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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:

Real. Lasers.

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

STARMITES SHOWING:

JUNE 9TH-11TH, 16TH-18TH, & 23RD-25TH

INDYFRINGE BASILE THEATRE

Barry Keating’s score is so full of joyous exuberance, with just a dash of punk to make it stand out against the rock and pop operas of the day. It is not afraid to flex its off-beat muscles either...Starmites deserves better than it has gotten over the years, and maybe, just maybe, the time has come to take a second look at this bizarre little musical that is overflowing with colorful characters and zippy melodies."

-"The Mighty Starmites", MARK ROBINSON WRITES

ANNOUNCING OUR CAST FOR THE 2022 IPC/INDYFRINGE 10-MINUTE PLAY FESTIVAL!

Romana Henderson, Playwright

Catalyst is all about new plays! One of the ways we love to celebrate new works is by participating in the Indiana Playwrights Circle events and with their annual 10 Minute Play Festival, at IndyFringe.
 
This year we’re bringing you the charming comedy, The Malicious Bird Feeder, by Ramona Henderson!
 
We’re excited to be working with 4 new faces to Catalyst for our cast! Congratulations to our cast, and to all the auditioners, who came out and gave us a huge turn out of talent to make our selections from. There’s *7* new plays in the festival, so stay tuned to hear about the other shows coming to the IPC 10-Minute Play Festival, this year!
 
The Cast:
 
Evan – Jamien Jean-Baptiste
Greg – Tori Conner
The Birdman – Ojong Junior Kuh
Janie – Cass Knowling 

Casey Ross, Director

EVAN

Jamien Jean-Baptiste

GREG

Tori Conner

THE BIRDMAN

Ojong Junior Kuh

JANIE

Cass Knowling

Catalyst Repertory is the most 'punk rock' theatre company in this town.

-IndyFringe Beer Tent Patron

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.” 

Please take the time to check out Catalyst, as they are doing theatrical work that deserves your attention.

-Adam Crowe, Actor

TORTILLO! 3: SOMBRERO'S REVENGE - AN INDYFRINGE HIT!

Casey Ross is, in my opinion, perennially the hardest working Fringe producer I have met. She wrote, directed and produced Tortillo! 3. That, in and of itself is WAY more work than I ever put into a show, but it goes further than that. From the set pieces and multimedia presentations to the top notch quality of actors, the heart and soul shines through in this show.

-Barry Rice, Magician & Performer

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

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“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

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“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.”

-Tom Alvarez

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What moves the action forward is showing how the cavalier attitude of the authority figure maims and breaks students; heartbreakingly pushing them to the brink of death. Why? To garner yet another trophy for the coach to take home?

-Rita Kohn, NUVO

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.

Our catchphrase is 'New is what we do.' We stand by the importance of telling new stories about the human experience.

-Casey Ross, Catalyst Repertory Artistic Director