"Dear Diary: Stories of Loss and Healing"

“Dear Diary: Stories of Loss and Healing” will explore the expanded seven stages of grief through the art of tap dance! Featuring storylines that people of all ages can relate to, this show will depict different experiences of loss and the difficult healing process that follows, but also remind us all that there is hope and healing at the end of the tunnel! CCTC is proud to present this show in loving memory of Dr. Vanessa Parris.
Saturday, September 28th @ 2:00 pm and 7:00 PM
Sunday, September 29th @ 2:00 PM


Brenda Williams and friends present Cole Porter: Anything Goes!

Building on this spring’s sold out performance of The Gershwins: Brothers in Song, Brenda Williams welcomes you back to her “living room” on the Main Stage of The District Theatre. She’s joined by some of her musical friends as they perform selections from Hoosier Cole Porter’s Songbook. Bruce Reynolds joins along telling stories about the songs and the life and times of Cole Porter.

Staging by P.R. Spaulding transports you back in place and time.

Premium reserved tables are available.

October 6th – 5 p.m.

The Golden Gays

Why you should see this show….

New York City’s Premier Golden Girls Tribute Drag Musical Act

Sophia Petrillo has gone missing! Your favorite pals and confidantes Dorothy, Blanche, and Rose must travel down the road and back again across America to find her. Could she be at the actual Rusty Anchor in Cleveland?! Through a series of hilarious “hot flashbacks,” these hip old grannies take you on a musical journey through The Golden Girls’ favorite moments. One lucky audience member may even have a chance to make their stage debut with the bosom buddies and become the next #TokenSophia. Live singing! Dancing! Bears! Oh My! Toto, we’re not in Miami anymore, sugar. “It’s like vaudeville for the new generation!” “They had me laughing so hard my cheeks hurt!”

October 7th – 7 pm

Bard Fest - October 17 to 27

Bard Fest presents:

The Tempest – District Mainstage

Henry VI.1 – District Mainstage

Hamlet – IndyFringe Basile Theatre

Lear’s Shadow – Indy 11 theatre




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.



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

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

Dear DiaryDear Diary:
Stories of Healing and Loss

SEPTEMBER 28 – 2 & 7 PM


Indy Blues Revue:
Cole Porter:  Anything Goes

OCTOBER 6th – 8 p.m.


OCTOBER 7th – 7:00 p.m.

part of BardFest 2019

OCTOBER 17 – 27

part of BardFest 2019

OCTOBER 17 – 27

The Indianapolis Ballet:

New Works Series

October 31 – November 3

Indy Blues Revue: Soul with a Capital S

November 15th – 8 p.m.















“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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