Hamilton Southeastern High School drama teacher Ethan Mathias was set to see a reading of his play “Provenance” in May 2020 as part of the Actors Theater of Indiana Lab series.
Then the COVID-19 pandemic interrupted the live performances and ATI was forced to cancel.
“Provenance” will now premiere the 2021-2022 ATI Lab series at 2 p.m. on September 25 at the Studio Theater at the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel.
“I can’t wait to see ‘Provenance’ take a new step in its evolution with this reading,” said the Fishers resident. “It was disappointing but understandable when the live theater closed globally in 2020. This rescheduled reading is something I have been looking forward to throughout the pandemic, and I am so happy that the Actors Theater of Indiana is including it with their new season. “
The plot of the play centers on the philanthropist Stephen Aldridge, who was a legend in the fictional town of Bayleigh, Indiana. Just days before the local museum opens a new exhibit honoring her legacy, her granddaughter Allison returns home for her father’s funeral. Sorting through her family history with the dedicated staff at the Heartland Museum, Allison discovers new friends and new stories about her beloved grandfather that challenge her memories and make everyone think carefully about the importance they place on truth and the most important truths.
“For now, the script that ATI will present includes only a few minor revisions and clarifications from its original form,” said Mathias. “With everything that has happened in the world since I wrote the first draft of the play, there are certainly revisions that I will explore at a future date and will also incorporate things I have learned from. this reading. “
Mathias said he got the idea while accompanying HSE State Champion Team We the People to the 2019 National Competition in Washington, DC.
“While we were at the Smithsonian, I saw an exhibit that was a full-size house that they used to chronicle American history through the stories of the families who had lived there,” he said. declared. “I thought about how museums put on exhibits on specific families and wondered what kinds of bumps they might encounter along the way.”
The other performances are scheduled for November 13, February 12, 2022 and May 14, 2022.
Tickets cost $ 10. To learn more, visit thecenterpresents.org.