The Indiana Repertory Theatre’s 2019-2020 season ranges from classic and beloved stories to thought-provoking and diverse work. On stage from September 4, 2019, to May 10, 2020, the season will take audiences on a journey through modern and historical times, realistic and magical elements, and intense and heartwarming emotions.  As always, the season contains a mix of stories—some are familiar classics, some are surprising new works, some are literary-based, and all serve to entertain, educate, and enlighten Indianapolis audiences of all ages.

Our 48th season opens with the classic American drama Twelve Angry Men, on stage September 4 – 29 on the OneAmerica Mainstage. Set in the 1950s, this suspenseful story of a dozen men with different viewpoints debating the guilt or innocence of a young man takes a provocative look at power, prejudice and clashing perspectives. Written more than 50 years ago, Twelve Angry Men continues to deliver a compelling message as the show will have you asking, “what is justice, and how do we achieve it?”.

In addition to riveting suspense, the 2019-2020 line-up has comedy, mystery, beloved classics, stories highlighting under examined parts of American history, and our traditional holiday tale. In addition to community partnerships, each production’s run offers a variety of additional programming at the IRT, including happy hours with local vendors, backstage tours of the set, post-show discussions with artisans, and more.

The Signature Six Series includes Twelve Angry Men, And So We Walked: An Artist’s Journey Along the Trail of Tears, Morning After Grace, Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express, The Paper Dreams of Harry Chin, and Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility. The additional productions will be IRT’s Playwright-in-Residence James Still’s The Little Choo-Choo That Thinks She Can, The Watsons Go to Birmingham—1963, and the return of the Indy holiday tradition Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.

What’s New This Year?

Three of the nine plays we’re producing this season are specifically chosen to celebrate diverse storytelling as part of our new INclusion Series. In an effort to broaden perspectives on what it means to be an American, the selections feature work by female playwrights of color on the Native American, African American, and Chinese American experiences. The INclusion Series consists of And So We Walked: An Artist’s Journey Along the Trail of Tears, The Watsons Go to Birmingham—1963 and The Paper Dreams of Harry Chin.

For the first time in more than fifteen years, there will be a completely redesigned look for the costumes in our annual telling of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Designed by Linda Pisano and built by IRT artisans, keep an eye out for new Victorian-era pieces and an extraordinary take on the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future.

Each year, the IRT offers an Exploring Stages production especially for our youngest audience members, children ages 3-8 years old, as a way to introduce them to the magic and joy of live theatre. This year, we are producing The Little Choo-Choo That Thinks She Can and have expanded the production schedule in order to provide options for both fall and spring performances.

Never been to the IRT? Here are a few tips to help you have a great visit!

  • Give yourself plenty of time for driving through downtown and parking, as events and construction can add traffic to the area. Read our helpful guide for transportation options, like valet, garages, or parking validations. You can also take IndyGo’s Red Line—there’s a stop right by the IRT at Capitol Ave and Washington Street.
  • Your performance may have a pre- or post-show chat or other additional programming. Check out our website for info on special performances scheduled during each show’s run.
  • At every performance, we offer a full bar, soda, water, coffee and other treats. If you’re coming to an evening performance, go to dinner afterwards. That way, you won’t be rushed and you can review the show you just saw over a delicious meal at one of downtown Indy’s great restaurants.
  • The IRT welcomes all and works to provide accessibility options for those that may need them. From large print programs and listening devices to mobility assistance and sensory sensitivity supports, the IRT strives to ensure everyone has a positive experience at the Theatre.
  • Employees at the IRT are here to help, so if you have questions, are nervous, or aren’t sure what to expect, just ask!

We hope to see you this season! Single tickets and season packages are available now, including a flexible Build Your Own 3 package and our new INclusion Series. For information on benefits, pricing, and to purchase, visit or call the Ticket Office at 317.635.5252.    

Founded in 1971, the Indiana Repertory Theatre (IRT) is the largest professional not-for-profit theatre in the state and one of the leading regional theatres in the country. The mission of the Indiana Repertory Theatre is to produce top-quality, professional theatre and related activities, providing experiences that will engage, surprise, challenge, and entertain people throughout their lifetimes, helping us build a vital and vibrant community.

Kerry Barmann

Kerry Barmann

Marketing Communications Manager, Indiana Repertory Theatre