2015 – 2016 Season
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Water by the Spoonful
directed by Ronn Johnstone
Elliot has returned to Philadelphia from Iraq, and in the midst of struggling to find his way as a wounded vet, has to plan the funeral of the Aunt who raised him, and confront the Mom who refused to. Yet the mother that Odessa could never be to Elliot is revealed in a chat room, where she mends the broken hearts of recovering addicts with a grace rarely seen. The boundaries and definitions of family are stretched across continents and cyberspace as birth families splinter and virtual families collide. Hudes' play searches long and hard for the hope that lives within every troubled heart. It is a genuine and often raw story, and a brooding meditation on how life always teeters on the brink of redemption. Winner of the 2012 Pulitzer for Drama, Water by the Spoonful is the middle play in a trilogy that explores the journey from war to peace; from wound to scar; from necessity to compassion.
- IN THE NEWS
Nuvo loves Water By the Spoonful! "Wisdom Tooth's work is a true gift to Indianapolis."
- WISDOM TOOTH ON WFYI
WFYI's Jill Ditmire interviews director Ronn Johnstone and actors Mauricio Miranda (Elliot) and Dena Toler (Odessa).
- PERFORMING ARTS PICK
On the Aisle with Tom Alvarez names Water By the Spoonful a Performing Arts Pick!
by Neil LaBute
directed by Callie Hartz
Tom falls for Helen, a bright, funny, sexy young woman. Indeed, LaBute's play would be little more than a romantic romp if it wasn't for one, simple world in Helen's character description…Fat. And that single world forces the trim and upwardly mobile Tom to endlessly explain and justify his new relationship to everyone around him; mitigating weight and romance and rationalizing love. Fat Pig is, simply put, a play about love and cowardice. LaBute doesn't bog the play down with subjective drivel about what body types are "beautiful"; there's no equivocation here. He goes right to the cancer: why won't we love someone that others say we shouldn't? Solzhenitsn said, "It's amazing how complete the delusion that beauty is goodness." Sid Caesar said, "Comedy has to be based on truth. You take the truth and you put a little curlicue at the end." Neil LaBute has cleverly and hysterically married Alex and Sid, making Fat Pig the funniest curlicue about goodness you've seen in a long, long while.
directed by Amy Hayes
In a small art gallery, Katherine Keenan and her assistant, Thomas Buckle, are hiding from a world that has shattered them. Thomas has been hurt by what he's seen behind his camera as a world-traveling photojournalist, and Katherine has been disappointed by incredibly failed relationships. Through gradually opening up to each other, they find that love is not always painted in the style of Realism, discovering the art of repairing broken lives.
❝A mature, intelligent and witty play about love and art.❞ – The New Jersey Courier
The Merry Wives of Windsor *
by William Shakespeare
directed by Bill Simmons
Part farce, part sitcom, this most English of Shakespeare's comedies plays like a madcap episode of I Love Lucy. A drunken lecher with more ego than sense, two clever merchant's wives with a penchant for revenge, and a love–sick ingénue plagued by insufferable suitors, Merry Wives is a of sundae of pure hilarity topped with a sprinkle of wit.
❝Heaven give you many, many merry days!
Good husband, let us every one go home,
And laugh this sport o'er by a country fire.❞
An IndyShakes Production
IndyShakes exists to produce language-driven, movement-charged, and emotionally truthful Classics and Classics-inspired plays with simplicity in order to frame and serve the actors who bravely embody the story.