Phoenix Theatre (Indianapolis)

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The Phoenix Theatre is a professional non-profit theatre located in downtown Indianapolis, on Park Avenue near Massachusetts Avenue. It was founded by Bryan D. Fonseca in 1983, initially to perform the three-part (three evening) science fiction play, Warp!. It is housed in a church where Jim Jones once preached, a fact that was brought into their production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch. The theatre continues to be run by Fonseca, who serves as Producing Director and directs many of the produced plays.

Fare at the Phoenix tends to be edgy, often with adult language and situations, violence, and even occasional nudity. They have often featured plays dealing with sexuality, homosexuality, women's issues, AIDS, African-American issues (they have done all of August Wilson's plays as they became available for regional theatre use), abuse, and mental disorders.

In 2002, they began using half-seasons, after a coup created by some scheduling problems allowed them to acquire the rights to Bat Boy: The Musical before it would have been available to theatres with full seasons, thus they were the first regional theatre ever to perform the play.

The theatre also hosts the annual Festival of Emerging American Theatre (FEAT) Awards, originally an open but now a closed competition, which has resulted in productions of anywhere from one to four world premiere productions each season. Toni Press-Coffman, with two FEAT wins, became playwright in residence in 2000, not long after the second of these was chosen.

Production history[edit]

(*=world premiere production)











  • Eastern Standard by Richard Greenberg
  • T-Bone And Weasel by Jon Klein
  • Split Second by Dennis McIntyre
  • Vampire Lesbians of Sodom by Charles Busch
  • Reckless by Craig Lucas
  • Eleemossynary by Lee Blessing
  • One Mo' Time by Vernel Bagneris
  • Kennedy's Children by Robert Patrick
  • Roosters by Milcha Sanchez-Scott
  • Woman in Mind by Alan Ayckbourn
  • The Mystery of Irma Vep by Charles Ludlum
  • Lady & the Clarinet by Michael Cristopher
  • Dorothy Parker-A Symptom Recital* by Leo P. Carusone
  • Dragon Slayers* by William Rough


  • Other People's Money by Jerry Sterner
  • Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill by Lanie Robertson
  • Square One by Steve Tesich
  • The Cemetery Club by Ivan Menchell
  • Only Kidding! by Jim Gehoghan
  • 4 AM America by Ping Chong
  • Christmas on Mars by Harry Kondoleon
  • The Heidi Chronicles by Wendy Wasserstein
  • Angry Housewives by A.M. Collins & Chad Henry
  • Joe Turner's Come and Gone by August Wilson
  • The Lisbon Traviata by Terrence McNally
  • Womandingo* by Sterling Houston & Arnold Aprill
  • Objects in the Mirror are Closer than They Appear* by Lester Purley & Mark Cryer
  • hip my heart* by Paulette Licitra



  • The Good Times Are Killing Me by Lynda Barry
  • Six Degrees of Separation by John Guare
  • Su Ours: No E, No H, Noel* by Su Ours & Michael Klass (cabaret)
  • Marvin's Room by Scott McPherson
  • Death & the Maiden by Ariel Dorfman
  • Three Ways Home by Casey Kurtti
  • Mama Drama by Leslie Ayvazian, Christine Farrell, Donna Dailey, Mariana Houston, Rita Nactmann, & Anne O'Sullivan
  • Pretty Girls, Not too Bright* by Dos Fallopia (Peggy Platt & Lisa Koch)
  • Heart Timers* by Stuart Warmflash
  • Veronica's Position* by Rich Orloff


  • Falsettos by William Finn & James Lapine
  • Keely and Du by Jane Martin
  • Five Guys Named Moe by Clarke Peters
  • Conversations With My Father by Herb Gardener
  • All in the Timing by David Ives
  • Jeffrey by Paul Rudnick
  • Bewitched, Bothered & Bananas* by Dos Fallopia (Lisa Koch & Peggy Platt)
  • Points of Deviation* by Scott Sandoe
  • Scotland Road by Jeffery Hatcher



  • Whoop-Dee-Doo! by Howard Crabtree
  • Three Viewings by Jeffery Hatcher
  • The Holiday Survival Game Show* by Peggy Platt, Rick Rankin, & Lisa Koch
  • A Tuna Christmas by Ed Howard, Joe Sears, & Jaston Williams
  • Florida * by Marcia Cebulska
  • Trick the Devil by Bill Harris
  • Sylvia by AR Gurney
  • All I Really Needed to Know I Learned in Kindergarten by Ernest Zulia, David Caldwell, & Robert Fulghum
  • Worst of Dos Fallopia* by Dos Fallopia (Peggy Platt & Lisa Koch)
  • Reading the Mind of God * by Pat Gabridge
  • Girl Party * by David Dillion & Virginia Smiley


  • The Old Settler by John Henry Redwood
  • Poor Super Man by Brad Fraser
  • The Holiday Survival Game Show* by Jack O'Hara
  • Summer Games* by James Farrell
  • Taking Sides by Ronald Harwood
  • Durang/Durang by Christopher Durang
  • Company by Stephen Sondheim & George Furth
  • latitude* by Tony McDonald
  • Party by David Dillon
  • Bride of Dos Fallopia* by Dos Fallopia (Peggy Platt & Lisa Koch)
  • Princess Warrior by Julie Goldman



  • Three Days of Rain by Richard Greenberg
  • The Woman in Black by Stephen Mallatratt
  • The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told by Paul Rudnick
  • The Holiday Millennium Game Show* by Jack O'Hara
  • Jackie: An American Life by Gip Hoppe
  • The Beauty Queen of Leenane by Martin McDonagh
  • Wit by Margaret Edson
  • Beautiful Thing by Jonathan Harvey
  • Journal of Ordinary Thought by David Barr
  • Resident Alien by Stuart Spencer



  • Snakebit by David Marshall Grant
  • The Gathering by Will Power
  • Tongue of a Bird by Ellen McLaughlin
  • The Santaland Diaries by David Sedaris
  • Uh, Oh - Here Comes Christmas by Ernie Zulia, David Caldwell
  • Bluff by Jeffrey Sweet
  • The Vagina Monologues by Eve Ensler
  • Fuddy Meers by David Lindsey Abaire
  • Another American: Asking and Telling by Marc Wolf
  • Bodies and Hearts in the Face of the Monster* by Toni Press-Coffman
  • Woody and Me* by Brad Erickson
  • Seven Guitars by August Wilson


  • The Laramie Project by Moisés Kaufman
  • Two Trains Running by August Wilson
  • Ham for the Holidays by Dos Fallopia (Lisa Koch & Peggy Platt)
  • Dirty Blonde by Claudia Shear
  • This is our Youth by Kenneth Lonergan
  • True to Scale* by Wendy Beldon
  • savant* by Tony McDonald
  • Goats* by Alan Berks
  • Born to Goof* by Kevin Burke
  • Lunching by Alan Gross
  • Bat Boy: The Musical by Keythe Farley, Brian Flemming, & Laurence O'Keefe
  • The Action Against Sol Schumann by Jeffrey Sweet

2002 - 2003

  • Proof by David Auburn
  • Flow by Will Power
  • Hedwig and the Angry Inch by Stephen Trask & John Cameron Mitchell - starring Blaine Hogan, Jessica Benge, Jimmy Sizemore, Royston Lloyd, Steve Hayes and Ryan
  • Over the Tavern by Tom Dudzick
  • Praying for Rain by Robert Lewis Vaughan
  • Stones in his Pockets by Marie Jones
  • The Washington-Sarajevo Talks by Carla Seaquist
  • The Home Team* by Kim Carney
  • La Sangre Llama* by Toni Press-Coffman & Tony Artis
  • Phideas8* by Mike Whistler
  • Spain by Jim Knable
  • The Handler by Robert Schenkkan




  • Urinetown: the Musical by Greg Kotis & Mark Hollmann
  • I Am My Own Wife by Doug Wright
  • Every Christmas Story Ever Told!! by Michael Carleton, John Alvarez, & Jim Fitzgerald
  • A Number by Caryl Churchill
  • From My Hometown conceived by Lee Summers and written by Lee Summers, Ty Stephens, & Herbert Rawlings, Jr.
  • The Marijuana-logues by Arj Barker, Doug Benson, & Tony Camin
  • Orson's Shadow by Austin Pendleton
  • The Pillowman by Martin McDonagh
  • The Sugar Bean Sisters by Nathan Sanders
  • The Ice-Breaker by David Rambo


  • The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!) by Eric Rockwell & Joanne Bogart
  • Nijinsky's Last Dance by Norman Allen
  • The Parenting Project: Callie's Tally by Betsy Howie & The Hoosier Dads by Kevin Burke, Dave Dugan, & Brad Tassell
  • A Very Phoenix Xmas* by Christopher Bibby, Dianne Cormier, Bryan Fonseca, Jonathan Graham, Lou Harry, Tony McDonald, Jack O'Hara, Peggy Platt, Joan & L. I. Rapkin, Matthew Roland, Chris Saunders, & Scott Warrender
  • Ten Percent of Molly Snyder (Marta Solano) by Richard Strand
  • tempOdyssey by Dan Dietz
  • Miss Witherspoon by Christopher Durang
  • Rhythms by Chris White (hosted... presented by DePauw University)
  • And Her Hair Went With Her* by Zina Camblin
  • Fat Pig by Neil LaBute
  • The Little Dog Laughed by Douglas Carter Beane
  • Dos Fallopia: Desperate Spuddwives by Lisa Koch and Peggy Platt


  • Altar Boyz Music, lyrics and vocal arrangements by Gary Adler and Michael Patrick Walker, book by Kevin Del Aguila - based on an idea by Ken Davenport and Marc Kessler
  • Stuff Happens by David Hare
  • A Very Phoenix Xmas* by various wacky playwrights
  • End Days by Deborah Zoe Laufer
  • The Lieutenant of Inishmore by Martin McDonagh
  • Well by Lisa Kron
  • Black Gold by Seth Rozin
  • Our Dad Is In Atlantis by Javier Malpica
  • Some Men by Terrence McNally
  • Murderers by Jeffrey Hatcher


  • November by David Mamet
  • Drunk Enough to Say I Love You? by Caryl Churchill
  • June 8, 1968 by Anna Theresa Cascio
  • On Thin Ice: A Very Phoenix Xmas 3* by various wacky playwrights
  • Love Person by Aditi Brennan Kapil
  • The Seafarer by Conor McPherson
  • Mauritius by Theresa Rebeck
  • References to Salvador Dalí Make Me Hot by José Rivera
  • The Zippers of Zoomerville - or 200 Laps and a Lass* by Jack O'Hara with music by Jack O'Hara and Tim Brickley
  • Octopus by Steven Yockey
  • The Dos and Don'ts of Time Travel by Nicholas Wardigo


  • The Most Damaging Wound by Blair Singer
  • Shipwrecked! An Entertainment by Donald Margulies
  • A Very Phoenix Xmas 4:Our Stockings Are Stuffed* by Various Artists
  • The Housewives of Mannheim by Alan Brody
  • Call Me Boricua!* by Ricardo Melendez
  • Sunlight* by Sharr White
  • Yankee Tavern by Steven Dietz
  • Speech and Debate by Stephen Karam
  • Reasons to Be Pretty by Neil LaBute


  • In the Next Room - Or the Vibrator Play by Sarah Ruhl
  • My Name Is Asher Lev by Aaron Posner, adapted from the novel by Chaim Potok
  • A Very Phoenix Xmas 5: Regifted by Various Artists
  • Norway by Samuel D. Hunter
  • Goldie, Max, and Milk by Karen Hartman
  • The Storytelling Ability of a Boy by Carter W. Lewis
  • This by Melissa James Gibson
  • The Zippers of Zoomerville by Jack O'Hara with music by Jack O'Hara and Tim Brickley
  • Avenue Q Music, lyrics and original concept by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx, book by Jeff Whitty
  • With a Bang by Pete McElliott

2011 - 2012

  • Spring Awakening Music by Duncan Sheik, lyrics and book by Steven Sater
  • Jericho by Jack Canfora - NNPN Rolling World Premiere
  • A Very Phoenix Xmas 6: Our Goose Is Cooked by various artists
  • Current Economic Conditions World Premiere by Don Zolidis
  • August: Osage County by Tracy Letts
  • Freud's Last Session by Mark St. Germain
  • Baktun 13 by Danel Malan
  • Forever Sung by Bryan Fonseca and Tim Brickley
  • Next Fall by Geoffrey Nauffts
  • With a Whimper by Pete McElligott


  • Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson Music and lyrics written by Michael Friedman, Book by Alex Timbers
  • Seminar by Theresa Rebeck
  • A Very Phoenix Xmas 7: Getting Figgy with It by Various Artists
  • Guapa by Caridad Svich
  • Next to Normal Book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey, Music by Tom Kitt
  • The Lyons by Nicky Silver
  • Clybourne Park by Bruce Norris
  • 4000 Miles by Amy Herzog
  • Dos Fallopia by Lisa Koch and Peggy Platt
  • Love, Loss, and What I Wore by Nora and Delia Ephron, based on the book by Ilene Beckerman


  • Vanya, Sonia, Masha, and Spike by Christopher Durang
  • Rancho Mirage by Stephen Dietz
  • A Very Phoenix Xmas 8: Angels We Have Heard While High by Various Artists
  • Tribes by Nina Raine
  • North of the Boulevard by Bruce Graham
  • I and You by Lauren Gunderson
  • Spun by Emily Goodson
  • Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya
  • Cock by Mike Bartlett
  • Miles and Ellie by Don Zolidis

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