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Bridging the Divide on Social Issues — Cardinal Stage Addresses Freedom of Religion with New Play and Local Partnerships by Julie Warren

“How do you bridge the divide when you fundamentally disagree with someone on something that is a core part of your identity?” asks Kate Galvin, Artistic Director of Cardinal Stage. Cardinal’s production of The Christians addresses this question on and off the stage through partnerships with the City of Bloomington, Indiana University, and the For Freedoms Project. Click here to read more about the play and opportunities for open conversation about faith, doubt, and freedom of religion.

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.

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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.

B-town Summer Kicks Off with Busy Weekend June 1-3

Block parties, summer fairs, art shows, theater, music, comedy, and festivals galore — these define a Bloomington summer. And that’s just the first weekend! Writer Benjamin Beane gets us going with a sampling of the events and activities on the first weekend in June. Click here to read the full story.

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.

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Behind the Curtain: Jewish Theatre of Bloomington’s ‘Church & State’

Politics, like theater, relies on the relationship between the stage and the audience, writes LP columnist Jennifer Pacenza in her Behind the Curtain preview of Church & State. The latest production of Jewish Theatre of Bloomington puts this relationship center stage in a “funny and heartrending play with a powerful message about God, guns, and politics.” Click here to read the full story.

‘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.

Big Mike’s B-town: Jean Magrane, Firefighter

After Jean Magrane became the city’s first female firefighter in 1987, it took years for most of her male colleagues to accept her as an equal. But she persevered because she valued the work more than any other job she’d had. Writer Michael G. Glab tells the story of this barrier-breaking firefighter. Click here to read the full story

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Visiting Photographer Engaging Local Groups in Project ‘Juvenile in Justice’

Photographer and activist Richard Ross will be in Bloomington for a two-day interdisciplinary arts program, showing his work on juvenile justice and discussing how artists can create “in a time of rage,” among other events. One of his former assistants, Rachel Glago, writes about his work and how a dozen local groups are getting involved. Click here to read the full story.

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.

Guest Column: Ivy Tech Storytelling Series Connects People in ‘a Different Way’

The Ivy Tech Storytelling Series focuses on divisive issues — race, reproductive rights, immigration — and makes them personal. In this article, Reverend Forrest Gilmore recalls a heart-wrenching experience from his past, but he also shows how stories help us make sense of our lives and are an “opportunity to expand our capacity for community.” Click here to read the full story.

‘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.