Cardinal Stage is the first theatre company in Indiana to receive the prestigious National Theatre Company Grant from the American Theatre Wing (the organization that administers the Obie and Tony Awards). “This grant recognizes Cardinal in the national theatre arena and shows our viability and sustainability as a significant company,” says Cardinal’s board president, Caroline Dowd-Higgins. Click here to read about what the award means for Cardinal and local theatre.
“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.
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.