Shiel Sexton is excited to partner with the Kurt Vonnegut Museum & Library and Phoenix Theatre. Check out what IndyStar had to say about these two new venues coming to Indianapolis!
“Familiar names are expected to play big roles in Indiana pop culture in 2017… Iconic Hoosier author Kurt Vonnegut, who died 10 years ago, is in no danger of being forgotten in 2017. In construction news… the Phoenix Theatre will break ground for a building along the Indianapolis Cultural Trail.” (IndyStar, 2017)
“It’s another “Year of Vonnegut”
A decade after Indianapolis’ first “Year of Vonnegut,” the city will observe a sequel year of programming devoted to the author of landmark novels “Slaughterhouse-Five” and “Breakfast of Champions.” A move by the Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library from its current Senate Avenue site to Massachusetts Avenue will attract attention in April, and the public can tour the author’s childhood home, 4401 N. Illinois St., this spring thanks to the St. Margaret’s Guild Decorators Show House. In September, Mass Ave.’s Theatre on the Square will present the local premiere of a musical adaptation of Vonnegut novel “God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater,” a Howard Ashman-Alan Menken collaboration originally staged in New York in 1979. Elsewhere, televised adaptations of Vonnegut novels “Cat’s Cradle” and “The Sirens of Titan” are in the works at FX network and NBCUniversal, respectively. Shortridge High School alum Vonnegut died at age 84 on April 11, 2007, less than three weeks before he was scheduled to deliver a speech at Butler University as part of the initial “Year of Vonnegut.”” (IndyStar, 2017)
“New Phoenix Theatre will take shape
Construction is scheduled to begin in March for a new Phoenix Theatre building along the Indianapolis Cultural Trail. Founded by Bryan Fonseca in 1983, the Phoenix has staged its productions at a former church in the Chatham Arch neighborhood since 1988. The future Phoenix home — made up of a 150-seat proscenium theater, a 90-capacity “black box” theater and a dedicated rehearsal studio — is expected to open at the northeast corner of Illinois and Walnut streets in April 2018. In October, the nonprofit announced it had surpassed $6 million in its goal of raising $8.5 million for the building. One of five professional equity theater companies in Central Indiana, the Phoenix restricts its schedule to productions classified as regional or Indiana premieres.” (IndyStar, 2017)
Excerpts from IndyStar article: Indiana pop culture: What to watch for in 2017