New show, returning theater 

Buck Creek Players will present the Indianapolis premiere of Parade, the 2000 Tony Award-winning musical for Best Book by Alfred Uhry (Driving Miss Daisy) and Best Score by Jason Robert Brown (Songs For A New World, The Last Five Years).

The show is based on a true story. In 1913, Leo Frank, a New York Jew married to a Southern belle, was accused of murdering 13-year-old Mary Phagan, a factory worker under his employ. The dramatization emphasizes the South’s resentment of the industrial North, the sensational trial and the love that intensified as Frank’s wife rose to his defense.

Performances are June 1-17, Fridays-Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $15, $13 for children, students and senior citizens. The Buck Creek Playhouse is located at 11150 Southeastern Ave. For reservations, call 317-862-2270 or go to

Theater returns to the Christian Theological Seminary with the staging of a new play by Anne Nelson, Dependence Day. The story deals with four generations of a Midwest farm family: the great-grandmother, Mabel, who while connected to her land and family is suffering with dementia and is in need of a new pace-maker; her son, Cal, and daughter-in-law, Dottie, who are forced to moved her from the farm to a one-story house in town where she is cared for by daily visits from a local who cooks for her; and Mabel’s granddaughter, Karen, and technology-dependent great-granddaughter, Sophie, who come to visit and see the old homestead and their family in a new light. The play deals with medical ethics, end of life issues and the relationships that connect and divide families.

Following each performance, a guest speaker will lead an informal group discussion centered on the issues that appear in the play.

Performances are June 1-17, Fridays at 7 p.m., Saturdays at 2 and 7 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20, $15 for students and seniors. For reservations, call CTS, 1000 W. 42nd St., at 317-931-2317.

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