The Tempest

The Tempest is one of the most exciting, understandable works of Shakespeare, featuring a giant, fairies, a shipwreck, a duke’s daughter and more!

Agape, under the direction of Dr. Phipps, returns to the Indy Bard Fest with this youth production of Shakespeare’s classic.

So popular was Agape’s production of a Midsummer Night’s Dream most shows sold out in 2018.

October 17 – 27, 2019

The performance on Oct 25 will be interpreted in ASL for Deaf and Hard of Hearing patrons.

Bard Fest - October 17 to 27

Bard Fest presents:

The Tempest – District Mainstage  – The October 25th performance will be interpreted by American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters.

Henry IV.1 – District Mainstage

Hamlet – IndyFringe Basile Theatre

Lear’s Shadow – Indy 11 theatre




Kassie Woodworth Gallery Opening

Kassie Woodworth is a visual artist in Indianapolis, Indiana.  Kassie makes a variety of work including sculpture, printmaking, and mixed media.  She graduated from Herron School of Art and Design in 2019 with a B.F.A. in Sculpture.  Most of her work investigates patters, habits, movement, and growth of nature.

Kassie has exhibited in various galleries in Indianapolis including the Indianapolis Arts Center, the Indiana State House, Gallery 924, Indianapolis Arts Garden, Berkshire, Reese, and Paul Gallery at Herron, Butler University, The Harrison Center for the Arts and the Tube Factory.

Gallery opening:  October 24th, 6 – 9 pm

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The Indianapolis Ballet: New Works Series

Indianapolis Ballet’s New Works series continues at The District Theater this fall, adding to the updated venue’s eclectic programming.

The four performances, October 31- Novemeber 3, will feature fresh, genre-bending choreography in an intimate setting that will allow audience members to witness the passion, precision and athleticisim of professional dance via a unique, up-close experience.

Soul with a Capital S!!!

Indy’s own Brenda Williams headlines a group of Indy’s finest musicians in a high energy concert series celebrating America’s great Rhythm and Blues tradition. Wait ‘til you hear the horn section accompanied by the rhythm section keeping things tight and right!! Each performance features a unique theme-based playlist. This show: Soul with a Capital S!!!

The dance floor will be open and ready!

The Timeless Music Project: celebrating, presenting, perpetuating great American music that stands the test of time. Delighting your ears and eyes. Nourishing your soul and spirit.

November 15th – 8 p.m.

First Annual Taps Cabernet

Produced by:
Circle City Tap
An evening of wine and tap dance for guests 21 and over

Come join CCTC in a fun evening of wine and tap dance! Featuring improvisational and interactive elements, this show is sure to be fun for those looking for a relaxing night out and for couples looking for an enjoyable date night!

One glass of wine included in the price of a ticket!The performance will also feature multiple “Wine Breaks” to allow you time to get more wine as you please!

All proceeds benefit the Dr. Vapstaps Memorial Scholarship Fund. Want to learn more about the fund? Click here to learn more!

November 17th – 4 & 7 pm

I'm Too Fat for This Show

Written by:

Kate Huffman- Los Angeles, CA

Kate Huffman’s shockingly hilarious, award-winning solo show (Encore, Valley Theatre, Soaring Solo awards) returns to Indy. Through 18 characters, multi-media effects, and brutal honesty, Huffman presents her experience with two decades of OCD and eating disorders and the very serious toll her numbers-obsessed, body dysmorphic brain takes on her life.

November 16 & 17 – 7:30 p.m.

Home 5 The Holidays: The Un5Gettable Holiday Show

The musical comedy group Un5gettable is partnering with St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital to bring you a brand new concert of classic Christmas favorites and original Un5gettable holiday tunes!

Forget stocking stuffers–bring your family and friends along instead as we ho-ho-hold off the humbug. It’s all for a great cause!

$1 from the sale of each ticket will benefit St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, you may also donate by clicking on this link



The Indiana premiere of this long-running Off-Broadway smash hit. For seven years, a certain boy wizard went to a certain Wizard School and conquered evil. This, however, is not his story. This is the story of the Puffs.. who happened to be there too. A tale for anyone who has never been destined to save the world.

December 6 – January 4

Bill W and Dr. Bob

From the author of the best-selling novel, The House of God, this critically acclaimed version which played Off-Broadway in 2007, tells the amazing story of the two men who pioneered Alcoholics Anonymous, and of their wives, who founded Al Anon.

During the roaring ’20s, New York stockbroker Bill Wilson rides high on money, fame, and booze. In ’29, both he and the market crash and he becomes a hopeless drunk.

Dr. Bob Smith, a surgeon in Akron, Ohio, and a pillar of the community, has been a secret drunk for thirty years, often going into the operating room hungover and high on sedatives. His family has tried everything to no avail.

Through an astonishing series of events involving doctors, ministers, the Oxford Group evangelical movement, and Henrietta Sieberling a scion of the Goodyear Rubber fortune, Bill and Bob meet on Mother’s Day of 1935. The two men form a relationship which keeps each sober. Fired up, they seek out a third drunk to see if their program will work for others.

February 7th – 16th

Vandals damage Mass Ave's Artful Piano

Vandals have struck a piece of unique and interactive public art which stands outside the District Theater in the 600 block of Mass Ave. The vandalism has left IndyFringe, which unveiled the “Artful Piano” in June, looking not only for experts to repair the piano but also the funds to underwrite the effort.
The Artful Piano has been nothing but a joy to thousands of people who have played, tinkered and wondered at its history since it was placed outside The District Theatre on June 8 for Pride Parade. Unfortunately the Piano was vandalized over Labor Day weekend.
Will you help us restore this delightful addition to the Mass Ave Cultural District? As for the Artful Piano, Lee Dykstra and volunteers have moved the heavy instrument into The District Theatre to keep it safe for now.
The board is looking for an expert to diagnose and repair the piano. Jennifer Pope Baker from the CICF Women’s Fund has offered to help fund repairs and connect the theater with the artist, Aaron Underwood.
Read about it in IndyStar

OnyxFest - The Price of Progress

July 25-27 at 7:30 p.m. & July 27 at 4:00 p.m.

Examining 80 years of history along historic Indiana Avenue, from bebop to hip-hop, fashion and the businesses that shaped the community. It also tells IUPUI’s history through scenes portraying its founding, struggle and what it actually costs to have this establishment exist today.



Upcoming shows

part of BardFest 2019

OCTOBER 17 – 27

part of BardFest 2019

OCTOBER 17 – 27


October 24th – 6 to 9 pm

Indy Blues Revue: Soul with a Capital S

November 15th – 8 p.m.





The Indianapolis Ballet:

New Works Series

October 31 – November 3



I’m Too Fat for This Show

NOVEMBER 16 – 17


November 22 – 23 – 7:30 p.m.











December 6 – January 4






February 7 – 16, 2020





“Coming into this play, I was completely surprised by the history of IUPUI — how it all began. “I had no idea of the struggle and the price it actually cost to have this establishment that we have here today.” — Jay Fuqua, Actor “The Price of Progress”


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