The trio are back on the boards in Indianapolis, rehearsing the World premiere of Charles Smith’s latest work, The Gospel According to James, commissioned by Indiana Repertory Theatre and presented by Bingham McHale, which will have performances March 22-April 10, 2011.
Helmed by Chuck Smith, the cast also features Kelsey Brennan (Mary), Keith Gallagher (Claude), Marcus Hendricks (Tommy), Linda Kimbrough (Marie), Diane Kondrat (Bea), Christopher Jon Martin (Hoot), Anthony Peeples (Apples), and Tyler Jacob Rollinson (Abe).
The production team for The Gospel According to James includes scenic design by Linda Buchanan, costume design by Rachel Healey, lighting design by Kathy Perkins, compositions and sound design by Ray Nardelli.
Indiana Rep is located on 140 W. Washington Street in Indianapolis.Tickets are $29-$50 and may be purchased by calling the IRT Ticket Office: (317) 635-5252 or online.
After the run at Indiana Rep, The Gospel According To James will be produced by the Victory Gardens Theater in Chicago, from May 14-June 12, 2011. For tickets click here.
Director Chuck Smith has had 25 years of experience in African-American theater. He is resident director of the Goodman Theatre, where he has directed Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, A Christmas Carol, and Vivisections from the Blown Mind. Smith is a founding member of the Chicago Theatre Company, where he was artistic director for four seasons, staging plays including Sizwe Banzi is Dead, Fathers and Other Strangers, Suspenders, the Jeff-winning musical Po’, and The Meeting. He has also directed at Fleetwood-Jourdain, The New Regal, Kuumba, Pegasus Players, New Federal Theater, ETA Creative Arts, Columbia College, and Chicago Black Ensemble Theater. He is also artistic director of the Chicago Historical Society’s Voices in History program and an artist-in-residence at Columbia College Chicago, where he facilitates the Theodore Ward playwriting contest.
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