At EclecticPond Theatre Company, we often like to talk about the journey we take in theatre and in our community. The last few years have been filled with change, and ETC’s journey has taken us to many new places.
Since leaving the Irvington Lodge as our permanent home in 2014, ETC has had the pleasure to partner with such great organizations throughout Indianapolis as IndyFringe, The Indy Indie Artist Colony, The Basile Opera Center, Irvington United Methodist Church, and many more.
With the coming season, ETC will usher in another change as we say goodbye to our artistic director and co-founder and say hello to a new vision.
After co-founding ETC and guiding our path for five years, Artistic Director Thomas Cardwell is pleased to step back and pass a thriving company on to friend and colleague, Benjamin Schuetz.
Schuetz, a longtime ETC Associate Artist, will serve as the company’s artistic director, bringing a new energy and enthusiasm, as well as a new goal: celebrate Indiana.
According to Schuetz, “ETC’s new vision is meant to build on the great things that the company has already done. Telling stories about Indiana is perhaps the most significant change, which will be accomplished through original works and adaptations by local playwrights. Such has been the case with 10×10, which ETC successfully produced thrice, and was written by Jeremy Grimmer and Thomas Cardwell: two playwrights living in the Hoosier State.
“Shakespeare is here to stay, but we will continue to expand our exploration of other classical works, much like past ETC productions of The Importance of Being Earnest, The Speckled Band, and The Cherry Orchard. Lastly, a greater presence of music will bolster ETC’s storytelling, similar to Paige Scott’s haunting compositions for The Tempest: Adrift in Time, and Ben Asaykwee’s clever musical contributions to Dracula: The Panto.”
To see what new Artistic Director Benjamin Schuetz and the rest of us at ETC have in store, stay tuned for the announcement of EclecticPond Theatre Company’s 2016-2017 season. Until then, check out Drankspeare, appearing as part of the 2016 IndyFringe Theatre Festival at CSz Indianapolis-Home of ComedySportz. In this fast-paced romp of a show, our talented company presents Romeo & Juliet in under an hour… and under the influence. Sponsored by Sun King Brewing Company and directed by Thomas Cardwell. (We aren’t letting him go that easily.)