For Immediate Release
April 11, 2016
IRT CLOSES 2015-2016 SEASON WITH AGATHA CHRISTIE’S THE MOUSETRAP
Indianapolis—The Indiana Repertory Theatre (IRT) presents the world’s longest running stage play The Mousetrap by English crime novelist and playwright Agatha Christie from April 26 – May 22 on the OneAmerica Mainstage.
The Mousetrap is the story of Mollie and Giles Ralston, two newlyweds who have inherited a beautiful but high maintenance country manor. Against their better judgment, they decide to turn it into a hotel. After their visitors arrive, a blizzard traps them inside the home and where among them, a murderer stalks.
“This production magnetizes people. It welcomes mystery aficionados, has impeccable scenery and costumes and above all, incredible acting,” said Janet Allen, IRT executive artistic director and CEO. “When we produced The Mousetrap in the 80’s it was tremendous fun and we deserve to experience this treat all over again.”
Infusing the production with new life is IRT associate artistic director Courtney Sale, who says that directing The Mousetrap is exactly why she came to the IRT. “The Mousetrap is risk-taking artistry. I look at this production and realize what a great gift it is to be positioned in this way,” said Sale. “This play is fun, surprising, fulfilling and the artistic world is large and interesting enough that we can take a very different approach every time we produce something that has previously been on stage.”
While exploring how to recreate The Mousetrap, Sale –alongside the creative team—constantly pushed how grand the production could be in order to generate attention, connection and resentment. “The audience and characters must feel disoriented, so we created places for people stay, hide and crawl – even a window for a skier to reach from the outside,” said Sale. “Maximizing this pressure in a grandiose setting was our goal.”
The incredibly ornate “Downton Abbey-meets-Hogwarts” inspired set, designed by Butler University professor Rob Koharchick, features details that indicate something is awry. That uneasy feeling is reinforced through the production’s sound cues created by nationally accomplished composer, musician and sound designer David Dabbon.
“Dabbon has created evocative piano pieces specifically for the IRT that are both moving and suspenseful and will be an incredible accompaniment to the work we present on stage,” said Sale.
Celebrating outrageous characters and an intense sleuth, this award-winning play soon celebrates its 64th birthday, but hasn’t lost a beat with age. Part drawing room comedy and part murder mystery, The Mousetrap is a doubled-barreled whodunit full of twists and surprises.
WHAT: The Mousetrap, by Agatha Christie
WHERE: 140 W. Washington Street | OneAmerica Mainstage
WHEN: April 26 - May 22
TICKETS: $25 – 59
AGE: Recommended for audiences in 7th grade and older due to mild language
LEARN MORE: www.irtlive.com
CAST & THE CREATIVE TEAM
RYAN ARTZBERGER | Giles Ralston
CASSANDRA BISSELL | Molly Ralston
JAN LUCAS | Mrs. Boyle
JÜRGEN HOOPER | Christopher Wren
JENNIFER JOHANSEN | Miss Casewell
ROBERT NEAL | Major Metcalf
CHARLES PASTERNAK | Det. Sgt. Trotter
HENRY WORONICZ | Mr. Paravicini
COURTNEY SALE | Director
ROB KOHARCHIK | Scenic Design
ALISON HERYER |Costume Design
MICHELLE HABECK | Lighting Design
TODD MACK REISCHMAN | Sound Design
DAVID DABBON | Composer
Preview Performance – All tickets $25
4/26 at 7:30 PM
4/27 at 6:30 PM
4/28 at 7:30 PM
5/7 at 9 PM
Opening Night Performance
4/29 at 7 P
Join us for a post-show reception and champagne toast with the cast.
Backstage Tour – after the performance
5/6 at 7:30 PM
IRTea Talk | ASL/AD – Tea & cookies after the performance & discussion with IRT artists
5/8 at 2 PM
Mother's Day Brunch
5/8 at 12:30 PM
$60 includes a ticket to The Mousetrap and brunch before the performance. To book contact the ticket office at 317.635.5252. Limited availability.
Post-Show Discussion with IRT artists
5/14 at 8 PM
Happy Hour Series
5/17 at 5:30 PM
Complimentary drinks from Sun King Brewing and New Day Craft plus 1/2 priced bar drinks all night long!
Dinner & Show at The Oceanaire
5/18 at 5 PM
To book contact the ticket office at 317.635.5252. Tickets $75 per person and include one ticket to The Mousetrap and a three-course, hand-selected dinner.
Cookies & Coffee Matinee & Post-show discussion
5/19 at 2 PM
Join us for cookies from Vanilla Bean Bakery and coffee before and during intermission of The Mousetrap
Tuesday, April 26 at 7:30 PM
Wednesday, April 27 at 6:30 PM
Thursday, April 28 at 7:30 PM
Friday, April 29 at 7:30 PM
Saturday, April 30 at 1 & 5 PM
Sunday, May 01 at 2 PM
Friday, May 06 at 7:30 PM
Saturday, May 07 at 5 & 9 PM
Sunday, May 08 at 2 PM
Thursday, May 12 at 7:30 PM
Friday, May 13 at 7:30 PM
Saturday, May 14 at 4 & 8 PM
Sunday, May 15 at 2 & 6 PM
Tuesday, May 17 at 6:30PM
Wednesday, May 18 at 7:30 PM
Thursday, May 19 at 2 & 7:30 PM
Friday, May 20 at 7:30 PM
Saturday, May 21 at 2 & 6 PM
Sunday, May 22 at 2 PM
Founded in 1971, the IRT is the largest and fully professional not-for-profit theatre in the state and has grown into one of the leading regional theatres in the country. The mission of IRT is to produce top-quality, professional theatre and related activities, providing experiences that will engage, surprise, challenge and entertain people throughout their lifetimes, helping us build a vital and vibrant community.