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A staged reading in co-production with The Phoenix Theatre

By Paula Cizmar, Catherine Filloux, Gail Kriegel, Carol K. Mack, Ruth Margraff, Anna Deavere Smith, and Susan Yankowitz

Directed by William Fisher
Preview - Sept. 5, 8 p.m.
Running - Sept. 6-8, 8 p.m.
Butler Studio Theatre Lilly Hall 168
Admission: $15 general; $5 Butler students with ID and seniors

In 2006, Vital Voices Global Partnership President Alyse Nelson connected seven award-winning play­wrights with seven women from its large international network of women leaders from Russia, Nigeria, Cambodia, Ireland, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Northern Ireland and Guatemala. Each playwright worked collecting interviews from extraordinary women and after creating seven monologues that illuminated the women's inspiring journeys, they worked collaboratively to make the play, SEVEN which has been translated into eight languages and seen globally. Butler Theatre presents SEVEN in a staged reading in collaboration with The Phoenix Theatre, performed by a company of professionals and Butler University Theatre students.

Balinese Spectacular 

Special Performance in co-production with the Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA)Balinese Spectacular

By I Nyoman Sedana, Ni Wayan Seniasih, Made Georgiana Triwinadi, Nyoman Atheni Pramasastra Dewi and friends

Sept. 21 and Sept. 22 at 7 p.m.
Indianapolis Museum of Art, The Toby Theatre
NOTE: For tickets, visit, call (317) 955-2339, or visit the IMA Welcome Desk. Butler students: obtain your complimentary ticket in person at the IMA in advance or the night-of.

Admission: $10 general; $7 IMA members; students, seniors and children $5; Butler students with ID free

I Nyoman Sedana, the 2012 Christel DeHaan Visiting International Theatre Artist, presents a colorful kaleidoscope of Balinese performance traditions, including the welcome dance (Pushpanjali), warrior dance (the Baris Wirayuda), a bird dance (Cendrawasih), and a Balinese Wayang shadow puppet performance by boy puppeteer in English version. Recommended  for ages 5 and up.

Bali Dream

Inspired by 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' by William Shakespeare

Directed by I Nyoman Sedana, 2012 Christel DeHaan Visiting International Theatre Artist (VITA)Bali Dream

Previews - Oct. 31 and Nov. 1, 8 p.m.
Running - Nov. 2, 3, 9 and 10 at 8 p.m. and Nov. 4, 10, 11 at 2 p.m.
*November 8, 2012, 7p.m. (special performance closed to the public)

Butler Studio Theatre Lilly Hall 168
Admission: $15 general; $10 seniors; $5 students with ID 

The Butler Theatre production of Bali Dream is part of the 2012 Spirit and Place Festival.

spirit&place 2012Shakespeare gave us the enchanted shadow spirits Puck, Oberon and Titania, the powerful Athenian court, the rebellious lovers, and the Rude Mechanicals. Bali Dream will interweave Balinese Wayang Kulit (shad­ow puppets), Balinese mask performance, ritual, spectacle, humor and fun - and of course Shakespeare's text. Bali Dream is the culminating project of 2012 Christel DeHaan VITA, I Nyoman Sedana.


A new play by Dan Barden

Directed by Professor Diane Timmerman

Previews - Feb. 20-21, 8 p.m.
Opening - Feb. 22, 8 p.m.
Running - Feb. 23, 28 and March 1- 2 at 8 p.m. and Feb. 24 and March 2-3 at 2 p.m.
Butler Studio Theatre Lilly Hall 168

Preview performances: $5 general public; free to BUTLER students with ID

Standard performances: $15 general; $10 seniors; $5 students with ID  

As a popular sponsor around her metropolitan AA meetings, Sarah Simone is adored by the young women who depend on her. But when a fifteen-year-old secret threatens to arrive on the steps of her home group, these young women will struggle mightily to protect their sponsor from the emotional and spiritual train wreck that they are afraid is about to happen.  Pigeons is a play about how families are lost and found and sometimes dreamed up out of the air.

Lunar Revolution 2.0 

Devised by the company

Conceived and directed by William Fisher

Previews - April 10 and 11, 8 p.m.
Opening - April 12, 8 p.m.
Running - April 13, 18, 19, 20 at 8 p.m. and April 14, 20, 21 at 2 p.m.
Butler Studio Theatre Lilly Hall 168

Preview performances: $5 general public; free to BUTLER students with ID

Standard performances: $15 general; $10 seniors; $5 students with ID

Lunar Revolution 2.0will be collectively devised by an ensemble of Butler Theatre students through etudes, improvisations, sampled images, sound, music, and text.  We're borrowing some of the the structure from Schoenberg's 1912 revolutionary opera, Pierrot Lunaire, with added inspiration and sourcing from 100 year old events and revolutionaries from Ionesco to Gil Evans, Studs Terkel and even Dale Evans… 1912 was a very good year.   Having conquered our most constant companion and dominating celestial influence in 1969, Lunar Revolution 2.0offers a theatrical exploration of what we might do with our yearning for change, whether revolutionary or transcendent.  How do we pilot change?  How do we Occupy the Moon?  

SEVEN: Journeys

By Paula Cizmar, Catherine Filloux, Gail Kriegel, Carol K. Mack, Ruth Margraff, Anna Deavere Smith and Susan Yankowitz

Directed by William Fisher

April 25-26, 6 p.m.

The seven monologue plays in two separate programs from the Vital Voices Global Partnership project SEVEN.

Part of Butler ArtsFest at the Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts