingston, and "Too Many Mornings," a duet sung  by Kingston and Lockwood leaves you wanting even more of the musical part.

Bottom Line: Thanks to 465: Sex Drive..a musical, (a must-see of Indy Fringe Festival 2012), I will never think of 465 and Binford Boulevard in the same way ever, ever again and maybe, just maybe, that's a good thing.

Next viewing times are:
Thursday, August 23, 7:30 pm
Saturday, August 25, 7:30 pm
Sunday August 26, 4:30 pm

For shows, tickets, and directions for Indy Fringe Festival 2012, visit IndyFringe.org.

Image submitted by Red Boat Productions

Elizabeth J. Musgrave is a syndicated fine-living, travel columnist, freelance writer, and performing arts and restaurant critic. Read her new column, Infused, at GottaGo.us and FoodandDrinkDigital.com and catch her as Indy’s Entertainment Adviser on 93 WIBC. Gotta Go is published on Gottago.us, BroadwayWorld.com, in M and Retired Living magazines and several Indianapolis area newspapers. Follow her on Twitter @GottaGo, LinkedIn and Facebook.

Tuesday, August 21

IndyFringe Schedule 2012

 IndyFringe 2012 Schedule continues through August 26 at various theaters in the E. St. Clair and Mass Ave. theater district. Below is the entire lineup.

What: iNDYfRINGE 2012
Website: IndyFringe.org
Tickets: IndyFringe/Tickets

COOK THEATRE SPONSOR: INDY OPERA
1201 Central Avenue, Indianapolis
Handicap accessible


Maya: Illusions, Gustav Holst
Intimate Opera of Indianapolis
Genre: Drama/Musical/Performance Art
Warnings: Adult Content
Links: Website: http://www.intimateopera.org/
Twitter: http://twitter.com/intimateopera
Have you ever had a recurring nightmare? What if you could no longer tell the difference between your dreams and reality? Such questions could drive you to the brink of insanity. How would you react if your answer determined, not your life, but the life of someone you loved?
Friday, August 17, 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, August 19, 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, August 21, 9:00 p.m.
Thursday, August 23, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, August 25, 9:00 p.m.
Sunday, August 26, 10:30 p.m.

The Blue Monkey Sideshow presents "NEW BLUE"
Blue Monkey Sideshow, Indianapolis, IN
Genre:Novelty/Variety/Comedy
Warnings: If you watch TV after 8:00 P.M., then this show is acceptable to all--however--it is not for everyone!
Links: www.bluemonkeysideshow.com
Come See The Sideshow--As It Was, As It Is, and As It Will Be!! The Blue Monkey Sideshow is here doing what they do best! Sword-swallowing, Glass-walking, Whip-cracking, Juggling, The Human Blockhead and much more. Locally based, this group has performed from Alaska to New York.
Saturday, August 18, 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, August 19, 9:00 p.m.
Tuesday, August 21, 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, August 23, 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, August 25, 3:00 p.m.
Sunday, August 26, 1:30 p.m.

A Real Modern Family: From Hipster to Dipster
Playwright: Scott Long, Indianapolis, IN
Genre: Comedy/Drama/Solo
Warnings: Warnings: Adult Content/Adult Language
Links: arealmodernfamily.com no www.
Some journeys in life are more complicated than others. Meet Scott Long. Standup comedian. TV writer. Husband who decides to have one child. 6 years later with the help of IVF, the love of his life is born, Madeline. 3 years later Maddie is diagnosed with autism. Soon after, baby twins are born. Urban hipster becomes Suburban dipster seemingly overnight. An edy, hilarious exploration of how events can send your life off the rails and how you might become a better person because of it.
Friday, August 17, 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, August 18, 3:00 p.m
Tuesday, August 21, 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, August 22, 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, August 25, 10:30 p.m.
Sunday, August 26, 4:30 p.m.

Dracula: The Panto
Eclectic Pond Theatre Company, Indianapolis, IN
Playwright: Thomas Cardwell and Lucy Cardwell
Music: Ben Asaykwee
Genre: Comedy/Musical/Kid-friendly
Warnings: Strobe Light
Links: facebook.com/EclecticPond
twitter.com/eclecticpond
Website: www.eclecticpond.org
"Panto?" - 'Pantomime, a family-friendly comedy-musical parody traditionally found in the UK, Australia, Canada, etc. but not often in America, until Now! Mostly performed during the Holiday Season, parodying such tales as Cinderella or Peter Pan.' Penned by British siblings Lucy & Thomas Cardwell, Revived and Re-Vamped for IndyFringe.
Friday, August 17, 10:30 p.m.
Saturday, August 18, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, August 19, 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday, August 22, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, August 25, 1:30 p.m.
Sunday, August 26, 9:00 p.m.

 “Just Amazing”
TRIGG Watson, Texas
Genre: Magic/Kid-friendly
Warnings: None
Links: After top selling shows at the Indy Fringe’s Winter Magic Festival, TRIGG Watson returns to Indianapolis with his award winning magic and comedy. “Just Amazing” is an eclectic mix of amazing magic, skillful juggling, and zany humor that will have you on the edge of your seat and laughing along the way. Just back from Las Vegas, don’t miss this rising magical star!
Saturday, August 18, 4:30 p.m.
Sunday, August 19, 3:00 p.m.
Wednesday, August 22, 9:00 p.m.
Friday, August 24, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, August 25, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, August 26, 3:00 p.m.

Illusionistory: The History Of Mystery
Taylor Martin’s Indy Magic Monthly, Indianapolis, IN
Genre: Magic/Comedy/Drama/Variety/Musical
Warnings: None
Links: madmenmagic.com/
indymagicmonthly.com
"History has something up its sleeve. Magic is a force that has shaped history, stopped a war, and created religions. Come and see Madame Esmerelda Fallendo's tour of magic throughout time. Joining her are “Mad Men Magic,” who will recreate one of Houdini's greatest illusions. See water changed to wine, a stick to a snake, and spirits coming alive in a theatre. Taylor Martin's 8th Indy Fringe production will be amazing.”
Saturday, August 18, 1:30 p.m.
Sunday, August 19, 10:30 p.m.
Monday, August 20, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, August 24, 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, August 25, 4:30 p.m.
Sunday, August 26, 7:30 p.m.

Cinderella: A Far-Fetched Fairy Tale Opera
The Steele Project, Indianapolis, IN
Genre: Comedy/Musical/Kid-friendly/Performance Art
Warnings: Adult Language
Links: www.thesteeleproject.com
The Steele Project retells this famous fairy tale with well-known delightful music and a sassy, original script. There’s the ball – and the prince – and the two “fairy” godmothers, who have impeccable sense of fashion, gurl! Shoot! *Triple snap! Hair toss!* A fairy tale as you’ve never seen—or heard—it before!
Saturday, August 18, 9:00 p.m.
Sunday, August 19, 6:00 p.m.
Monday, August 20, 9:00 p.m.
Thursday, August 23, 6:00 p.m.
Friday, August 24, 10:30 p.m.
Sunday, August 26, 6:00 p.m.

Souvenir
Playwright: Stephen Temperley
Footlite Musicals, Indianapolis, IN
Genre: Comedy/Drama/Musical/Kid-friendly
Warnings: None
Links : Souvenir.Footlite.org
Souvenir is the true story of Florence Foster Jenkins who believed she was a great singer, when actually incapable of producing two notes in tune. As news of her singing spread, so did her celebrity. Her ‘fans’ packed her recitals, stuffing handkerchiefs in their mouths to stifle their laughter.
Friday, August l7, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, August l8, l0:30 p.m.
Sunday, August l9, 1:30 p.m.
Monday, August 20, 6:00 p.m.
Friday, August 24, 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, August 25, 6:00 p.m.

COMEDY SPORTZ Sponsor: ComedySportz
721 Massachusetts Avenue, Indianapolis
Handicap accessible

Brad Hinshaw, You Ruin Everything
Brad Hinshaw, Long Beach, CA
Genre: Comedy/Solo
Warnings: Adult Language/Adult Content
Links: www.bradhinshaw.com
Comedian Brad Hinshaw shares his experiences in life, love, being a Boy Scout and his time as a police officer in this stand-up performance act.
Saturday, August 18, 6:00 pm
Sunday, August 19, 1:30 pm
Monday, August 20, 6:00 pm
Friday, August 24, 9:00 pm
Saturday, August 25, 10:30 pm
Sunday, August 26, 6:00 pm

Daycare Ditties
Playwright: Leah Isaacson
Leah Isaacson, Minneapolis, MN
Genre: Comedy
Warnings: None
Between dirty diapers, juicy gossip, hangovers, arts and crafts, and betrayal, we find out how coworkers really feel about each other when a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup goes missing. In this hilarious one-woman show, we bring you in on a typical day in the life of a day care worker by portraying real people and real scenarios.
Friday, August 17, 10:30 pm
Saturday, August 18, 1:30 pm
Sunday, August 19, 9:00 pm
Wednesday, August 22, 7:30 pm
Saturday, August 25, 7:30 pm
Sunday, August 26, 4:30 pm

After Paul McCartney
Rob Johansen, Indianapolis, IN
Playwright: David Hoppe
Victory Dog
Genre: Comedy/Solo
Warnings: Adult Language
Comedy with a question mark. Rob Johansen takes you on an amazing journey spanning two continents, three countries and more characters than you can count, all expertly portrayed by Johansen. Come take part in a hilarious and poignant quest to find friendship and touch fame. Jay Harvey, Indianapolis Star, named After Paul McCartney's run at the IRT one of the best five shows of the year in 2010
Friday, August 17, 6:00 pm
Saturday, August 18, 9:00 pm
Sunday, August 19, 3:00 pm
Tuesday, August 21, 9:00 pm
Thursday, August 23, 7:30 pm
Sunday, August 26, 7:30 pm

Left Right TIM presents SUMMERPOCALYPSE
Left Right TIM, Boulder, CO
Genre: Comedy/Improvisation
Warnings: Adult Language
SUMMERPOCALYPSE is a long-form improv comedy show. Using audience suggestions, Left Right TIM will craft an hour long adventure into the funny and fantastic with high-energy improv that's sure to make everyone go home laughing.
Sunday, August 19, 10:30 pm
Wednesday, August 22, 9:00 pm
Thursday, August 23, 6:00 pm
Friday, August 24, 7:30 pm
Saturday, August 25, 4:30 pm
Sunday, August 26, 3:00 pm

Phil Van Hest: Public Nudity
Phil Van Hest, Indianapolis, IN
Genre: Comedy/Solo/Performance Art/Physical/Multimedia
Warnings: Adult Language/Adult Content
Phil has come a long way: from the skyscrapers of Indonesia and the jungles of Rhode Island, to the lush greenbelts of Los Angeles. Throughout his travels, Phil has noticed men being reluctant to show the world who they truly are. Sometimes that is great (and appreciated), but often the world could really use some public nudity.
Friday, August 17, 7:30 pm
Saturday, August 18, 3:00 pm
Tuesday, August 21, 6:00 pm
Thursday, August 23, 9:00 pm
Saturday, August 25, 6:00 pm
Sunday, August 26, 9:00 pm

CabarGay!
Indianapolis Men’s Chorus
Greg Sanders, Artistic Director
Genre: Cabaret, Music, Comedy
Warnings: Adult Language/Adult Content
Links: http://www.indychoruses.org/
Appearing for its first time at IndyFringe, the Indianapolis Men’s Chorus presents CabarGay!, a treasure trove of musical theater charms. Explored emotional range may include, but is not limited to: amusement, heartbreak, mirth, lamentation, delight, despondency, enchantment, regret. (I.e. you’ll laugh, you’ll cry, it’s better than Cats.) .
Saturday, August 18, 4:30 pm
Sunday, August 19, 7:30 pm
Monday, August 20, 7:30 pm
Friday, August 24, 6:00 pm
Saturday, August 25, 1:30 pm
Sunday, August 26, 10:30 pm

Donating Sperm to My Sister's Wife
Playwright: Stewart Huff
Stewart Huff, Winterville, GA
Genre: Comedy/Drama/Solo
Warnings: Adult Language/Adult Content
Stewart Huff was voted "Best of the Festival" at the 2011 Aspen Comedy Festival. He is also featured in an upcoming PBS documentary called "Big Work on Little Stages". His show is about his lesbian sister, her wife and helping them get pregnant. Stories, thoughts and opinions from a true Southern Liberal.
Friday, August 17, 9:00 pm
Saturday, August 18, 10:30 pm
Sunday, August 19, 4:30 pm
Tuesday, August 21, 7:30 pm
Wednesday, August 22, 6:00 pm
Saturday, August 25, 3:00 pm

Iris and Rose -Wild and Thorny
Playwright: Roxanna Keller and Damaris Wilcox, Colorado Springs, CO
Genre: Comedy/Musical
Warnings: Adult Language/Adult Content
Link: http://www.iris-n-rose.com/
"Iris and Rose – Wild and Thorny" is a true sister act of the traditional pub sing variety. Bawdy ballads and dirty ditties are the order of the day mixed with a dose of toasts, jokes and even limericks. Audience participation and adult beverage consumption are not only encouraged, but expected, so leave your shy bones at the door.
Saturday, August 18, 7:30 pm
Sunday, August 19, 6:00 pm
Monday, August 20, 9:00 pm
Friday, August 24, 10:30 pm
Saturday, August 25, 9:00 pm
Sunday, August 26, 1:30 pm

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The Last Nickel
Playwright: Jane Shepard
Wisdom Tooth Theatre Project, Anderson, IN
Genre: Comedy/Drama/Puppetry
Warnings: Adult Language
It’s another long, sleepless night for Jamie; with some Jack, some Jane and an obnoxious sister who CAN’T shut up- and “Oh what dreams may come!”. Love and nostalgia don’t necessarily make good bed-mates, as Jamie discovers in her midnight journey, through the bright and shadowy landscape of what it means to “be there” for someone you love.
Friday, August 17, 10:30 p.m.
Saturday, August 18, 4:30 p.m.
Sunday, August 19, 1:30 p.m.
Tuesday, August 21, 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, August 22, 9:00 p.m.
Sunday, August 26, 1:30 p.m.

And I Am Not Making This Up!
Playwright: Nell Weatherwax
Nell Weatherwax, Madison, WI
Genre: Comedy/Drama/Solo/Improvisation/Physical
Warnings: Adult Language/Adult Content
Links: http://www.nellweatherwax.com/
Hilarious, truthful, improvised, super-physical, solo, storytelling. This show is the love child of David Sedaris and Garrison Keilor after spending the summer on a Mime Commune in Indiana. A riveting blend of vocal sound effects, song, and metaphor that plays out like a human movie. “a profoundly beautiful, imaginative, unique, and special evening, one that should not be missed: Hoosier Times
Five Stars “mesmerizing …Weatherwax offers proof of a collective consciousness and soothing relief to a grateful audience.” NUVO
Saturday, August 18, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, August 19, 4:30 p.m.
Monday, August 20, 9:00 p.m.
Friday, August 24, 10:30 p.m.
Saturday, August 25, 1:30 p.m.
Sunday, August 26, 9:00 p.m.

Is That Your Reel Hair?
Playwright: Tiffanie Bridges
Tiffanie Bridges, Indianapolis, IN
Genre: Comedy/Solo/Musical
Warnings: None
Links: www.facebook.com/DivaTiffReelHair
Tiffanie Bridges presents her special kind of crazy as she recalls the tragedy of her “6th grade hair fiasco” in a zany musical tribute of sorts, and transforms into some of your favorite pop culture icons to discover that beauty is more than scalp deep!
Friday, August 17, 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, August 18, 3:00 p.m.
Sunday, August 19, 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, August 21, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, August 23, 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, August 25, 10:30 p.m.

These Shining Lives
Playwright: Melanie Marnich
Carmel High School, Carmel, IN
Genre: Drama/Multimedia
Warnings: None
These Shining Lives explores the true stories of five women who worked for the Radium Dial Company in the l920’s. Catherine and her friends are dying, it’s true, but theirs is a story of survival in its most transcendent sense, as they refuse to allow the company that stole their health to kill their spirits – or endanger the lives of those who come after them.
Saturday, August 18, 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, August 19, 9:00 p.m.
Wednesday, August 22, 6:00 p.m.
Friday, August 24, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, August 25, 3:00 p.m.
Sunday, August 26, 4:30 p.m.

The Blizzard Sells Out: 60 Minutes, 30 Plays
Bloomington Playwrights Project, Bloomington, IN
Genre: Comedy
Warnings: Adult Language
Website: www.newplays.org
Facebook: facebook.com/bloomingtonplaywrightsproject
We SOLD OUT. This year, each of the 30 plays our ensemble will attempt to perform for you in only 60 minutes in the random order you’ll choose features a different Indianapolis business. “30 plays!?” you squeal. That’s right. That’s only $0.33333333333 per play… and that’s insane!
Saturday, August 18, 10:30 p.m.
Sunday, August 19, 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, August 21, 9:00 p.m.
Thursday, August 23, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, August 25, 9:00 p.m.
Sunday, August 26, 3:00 p.m.

Schoolhouse Wrong To! Even More Wronger
Three Dollar Bill Comedy, Indianapolis, IN
Genre: Comedy/Musical
Warnings: Adult Language/Adult Content/Loud Noises
Links: http://threedollarbillcomedy.com/
The minds behind “Schoolhouse Wrong!” are back and dumber than ever. They say humans use only l0% of their brains; well, Three Dollar Bill Comedy is trying
To get that down to 6-7%.
Friday, August 17, 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, August 19, 3:00 p.m.
Monday, August 20, 6:00 p.m.
Friday, August 24, 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, August 25, 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, August 26, 10:30 p.m.

SimpliCity
MONTERCERMUNDO
Playwright: Carlos Monte - Bogota, Colombia
Genre: Comedy/Musical/Variety
Warnings: None
SimpliCity is a show which tries to show the audience how through simple things we can transport ourselves to a magic imaginary world. Third World Comedy is the style I propose for this addition of singularities. Absurdity and foolishness are coexisting all the time with surprise and humor.
Friday, August 17, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, August 18, 9:00 p.m.
Wednesday, August 22, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, August 23, 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, August 25, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, August 26, 6:00 p.m.

Do Re Me Fa So Latino
Yes Theatre Co, Indianapolis, IN
Playwright: Kristopher Owens & Carlos Portillo
Genre: Comedy
Warnings:
Links: www.theatreyes.com
Do Re Mi Fa So Latino is an Hispanic re-imagination of American pop culture. Meet President Rodriguez (the first openly non-American citizen President), and Mexican Harriet Tubman, smuggling hard working Hispanics out of Arizona to the less oppressive north. A fun, and slightly offensive romp, with no Spanish speaking skills necessary!
Saturday, August 18, 1:30 p.m.
Sunday, August 19, 10:30 p.m.
Monday, August 20, 7:30
Friday, August 24, 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, August 25, 4:30 p.m.
Sunday, August 26, 7:30 p.m.

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Victory?! (some names have been changed to protect the guilty)
Playwright: Judy Lombardo, Indianapolis, IN
Genre: Comedy/Drama/Solo
Warnings: None
Links: victorytheshow@yahoo.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/events/385705714829284
A humorous, dramatic and fact-filled story about the performer’s real life battle with 2 brain tumors. From “The Strangeness of Friends” to “Survivor Guilt” and “Eating My Words”, Victory?! takes the audience through 19 years of the life of this brain tumor patient and survivor.
Saturday, August 18, 4:30 p.m.
Sunday, August 19, 3:00 p.m.
Wednesday, August 22, 9:00 p.m.
Thursday, August 23, 6:00 p.m.
Friday, August 24, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, August 26, 10:30 p.m.

Breaking Rank!
Howard Petrick, San Francisco, CA
Playwright: Howard Petrick
Genre: Comedy/Drama/Solo
Warnings: Adult Language
This autobiographical show of a Vietnam-era draftee who comes up against the military bureaucracy while organizing his fellow GIs against the war.
“Petrick delivers .. he has you laughing through the fear…” Winnepeg Uptown
“Petrick’s smooth writing and linear flow makes his story super-engaging and yes, very funny.” Winnepeg Uptown.
Saturday, August 18, 1:30 p.m.
Sunday, August 19, 10:30 p.m.
Monday, August 20, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, August 24, 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, August 25, 4:30 p.m.
Sunday, August 26, 9:00 p.m.

Joe’s Café
Rupert Wates and Friends
Playwright: Rupert Wates, NY, NY
Genre: Solo/Musical/Storytelling
Warnings: Adult Content
A music revue comprising songs based on true stories. Recreating the welcoming atmosphere of an all night cafe, Rupert Wates and Friends deliver fifteen songs that retell the experience of ordinary American people and through them, the story of America itself.
WINNER, BEST MUSIC REVUE, SAN FRANCISCO FRINGE 2010
"Witty, tender, poignant" (NUVO, 2010)
Sunday, August 19, 1:30 p.m.
Monday, August 20, 9:00 p.m.
Tuesday, August 21, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, August 24, 10:30 p.m.
Saturday, August 25, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, August 26, 6:00 p.m.

GO TO HELL!
Jim May, Storyteller
Playwright: Jim May, Harvard, IL
Genre: Storytelling/Comedy/Drama/Solo
Warnings: Adult Language/Adult Content
Links: www.jimmaystoryteller.com
Obsessed With The past…? The Future…? Eating…? Not eating…? Sex…? Thoughts…? Making the right decisions…? If so, you will regret missing this session for the rest of your life!
If you’ve ever asked yourself:
“What the hell?” “Who the hell?” “ What the hell’s the matter with me? you?” Or, “we’re on our way to hell in a hand basket”, then you may have some humorous hell issues to enjoy and explore.
Saturday, August 18, 10:30 p.m.
Sunday, August 19, 6:00 p.m.
Monday, August 20, 6:00 p.m.
Friday, August 24, 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, August 25, 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, August 26, 1:30 p.m.
I Am Peter Pan
NoExit Performance, Indianapolis, IN
Playwright: Devised and Directed by Michael Burke
Genre: Comedy/Physical/Multimedia
Warnings: Adult Language
Links: www.noexitperformance.org
"Ever wonder why Peter Pan chose to never grow up? We do too. But, with our powers combined, we can find out: ADVENTURE, SUSPENSE, and SWEET DANCE MOVES await the lucky few brave enough to follow Peter on his epic journey... Did we mention the awesome dance moves? Oh yes."
Friday, August 17, 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, August 18, 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, August 21, 9:00
Thursday, August 23, 7:30 p.m
Saturday, August 25, 9:00
Sunday, August 26, 3:00

Storms Beneath Her Skin
Rebecca Kling, Chicago, IL
Playwright: Rebecca Kling
Genre: Solo/Performance Art/GLBT/Multimedia
Warnings: Adult Language
Are you a boy or a girl? You can only pick one, obviously, and you had better get it right. I’m transgender, which complicates things. This show is about that – my identity and experience as a transgender woman – but it’s about other things, too: apologies, surgery, the equations of sex, the weather (metaphorically speaking), boobs, and more. Rebecca Kling has been described by the Chicago Tribune as "charming, smart, and unpreachy" and NUVO as a four-star performer.
Friday, August 17, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, August 18, 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, August 19, 9:00 p.m.
Tuesday, August 21, 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, August 22, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, August 25, 3:00 p.m.

Feed Your Nightmares
Mary Hamilton, Frankfort, KY
Genre: Storytelling/Solo
Warnings: None
Links: http://www.maryhamilton.info/
Audience members select tales from an enticing menu of haunting, disquieting, and creepy stories. Ingredients: death, dread, dismemberment, deception. No added heart-warming life lessons. No added social or political commentary. Enjoy dread-filled tales told by Mary Hamilton. Nourish your nightmares here.
“Warnings – read the description!”
Friday, August 17, 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, August 18, 3:00 p.m.
Sunday, August 19, 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, August 22, 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, August 25, 10:30 p.m.
Sunday, August 26, 4:30 p.m.

Dandelion Chains
Playwright: Shanna Shrum
Shanna Shrum, Chicago, IL
Genre: Drama/Comedy
Warnings: Adult Language/Adult Content
Links: www.DandelionChains.com
A universal tale of love, forgiveness and acceptance, Dandelion Chains
goes beyond sexuality to determine what breaks a family and what keeps
it together. Set in 1988, it offers a revealing glimpse into the
lives of a gay couple as they struggle to maintain custody of their
adopted daughter. Written and performed by Chicago based solo artist,
Shanna Shrum and infused with Shrum’s signature humor, Dandelion
Chains asks: Will the chain break?
Friday, August 17, 10:30 p.m.
Saturday, August 18, 9:00 p.m.
Sunday, August 19, 4:30 p.m.
Thursday, August 23, 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, August 25, 1:30 p.m.
Sunday, August 26, 7:30 p.m.

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The Best of Super Soul
Dance Kaleidoscope, Indianapolis, IN
Choreographer: David Hochoy
Genre: Dance
Warnings: None
Links: www. Dancekal.org
DK does Motown! Cynthia Pratt, Nicholas Owens and David Hochoy created the choreography to some of their favorite songs including "Say a Little Prayer," "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face," "Pretty Young Thing" and "For Once in My Life." The moods shift from funny to tender to sexy and the dancers will blow you away!
Friday, August 17, 7:30 pm
Sunday, August 19, 9:00 pm
Tuesday, August 21, 6:00 pm
Thursday, August 23, 9:00 pm
Saturday, August 25, 3:00pm
Sunday, August 26, 10:30 pm

Purrrrrr-lesque!
Angel Burlesque, Indianapolis, IN
Playwright: Katie Angel
Genre: Comedy/Performance Art/Dance/Variety
Warnings: Nudity/Adult Language/Adult Content
Links: www.angelburlesque.com
The fine felines of Angel Burlesque present a fresh, fun and frisky cat-themed extravaganza! A rotating cast of kitty characters scamper across stage. Quirky, sexy and not to be missed…bring your catnip and get ready for the furry art of the striptease.
Saturday, August 18, 10:30 pm
Sunday, August 19, 1:30 pm
Monday, August 20, 6:00 pm
Friday, August 24, 9:00 pm
Saturday, August 25, 10:30 pm
Sunday, August 26, 6:00 pm

BOT.
Q Artistry, Indianapolis, IN
Playwright: Ben Asaykwee, Carrie Morgan, Ryan Powell
Genre: Comedy/Drama/Performance Art/Dance/Kid-friendly
Warnings: Loud Noises/Strobe Light
Links: www.qartistry.org
Seven robots beep and click their way through a wildly visual and musical story of loss and redemption. Using a mixture of dance, performance art, and song, BOT searches for her lost partner after he is sent away in disrepair.
Friday, August 17, 6:00 pm
Saturday, August 18, 9:00 pm
Sunday, August 19, 3:00 pm
Wednesday, August 22, 7:30 pm
Saturday, August 25, 6:00 pm
Sunday, August 26, 7:30 pm

"JFK vs The UnDead"
Playwright: J. Nicholas Shoemaker, Indianapolis, IN
Genre: Comedy/Musical
Warnings: adult content/adult language, comedic violence, mild B movie gore.
Set in a supernatural re-imagining of the 1960’s, this camp musical dramedy hemorrhages wit, heart, and hemoglobin: An UnDead army of Zommunists plots to overthrow America. A deceased starlet reanimates her career amidst Hoover’s Dead Scare. An enigmatic first lady engineers her endgame, and a star-crossed president defends Earth from the evil.
Saturday, August 18, 3:00 pm
Sunday, August 19, 10:30 pm
Wednesday, August 22, 9:00 pm
Thursday, August 23, 6:00 pm
Saturday, August 25, 4:30 pm
Sunday, August 26, 3:00 pm

Colaboração-the intersection of Street Dance & Contemporary Movement DANCEPartners Kristan Jackson (IN) and Marco Rodrigues (BR).
Choreographer: The Performing Artists and Dance Colleagues
Of Indiana/Brazil Dance Exchange, DANCEPartners
Genre: Dance/Performance Art/Physical/Kid-friendly/Musical
Warnings: None
Links: www.inpartners.org, www.partners.org/br
Features exciting performances with Brazilian and Latin choreography.
Live accompaniment by William Engle, pianist and Brett Terrell, guitar from Butler University. Includes music of Sergio and Odair Assad, Ernesto Nazareth and Orlando Cotto.
Sponsored by Indiana Partners of the Americas (www.inpartners.org) and Rio Grande do Sul Partners of the Americas (www.partners.org/brDANCEPartners
Saturday, August 18, 7:30 pm
Sunday, August 19, 6:00 pm
Monday, August 20, 9:00 pm
Tuesday, August 21, 7:30 pm
Friday, August 24, 10:30 pm
Saturday, August 25, 1:30 pm

DON’T CROSS THE STREAMS: The Cease and Desist Musical
Book, Lyrics & Music by Mike Hall & Joshua Steele
Additional Music by Steve Milloy
Directed by Mike Sherman
Musical Direction by Steve Milloy
Genre:Musical Comedy
Warnings: Adult content/adult language
A popular early 80’s film about ghosts and the people who bust them is receiving a stage musical adaptation by a New Jersey theatre. When their world is shattered by a “cease and desist” letter from the lawyers of Columbia Pictures, the cast and crew give the show a new title, make delirious changes to an increasingly unrecognizable script and recruit a handsomely clueless soap opera actor to play the role of Peter Venkman. Silly string ion streams are unleashed and a softshoe dance battle is waged in a madcap theatrical farce a la NOISES OFF and “Waiting for Guffman.”
Winner: 2012 League of Cincinnati Theatre Award for “Outstanding Ensemble”
Friday, August 17, 9:00 pm
Saturday, August 18, 6:00 pm
Sunday, August 19, 4:30 pm
Wednesday, August 22, 6:00 pm
Friday, August 24, 7:30 pm
Sunday, August 26, 1:30 pm

465: Sex Drive….a musical
Red Boat Productions, LLC, Indianapolis, IN
Music by Lynn Lupold
Lyrics by Lynn Lupold and Ron Spencer
Book by Kenny Shepard, Ty Stover and Sharla Steiman
Genre: Musical
Warnings: Adult Language/Adult Content
Ride with our five captivating sex addicts as they carpool to their weekly sex addiction therapy session. Hear their funny and sad accounts both in the car and during therapy as they sing songs and share their histories and “her”stories about how they ended up on 465 and in therapy.
Friday, August 17, 10:30 pm
Saturday, August 18, 1:30 pm
Tuesday, August 21, 9:00 pm
Thursday, August 23, 7:30 pm
Saturday, August 25, 7:30 pm
Sunday August 26, 4:30 pm

Bonnie Bitch’s OBEY! Comedy Hypnosis Show
Steve Daly Productions, Las Vegas
Playwright: Steve Daly
Genre: Comedy/Variety/Improvisation/GLBT/Musical
Warnings: Adult Language/Adult Content/Strobe Light
Bonnie Bitch is America’s FIRST & ONLY Female Impersonator Hypnotist!
Direct from Las Vegas and many world tours & Television appearances, Bonnie comes to the IndyFringe Festival with a HERsterical, FUNbelievable show filled with audience participation! “See the show or be the show!” No two shows are ever alike!
www.BonnieBitch.com
Saturday, August 18, 4:30 pm
Sunday, August 19, 7:30 pm
Monday, August 20, 7:30 pm
Friday, August 24, 6:00 pm
Saturday, August 25, 9:00 pm
Sunday, August 26, 9:00 pm

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G-D
Theatre Non Nobis, Indianapolis
Genre: Comedy/Drama/Performance Art
Warning: Adult Language/Adult Content
G-D, a new collaborative performance by Theatre Non Nobis, explores many concepts behind the idea of God. Who is she? What does he look like? Does such a being exist or is it our way of trying to make sense of our lives? Looking at the many names by which people call their deities, Theatre Non Nobis plans to present thought-provoking ideas – without providing answers. Come join us during the 2012 Indy Fringe to experience G-D
Friday, August 17, 9:00 pm
Saturday, August 18, 3:00 pm
Sunday, August 19, 6:00 pm
Tuesday, August 21, 7:30 pm
Thursday, August 23, 6:00 pm
Saturday, August 25, 10:30 pm

Creatures of the Night
Prairie Ditch Productions, Indianapolis, IN
Playwright: Bennett Ayres
Genre: Comedy/Drama
Warnings: Adult Language
There is nothing easy about sighting a werewolf. Ask Conk and Fleckwell and they’ll tell you. These are not just two men in a shed in the middle of the night. They are the founders of the newly-formed Lycanthrope Action Committee—an organization built on science, research, and above all else, loyalty.
Friday, August 17, 7:30 pm
Saturday, August 18, 9:00 pm
Sunday, August 19, 1:30 pm
Wednesday, August 22, 7:30 pm
Saturday, August 25, 7:30 pm
Sunday, August 26, 6:00 pm

Where is My Mind?
Schedule C Productions, Anderson, IN
Playwright: Schedule C
Genre: Comedy/Drama/Solo/Physical
Warnings: Adult Language/Adult Content/Loud Noises
Links: www.schedulec.org
Facebook: www.facebook.com/schedulec
Mesmerizing mind reading, crazy karaoke, vindictive ventriloquist figures, and even a soulful song are par for the course as Jackie Strait attempts to escape the one-man show in his mind. Is he merely mad, or is there something more? In the end, only Jackie’s imagination…and yours…can set him free.
Friday, August 17, 6:00 pm
Sunday, August 19, 7:30 pm
Tuesday, August 21, 9:00 pm
Thursday, August 23, 7:30 pm
Saturday, August 25, 9:00 pm
Sunday, August 26, 3:00 pm

Born to Be Wild
Presented by Assorted Fruits and Vegetables, Indianapolis, IN
Playwright: Bryan Starchman
Genre: Comedy/Family Friendly
Warning: You may laugh yourself to death!
Wonder why your cat acts like he’s king of the world? Why flamingos stand on one leg? What a spider would say to a fly before devouring him ? How a raccoon family plans a heist? Or what transpires between a cannibalistic female praying mantis on a date with a naïve male mantis?
Saturday, August 18, 10:30 pm
Sunday, August 19, 3:00 pm
Monday, August 20, 6:00 pm
Friday, August 24, 9:00 pm
Saturday, August 25, 6:00 pm
Sunday, August 26, 1:30 pm

We've Got Powers!
The Power Couple, Indianapolis, IN
Playwright: Jason Adams and Erin Adams
Genre: Comedy/Magic/Variety/Musical/Puppetry
Warnings: None
Flying Babies. Public School Witches. Eskimos with ESP. What do they all got? Powers! Real-life marrieds Jason and Erin Adams (The Power Couple) portray a cast of unusual characters and display their extraordinary abilities. Hovering between sketch comedy and magic cabaret, “We’ve Got Powers!” promises to elucidate, intrigue and amuse.
Saturday, August 18, 6:00 pm
Sunday, August 19, 9:00 pm
Wednesday, August 22, 6:00 pm
Thursday, August 23, 9:00 pm
Friday, August 24, 7:30 pm
Sunday, August 26, 4:30 pm
Screw You, I'm Nancy Drew
Sarsparilla Shook Productions,
Playwright: Kim McCann, Indianapolis, IN
Genre: Comedy/Drama/Solo
Warnings: Adult Language/Adult Content
Link: https://www.facebook.com/SarsparillaShookProductions
In 1959, publishers of the Nancy Drew books update the series, white-washing characters and changing Nancy’s personality to better fit the feminine ideal. When the head publisher is murdered, police question a mysterious woman who purports to be the real Nancy Drew, sending their case in an entirely different direction.
Saturday, August 18, 1:30 pm
Sunday, August 19, 10:30 pm
Monday, August 20, 7:30 pm
Friday, August 24, 6:00 pm
Saturday, August 25, 4:30 pm
Sunday, August 26, 7:30 pm

Lady Bits
Gunstar Productions, Bloomington, IN
Playwright: Emily Goodson
Genre: Comedy/Drama/Physical
Warnings: Adult Language/Adult Content
Sheltered Kate has a lot to learn … about everything really, but especially about sex. And, she desperately wants to learn so she can save her marriage from that husband-stealing horse-faced horse face with the triangle haircut. Enter Sarah, a tough independent contractor working her way through nursing school and Sarah’s stalker, Diane, a bitter member of the one percent out for revenge. Together these three women will either heal wounds or inflict some – and maybe both.
Saturday, August 18, 7:30 pm
Sunday, August 19, 4:30 pm
Monday, August 20, 9:00 pm
Friday, August 24, 10:30 pm
Saturday, August 25, 1:30 pm
Sunday, August 26, 9:00 pm

Singular Sensations!
A Wing And A Prayer Productions, Indianapolis, IN
Playwright: Monologues and Scenes Written by Local Actor and Playwright,
Robert W. Berry
Genre: Comedy/Drama
Warnings: Adult Language/Adult Content
Offerings range from touching and serious to hilarious and improbable.
A witty, humorous, adult-oriented and thought provoking offering.
Friday, August 17, 10:30 pm
Saturday, August 18, 4:30 pm
Tuesday, August 21, 6:00 pm
Wednesday, August 22, 9:00 pm
Saturday, August 25, 3:00 pm
Sunday, August 26, 10:30 pm

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Cabaret Absinthe: A Theatre du Grand Guignol
Main Street Artists, Parker City, IN
Playwright: Darrin Murrell
Genre: Comedy/Drama/Performance Art/Physical/Musical
Warnings: Violence/Adult Content/Loud Noises
Links: www.facebook.com/CabaretAbsinthe
A gothic horror show in the style of Belle Epoque Paris’ Theatre du Grand Guignol, this trio of graphic vignettes is woven together by the musical Green Fairy as audiences are taken on a macabre trip through the world of Absinthe-induced madness and terror.
Saturday, August 18, 10:30p.m.
Monday, August 20, 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, August 23, 9:00 p.m.
Friday, August 24, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, August 25, 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, August 26, 9:00 p.m.

The Fabulous Problemas
Celebration Barn Theater, South Paris, Maine
Playwright: Daniel Orrantia, Amanda Huotari, Aaron Tucker
Genre: Comedy/Physical
Warnings: Adult Content
Links: http://thefaboulousproblemas.wordpress.com/
In this outrageous comedy, a renegade trio scheme to get rich through a life of crime, gun fights, song and dance! It’s a story of three desperados who lie, cheat and steal from each other until they decide to band together to form a gang. The Fabulous Problemas.
Saturday, August 18, 9:00 p.m.
Sunday, August 19, 3:00 p.m.
Monday, August 20, 9:00 p.m.
Thursday, August 23, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, August 24, 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, August 26, 7:30 p.m.

Imagine That
JEH Productions, Indianapolis, IN
Playwright: Janice Hibbard
Genre: Comedy/Drama
Warnings: Adult Language
Links: Facebook page - www.facebook.com/ImagineThatIndy
Twitter - @ImagineThat_IN
Evan is in love with his imaginary friend. His brother, Brandon, commits Evan to a mental health facility to free him from his delusions, but imaginary Vivianne isn't so eager to be erased. With the help of fellow patient and new friend Amy, and under the Doctor's watchful eye, Evan has to take control of his life for the first time.
Saturday, August 18, 3:00 p.m.
Sunday, August 19, 10:30 p.m.
Monday, August 20, 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, August 22, 6:00 p.m.
Friday, August 24, 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, August 25, 3:00 p.m.

Going...Going...Gone
Two First Name Productions, Indianapolis, IN
Playwright: Lou Harry and John Thomas
Genre: Comedy/Drama/Improvisation
Warnings: There won't be strobe lights. We promise. Beyond that, you're on your own.
Links: https://www.facebook.com/GoingGoingGoneIndyFringe
A live auction comedy with a new cast of terrific actors at every performance, "Going...Going...Gone" lets the audience participate in the final sale at Ed's, an auction house filled with spontaneous stories and surprising revelations. What other show lets winning bidders take home the props?
Friday, August 17, 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, August 18, 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, August 19, 1:30 p.m.
Tuesday, August 21, 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, August 25, 10:30 p.m.
Sunday, August 26, 6:00 p.m.

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Young Actors Theatre
Playwrights: Katie Cappiello & Meg McInerney
The Arts Effect All-Girl Theater Company
Genre: Comedy/Drama/Multimedia
Warnings: Adult Language
Links:
Six million girls ages 13-15 are on Facebook, leaving countless adults to ponder what it’s like to come of age in the iGeneration. "Facebook me" is an eye-opening look into the lives of ten teen girls as they attempt to navigate the excitement and embarrassment, the success and sometimes the shame of their adolescence online, where status is so much more than an update. A witty comment, a suggestive photograph, a connection made, even a scandal revealed – nothing is too sacred nor too personal in the goal to garner "likes" and be liked.
Friday, August 17, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, August 19, 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday, August 21, 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, August 23, 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, August 25, 4:30 p.m.
Sunday, August 26, 3:00 p.m.

The Sunset Limited
The Sunset Limited -Abridged version
Indianapolis Urban Theatre and Dance Company
Playwright: Cormac McCarthy
Genre: Drama
Warnings: Adult Language/Adult Content
Links: _www.indyurbantheater.org_ (http://www.indyurbantheater.org/)
"The Sunset Limited" by Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Cormac McCarthy (No Country for Old Men). The play presents a startling encounter between two strangers on a New York subway platform and follows them to a run-down apartment, where they engage in a brilliant verbal duel on Hell, Heaven and the meaning of life.
Friday, August 17, 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, August 18, 4:30 p.m.
Sunday, August 19, 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, August 21, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, August 25, 1:30 p.m.
Sunday, August 26, 1:30 p.m.

Sirens: Chasing the Sun
Twilight Productions, Indianapolis, IN
Genre: Comedy/Performance Art/Musical
Warnings: None
Links: http://onesheet.com/kriandhettie/
Gypsies, guitars, poetry, a big orange cat, a van named “Joy.” Wide-open hearts on the wide-open roads of America. Life without a map. Fresh off their U.S. tour, kRi&Hettie is an amazing duo that defies description: acoustic, folk, hip-hop, spoken word, harmonies and melodies all combine to bring life-affirming messages and big laughs.
Friday, August 17, 10:30 p.m.
Saturday, August 18, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, August 19, 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, August 22, 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, August 25, 9:00 p.m.
Sunday, August 26, l0:30 p.m.

AQUARIUM
The Arden Theatre Union
Playwright: Sharla Steiman, Indianapolis, IN
Genre: Comedy/Drama/Spoken Word/GLBT
Warnings: Adult Language/Adult Content
By the author of last year’s SLAMMED
Lee works with the dolphins and after closing she trips voer Calypso, asleep …on the ground .. under a blanket .. naked. “Blankets are less of a commitment. Clothing constrains you – it’s too much Work. With a blanket you just – Uncover.”
AQUARIUM >..R U wet yet?
Saturday, August 18, 1:30 p.m.
Sunday, August 19, 9:00 p.m.
Wednesday, August 22, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, August 24, 10:30 p.m.
Saturday, August 25, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, August 26, 4:30 p.m.

Elizabeth J. Musgrave is a syndicated fine-living, travel columnist, freelance writer, and performing arts and restaurant critic. Read her new column, Infused, at GottaGo.us and FoodandDrinkDigital.com and catch her as Indy’s Entertainment Adviser on 93 WIBC. Gotta Go is published on Gottago.us, BroadwayWorld.com, in M and Retired Living magazines and several Indianapolis area newspapers. Follow her on Twitter @GottaGo, LinkedIn and Facebook.

Monday, August 20

Phyllis Diller Dies at 95

Phyllis Diller (July 17, 1917 – August 20, 2012)

Phyllis Diller, born Phyllis Ada Driver, considered the queen of comedy during the 19 50s, '60s and '70s, has died at the age of 95 in her home in Los Angeles, California. The Las Vegas performer and popular one-liner comedian was best known for her sitcoms, "The Phyllis Diller Show" and "The Beautiful Phyllis Diller Show." Diller also appeared regularly on "Laugh In" and "Love, American Style" and numerous movie and television roles.

The humorist toured extensively with Bob Hope for USO tours throughout Vietnam. More recently, Diller provided vocal talent for Disney/Pixar's "Bug's Life."

Diller was preceded in death by her longtime partner, Robert Hastings,  and survived by her son Perry, her daughter Suzanne Mills, and several grand children and  one great-grandchild.

Elizabeth J. Musgrave is a syndicated fine-living, travel columnist, freelance writer, and performing arts and restaurant critic. Read her new column, Infused, at GottaGo.us and FoodandDrinkDigital.com and catch her as Indy’s Entertainment Adviser on 93 WIBC. Gotta Go is published on Gottago.us, BroadwayWorld.com, in M and Retired Living magazines and several Indianapolis area newspapers. Follow her on Twitter @GottaGo, LinkedIn and Facebook.

Dig IN, A Taste of Indiana 2012 Announces Chefs, Menus, Vendors


Indiana’s top chefs, vintners, brewers, food and beverage producers and artisans will cook and pour for an approximate 3,500 foodies at the third annual Dig-IN, A Taste of Indiana, held at White River State Park. More than 60 food and beverage experts will be onsite for the local-food event. More than 30 chefs prepare sample dishes made with farm-fresh Indiana produce, meat and dairy products.

Selected chefs are provided with produce grown, and meat raised in Indiana and asked to create uniwue dishes. Indiana wine, beer, and watermelon and berry smoothies are served, and value-added foods like syrup, chocolates, breads, and beef & noodles are available to showcase what can be made from Indiana ingredients.


801 W. Washington St., Indianapolis
WHEN: Sun., Aug. 26, noon-5 p.m.
Tickets: $30-advance; $40-gate; available at DigINdiana.org and White River State Park Visitors Center 

INFO: DigINdiana.org 

CHEFS ~ DISHES
· JJ Boston, Chef JJ’s Big Green Bisto, Indianapolis: Sweet Cheeks
· Tyler Herald, Napolese, Indianapolis: Unlimited Tomato Caprese
· Greg Schiesser, Indiana Downs, Shelbyville: Hoosier Momma Margarita Duck or Pork
· Alan Sternberg, Albatross Grille, Carmel: Duck Prosciutto with Honey Ricotta and Persimmon Peach Gastrique
· Joseph Hewett, The Indigo Duck, Franklin: Sunking Braised Duck Fried Pie with Blueberry BBQ Sauce and Charred Sweet Corn Salad
· Ron Orebaugh, Grand Grilling (catering), Muncie: Grand Grilling's Pulled Pork BBQ

· Regina Mehallick, R bistro, Indianapolis: Chilled Peach Soup with Smoked Duck Salad
· Valerie Vanderpool, Zest! Exciting Food Creations, Indianapolis: House-made Ricotta with Peach & White Corn Puree finished with Twisted Sistaz Popcorn (made exclusively for Zest! by Just Pop In)
· Robert Justin Cowan, Served, Indianapolis: Duck Confit Slider or Quesadilla
· Cindy Hawkins, Circle City Sweets, Indianapolis: Caramels, Nougat and Pate de Fruit Candies
· Sam Brown, Second Helpings, Indianapolis: Strawberry and Banana Soup
· Luke Trinosky, The Chef's Academy, Indianapolis: Carolina Pulled Pork on Creamy Vegetable Salad
· Nicholas Carter, Black Swan Brewpub, Plainfield: BS Signature Reuben
· Steven J. Oakley, OAKLEYS bistro, Indianapolis: Lamb "Adobo" Lettuce Wrap
· Aaron Butts, Joseph Decuis, Roanoke: Wagyu Tongue & Cheek Tacos
· Mark Cox & Chef Josh Henson, Fermenti Artisan, Indianapolis: Fermented Garden Kraut with Capriole Farms Old Kentucky Tomme
· Jeff Ford, J. Ford's Black Angus, Terre Haute: Slow Smoked Bison Taco w/Indiana Pico & Goat Cheese Slaw
· Chef Doug & Marla Rennie, Just Rennie's Cookie Co., Evansville: Just Rennie's Signature Cookies
· Brad Gates, Brad Gates Catering, Carmel: Braised Bison Shoulder with Succotash, Savoy Cabbage & Horsera Creme Fraiche
· Caleb France & Chase Hinton, Cerulean, Winona Lake: Pork Belly, May Apple Jam, Hazelnut, Goldwood Garden Greens
· Ryan Nelson, Late Harvest Kitchen, Indianapolis: Corn, Walnut, Goat Cheese and Pancetta Salad
· Layton Roberts, Meridian Restaurant and Bar, Indianapolis: First – Cantalope and Cucumber Salad with Basil-infused Creme Fraiche and Watercress Pistou; Second – Grilled Peaches with Honey and Blueberry Cream
· Joseph Martin, 18 on the Square, Shelbyville: Bison Bratwurst with Relished Summer Salad and Hand Crafted Mustard
· Roger Hawkins, Circle City Soups, Indianapolis: "My Dad's" Sweet Corn Chowder
· Christopher Eley, Goose the Market & Smoking Goose, Indpls: Barbacoa de Chivo Walking Taco
· Brandon Canfield, The Loft at Traders Point Creamery, Zionsville: Great Organic Garden Gazpacho
· Dan Orr, FARMbloomington, Bloomington: Chilled Golden Summer Soup
· Craig Baker, Local Eatery and Pub, Westfield: Goat and Indiana Ambrosia
· Nitin Naidu, Spice Box, Indianapolis: Channa Masala
· Matt Kornmeyer, Scratchtruck, Indianapolis: Indiana Sweet Corn Panna Cotta with Dulce de Leche
· Becky Hostetter, Duos, Indianapolis: Potato, Greens and Goat Cheese Quesadilla
· Mark Marlar, The Oceanaire Seafood Room, Indianapolis: Indianapolis Vegetarian Perch

WINERIES
Best Vineyards,  Berretta and Wilbert Best, Elizabeth
Monkey Hollow,  Andy Hedinger, St. Meinrad
River City Winery,  Melissa Humphrey, New Albany
Thomas Family Winery,  Steve Thomas, Madison
Turtle Run Winery, Jim Pfeiffer, Corydon
Whyte Horse Winery,  Abbey Gross, Monticello
Wildcat Creek Winery, Lafayette,  Rick and Kathy Black

BREWERIES
Barley Island Brewing Company, Noblesville
Black Swan Brewpub, Plainfield
Brugge Brasserie, Broad Ripple
Crown Brewing Company, Crown Point
Flat 12 Bierwerks, Indianapolis
Mad Anthony Brewing Company, Ft. Wayne
New Albanian Brewing Company, New Albany
Sun King Brewing, Indianapolis
Three Floyds, Munster
Upland Brewing Company, Bloomington

INDIANA ARTISANS
240Sweet, Columbus, Alexa Lemley (marshmallows)
Chocolate for the Spirit, Shelbyville, Julie Bolejack (chocolates)
Burton’s Maplewood Farm, Medora, Tim Burton (maple syrup)
Coe’s Noodles, Lynn, Judy Coe (chicken/beef & noodles)
Frittle Candy, Indianapolis, Carrie Abbott (Frittle) 
HickoryWorks, Trafalgar, Gordon Jones (hickory syrup)
Hoosier Momma, Indianapolis, Erin Edds (bloody mary maker and margarita mix)
Seeds and Such, Norman, Charlotte Waltz (persimmon cookies)
Boyd’s Fudge, Westfield, Lori Shreve (fudge)
Best Boy & Co., Ft. Wayne, Wayne Shive (bourbon caramel sauce)
Yours Truly Foods, Trafalgar, Daina Chamness (wine cake)


FOOD TRUCKS

Scratch -- Scratchtruck.com
Duos -- Duosindy.com/
Spice Box Roaminghunger.com/spice-box (Indian food with Indiana vegetables)

MISC.
Nicey Treat, Jeff Patrick (paletas, ice pops made with fresh fruit)
Bjava (coffee infused with an Indiana flower) booth next to Circle City Sweets
Natural Born Juicers (Peach Lavender Smoothie)

Elizabeth J. Musgrave is a syndicated fine-living, travel columnist, freelance writer, and performing arts and restaurant critic. Read her new column, Infused, at GottaGo.us and FoodandDrinkDigital.com and catch her as Indy’s Entertainment Adviser on 93 WIBC. Gotta Go is published on Gottago.us, BroadwayWorld.com, in M and Retired Living magazines and several Indianapolis area newspapers. Follow her on Twitter @GottaGo, LinkedIn and Facebook.