IU Theatre 2012-2013, Excited And Exciting

Terribly exciting, wanted to do it for years, edgy, comedy with teeth, classic...a challenge.

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Inside the Lee Norvelle Theatre & Drama Center

The Indiana University Department of Theatre & Drama presents nine plays and musicals in their 2012-2013 season. We sat down with Jonathan Michaelsen, the department’s chair and producing artistic director and challenged him to react to each of the titles.

The Fall

When the Rain Stops Falling by Andrew Bovell, directed by Murray McGibbon

Terribly exciting, Australian, skips time to move back and forth across generations

Richard III by Shakespeare

Something we’ve wanted to do for years, finally have the courage and the talent…guest director…Shakespeare veteran Gavin Cameron-Webb…

Spring Awakening by Stephen Sater and Duncan Sheik based on Wedekind, directed by George Pinney w. musical direction by Ray Fellman

Ran on Broadway for years. Edgy. It’s got some rock and roll in it, fun for older and student audiences as well.

The God of Carnage by Yasmina Reza, directed by Lee Cromwell

A wonderful play, certainly a comedy, but it has some real teeth to it. Speaks to us, especially the parents among us, and to our time.

The Spring

Intimate Apparel by Lynn Nottage

Very excited about this one, Ron Himes artistic director at the Saint Louis Black Repertory Theatre will be the guest director.

The school for Scandal by Richard Brinsley Sheridan, directed by Dale McFadden

Great play. Classic piece. Funny, with wonderful characters, great language and great situations. One of my favorite plays.

At First Sight by Nathan Alan Davis and Kelly P. Lusk

We’re excited to produce the premiere’s of two plays by students in the MFA playwriting program.

Wrapping Up

Sunday in the Park with George by James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim, directed by George Pinney with music direction by Terry LaBolt

It’s a great challenge scenically, musically and dramatically but it’s also one that we’ve wanted to do for a long time.

George Walker

George Walker was born in Winchester, Virginia, and raised in Owl’s Head, Maine, and Valhalla, New York. After graduating from the University of Michigan, he came to Bloomington in 1966 and completed an M.A.T. degree in English at Indiana University. George began announcing for WFIU in 1967. Currently, along with regularly hosting classical music shows, he interviews artists in a wide variety of areas and reviews plays and operas. He’s the proud father of grown sons Ben Walker (and his wife Elise Katzif Walker) and Aaron Walker. In his time away from WFIU, George enjoys an active life with wife Carolyn Lipson-Walker, singing, reading, exercising and playing guitar.

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