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Life Experiences Prepared Francesca Sobrer for Role in Cardinal’s ‘Glass Menagerie’ by Julie Warren

Francesca Sobrer is back in Bloomington, performing in Cardinal Stage’s The Glass Menagerie. Her life experiences have helped her prepare for the role of Amanda in a new way: “Amanda is usually seen as a monster of a mother, but she truly loves her children,” Sobrer says. "And I will defend her because of that.” Click here to read more.

Behind the Curtain: The Ways the Stage Teaches

Just as theater teaches us about ourselves and about the world we live in, local youth theater programs help students (of all ages) learn literacy, creativity, self-determination, critical-thinking skills, and empathy, writes Jennifer Pacenza. In her latest column for Limestone Post, she looks at how theater does much more than just entertain. Click here to read the full story.

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Stronger Together: Cardinal Stage and BBP Share Resources to Enhance Theatre in Bloomington by Julie Warren

A busy night in Bloomington offers a lot of art and performances to choose from, and theatre-goers may sometimes find themselves pulled in different directions. Two of the larger companies in town, Cardinal Stage and the Bloomington Playwrights Project, are working together, not only to coordinate their calendars, but to also share a staff member. Click here to read more about this unique collaboration between these local organizations and about their new Technical Director, Tien-Yin Sun.

Turning the Everyday into Lions and Witches: The Art of Costumes and Storytelling at Cardinal Stage by Julie Warren

Costume designer Kayla Cieslinski brings the world of Narnia to life through imaginative and innovative designs that will help kids and adults alike experience “the joy of believing in magic, of embracing mystery, of loving our power to remember,” says Jenny McKnight, director of The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe. Click here to read more about Cieslinski’s costume creations for the upcoming Cardinal for Kids production.

Cardinal Stage’s Nest Generation Program Opens Doorway to Theatre for Young Adults by Julie Warren

As theatre companies adapt subscription models to accommodate changes in how people consume entertainment, Cardinal Stage Company is offering a creative — and affordable — way to bring in more adults under age 35 to their productions: For $35, patrons may sponsor someone under 35 so they can experience an entire season of live theatre. Click here to learn more about Cardinal’s different subscription options and how to participate in the Nest Generation program.

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‘Fun Home’: A Painful and Witty, Dark and Funny Coming-of-Age Musical by Julie Warren

“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.

New Season, New Look, New Leadership, Still the Same Quality Cardinal by Julie Warren

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.

‘Robin Hood’: A Timeless Tale at the Perfect Time by Julie Warren

Robin Hood is a story as relatable now as when it was first told. And, as writer Julie Warren puts it, “Cardinal Stage Company’s production will make that story tangible for young people in Bloomington, inspiring another generation to consider what is right and how to stand up to those who are wrong.” Click here to read more about the Cardinal for Kids production of Robin Hood.

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You’ll Chuckle, Chortle, Crack Up, and Possibly Even Cry — Cardinal Stage Company’s ‘The Complete History of Comedy (abridged)’ Powers Through Centuries of Comedy by Tessa Yannone

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.

‘Sex with Strangers’ Sparks Dialogue About Sex, Intimacy, and Love in the Digital Age by Tessa Yannone

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.

Cardinal Stage Company Changes Summer Musical to ‘Fun Home’ by Tessa Yannone

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.

With a Bold Vision for Cardinal Stage Company, New Artistic Director Kate Galvin Starts Leadership Role with ‘Peter Pan’ by Benjamin Beane

“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.