Sondheim's A Little Night Music is the most ambitious production on an 2012-13 Indiana Repertory Theatre schedule that largely resembles the previous season's with its mix of monologues (the three-play Going Solo festival, with IRT playwright-in-residence James Still once again contributing a new play) and familiar classics (A Christmas Carol, Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde). The season's Black History Month-related production is Jackie and Me, about a boy's time-travel-enabled meeting with baseball color-line breaker Jackie Robinson; the Shakespeare is A Midsummer Night's Dream.
Two-time Grammy winner and IU instructor Sylvia McNair - who has proven, over a long career, adept across opera, cabaret and musical theatre settings - stars as Desiree in A Little Night Music, which is already in pre-production, with late summer casting calls on the way in Indy, Chicago and New York City.
Two plays in the Going Solo festival have been announced, with one yet to be revealed: The Night Watcher by Charlayne Woodard, once again starring Millicent Wright, who has played Woodard in prior IRT productions of her work; and Still's The House That Jack Built, about old friends spending a Thanksgiving together in Vermont.
Also on the lineup is Matthew Lopez's 2006 The Whipping Man, about a Passover Seder in a decrepit antebellum mansion shortly after the Civil War; The New York Times has described it as "surely having few equals in its arresting strangeness."
Here's the complete lineup:
Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher
The Night Watcher, by Charlayne Woodard (part of the Going Solo festival)
September 20-October 15
The House That Jack Built, by James Still (part of the Going Solo festival)
October 30-November 25
A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens, presented by St.Vincent Health
November 25- December 24
Jackie and Me, by Steven Dietz, adapted from the book by Dan Gutman
January 11-February 16
A Little Night Music, by Steven Sondheim
January 23-February 17
The Whipping Man, by Matthew Lopez
A Midsummer Night's Dream, by William Shakespeare
April 10-May 12