STARMITES VENUE AND DATES ANNOUNCED! HOMMNIA, HOMMNIA HEY!
Catalyst is happy to announce our partnership with our home venue, the IndyFringe Basile, for Starmites! This summer, we’re going to the depths of Innerspace and Shriekwood Forest with 1989’s Broadway oddity, Starmites! We’re excited to reconfigure our favorite up-close-and-personal venue for this outter-space rock-opera. The band is live. The show is out-there. And, the seating will be limited. Only 75 seats will be available each night, which why we’ll be running Starmites for 3 weekends, this coming summer of 2023.
We’ve got two words for you, Indy:
See us give a cult-classic Broadway “flop,” with a heart of gold a Catalyst facelift. We’ll see you, this summer, at the reimaged IndyFringe Basile for this hopeful, heartwarming, and one-of-a-kind, musical event.
THE ORIGINAL STARMITES AT THE 1989 TONY AWARDS
JUNE 9TH-11TH, 16TH-18TH, & 23RD-25TH
INDYFRINGE BASILE THEATRE
ANNOUNCING OUR CAST FOR THE 2022 IPC/INDYFRINGE 10-MINUTE PLAY FESTIVAL!
Romana Henderson, Playwright
Casey Ross, Director
Ojong Junior Kuh
ANNOUNCING OUR 2023 SEASON
A main-stage celebration of truly classic theatre with Catalyst vision. This year, Catalyst is focusing on theatre standards and a return to staging principles with 2 classic shows we love…but of course we’ll be bringing a bit of our Catalyst flare to each of our 2 main-stage selections. We open with Tennesee Williams masterpiece, A Streetcar Named Desire, staged in an intimate actor-focused production at our partner venue, the IndyFringe Basile Theatre. We close the main-stage season with the 1980s Broadway rock-musical oddity, Starmites, boldly adapted by company directors, Casey Ross (Book) and Dave Pelsue (Music), with the permission and advising of its’ Tony-nominated creator, Barry Keating. This is “Classic/Catalyst.”
TORTILLO! 3: SOMBRERO'S REVENGE - AN INDYFRINGE HIT!
"Without a single weak acting/comedic link in its ranks, the 'Tortillo! 3' cast consists of strong performers, all of whom shared the spotlight but also had their individual moments when they shined brightly. As good as any comedy ensemble I have seen, anywhere including that of Second City and SNL...If there were awards given for IndyFringe’s best direction and playwrighting, surely Ross would be in heavy contention for creating what best typifies the “fringe” concept of the festival."
" The costuming is imaginative and character-driven. The cast has its command of Ross' rousing script honed to a fine point. In common with the requirements of farce — perhaps this is part of what we look like to the gods that Goddard alludes to...The dust of controlled substances hangs in the air, however, just as the riotous action of "Sombrero's Revenge" does in the memory — and in the audience's temporary confidence that life is indeed a jest. "
-Jay Harvey Upstage
" Even though this is the third installment of the series, you do not have to have seen the previous ones to understand or enjoy it. In fact, highlights of the first two shows are shown prior to beginning of the performance...Watch, laugh, enjoy, and be ready in case this gang cooks up another sequel. Note Casey likes writing the F-word, otherwise it’s OK for teens and up... "
-Plays with John and Wendy
ACCOLADES FOR LANISTA
Lanista premiered at IndyFringe Basile Theatre and critics and audiences alike raved about this shrewd and heartfelt new play by celebrated Indianapolis playwright, Bennett Ayres.
“First of all, I would like to say that I adore this show. I have not instantly fallen in love with a script like this since I first saw the Phoenix’s production of “The Pillowman.” I honestly can’t help but tell you that you MUST see this show. It is touching, infuriating, yet also cathartic to behold.”
-Plays with John & Wendy
“Zachariah Stonerock directs with nuanced perception. Ariel Laukins, as stage manager, maintains the snap-second segues between scenes. Kairon Bullock oversees the lighting, and Sarah Tam keeps everyone safe with her expert fight direction. Costuming is spot on.”
-Rita Kohn, NUVO
“Playing the adversarial roles effectively were well-known actor Mark Goetzinger, as the unrepentant, macho coach Harrison, and Jamaal McCrary, as his damaged, former charge, Beemer, now comfortable in his own skin. Both actors were impressive in portraying their character’s deep disdain for one another, creating a tension that was highly discomforting and even spellbinding at times…The show deserves a full house to experience the excellence of the script, acting, and direction of the production. Among the fortunate few in attendance were Frank and Katrina Basile, for whom the theatre is named. Following the play, the three of us agreed that seeing ‘Lanista’ was time well spent.”
NEW WORK EMERGING STRONG IN INDY
“…right now there does seem to be a demand for plays and theatrical experiences that allow audiences to connect more deeply with the issues we are all grappling with. Two emerging theatre companies we have worked closely with this year, American Lives Theatre (Oak Island and Admissions) and Catalyst Repertory Theatre (Lanista and The Pillowman), are both led by artists who have been working in the city for many years and have a long history with Fringe. As a result, they are succeeding based on the relationships they have built with other artists over time, which leads to a high-quality product and gains trust with audiences. That makes it more feasible for them to present challenging or new work. They also both program shows at the Fringe Festival, which further helps them grow a following with new audiences.”
-Justin Brady, IndyFringe
IndyFringe CEO, Justin Brady, American Lives Theatre Artistic Director, Chris Saunders and our own Artistic Director, Casey Ross speak on new works developing in Indianapolis.