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February 14, 2013

Butler Theatre presents 'Pigeons'

Written by English Professor Dan Barden

INDIANAPOLIS — Butler Theatre begins its spring 2013 season with "Pigeons," a new play by Butler English Professor Dan Barden, Feb. 20 to March 3 in Lilly Hall Studio Theatre 168.

Tickets are $15 for general admission, $10 for senior citizens, and $5 for Butler students with identification. Tickets are available online at butler.edu/theatre/productions/reservations/ or may be reserved by calling the box office at 940-9247 beginning two weeks before each production opens.

"Pigeons," directed by Theatre Department Chair Diane Timmerman, begins with previews at 8 p.m. Feb. 20 and 21. It opens at 8 p.m. Feb. 22 and runs at 8 p.m. Feb. 23, 28, March 1 and 2, and 2 p.m. Feb. 24, March 2 and 3.

"Pigeons," which takes place on a sidewalk outside an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting in a metropolitan area, tells the story of a group of young women who are all sponsored by the same charismatic and powerful woman named Sarah. They're gathered on the sidewalk because they have the sense something is wrong with Sarah, and they're trying to find out what it is.

"It's an intense moment in all their lives where they're hashing out a lot of the things that have happened to them," Barden said, "and basically trying to save their friend who has something going on that she won't share with them."

"Pigeons" is Barden's second play for Butler Theatre. He wrote his first one, "Luke's Father and the Sled," in 2004 at Timmerman's request "and it was one of the most delightful experiences I've ever had as a writer," he said.

"It opened my mind to ways of doing things that I'd never been open to before," Barden said. "The primary reason for that was that I wanted to provide something for these young actors to do. I wrote the play with them in mind, I revised the play as they were doing rehearsals, and it was just a great experience for me."

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