“I think there are a lot of forces at work in our culture that divide us, and this show is a work of art that cultivates empathy in the most beautiful and moving way,” says Kate Galvin, Artistic Director of Cardinal Stage Company, about its season finale, Fun Home. The Tony Award-winning musical adaption of Alison Bechdel’s graphic memoir of the same name is a dark comedy Bechdel’s childhood in a family-run funeral home, her coming of age and coming out, and her relationship with her own closeted father. Click here to learn about the production, as well as Cardinal’s community programs for the show.
Cardinal Stage Company announces a 2018-2019 season that will bring a rich mix of classic and contemporary productions to town, as well as a new look! This is the first full season of shows selected by Artistic Director Kate Galvin, who joined the Cardinal staff last fall. Click here to read about Galvin’s vision for the upcoming year.
Cardinal Stage Company is bringing the Reduced Shakespeare Company’s The Complete History of Comedy (abridged) to Bloomington — the play’s premier in Indiana. Full of goofs, gaffes, and gags ranging from high to low brow, this show covers it all … well, at least as many comedy acts as can be crammed into a 3-person play! Click here to read more about the show from director Jesse Bernstein.
Limestone Post is happy to announce our first print edition, an art magazine dedicated to local history and our community’s unique character. Limestone Post’s A Sense of Place: Calling Bloomington Home for 200 Years will arrive just in time for Bloomington's and Monroe County’s bicentennial celebrations. This commemorative print issue will showcase a variety of creative local talent — with long-form articles paired with illustrations, photography, recipes, creative writing, and other artwork that reflect upon how our community has grown and changed over the years. Click here to read more about Limestone Post’s A Sense of Place.
The influence of the internet and social media on our private lives goes deep. And it can have implications for some of our most intimate relationships. For their February production, Cardinal Stage Company presents Sex with Strangers, a sizzling two-person comedy that poignantly explores sex, intimacy, and love in the digital age. Click here to read more about Sex with Strangers.
WonderLab After Dark: Chocolate! On February 17th, WonderLab Museum of Science, Health and Technology is open late for a 21-and-over event featuring local libations, food, and, of course, chocolate. Visitors can also explore the science and history of this coveted treat, as well as WonderLab’s other hands-on exhibits. In preparation for the big night, WonderLab Museum Educator Jared Katz has been busy researching the origins of cacao. Click here to read more about WonderLab After Dark: Chocolate.
Although it’s rare for a local theatre company to change its lineup in midseason, Cardinal Stage Company will change its June show to Fun Home, a critically acclaimed adaptation of Alison Bechdel’s graphic memoir tragicomedy. “This show is very much in line with the high-quality, thought-provoking work we’ve produced in the past,” says Artistic Director Kate Galvin, “and I’m excited to bring it to life in a new way for our audience.” Click here to learn more about Cardinal Stage’s decision to produce Fun Home.
“A baptism by fire.” That’s how Kate Galvin describes joining Cardinal Stage Company as artistic director during the company’s busiest time of year — just in time for Peter Pan this holiday season. Despite the fast initiation, she’s already brought bold new ideas to the company’s 11th season. Read more about Galvin’s vision for Cardinal Stage and the production of J.M. Barrie’s classic here.
In Nick Dear’s contemporary adaptation of Frankenstein, the Creature confronts his Creator in a morally nuanced, existential variation of the “monster story.” Cardinal Stage Company founder Randy White returns to Bloomington to direct the show and notes that the play’s “focus on the Creature as Other” gives it power and relevance — and dovetails with Indiana University’s Themester on Diversity, Difference, and Otherness. Click here to read more about Frankenstein.